An Alabama pastor known for his contentious church signs is drumming up more controversy with a sign telling back people to stop attending white churches.
Reverend Michael R. Jordan, the pastor of the all-black New Era Baptist Church in Birmingham, said he put up the sign on Saturday.
One side reads ‘Black folks need to stay out of white churches’ and the other side says ‘white folks refused to be our neighbor’.
Jordan, who is black, said the sign is in response to a predominately white megachurch announcing its plans to move into an urban area of the city.
An Alabama pastor posted a controversial sign outside his church telling black people ‘to stay out of white churches’
The other side of the sign read, ‘white folks refused to be our neighbors’. Pastor Michael R. Jordan said the signs were in response to a predominately white megachurch moving into the area
Church of the Highlands announced recently its plans to open a new location in Birmingham. Pastor Jordan is highly critical of the move
Chris Hodge, founding pastor of Church of the Highlands, recently announced that he would be opening a new branch in the same neighborhood where New Era Baptist Church is located.
According to AL.com, Hodge said he wanted to find a ‘high-crime’ part of Birmingham to settle his new roots.
Jordan said he takes issue with that because white people fled the city many years ago because they did not want to live in the same neighborhood as black people.
‘Because of white flight and social change where whites left the city, they did not want to be our neighbors, did not want their kids to go to school with our children,’ he said. ‘They left the churches too. They sold the churches to us. White folks don’t want to be our neighbors. If you don’t want to be our neighbor, why do you feel comfortable putting a white church in the inner city?’
He added: ‘The Bible says love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t want to live next door to me, and by my neighbor, why do you want to come over and plant a church in my neighborhood?’
Jordan is also upset at the church’s announcement that a black pastor will head the Birmingham location. The controversial reverend told AL.com that he describes Highlands as a ‘slavemaster church’.
‘I call it plantation religion, slavemaster religion,’ he said. ‘The white rich folks start a church and put a black pastor in charge of it.’
Keegan Edwards, 16, told WSFA that he thinks Jordan should remove the signs.
‘I wouldn’t have a problem going to a predominately white church,’ Edwards, who is black, said. ‘Everyone’s not racist and you’ve got to give somebody a chance.’
Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin also commented on the sign saying that the message Jordan was sending is divisive.
‘There is a spirit that is over this city that has to be brought down,’ he posted on Facebook. ‘A spirit of racism and division. We have to change the conversation to what we need it to evolve into. “Darkness can not drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.”‘
Several social media users also commented on New Era’s Facebook page slamming the pastor and urging him to remove the signs.
Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin posted that Jordan’s message was divisive
Jordan is the pastor of New Era Baptist Church, an all-black church in Birmingham
The pastor is known for posting controversial signs outside the church, including this sign saying ‘undercover racist (sic) elected Donald Trump’
Another sign outside the church called Trump ‘an arrogant proud bigot’
This sign was posted by pastor Jordan shortly after Trump was elected president
‘The last time I checked Jesus loves the little children, All the children of the world. Red, and yellow, black, and white, They are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world…Those who read this review I encourage you that are near the Birmingham area to drive past this church and find you a Church where God is lifted up and the people who are of any ethnic background can grow stronger in the Lord,’ wrote Cardelle Gray.
‘I’m going to be praying for this church,’ Gordon Knox posted. ‘The way I see it, this church is a part of the body that is sick and in need of healing. God help all our churches with this kind of need.’
Jordan has come under fire several times in the past for his church signs, which have taken jabs at Trump, called jurors on the George Zimmerman trial racists and slammed homosexuality.
In 2004, he posted ‘AIDS is God’s curse on a homosexual life’. Another sign read, ‘God’s Word forbids two men getting married.’ Yet another sign posted after the 2016 president election said ‘Trump deceived poor white folks’.