Racism is alive and well in the American church. Charles and Teandrea Wilson learned the hard way that Christian charity did not extend to them when they were banned from marrying at First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs in Mississippi. Charles and Teandrea, who attend First Baptist (but are not members) had sent out wedding invitations for their special day when the church’s pastor called with some devastating news.
“The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if he went on to marry her, then they would vote [the pastor] out the church,” Charles Wilson told Fox 6 in Alabama.
Teandrea said “I was not brought up to be racist. I was brought up in the church all my life to love and care for everybody.”
Dr. Stan Weatherford, the pastor of First Baptist Church, was told by congregants that he would be fired if he performed the ceremony in their building. Instead, Weatherford married Charles and Teandrea at a nearby local church.
Watch interview below: