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To be young black and Christian

To be young black and Christian

I am sitting with my two dogs in our apartment here in Seoul, Korea. The babies are sleep, my husband is at training and I can see Namsan Seoul tower from my window. It is lit blue, good air quality day. All is quiet in home except my mind. There is a topic that has been on my mind for quite a while, that I have not spoken about. I think I can sometimes be controversial, but it’s never the plan. I never wake up and decide “Welp, it’s a good day to stir up controversy”. I just think some conversations need to be had. The church was behind the curb on so many topics because they chose to ignore them. Now we’re trying to catch up on speaking to our young people about sex and pornography, we’re trying to fix issues in marriage because couples were too embarrassed to bring them to their leaders. I don’t want this to be one of them. So.. I’m gonna say it. The church has a problem with race. And it is a problem. I think this will probably have to be a series of blogs because there is just too much to go into in one post. That is gonna be interesting because I will probably speak on some difficult topics. Some things I definitely wanna speak on now.

1.       Africans are in the Bible. I think this is an important topic because we have young black people leaving the church en masse. They believe Christianity was first introduced to black people through slavery and that is not the case. There is a story about Phillip and an Ethiopian that worked under Queen Candace. (it is actually where I got my daughters name from) well, Phillip stopped on his way and taught water baptism to the Ethiopian eunuch who was already familiar with scripture. That means he heard it beforehand. He just needed an explanation. There are other examples but that will be its own blog post.

2.       Nat turner said his revolt was inspired by God and he had a deep religious faith

3.       The Christian church in America has a history of segregation[EH1] . That is where we even got some denominations from.

4.       The church was a hub of news and politics for black people when we were unable to openly discuss these things. That is why I am unsure if the two can ever truly be separated. That is also why I am okay with the phrase “the black church”. It often encompasses a completely unique population

5.       Churches must do a better job at understanding racial injustices and inequalities. We are called to be a light and for those that only look at the spiritual and never the practical this is an issue and will be its own blog post. The Bible addresses many practical issues and even Jesus used the practical things to explain kingdom principles.

6.       Black Christians who deny inequalities aren’t doing anyone any favors. Stop

7.       If we are ONE body, acknowledge when your members are hurting. Seeing the way the church responds to police violence to young black people is disheartening

8.       I do believe it is also a spiritual fight. We need intercessors who are not scared to pray about these things. We need people who are not scared to address these issues.

I hope over the next few blog posts I make what I have to say plain and I talk about my personal experiences . I will use Bible references and I hope this is a conversation we can have as adults who serve the SAME GOD. Lastly, I hope that the Church does not continue to allow itself to fall behind on this topic. We have played catch up for too long and our fear of being controversial is costing souls.. and that is too huge  price to pay.  

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CTo be young, black, and Christian

I am sitting with my two dogs in our apartment here in Seoul, Korea. The babies are sleep, my husband is at training and I can see Namsan Seoul tower from my window. It is lit blue, good air quality day. All is quiet in home except my mind. There is a topic that has been on my mind for quite a while, that I have not spoken about. I think I can sometimes be controversial, but it’s never the plan. I never wake up and decide “Welp, it’s a good day to stir up controversy”. I just think some conversations need to be had. The church was behind the curb on so many topics because they chose to ignore them. Now we’re trying to catch up on speaking to our young people about sex and pornography, we’re trying to fix issues in marriage because couples were too embarrassed to bring them to their leaders. I don’t want this to be one of them. So.. I’m gonna say it. The church has a problem with race. And it is a problem. I think this will probably have to be a series of blogs because there is just too much to go into in one post. That is gonna be interesting because I will probably speak on some difficult topics. Some things I definitely wanna speak on now.

1.       Africans are in the Bible. I think this is an important topic because we have young black people leaving the church en masse. They believe Christianity was first introduced to black people through slavery and that is not the case. There is a story about Phillip and an Ethiopian that worked under Queen Candace. (it is actually where I got my daughters name from) well, Phillip stopped on his way and taught water baptism to the Ethiopian eunuch who was already familiar with scripture. That means he heard it beforehand. He just needed an explanation. There are other examples but that will be its own blog post.

2.       Nat turner said his revolt was inspired by God and he had a deep religious faith

3.       The Christian church in America has a history of segregation[EH1] . That is where we even got some denominations from.

4.       The church was a hub of news and politics for black people when we were unable to openly discuss these things. That is why I am unsure if the two can ever truly be separated. That is also why I am okay with the phrase “the black church”. It often encompasses a completely unique population

5.       Churches must do a better job at understanding racial injustices and inequalities. We are called to be a light and for those that only look at the spiritual and never the practical this is an issue and will be its own blog post. The Bible addresses many practical issues and even Jesus used the practical things to explain kingdom principles.

6.       Black Christians who deny inequalities aren’t doing anyone any favors. Stop

7.       If we are ONE body, acknowledge when your members are hurting. Seeing the way the church responds to police violence to young black people is disheartening

8.       I do believe it is also a spiritual fight. We need intercessors who are not scared to pray about these things. We need people who are not scared to address these issues.

I hope over the next few blog posts I make what I have to say plain and I talk about my personal experiences . I will use Bible references and I hope this is a conversation we can have as adults who serve the SAME GOD. Lastly, I hope that the Church does not continue to allow itself to fall behind on this topic. We have played catch up for too long and our fear of being controversial is costing souls.. and that is too huge  price to pay.  

 

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