Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder of The Potter’s House, one of the largest megachurches in the United States, recently called on the Church to become a source of unity and healing in the faith community, particularly in the wake of ongoing racial unrest.
Earlier this year, Jakes, along with Bishop Harry Jackson and James Robison, launched the Reconciled Church, an initiative designed to help heal the racial divide in America. The Destiny author recently told The Christian Post that he believes the Church is critical in the restoration of America while also acknowledging the lack of multiracial congregations across the nation.
“First, I think we have our own house to clean before we clean anybody else’s house,” Jakes told The Christian Post during an interview in New York City last week. “When we started Reconciled Church with Bishop Harry Jackson and James Robison, we came together, we started bringing thought leaders from every stream of Christian faith that we could, and we had to admit that the 11 o’clock hour is still far too segregated.”
According to Pew Research, quoting data from a 2012 National Congregations Study directed by Duke University researcher Mark Chaves, eight-in-10 American congregants still attend church where a single racial or ethnic group makes up at least 80 percent of the congregation, though this appears to be slowly changing.
The same study also found that churches are becoming less segregated as one-in-five congregants now worships in churches where no single racial or ethnic group predominates in such a way, and Jakes spoke about the importance of racially integrated churches in the U.S.
“… Anytime you don’t worship with, work with, interact with diverse people, your ideas about things can become skewed,” he said. “When you read the books that you wrote, then your truth is skewed by your own opinion. And so, it is incumbent among us to fulfill the prayer of Jesus Christ that we may be one, and once we master that then to help the world to have the conversations that it needs to have.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post