Methinks that rightchea is where it all went to shyte:
No law forbids the religious instruction of the Negroes, orally, by proper instructers, either during the week or on the Sabbath day; and any minister of the Gospel, or any owner, may undertake the good work, and prosecute it as largely and as long as he pleases.
-Charles Polcock-Jones, Religious Instruction of the Negro
If you, black person, are not able to separate the word of the white man from the Word of God you will remain a mental slave and so shall your descendants and their descendants, ad nauseum (some may argue ad inifinitum but I live in hope that my people will be free one day).
If all you’ve ever known about God and the Bible has come from sitting in church and/or reading religious literature and not from your own wrestling with Scripture and actively participating in rigorous discussion about it and praying about it, then this post is for you. And if it’s not, read on anyway, what’s the harm?
The first thing you need to examine is your faith.
- Do you trust God or do you trust those you have allowed to rule over you by virtue of their oratory, though you may think it’s because of their God-given authority to lead?
- Do you truly believe that you do not need the laying on of hands to receive healing because you can and indeed you should approach the throne of Grace on your own, and boldly?
Second, examine your allegiance to your church.
- How many years have you been a ‘member’ and a faithful ‘tither’ to the ministry?
- Do you know that the role of the early church was to teach of Jesus Christ and Him crucified so that those taught could go out and teach others? Those churches were not static, they were dynamic as new people were brought in and old members left to spread the word to still others. If the mark of a true leader is how many leaders he raises up who will then raise up other leaders, how much of a leader is the pastor or bishop (whatever you call him) of your church?
- If you have not led others to Christ and witnessed them lead others to Christ (which is very different kettle of fish from inviting someone to church) then what is your church doing? What IS your church beyond a chill place on Sundays, somewhere to show off how blessed you are (unlike those sinners who need to be evangelized into coming to church), how strong you are in the faith (look at you resisting sin and testifying to the goodness of the Lord), and how kind and welcoming you are? (-to people like you, who come to your church and do things the way you and your church do them; who never question the effectiveness of the church because after all, prayers for the poor and unsaved are scheduled for the first Thursday of each quarter and you always go, AND you always donate a packet of mealie-meal and a few tins of baked beans to the annual food-drive for the poor. You have ‘quiet time’ every day; of course you’re a good
Lastly, examine your theology.
- What do you believe about God.
- Why do you believe that way? Because you’ve been taught it and it must be true? What about the question of the trinity, or eschatology, for example?
- Was it taught to you or do you have the conviction that comes from the Holy Spirit to stand upon?
- Have you studied the Bible for yourself, ever? I don’t mean have you memorised Scripture and completed a prescribed Bible plan, I mean have YOU ever studied the Bible, prayerfully, for yourself, as the Spirit leads you?
When the slaves in England and America were catechized they were taught about a white man’s God. When the colonised in Africa were being catechized they were taught a white man’s perspective of God. Both the slaves and the colonised were taught that their culture and traditions and belief systems and even their languages were anti-God; white culture became synonymous with Christian culture.
Black woman. If you cannot separate whiteness from God; if you cannot yet see or even begin to understand why God is real and not white; if you think this post is blasphemous and sacrilegious, you need to think about your understanding of God and where it comes from.