“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Let’s be clear-
Celebrating Black History Month, African Descent Month is not about assimilating
regurgitating those People of Color whose lives have been co-opted
to sing Kumbaya.
As with any month that is dedicated to uplifting the history, the heritage and the culture
of ancient peoples,
This month recognizes the warriors, those freedom fighters
those infused with the fiery Spirit to challenge and call us to attention
of the responsibilities and the ministry we should be immersed in.
We are called to the painful healing process,
of that which has been done in the darkness
in the blackness of abyss surrounding humanity hearts
When we do not see the reflection of Christ in one another
Never more was this true, with those of my people
who were not slaves in Africa,
But were ripped from the shores to be enslaved
affirmed through the distortion of Christianity
Therefore throughout our exiled existence, we have struggled with the paradox
of celebrating the Creator of All
marked with the sign of the Cross…
through the Cross there is a radical revelation of God, to be in and with community where there is suffering, despair and where people feel abandoned
we step out from the shadow of the Cross transformed,renewed, released
upon our faces, our dark faces, our black faces, our brown faces, our broken faces, our bruised faces, our bloodied faces..
the reflection of Christ who challenges those who refuse to see the Gospel in our eyes
and hear it proclaimed in our voices
even as it is preached in musical, lyrical, powerful languages
We are a people of forgiveness, of love…because we understand that Call.
So hear the truth, understand the pain, and journey alongside us.
Lape Bondye, God’s Peace.