Summary: The African-American culture is different from every other culture in this nation of ours. We have different ways about us. We view things differently. We respond to things differently. We evaluate situations with a different perspective. There is a part
SERMON SERIES: "Life Is Too Short..."
Text: Joshua 4:20-24
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua
pitch in Gilgal. 21 And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying,
When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying,
What mean these stones? 22 Then ye shall let your children know,
saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23 For the LORD
your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were
passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried
up from before us, until we were gone over: 24 That all the people of
the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye
might fear the LORD your God for everb.
SUBJECT: "LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO LEAVE A LEGACY"
The African-American culture is different from every other culture in
this nation of ours. We have different ways about us. We view
things differently. We respond to things differently. We evaluate
situations with a different perspective.
There is a part of our African-American culture that is sadly dying
and fading away. It is how we communicate and deal with our legacy.
Specifically, how we pass down information from one generation to
We are more removed from each other unlike any other generation.
Although we have more methods of communication than any generation in
history - cell phones, PDAs, blackberry devices, e-mail, instant
messaging, newspaper, radios, television, satellites, Global
positioning services - we don't communicate well with each other in
our homes. Some people know more about people they meet on AOL than
the do at H-O-M-E.
However, as African-American, our historical narrative was passed
down from generation to generation not by large volumes of books -
but we passed down our history through communication. WE are oral
historians. We didn't write books - we didn't own printing presses -
so, we talked about Big Mama, Aunt Sookie, Miss Jones, Grandma Sally,
Uncle Luther - and the names of our past were kept alive from
generation to generation because we passed it down.
We didn't pass down written records. Sometimes it would be nothing
more than a tattered picture, a funeral program, or maybe a birth
certificate - but we talked with our children. This generation has
uncles that they have never heard of. This generation has aunts that
they have never heard of. This generation has grandparents that they
never heard of. They don't know why their hair is so coarse. They
don't know why their skin is so fair or so dark. They don't know why
they're so tall. They don't know why they're so "big boned." We
passed down the legacy - but not anymore.
However, the largest legacy we left was that of the relationship of
our parents with the Lord. Grandmamma and "them" never hid their
walk with the Lord. Granddaddy and "them" never were ashamed about
their relationship with God. Those old folk not only were visible in
church - but you could feel a special presence being around them.
They took their walk with God seriously. Mind you, they weren't
great theologians, but they knew God. They didn't know eschatology,
but they knew the Holy Ghost. They didn't know soteriology, but they
knew they were born again. They didn't know zoelogy, but they knew
that they needed to live the life they talked about.
We've stopped communicating and passing down some principles. It's
sad. Our children have become victims of different religious
cultures - because we didn't insist on some things with our children
like our parents insisted upon our lives.
They insisted that we go to church.
They insisted that we sung in the choir.
They insisted that we went to Sunday school.
They insisted that we went to BTU and YPWW.
They insisted that we went to Prayer Meeting.
They insisted that we learned our Golden Bible Verse.
They insisted that we went to Associations.
They insisted that we went to Conventions.
They insisted that we went to Church - morning, noon and night.
They insisted that we read our Bibles before we went to bed.
They insisted that we got on our knees and prayed before we climbed
However, there has been a disconnect - a deconstruct - that occurred
between grandmamma and them and us and them - our children are not
like we were:
They don't have the zeal for the Lord that we had.
They don't shout like we use to shout.
They don't sing like we use to sing.
They don't get before God like we use to.
They don't dance in church like we use to.
They don't wave their hands like we use to.