By G. Baker-Fletcher
What's the right position of the Bible in Black church buildings? Baker-Fletcher explores the Bible as a uniquely authoritative textual content in the context of Black church worship and repair to the world. He analyzes the Bible’s important function in 3 types of witness: translation, proclamation, and empowerment. Trusting that the Bible is authentically “God’s note” that makes use of human language, Baker-Fletcher affirms the distinctiveness of the Bible within the church’s a number of projects of preaching, instructing, and prophetic ministries. Finally, discovering proverbial knowledge in rap song, the booklet concludes with a case learn of the ebook of Romans.
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49 The very first point that Weems establishes is that it has only been within the past one hundred years that large numbers of African Americans have been able to read. 50 Since the one “required” piece of literature made available to slaves was the Bible, communicated in public readings and sermons and interpreted by a slave master hermeneutics, slaves learned the content of the Bible. Reems notes that whether we might consider the content to have been distorted by the slave master’s justification of his system (“servants, be subject to your masters with all fear: not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.
66 Specifically, Blount gives an example of an “event ethics” with Jesus proclaiming the coming Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Mark 1:15: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. (NRSV) 24 Bible Witness in Black Churches What is the “event” that Jesus was proclaiming? 67 What can we say then about Wimbush, Weems, and Blount? All three may be said to take very seriously the notion of space. ”69 None of these three authors believes that space determines our reading of the Bible, in the sense that social, cultural, and historical factors are the only factor in determining how we read the Bible.
While the peacemaker King used nonviolent means to sue for greater access to civil rights, he was assassinated brutally, and his murder set off a week of social unrest in urban neighborhoods throughout the land. For Black people, their “prince of peace” had been crucified by hate-mongers. A Black theology of the Word can deeply appreciate the work of Martin Luther King without mistaking him as Christ, yet he did incarnate something of God’s loving justice for African Americans, and for all people because he helped us to continue to move forward the agenda of justice that is the social realization of love in society.
Bible Witness in Black Churches (Black Religion Womanist Thought Social Justice) by G. Baker-Fletcher