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Summary: This is a sermon for Black History Month 2011 Given a Ceder-fall Baptist Church Blenheim SC with a purpose of dealing with self pride and the Love that God has for all races and people around the world and the Need to deal with Race and Community world wi

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Amos 9:7

"Do you Israelites think you're any better than the far-off Cushites?" God's Decree. "Am I not involved with all nations? Didn't I bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor, the Arameans from Qir? But you can be sure that I, God, the Master, have my eye on the Kingdom of Sin. I'm going to wipe it off the face of the earth. Still, I won't totally destroy the family of Jacob." God's Decree.

Amos 9:6-8 (The Message)

5-6My Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,

touches the earth, a mere touch, and it trembles.

The whole world goes into mourning.

Earth swells like the Nile at flood stage;

then the water subsides, like the great Nile of Egypt.

God builds his palace—towers soaring high in the skies,

foundations set on the rock-firm earth.

He calls ocean waters and they come,

then he ladles them out on the earth.

God, your God, does all this.

7-8 "Do you Israelites think you're any better than the far-off Cushites?" God's Decree.

"Am I not involved with all nations? Didn't I bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor, the Arameans from Qir? But you can be sure that I, God, the Master, have my eye on the Kingdom of Sin. I'm going to wipe it off the face of the earth. Still, I won't totally destroy the family of Jacob." God's Decree

New American Standard Bible (©1995)

"Are you not as the sons of Ethiopia to Me, O sons of Israel?" declares the LORD. "Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt, And the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)

You people of Israel are like the people from Sudan, says the LORD. Didn't I bring Israel from Egypt? Didn't I bring the Philistines from Crete and the Arameans from Kir?

King James Bible

[Are] ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?

Black is the most misunderstood color. A black tie dinner is very formal and elegant. Women can wear that "must have little black dress" to the black tie dinner. Yet the bad guys wear black hats. Black symbolizes death in some cultures. Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life.

Yet I have come to notice in recent days that we as a people are falling back into a trap that should have been gone forty or fifty years ago. So For Black history this year I want to Talk about Being Called Black.

We as a people have been called many things: we have been called Negro, African, Colored, Black and now African American. But let’s keep it real.

(Do you want some? Then Say it With Me Give Me Some!)

The only time we refer to ourselves as African American is when we are writing a paper for call or putting something in the newspaper for the most part we call ourselves Black. Use of the term “black” dates to the 1960s and 1970s and the civil rights movement. The Black Power movement advocated strongly for the use of “black” to replace the outdated “negro,” and many Americans of African ancestry started to embrace the term. Others preferred “Afro American,” an early blending of “African” and “American.” In the 1980s, “African American” began to see common usage, and the term quickly became very popular. But Most People I Know Still use Black.

(Move One we are all Black).

The argument for saying “Black” is that it is a term which refers purely to skin color, recognizing the fact that people from Africa come in a variety of shades and hues. Using “black” also allows people to distinguish between Americans with slave ancestors, who may not have a close connection with Africa, and recent immigrants from Africa. This term also includes Americans of slave ancestry who immigrated from the Caribbean, as these individuals may feel more closely connected to places like Haiti or Jamaica than Africa. Thus when we say and use Black we are referring to all are Dark skinned Cousins.

There are some things we just have to accept (Ok Say It Give me Some): 1) One the Bible is a Story about Africans and their relationship with God. Eighty percent of the Bible deals with the continents of African and African People, it is not until we get in to the Book of Acts and someone decides to go to Asia Minor that the Bible story Leaves The Mothers Continent.

2) And I say Mother Continent for a reason As Science has proven life started on Africa. The oldest human bones have been found in Africa, the genetic evidence points to Africa (Mitochondrial Eve is African and Sub-Saharan Africans are the most genetically diverse humans on Earth), and even the first evidence of human culture is found in Africa. Since we were from Africa, it makes sense that the first humans were probably dark skinned, as that protects against skin cancer. Light skin color is a later adjustment to take as much advantage of sunlight as possible in the days before Vitamin D pills. Thus we all have Black Ancestors and everyone is Black just some folks we call white are really just Less Black try sharing that next year at your confederate Day Party in South Carolina. Yes we must understand we are all Black. Black is our History.

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