A firestorm of controversy was abated in theory yesterday, December 4th, when Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church unanimously voted to overturn the previous week’s vote to ban interracial couples. The total consensus overturned a vote of 9-6 out of 43 attendees to restrict mixed race couples.http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/December/Ky-Church-Nixes-Ban-on-Interracial-Couples-/
It was an embarrassing display for the church who lived with a week of angry phone calls and emails that chastised the church for making such a volatile decision. Fortunately, the nine people that voted to institute the racist policy had a change of heart, or at least capitulated to public pressure.
Pastor Stacey Stepp attempted to defuse the situation before the vote, but even the pastor is subject to a congregational vote. As a new pastor of only one week, he can do little to stop a train wreck if there are enough votes to want one. Any person with an ounce of common sense could have predicted this negative response.
The outrage was to be expected in this age of tolerance.
But how could this happen in a “church” that is suppose to represent the love of Christ? Also, as pointed out by Cathy Harville whose fiancé is black, what about the members that were silent and allowed this blight to take place?
Consciences were bothered during the long week as people postured to assure they were not racist. The “nine” that actually voted will have a lot of explaining to do when God calls into account their actions according to the scriptures. It’s difficult to put a positive spin on a such a negative heart issue.
Emotions and feeling are a poor measuring stick to take any action. No matter how you cut this, prejudices did come to the surface concerning this vote and it will take a genuine move of repentance led by Pastor Stepp to bring redemption for this church body.
Bowing to public scrutiny is one thing, having a change of heart is quite another. Pastor Stepp will have his pastorial work cut out for him in bringing heart changes for those “nine”, plus those that chose to do nothing about the interracial ban. Their silence or lack of action paved the way for the resolution to pass.
The Bible instructs us to ‘abstain for the appearance of evil”. Also, to “rightly divide the word of truth”.
Yes, “everyone” voted to abolish the racist edict, but only after the action was exposed to the light of the truth. Darkness will flee when the light of truth shines upon it.