Continuing with the theme of Black History Month, I thought I’d reflect on changes in the past 30 or so years. In 1978, the LDS Church announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions. In 1985, the RLDS Church (now known as the Community of Christ) announced the lifting of priesthood restrictions on women. Not a single black apostle has been called to the LDS Church. (Our idea of diversity is to call a white German apostle.) The RLDS Church currently has 4 female apostles (1/3 of the quorum), a black apostle, a polynesian apostle (who is female), and a Hispanic apostle to go along with a female in the First Presidency. If God is no respecter of persons, why is there still a de-facto restriction on blank, Hispanic, and Polynesian male apostles in the LDS Church, while there are no restrictions on blacks, Hispanic, Polynesian, or female apostles in the RLDS Church? Is God really that sexist and racist? Does God completely ignore 2 Nephi “all are alike unto God, black and white, bond and free, male and female” in the LDS Church?
Comparing 1978 to 1985