It’s no secret that (most) Black people love God and have a deep respect for the supernatural world. Even slave owners knew this and used it to coerce African slaves’ cooperation. However, you don’t have to look as far back as slavery to know that this is true. Most black people are raised in Christian homes and are taught at a young age about the power and authority of Jesus. Even those throughout the world, even non-Christians, are usually still very spiritually conscious people. But in America, we learn that Jesus is our help in times of trouble, he died for our sins, and that no matter what he loves us. Just think about how many award shows and interviews you've seen where black celebrities give honor to God for their accomplishments, allowing them to live blessed lives, or simply for being alive. Unfortunately, blacks are so use to honoring, thanking, and acknowledging God that it seems we have forgotten that we have to really live the way he expects us to also.
Many of those on TV that thank God for awards they have received are usually for things that are directly contrary to how his word says we ought to live. Songs and movies about premarital sex, promiscuity, adultery, self-gratification, drugs, drinking, and living selfishly lavish lifestyles are not things that we should thank him for even if success follows. Personally, I have seen drug dealers who have thanked God for a successful drug run. I have heard women thank God for waking them up in the morning after a night of partying, drinking, and sex. I have heard about prostitutes that claim God has given them a gift to please others, and I have heard people curse each other one minute and give glory to God the next. And let’s not forget those men who use the authority and position God has given them over the household to abuse their wife and children. Upon being confronted about the lifestyles that obviously contradict the way the Bible describes how believers are to live, most will say the ever so popular phrase of “only God can judge me,” as if somehow God’s judgment or standards are more lax and flexible than mankind's’. While I understand that blacks are not the only group that is guilty of this, it seems our blurring of right and wrong, holy and unholy is becoming progressively worse and more obvious.
On a very large scale black culture is infused with this idea of God and spirituality yet, without any depth and most of all without any accountability. We throw around the name of God like doing so has no consequences, no authority, or no real power to change our lives. We say and use the name with such conviction and belief, but stick it in our back pockets as we go through life. We have paintings in our living rooms and scriptures on our walls, but self-gratification and rebellion on our minds and in our hearts (2 Timothy 3 NKJV) . When did we get the idea that our obedience was not a necessary aspect of having a relationship with God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)? When did we separate this wonderful, merciful, and loving God most of us learned about from the one who hates sin and disobedience and has killed many in the bible because of it (Psalm 5:4)? When did we decide that we could live in sin (Romans 6:1-2) and still keep our favor with God and our place in his family? Why do we ignore the many scripture that warn us against living such deceptive and hypocritical lifestyles (James 1:22, Matthew 7:21)? Where did this perverted salvation come from (1 Timothy 4:1) that attempts to siphon God’s willingness to forgive and reduce him to nothing more than a loving fool(Galatians 6:7)? The truth is that God hates sin and anyone claiming or desiring to be a child of his should hate it also, and resist all temptation to indulge in it. Even when we do slip up and make a mistake, we should accept the truth about our actions instead of watering them down. The truth is anyone that lives their life indulging in sin cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The truth is that it is dreadful to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:13), and that those who take his name in vain and toy with his mercy do so at their own detriment(Exodus 20:7). It’s important to know that whether we repent or choose to indulge in the pleasures of the world, that we understand what side of the fence we are really on. That way if or when we ever want to switch sides we can do so with a clear understanding of what that means. It is one thing to be deceived by another, but entirely another to be deceived by ourselves.
Stephanie Kekeocha was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Read more
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