“Go ahead and preach the Gospel, people are starving for it,” God told me that.
I grew up in the Gospel tradition that God still speaks through the Holy Ghost to those who will listen. These are my roots and I will not shy away from them.
I think it’s really sad that people grow up in this tradition and walk away. I am so thankful God chose me to buy in early on. I am completely assured in this truth that I want to share with you why I believe in Jesus, the Son of the living God.
Every day on this campus, I am reminded that I am Black and every day I remind myself I belong to the King of Kings. It is an interesting dynamic. One can easily make me feel worthless, and the other gives me infinite worth. I choose to live primarily in the latter. It is God’s love for me that defines me and how people perceive my blackness cannot stand against it.
I came into this world black, but I also came into this world fearfully and wonderfully made (reference Psalm 139:14). I cannot separate these identities and I think most Black believers have been lied to thinking they have to separate their faith and their race. I feel many black spaces on campus have said check your faith at the door. I have felt that Christian values are seen as less than or closed minded. But I will not let that hinder me anymore, this is my truth.
I value the truth that will pierce like the nails in my Savior’s hands. I believe that the Bible through and through is inspired by God and I live my life accordingly. To be Black in this country, you have to stand for something and the truth of the Bible is what I am standing on. My story is all about living a life that is honoring to God and His truth. I will speak up in a classroom that rejects the God of the Gospel. I try to live a life how the Apostle Paul says it, to live is Christ and to die is gain. This meaning if I have one thing that is unmoved in this world it is Jesus so I will live according to His truth.
My need for reconciliation in this country stems from an understanding of the scriptures. God reconciled himself to us through Jesus when we were as sinful as can be. That is why I can have hope that this nation will one day live up to its creed that all men will be treated equally.
You cannot be black in this country and not have a desire for justice. My conviction for justice has only deepened as I have searched the scriptures. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” I fight for the justice because my Lord fought for it first. This God that I serve authors justice and I trust it in His hands.
I still believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Christ was born of a virgin named Mary. I believe that he fed the 5,000. I believe that he raised Lazarus. I believe he was crucified on Calvary and that rose three days later and conquered the grave and death. And I believe he is coming back and will crack the sky with the sounding of the last trumpet.
I still believe, and with all of my heart I want you to believe too.