Black First, Disciple Of Christ Second…..I Don’t Think So!

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Articles, Freedom, Religion
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I find it absolutely hilarious that I’ve seemed to offend some in the black community in regards to my stance of considering myself a Christian before considering myself being a black man (referring to the looks and comments that I receive after I posted my thoughts on “Black History And The Unforgiving Spirit” Link to the article: https://ronbigblackgarrett.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/black-history-and-the-unforgiving-spirit/).

What is even funnier to me is that many of these black folk claim Christianity as their religion yet the continue to idolize their “blackness” and anyone or anything that they choose to fit into that category over the things of Jesus Christ and His teachings and when I point this fact out to them they seem to have no clue at what I’m talking about which leads me to reconsider who their true Father is for Christ has no preference for color and His word teaches us that His only consideration is for those who love Him and call on His name as Lord and Savior of their lives (“Christians of other colors/races/creeds; replace “black” with what/who you identify with if you’re doing this; I’m also talking to you!).

When we ask Jesus into our hearts we are supposed to shed off the “old man” and put on the new one as we start the process of becoming a new person in the image of Christ yet I’m often told by many members of the black community who call themselves Christians and claim that Jesus is Lord of their lives and say that He is first in their hearts that I should first consider and side with “any and everything” that is “black” even when it is plainly clear that the “any and everything” in question is directly in opposition to the teachings and the things of God.

How can this be? Who is our master? Is it our blackness or the black community? Is it the opinions of mere men and women who only have a faux relationship with Jesus that is born out by their racist and un-Godlike attitude towards people of other races beside their own? Did God tell us in Matthew 7:12 to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” with the caveat that they had to be within your own race?

I think not!

Does being black and taking into consideration my blackness before I make a decision even remotely gives me the opportunity to stand before Jesus in Heaven or if I practice this type of racist and “idolistic” behavior do I really believe that I will hear Him say “well done thy good and faithful servant” which should be the ultimate desire of every disciple of Christ?

I love ALL of God’s people the same thus I do my utmost best to by the leading of God’s Holy Spirit to practice the tenants of the Bible which is profitable for me while steering clear of the poison that is taught in so many communities and cultures to hate, not associate with, not like, be unkind to, take advantage of, kill, cheat, or secretly hide one’s feelings about someone or some group that has a different skin color than this vessel of the Lord has.

I must admit that some people (no matter the skin color, culture,creed etc.) are difficult to love and whenever I find myself facing this truth I know that through this difficulty in dealing with someone who is racist toward me, my family, my peers, or who treats me badly because I practice the tenants of my Father Jesus Christ I do all that I can through prayer and supplication to place this difficulty at His (Jesus’) feet, repent of any un-Godlike behavior or attitudes, and ask Him to show me how to deal with that situation in a more Godlike fashion in the future and how I can (now that I have the right attitude again) pray for this person (which has become much easier as I grow closer with the Lord!).

In conclusion if anyone cannot understand that while I appreciate my “blackness” and the culture/heritage that comes with it they probably will not understand that if I truly felt the way that they are characterizing me (I refuse to give people this power) that I would in fact be spitting on who and what God has made me to be and knowing that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” I could never do that.

As I look into the mirror I see a beautiful, handsome, a little bit darker than mocha-colored brother who is astutely happy with how a loving God has crafted Him (He broke the mold when He made me! (Okay, He does that for everybody because we’re all different, LOL!)

Of course I notice my black skin but as I continue to grow in Him what I see first is a triune being whose heritage begins and ends with Jesus Christ and to consider anything else before Him including my blackness and the heritage associated with it would blaspheme what He has done for me when He died that horrible and gruesome death on a tree at Calvary so long ago and I’m not willing to do that for anyone.

I pray for you who Lord your color over your lives whether it be blackness, whiteness, or any other color.

I pray for those of you who first consider your race, creed, or heritage before considering if the next person is your brother or sister in Christ when dealing with him or her.

I pray for those of you who will not forgive others of the historical wrongs and keep the revenge or “payback” minded attitude that can only come from satan as I know that God will never honor this way of thinking.

Though you may mock me I and others that have received this same message from a Loving God who loves all of His children and is delighted by the variety of colors and pigments that He chose as our skin colors know that we have clearly heard from God on this issue and that when you identify more with your race/creed/color etc., that you are in clear opposition to God and need to repent lest “pride” (be it black, white, brown or “other”) takes over your heart and takes you further away from God.

Who am I to speak to you this way?

I am your brother if you claim Christ.

I am your enemy who still loves you if you serve the devil for you still have an opportunity to live as Jesus died for you too.

I am the one that God gave this message to just as He has done to all of us at one time or another.

I am the Son of the Living God, whose knows His true heritage yet also accepts the earthly heritage that I was born with reverence which is why I know more “black history” than many of the black men and women who try to call me out on things that are “black” during Black History Month and after the month is over then go back to despising their blackness for the other eleven months of the year.

If I’ve offended you today….good!

Now you have something to take before the Lord because His word clearly tells us not to walk in offense and maybe through time with Him you’ll hear from Him how evil this line of thinking in ANY community or group of people is and I don’t know about you but I want to know and hear from Him if it costs me the world and everything that is in it that He has allowed me to steward over for “as for me and my house we shall serve the Lord!”

Ron “oh yeah” “Big Black” Garrett

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Comments
  1. I loved this post so much, Ron, my brother in Christ. You’re a strong Christian and you are right in what you’ve written here. God will use your words to speak truth to those who are struggle with prioritizing their Christianity and its meaning within their lives. It certainly matters more than the color of our skin. (big hug)

    Adrienne

  2. Reblogged this on life of a female bible warrior and commented:
    This beautiful posting of Ron’s made me want to cry; it is just so powerful. I hope everyone is as blessed by it as I am. It really moved me. Please keep Ron in your prayers as he is a strong brother in Christ.

  3. zanspence says:

    Yes! I completely agree. For those of us who are black first and Christian second I’ve described as followers of a “civil rights gospel”. It started from slavery where Christianity gave slaves hope and Harriet Tubman was seen as a Moses. We leveraged God to deal with racism. And racism still exists but we forget that it’s a flavor of sin and God has taught us what sin is and what we are to do with it and that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. Even if God chose us to all be the same race then we would find something else to use to separate and discriminate, it’s the nature of man and the depravity of man. It’s fine to leverage God to deal with racism but at the end of your form of evangelism we must tell the truth that people need to be born again– that is the gospel. The civil rights Gospel isn’t the same as The Gospel. This was a huge issue during this past election. Most black Christians voted for Obama even though his political ideology is not an application of a Christian worldview. There is a debate to consider in that democrats acknowledge poverty(though flawed) and that was an aspect of Jesus but republicans uphold the implicit value of every life and (pro-life) and the divine, sovereign, symbolic, and allegorical nature of marriage between a man and woman. The Republicans weigh heavier so I voted my moral conscience in this election.

  4. alwayzhis says:

    I thank sister Adrienne for reblogging your post! I praise God for brothers in Christ like you who are willing to speak the truth in love! May He bless you mightily!
    Stephanie

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