Florida Churches Move Toward Racial Unity

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola is moving to break racial and cultural barriers in its community and bring believers together as one family in Christ.

On Sunday night Oct. 14 the church hosted a unity service attended by hundreds of people from various church families. Diversity was on display with a Vietnamese music team leading worship and preachers from multiple backgrounds bringing a biblical message.

“It was a wonderful celebration,” said Ron Lentine, Myrtle Grove’s pastor. “We leave our traditions at the door and we focus on the Gospel.”

School board staff, state and local government representatives were also present as the service.

Myrtle Grove is located ten minutes away from Escambia High School which was the site of violent, racially motivated riots in the 1970s. Since then there have been racial tensions in the area and as pastor, Lentine has moved to break those tensions and unite his community under the Gospel.

“The only way to end racism and division in our country is with the Gospel.”

Pastor James Miller of First Baptist Church in Warrington was one of the preachers that Sunday night. For him the service was a revelation of what Heaven is going to look like.

“At the end of the night we all sang Amazing Grace in our own language and I was next to some Korean brothers and sister and though I did not understand their words I knew we were in one spirit and it was wonderful to see,” he said.

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Source: Baptist Press