– The Bottom Line –
This has to be the most honest sermon ever delivered to a congregation. We’ve all been told in church that we are sinners. There is no revelation in this and so no surprise to us, we’ve heard it too many times.
But this sermon definitely ‘takes the cake’ when it comes to brutal honesty! Talk about a ‘bottom line guy.’ This is my kind of preacher. Just wish his church was nearby me.
Here’s the story.
Dr. James David Manning, the notoriously controversial chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church in New York City, recently delivered a bold and controversial message to his congregants about the black community’s perception of the George Zimmerman trial. He urged his mostly black congregation to stop viewing the world through their “black eyes” and start looking at it through the “blood of Jesus.” …
He called out those in the black community who refuse to consider any other possibility than Zimmerman racially profiled and killed Martin in cold blood.
“The only reason why you think that way is because you’re black,” Manning preached. “You see the world, not through the blood of Jesus, you see the world through your black eyes. You have not changed yet.”
He went on:
“You’re black before you’re anything. You’re black before you’re Christian, you’re black before you’re holy ghost, you’re black before you’re anything. You’re blackness is greater than your religion. And that’s why with you, Zimmerman’s guilty.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was first a Christian and then an American. The color of his skin was insignificant. Shame on the black community for disregarding their greatest leader. And shame on all Americans for allowing their greatest leader Jesus Christ, to be so minimized and ridiculed in the country that was founded on his character and his teachings…
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