The oppression that people of African descent have suffered in America and around the world in the last 500 years has not only been physical. Great pains were taken in slavery (and in colonialism throughout Africa) to destroy Blacks mentally and psychologically as well. In fact, one could argue that the mental consequences of our enslavement have been the most detrimental and debilitating to us as a people.
The average American can’t help but notice that we are living in a racially divided generation. On the news, we hear of the brutal deaths of unarmed black men and the shooting of police officers. Most recently, we have seen how this tension has caused rioting and unrest in Milwaukee. On a daily basis these deaths are being televised. Can the Bible contribute anything to the dialogue of hope and unity?
To this point, 2016 has brought about a series of tragic events--most notably, the videotaped deaths of African-Americans at the hands of policemen, the unjustified murders of Dallas and Baton Rouge police officers, and the horrific attack on members of the LGBT community in an Orlando nightclub--all of which should cause lament within the entire Body of Christ in America.
These tragic event are also an opportunity like never before for the Church to embody and extend the love, reconciliation, and justice of the Kingdom of God.
It seems like being "woke" has become the new fad. It's as if the hashtag #BLM and posting about the latest blue on black violence just for the sake of being viewed as "woke" has become the "in" thing to do.
But where's the righteous indignation that rises up from seeing injustice that leads action? Where's the holy discontent that leads to...
“I didn't want to be a coach because I see how hard and difficult it is. But he saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. He gave me my first opportunity, and I'm very thankful to Doc, and I'll always love him. He'll always be my mentor.”
In Part I, we revealed Biblical evidence that Africans played a significant role in the development of Christianity from the very beginnings of the faith some 2000 years ago. In Part II, we will touch upon the history of Christianity in Africa hundreds of years before the Atlantic Slave Trade brought Africans to America, where they were exposed to a perverse and racist distortion of the Christian faith.