Where is the U-N-I-T-Y within the black community? The African-American community is proliferated with splintered groups with similar agendas, but different motivations. There is the Black Church as a collective whole, the NAACP, the New Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, the newly-formed Black Lives Matter Movement, Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s P.U.S.H./Rainbow Coalition just to name a few. It seems like everyone wants to be the H.N.I.C.. I suggest that we unify in purpose and action. Many of our problems can be solved with the many resources that are already within our grasp, however, the underpinning requirement is unity.
Though it birthed the likes of Dr. M.L.K., Jr. and notable others during the burgeoning age of civil rights, I question the Black Church’s current efforts and achievements for people of color especially in urban communities that are plagued by poverty, substandard education, crime, low-income housing, single-parent households, and more. It is increasingly occupied with asserting its opposition to homosexuality and the microwave-ready prosperity gospel. The Black Church has collected more than $420 billion in tithes and donations since 1980, but those monies have been egregiously misappropriated? It has collected enough money to establish its own central bank, yet it continues to deposit its tax-exempt bankroll into white-owned banking institutions that approve sub-prime loans to people of color or outright decline the loan applications altogether. If leading people to Jesus and winning souls is the only things going on in church, we are in trouble. This is not an indictment on black churches. It’s a call for accountability. The church spends so much time majoring in the minors: prosperity gospel, anti-homosexuality, etc., but what of Planned Parenthood and its salient presence in the urban communities of America? Abortion is the #1 killer of black life in America, not AIDS, not high blood pressure, not drugs, not alcohol, yet the black church as a whole remains mute on the subject. Now, I know that the black community is plagued by a plethora of issues, however, if the black church was to organize, consolidate its many divisive groups and present itself as a unified body of people with one voice, just maybe it could add to the list of measurable progress.
In a previous conversation on social media I stated the following:
“Exactly! Slaves focused on Christ and prayed to him for approximately 245 years. They sang spirituals and hymns until they were hoarse. What did that change, though? *crickets* It was the efforts of courageous slaves, freedmen, abolitionists, and sympathetic legislators that effected the necessary change that eventually went into law. Jesus' work was done on the cross. It's up to us now to do our part, now.”
Now, some seem to believe that the things that are playing out on a daily basis have been orchestrated since the beginning of time by God (as humans bear no responsibility), however, I find that to be flawed logic.
You mean to tell me that slavery was orchestrated by God? Seriously? Is that your final answer? Then my arguments rings true and black folk have been wasting their time praying for almost 400 years. If everything that is happening has been prophesied why should we care about anything? Why even pray? Why organize? Why march? Why do anything? We might as well twiddle our thumbs and wait on God to act. I stand by my original statement. Jesus, did his work on the cross. It's up to US to do our part, now. The man died and resurrected himself and we still want him to do miracles! Christ on a cracker! Wake up! I believe in God (my concept of God) and I have a relationship with God, however, the difference is that I have personal accountability. I understand that I have a role to play and that action is required on my part to actualize whatever it is that I desire to come to fruition.