Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jesus Saves

In an election year which literally showcases the son of an African and the scion of slave-holding aristocrats, I sometimes reconsider my apostasy. While the consensus is that the Black church is a force for political empowerment, my reading of history leads to a different conclusion. If not for the restrictions imposed from above, there is no reason to believe that blacks forcibly transported to the New World or living under colonial rule would have embraced Christianity. It is only with a combination of active encouragement and tacit approval of the dominant structure that the church took root in the Black community.

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