I was listening to NPR the other day and heard gospel singing – specifically music from “Black Nativity”, and it got me thinking:
Why do people who have been obviously neglected by their god turn out to be the most religious? Why do they love their god, even after hundreds of years of “punishment”?
But let me be more specific: African Americans, enslaved by white “Christians” for hundreds of years, not only took on their owner’s last names, but also adopted their owner’s religion.
When millions of Africans prayed every night to Jesus, why didn’t he (Jesus) listen? Why didn’t god do anything? For hundreds of years, spanning many generations, he ignored prayers from Africans. Where was he? And finally when Africans were technically free, they simply ignored the hundreds of years of neglect and fall back in love with the same god that left them enslaved!
It’s amazing and confusing. Once again, we offer thanks to god for the good things that happen, but never blame him for the bad things that happen.