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Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle was lovingly discussed and praised by none other than Joel Osteen, Matt Crouch and Max Lucado himself on TBN earlier this month. With such high praise, I couldn’t wait to see it even though I am not a fan of Christmas films (That, however, is another blog for another time). Alas, The Christmas Candle resembles every old Hollywood film I can remember. Once again, there were no other people on the planet except Caucasians, with no acknowledgment of diversity.

It is disturbing enough to note that all of the so-called “Hollywood Film Classics” showcase other races of people in a subservient (at best) or negative (at worst) light. It is equally disturbing to see that overall progress even in 2016 is still far behind where it should be. However, to have the religious elite green light a film in 2016 that is more befitting of racist Hollywood than people professing the knowledge and love of God says a lot about the current state of religion in these United States.

On some level, I think I appreciate the honesty of Hollywood. It does not purport to love or to be concerned with racial equality. While certain stars here or there have spoken out in protest, the vast majority of roles for blacks remain the same as they always were, name sidekicks, glowering villains, the help or as nonentities. Nowadays, Hollywood seems more concerned about money than anything else. If other races can turn a buck, Hollywood is all over it. Screw realism and diversity, green is what matters most. This, I can understand.

Religion, on the other hand, which has always somehow managed to spew the love of God while maintaining racist points of view, hasn’t changed AT ALL. It continues on its racist merry way even in 2016. Even though the Bible describes Jesus and other peoples of the earth with color, we continue to be bombarded with images of Caucasians everywhere from the covers of Bibles to nativity scenes to television and the big screen, in spite of the fact that the Bible, scientists and historians all agree that, at the very least, other races of people existed and were on the scene. Why?

Here’s the bottom line: If your church is incapable of, not accepting diversity, but rather accepting reality, any more than racist Hollywood, then what’s the point? Why should people of color worship the God of White Supremacy? Can anybody hear me?

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