In my preparation for the celebration of Black History I ran across this article: "The Soul of the Black Church" written by Nathan Robertson, Jr. based on Revelation 2:1-7. I wanted to share a small excerpt to stimulate your thinking. Within his article he states, "We take out this time because we believe History is important." When we look at the Biblical Record we see that History plays an important role in the development of God's Children. History is a source of Faith. From History we can learn what God has done for others and have faith that He is able to do the same thing for us.
When Moses tried to give the Children of Israel reasons to trust God, he begins his writings not with the Exodus story but rather with the Historical Book called Genesis that tells the story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. History is also a source of Hope. Daniel, while living behind enemy lines, seeks a reason for hope and does not search the future but the Historical Writings of Jeremiah. History is a source of Understanding. When the Apostle Paul addresses the need for a Savior, he does not use personal or present sins but connects the need of a Savior back to the first man, Adam and the original sin. Finally, History is a source of Vision. The vision of Greater Mt. Moriah is rooted in the historical vision of the church being the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The Vision of Greater Mt. Moriah is grounded upon the vision of God for His Church.
Black History teaches us about the numerous contributions made by individuals of African descent. Specifically, the History of the Black church can teach us about faith in God in spite of conditions and situations, about the power of prayer, about holding on to God's unchanging hand and the amazing grace God shows toward us. The Black Church was born in Slavery, reared in Segregation and Discrimination and now in the prime of its life. The Black Church is standing at a crossroads between the ways of its former Oppressor and the way of its ancestors. The choices we make will determine our future. The Black Church is dangerously close to losing its soul.
Dr. Larry Green Sr., President
Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Boston & Vicinity Inc.
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