Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Religion and Race at one point went hand in hand. In 1609 John Smyth founded the first black church. Historically Black Churches we founded for Blacks as a safe haven. It was to support blacks and to encourage them to hold on, and to keep hope, that they would one day make through slavery. Since then it has evolved into many other things. There are no more color barriers. In today’s world, you will often see other nationalities in church together. .
Historically Black Churches differ from other religions. Historically Black Churches were mainly Baptist Churches. Baptist believe in the different fundamentals of the Evangelical tradition, Other religions such as the Roman Catholic Church disagree with it on a lot of different doctorial points. Catholics believe in baptizing babies, but in the Baptist religion, they believe that until you are old enough to understand and accept Jesus into your life as your personal savior than you are not ready to be baptized. Baptist believes that you will have salvation by grace and through faith in Christ. They believe that if you believe in Jesus you will be saved. Jehovah Witnesses Salvation requires that one accept Bible doctrines as interpreted by the Governing Body, be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness and follow the program of works as laid out by the Governing Body. Baptist, when they worship they usually either have their hands up, clapping, or they are with their heads down worshipping. Other religions do not do those things. People in general are passionate about what they believe in. Religion is no different, when you are passionate about your religion you tend to gravitate more towards people who you feel are most like you. It is difficult to relate to each other when you feel like you are on two different pages. American culture and Historically Black Churches have intertwined themselves a time or two in history. Martin Luther...