Black Churches in South Los Angeles Are Defaulting on Mortgages and Foreclosing

Traditional African-American churches like the one here are appearing with the notice, "lavanderia coming soon." Photo: Coppertino and Associates
Traditional African-American churches like the one here are appearing with the notice, “lavanderia coming soon.” Photo: Coppertino and Associates

The venerable Black church, the oldest institution in the African-American community, is steeped in a mystery in South Los Angeles. One-by-one, traditional Black churches are being sold and transformed into laundromats. 

Some are attributing this to the racial transformation of the urban core from Black to Latino, with Black congregations failing to replenish their membership rolls with younger traditional Black congregants.

Seems plausible on the surface with L.A. County’s African-American population dipping below 400,000 in 2016, and Latin numbers rising beyond 3 million. But the real lingering mystery is the transformation of these churches — many more than 100 years old — into laundromats.

And where is the money coming from for this kind of investment? Obviously, the pockets are deep.

Other sources allude to something darker, more sinister than shrinking memberships and the inability to pay mortgages.

Churches should not be succumbing for lack of “Black” members. Latin people have souls and are in need of moral and spiritual sustenance, too. Jesus Christ has yet to return to the Earth for His Second Coming, as the Bible says He will.

When Christ appealed to mankind during His earthly ministry, it was to all races and creeds. If pastors made this a standard of their outreach — as Jesus certainly would today — perhaps there would not be a dearth of tithe-paying members to satisfy church mortgages.

The ministry of Jesus Christ continues.

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Source: Compton Herald | Jarrette Fellows, Jr.