Segregation and the Bible

Segregation and the Bible

Segregation and the Bible

Segregation and the Bible

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A Southern minister chose the Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the public schools as the subject of an article for one of the city's daily papers. "We should not have been surprised," he wrote, "by this ruling. . . . Our democratic philosophy . . . and our Christian teachings have always required the interpretation the Supreme Court has now handed down. We have all known it. We have all anticipated it. We . . . all . . . knew our way was contrary to everything God has taught us."

Two years later, in equally unequivocal language, a local lawyer took exception to the above interpretation of that decision. "Segregation," he declared, "predates the known history of the world. God was the original segregationist. . . . The decision was absolutely wrong."

The spokesmen of these quite irreconciliable positions share more things in common than a Southern address. Both have been active in local political circles. Both have been influential leaders in their respective churches. And neither cited the Scriptures in defense of his view.

How can two Christians with so much in common give exactly opposite answers to so basic a question in human relations? Because of their failure, some would answer, to consult the Scriptures. Such persons might even document their charge with this quotation from the Westminster Confession of Faith: "The Supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be . . .

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