Summary: This sermon is written in honor of Black History Month. Not only do we look at how important our history is, but we are also challenged to look at how we as black/African Americans have always been central to God’s story.
What About His-story?
Back in the days of steam ships, only rich white people sailed at sea. One day while sailing, something suddenly happened to the ship and it was about to sink. Terrified, the white folks aboard didn’t know what to do. Someone suggested that they do what the black folks did------PRAY.
However, unfortunately, no one knew what to say. So they called upon John, a black cook on the ship and asked him to pray. John agreed and came up on deck to pray. He started like this: “Lord on the day of hunger I went to a restaurant to get something to eat and the sign said: For Whites Only. I went to the water fountain to get water and the sign said: For Whites Only. Then Lord, I went to use the restroom and the sign said: For Whites Only. So Lord Almighty, forgive me because I know this isn’t Christian, but when this ship… sinks, let it be: For Whites Folks Only…. In Jesus Name I Pray, AMEN!!!
Funny Story, but if you lived in the day when there was segregation everywhere you know what its’ like to go to a restaurant and see a sign that says For Whites Only. Or what its like to be thirsty and you see a water fountain in sight, but the sign above it reads: For Whites Only. You know what its like to have to go to restroom really bad, but the sign above the restroom reads For Whites Only. Or you’re catching the bus, knowing the humiliation of having to walk all the way to the back of the bus, because the front is For Whites Only. (Unwritten signs today)!
For us as black (African Americans) people, this type of racism, oppression, and pain has been a part of our history. There are not only trials and challenges in our history, but there is a part of our history that is most overlooked. That part where we have been victors over our oppressors, creators of great inventions, and the courageous role models who were the first to make it into pro sports, political offices, and court houses. There is greatness in our history! I want to propose today that we as black people have not only been central to what we would label as black history, but we have always been an important part of “His”(God) story. Lets Pray!
(Begin story) One day I was out in the community around New Life Fellowship reaching out to people, inviting them to church, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. I came to this one ladies house, knocked on the door and a middle aged black woman answered the door. I introduced myself, invited her to come to church, and handed her a pamphlet. I then told her that Jesus loves her and her response caught my attention. She said, “Your God is a white God and my God is black!” I then proceeded to challenge her thinking and this led to an interesting conversation in which she did respond positively by saying she had never heard some of things in which I presented about Christ and the Bible (End Story).
Your God is a white God and my God is black!” Very powerful words! At the heart of this is a lack of understanding, but at the same time I understand why one could be short of understanding. There has been a lot of bad information or lack of information concerning our history as black people. We have believed lies about our heritage, lies about our history, lies about the Bible, and even lies about God.