Pastor's Corner

To be young, gifted and black is what we need to tell our young. To be young, gifted and black is where it’s at. The skin color issue in scripture is a “non issue.” Contrary to popular belief, the Bible is silent on skin color. The bible is most silent on racism. However, the Bible is not silent on treating your brothers and sisters justly and fairly as we read in the Book of Amos and as Jesus taught in His ministry dealing with the greatest of all commandments from God.

The serious student of scripture has come to realize that if God did not command His Old and New Testament prophets, priests, and apostles to deal with the issue of racism and skin color, then it was a non issue in its day. The Bible was written by a non-white people. God spoke and caused this great Book to be written by people of color. The Bible’s origin comes through a people who lived in northeast Africa and who were victims of slavery and not necessarily racism. Black cannot come from white, but vice versa. This can be proven in the science laboratory. The color black, brown and white has all to do with just how much melatonin chemical nature has placed in our bodies through geographic location, evolution, and DNA process. All of this is God made.

God is contemporary and has called upon pastors today to speak out against the evils of racism and skin color hatred. There is no record, nor proof in scriptures which shows that God gave a people black skin for the reason of making them ashamed. God makes no junk! Our youth are young, gifted, and black and that’s where it’s at.

There are twenty six references in the scriptures which make references to the color of black. Only two of them refer to the color of anyone’s skin, referencing one’s sickness or mourning in sackcloth and the remaining ones references the blackness of sin. Many of these scriptures have been often misquoted and misrepresented out of context. The term “black” in scriptures generally refers to the color of things, and not human beings, but mainly refers to the “emotional issue of sadness which comes from committing sin.”

The verses which has often been taken out of context and misquoted as referring to the color of skin is that found in the Song of Solomon 1:5-6. This Bible book is all beautiful allegory, which represents the love between God (Christ) and His church of true believers; represented by figures of a bridegroom and his espoused bride. Here the bride is doing the talking. The bride is the daughters of Jerusalem, confessing their guilt and sadness of sin (v.5). The guilt and shame are her “Blackness” and it has nothing to do with the color of her skin. This bride asserts her own beauty, “comely” in spite of her guilt and shame. She wishes to make up (v.7). This is a picture of the church. Some Bible readers often forget the Book of Solomon is all allegory: A story or narrative that teaches a moral truth by using people, animals, and events, as symbols of that moral or truth.

Racism and color are linked. Our spiritual journey today is to disconnect the two. This, we do by telling our children that they are young, gifted, and black and that’s where it’s at.

Racism is as old as recorded history. However, racism in the sense of dehumanizing others on the basis of their skin color is a modern happening. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians did not despise people because of the color of their skin. Their poets, namely, Herodius and Homer wrote very favorably of the Africans and their beauty. This was true up until the slave trade started in northern Africa by the Arabs and introduced into Europe as the slave trade expanded to America and the Caribbean. Up to then the British permitted slavery in the form of indentured slavery, patterned after the Old Testament law. After seven years of indentured slavery a man was set free, blacks as well as whites were indentured. And when cotton became “king in the south”, the color of a man’s skin became a mark for slavery. This was due to the fact that the black man had no government to appeal to in the event the owner of the indentures servant chose not to set the indentured servant free.

Today while our youth are in our homes, they are free. This must be emphasized to them as we encouraged them to stay free and not allow the color of their skin to hold them back from seeking life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. We must teach our youth to live and work so that they will no longer be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character because they are young, gifted, and black and that’s where it’s at.