Does The Black Church Help or Hurt The Black Community?

Let me first say, that I do not write this to be controversial in any way, I write this as someone who is very concerned about issues that plague the black community. Like many of you, I have family members who faithfully attend church whether it’s service on Sunday or bible study on Wednesday.

allblackmediaHistorically speaking, church was a place of worship where our ancestors collected valuable information and the spiritual guidance needed to overcome the many issues they dealt with. Whether it was Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, or Deacons For Defense the black church was once an organized front that played a pivotal role in black liberation.

However, it’s difficult to say the same for churches of today and how impactful their influence is on the current generation. Many of the issues that plague the black community such as greed, selfishness, and lack of education have long found their way into the black church. So much so, in fact, that members are constantly exposed to drama and entertainment. A major part of the problem in some church organizations can be seen in how followers handle adversity within the church. Many allow leaders to escape with serving their own selfish agendas such as misusing church funds, sleeping with church members, or even child molestation.

We are now living in the days of the megachurch, a multimillion dollar infrastructure filled with flamboyant pastors and an unprecedented amount of members. CNN reports that a single megachurch makes on average 6.5 million a year. While this number looks great on paper, the unemployment rate within the black community is at an all-time high. According to The Department of Labor, 20.7 percent of black men and women are currently unemployed. This number is more than twice of that of white men and women who’s currently at 10.3 percent.

So what exactly are these million dollar empires collectively doing to help improve the current status of the black community?

In this video, apostle David E. Taylor exposes himself and the common greed that lies within many church leaders of today.

What do you think? Does the Black church help or hurt the black community? Leave a comment below.

  • Isabella Thomas

    At some point…in fact the black church back in the day was all we had. “We” were all we had. Times have changed. I’ve gone to many churches big and small, mega and micro. Young want something new and old are OK with traditional. At some point we as a church community have to reach common ground…so collectively as a body we can reach the community. The folk outside the church are asking “wat can y’all do for us” and people with in the church are asking “how can we reach them” when somebody can get some answers
    ..progress can b made. then we will see reconstruction of a strong black
    community.

  • Charles Edwin Langford Jr.

    The Black churches are causing their own problems,a great number of people are leaving because the are not following the bible the way it was written,nor providing services they once did.The church has turned to it’s own personal economic greed. It has become a chamber of money changers and, prayer is not paying the poor and impoverish parishioners bills. The black churches are hurting the community.

  • Shawny Isawake

    In short, unfortunately, the black church of today is pimping the black community.

    Deceiving and depleting members to fulfill their own selfish agendas. May pastors in churches are Kings! They would make their own currency and put their face on it if they could. And they rule over these churches and are not being held to ANY account for their bad behaviors! The black church keeps it’s members on their knees praying for change that they could easily affect, if they stand up and demand it from their government! As all issues affecting the black community of poverty-related…. but no.

    If black people, forced the government to address poverty and the black community improved, why would people turn to the church?
    The suffering that is caused by poverty in a black community is what keeps black people in the black churches.

    The Black church wasn’t wasn’t always this way. it’s once was a place that provided the means for ANY need a person in the community. The black church was once a servant to the Black community.

  • Taru Thompson

    As someone raised in the church (Baptist) who no longer upholds the faith, I must admit the church attributed a great deal to my present success. My church started small but is currently in the process of morphing into a mega church. My church has in fact undergone many transformations/ upgrades. Of course these are all taxing on members, but their input is actually an investment.

    The church, if properly run (and there are many that are), is providing tons of services not only to its members, but also to its local community. My church provided arts programs, training in media, jobs, external opportunities, day care, educational trips, scholarships, community service, community, love, moral guidance and more. With each stage of growth my church was able to contribute more back into its constituents.

    I speak only from my experience, to relay that the black church has not abandoned its role in upholding the community. It stands strong. There are churches that are growing, and in kind, are growing their realm of outreach. Even without the wealth of social programs, church provides a consistent space for Mentorship.

    Let’s be real, there is pathetic pattern of “fatherless” children in our communities; and as much love and respect and revererence that I have for single mothers, a male guide is crucial. There are many opportunities for Mentorship in the church. Insightful Mentorship, not the trash fed by some black media.