Since the Black people have been imported to the United States in the 16th Century, they have been looked down upon as if they are inferior and second class human beings. One writer, Hollis Lynch in the article titled, “Afro-American, Black America” has this to say, “African Americans are largely the descendants of slaves -people who were brought from their African homelands by force to work in the New World. Their rights were severely limited, and they were long denied a rightful share in the economic, social, and political progress of the United States. Nevertheless, African Americans have made basic and lasting contributions to American history and culture.” While the history of mankind may depict such seemingly dismal picture of one segment of human culture like this, from God’s perspective we have a much better beautiful picture.
In Genesis 1:26-27, the Bible said of God, the Creator, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” So from God’s viewpoint, every man or woman is created beautiful like God Himself. Genesis chapter concludes by saying, “God saw all that he had made, and it was good. . . “ So we can conclude that every human race, Black, White, Brown, etc. is beautiful in the eye of God Almighty. And like it is always said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. The question is, How do you and I look or see ourselves irrespective of who we are and what color of skin we may have, or even in spite of our socio-economic status? And in spite of what the power of sin and Satan may have done to us, God in His love sent Jesus into the world to redeem us and make us His own beautiful children (John 3:16, 1:12).
The Black History month celebration, especially here in the United States, ought not be a time of hopelessness but that of jubilation, freedom and thankfulness for what and how God has reshaped those who would invite Jesus Christ into their lives as Savior and Lord. Hence, the beautiful repositioning of us thus, “So in Christ you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). None of us should allow anyone/anything to put us down. We are beautiful children of God.
Dr. Johnson Omoni