The churches of Christ are compromised of about 2 million members world wide, and about 1.3 million in the United States (2016 stats). The churches are divided into two major factions (Liberal and Conservative). They are basically separated over the issue of institutionalism.
Most churches of Christ are segregated racially where racism still raises its ugly head in quiet quarters. I am aware of certain white preachers and elders in the churches of Christ in southern states who are members of the KKK and other racially divided clubs and organizations.
Most churches of Christ vote republican based on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality, etc. Those who vote democratic do so on the basis the moral issue of assisting the poor, the disabled, and the aged. The southern strategy devised by former President Herbert Hoover (A billionaire businessman) after his 1932 loss to Franklin Roosevelt caused most of this division which exists to this very day. Hoover’s plan was to pay money to southern white churches to vote republican, and relinquish the black vote to the democrats. Ever since that time, most white southern church goers, who used to be called “Yellow dog Democrats” have voted republican. Most black churches have voted democratic as well as do most Hispanics and Asians. Political division in America based on race is only symptomatic of the church division which exists in every state and every township. Until churches are no longer divided by race, then this nation is doomed to be divided forever! A nation divided against itself shall not stand (Matt 12:25). And if the house of God be divided against itself it shall not stand (Lk 11:17).
What is sad about all church division is that it’s condemned by the scriptures. America is divided white vs black (all minorities). This division has also caused the churches to be divided by race. This is not right in the side of God. Paul said, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor 1:10). “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). Paul’s words condemn this generation of racial division in the churches of Christ. There is not a Jewish church of Christ. There is not a Greek church of Christ. There is not a male church of Christ. There is not a female church of Christ. And neither should there be a black or white church of Christ. There is no such thing as a black Christian or a white Christian. We are one race in God’s eyes.
When all saints abide by the doctrine of Christ, unity is the result. God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are One, and if we abide in them, so are we (1 Jn 5:7 f; Jn 14:20) Every early day Christian believed and confessed Jesus was the Christ the Son of God (Rom 10:9,10) Every early day Christian repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38). Every early day Christian met upon the first day of the week to remember the Lord’s death, and to give of their means (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1,2). Every early day Christian sang without the use of instruments (Eph 5:19 f; Col 3:16). Every early day Christian preached the doctrine of Christ, and prayed with the Spirit and understanding (2 Jn 9 f; 1 Cor 14:15) Every early day church had elders who fed the flock (Acts 14:23 ff; Tit 1:5; Acts 20:28). Most churches of Christ are united on all of these because it is the doctrine of Christ. As Paul said, “Till we all come to the UNITY of the FAITH and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” Eph 4:13
Any division, unless it’s over the doctrine of Christ, is not worth our eternal soul, or the soul of others. If one eats meat and the other vegetables only, we are not to let our freedom destroy the soul of others who are weak in the faith (Rom 14). Gospel preachers are to preach the doctrine of Christ, and nothing more. The doctrine of Christ doesn’t divide, but unites. The doctrines of men divide us from the truth, and if we are divided, we shall not stand (Mt 12:25 ff; Mk 3:33; Tit 1:14) If racism can divide a nation of 300 million, it can easily divide the Lord’s church, which in fact, it already has.
There will come a time for division when God shall divide the sheep from the goats, the sinner from the saint, and place a great gulf between them (Mt 25:32 f; Lk 16:19-31) Until that day come, let brotherly love continue in the unity of the faith, and let there be no divisions be placed among us (Eph 4:13 f; 1 Cor 1:10).