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The world says “If you don’t know where you’re from; you can’t know where you’re going” That’s true in the sense of identity and culture and family history and upbringing. It’s important to know where you come from DNA wise, Community wise, ethnicity wise and so on. That’s where many of our underlying beliefs, that ‘Blood is thicker than water’ comes from.
<< Jesus answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15.3) >>
However, I only agree to a certain extent. Which means I don’t fully agree with it. The reason why is because I am a CHRISTIAN and I understand that ‘He who calls the world his home has no home’. I know Christians who were born and raised in Foster families (have no idea who their parents are or were) but understand where they are from in the sense that they are not a body with a soul; but they are a soul with a body. Our bodies will decay and grow old and will be buried in dust. But our souls will return to the LORD who made it in ETERNITY. Whether that’s an eternity with him in His Eternal inexhaustible glory (heaven) or an eternity without him in His Eternal unquenchable wrath (hell) – our souls will live forever. We must understand that whilst blood is thicker than water; the spirit is thicker than blood.
<< Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10.37) >>
Though I’m part of Black British Homeschooling network that teaches young children #BlackBritish and African Culture and history every fortnight in South East London; though I speak more than a few African languages and have worked with African migrants and refugees all over Europe for almost a decade now; I would still be labelled as a ‘sellout’ by those within my community who would disagree with this post but perhaps more deeply with the idea that you can be black and christian.
<< “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you (Isaiah 49.15) >>
Now i’m happy and fearfully and wonderfully made of course; the Lord has made me black for a reason – and I celebrate that. Nevertheless; better is the one who understands that he or she is a hell deserving sinner and repents onto the LORD knowing that his soul is from the Father above; than for one to understand where he or she is physically from and yet fail to understand their souls and the destinations of their soul is what really matters. Our lives may matter; but it is our redemption of our souls that matter the most. Just a glance and a snippet of a revelation of God’s love for us in Christ – everything else – including ethnic relations, cultural etiquettes and physical patriotisms to the things of this world becomes manure. Ask the woman with an issue of blood in Luke 8 to touched the ‘border of Jesus’ garment’ and her sinful life was made whole – just like that.
<< There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Gal 3.28-29) >>
Believers: let us be encouraged – Galatians 3 is correct! In heaven there is neither jew nor greek, nor black nor white, nor male nor female, nor circumcised nor uncircumcised nor slave nor free can seperate us from His Love.