2nd February 2014

Black History Month 

“From one man [blood, NKJV] he [God] made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth….”
Acts 27:26 (NIV UK) 

February is Black History month in the USA, during which acknowledgement is made of the contribution African Americans have made to that country.  People in other parts of the world may wonder why America devotes a month to recognising the achievements of a single segment of its population. Their contribution, however, has not always been acknowledged; for a long time quite the opposite. 

The celebration of Black History month and the study of Black history is due to Dr Carter G. Woodson. He was born to former slaves and spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines, enrolling in high school at age 20. Later he earned a PHD from Harvard. Dr Woodson was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population. If they were acknowledged at all, it was generally in ways that reflected their inferior social position. He set out to set the record straight. 

The awful stain on that nation’s history, slavery, is now in the past, but the effects linger on. Only in most of our lifetimes have some of the more glaring injustices been addressed. When we consider this aspect of America’s past, it leaves us asking how a people who sing proudly about the land of the free and the home of the brave, and who pledge allegiance to the republic which promises liberty and justice to all, could have been so blind, so prejudiced, yes, so stupid! 

Advocates of slavery and segregation often use the Bible to support their arguments, but could anything be more contrary?  Black History Month is not just for African Americans or Americans in general. It’s a reminder to us all that we are just as capable of inhuman behaviour. Racism is not just a black/white problem. History records that all peoples are guilty. Remember Acswitz? Cosovo? Cambodia? Darfour in Rwanda?— just a few racially-motivated atrocities of modern times. These are the signs of the fallen-ness of humanity. Christianity and racism are incompatible. 

We must work not just to overcome racism personally but, eventually, to obliterate it globally through our message and example of love and reconciliation.  We have a common Creator, a common Saviour, a common need for forgiveness and salvation, and a common destiny. God values us all. Jesus paid the same price for each of us. That leaves no room for bias, prejudice, segregation or discrimination of any kind. 

Great Father of us all, we pray for the eradication of the lingering injustices still found in our nations. It can be subtle, it can be hidden, but it is still contrary to your love towards us all. We pray for your love spread into our hearts to help us defeat prejudice and hatred. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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