Friday, February 01, 2008

Black History Month: What do Many of the Heroes Have in Common?

They were followers of Jesus Christ...

From "Follow the Lord Jesus" by Chuck Colsons, posted 2/1/07 at

It’s Black History Month—and in classrooms around the country, children have been learning about famous African-Americans and their contributions to our culture. That’s a good thing. But there is one thing most kids have not been learning about many of these famous men and women: that is, their Christian faith and how it motivated their lives and their work.

For instance, Sojourner Truth is often identified as a women’s rights advocate and abolitionist. Overlooked is the source of Sojourner’s fiery devotion to human rights: That was her commitment to Jesus Christ. “The Lord gave me the name Sojourner,” she declared, “because I was to travel up and down the land, showing people their sins, and being a sign unto them.” At age 88, her dying words were, “Follow the Lord Jesus.”

Wow...Showing them their sins? That would certainly be a politically incorrect statement today - even in most of our churches, but it is certainly Biblical...

Read the entire commentary.