PROPHETIC PREACHING Series: Introduction
The Black Church has historically been at the forefront of progressive change in America, and indeed, the world. The history of people of African descent is in large part, the history of the Black Church. The African American community is a crossroads, faced with a number of pressing issues that will define the future of family structure, population, politics, arts, economics, criminal justice. and other aspects of this community.
A man sets out to visit a dentist in order to relieve a tooth ache. The dentist fills the tooth. But soon thereafter goes away. The man experiences another pain and finds a second dentist to address the problem. This time, the dentist keeps the man in a crowded waiting room for hours, without ever calling him into the private office. Consequently, the man leaves to find a third dentist. This dentist quickly calls the man into a room and commences with the gas. The man wakes, astonished that most of his teeth are gone. And worse, the pain is still there.The point being, the first dentist dealt with the situation as it actually was, filling the tooth in pain. The second dentist was so busy addressing everything else that the man’s needs were never met. And the third dentist, rather than understand and deal with the need, offered general solutions that completely missed the actual problem. Previous generations witnessed prophetic black clergy that bold in their mission to specifically address the needs of people of African descent. Clergy such as Nat Turner, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Hosea Williams, Vernon Johns, Wyatt T. Walker, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to mention a few.More recently, however, black church leadership has been socially engineered to (in many cases) be little more than a clerical mutant from the Christian faith.
It is the goal of PROPHETIC PREACHING Series to disseminate messages that are jewels hidden in fields of religious foolishness, entertainment, and flowery messages that are withholding from black America spiritual information and insights that would otherwise equip blacks to resurrect our commitment to God, family, and community.
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