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According to studies, 89%, or 9 out of 10 Americans believe in God. However, over recent years, more young people are drifting away from God while the beliefs of older people remained the same over the course of 50 years. Taking into account the population of Black America (14%), the percentage of those who believe in God would average out to about 95%; with a small population within itself drifting away. Yet in relation to age and current national trends, the percentage of those drifting away is rising, mainly among young Black Americans. This commentary is about why that population is increasing.
As with any cultural trend, generational traditions change over time; from one parent to their children and so on. And eventually, what was normal practice 20 years ago becomes almost obsolete, such as women keeping their virginity until marriage and men marrying women if they became pregnant. Overtime, those cultural mores fade away and give way to more radical forms of coping in a fast changing society. New-age ideologies are introduced into society and people begin to entertain those ideologies until they become mainstream or normal, such as homosexuality and the current trend of the transgender movement.
The old ideology of faith in God and attending church to worship him have given way to a new form of atheism disguised as a new "consciousness" or a form of being "awaken" from the old theories about God and religion. Black Americans have taken hold of these new theories in retaliation to their frustration with white supremacy and of the false prophets of the Black church, or mega-church preachers. Many believe that Christianity is the white man's weapon in keeping the Black soul docile and subservient from the times of slavery and others believe the Black church is nothing more than a reflection of that mentality. However, there is an old saying that goes: "do not throw the baby out with the bath water." Yes, the bath water is dirty, but don't throw the baby out too.
The new "conscious" movement has done just that. They have thrown God away in an attempt to undermine the church. In fact, they have taken to seeking answers from ancient African history that may somehow overshadow Christianity. The problem is they now have misplaced faith because once the "conscious" mind disannuls the concept of Christianity; they are then faced with the dilemma of whether or not there remains to be any existence of God at all. Some replace the Christian God with an African God and some do away with the concept of God altogether and reach for what they consider higher sources of spirituality such as the universe, the sun, and or the stars. In other words, they have thrown out God with Christianity.
Other "conscious" minds have done away with God by denouncing religion altogether, not realizing that religion has very little to do with the authenticity of God but is simply how man chooses to worship God. Religion is not the enemy of Black America, but those who practice religion wrongfully are. The problem in distinguishing the two is where these Black minds go astray. They must understand that even though there are various world religions, each one is simply worshipping God in their own way. This does not mean that God Himself is not real. To attach the existence of God with the term and practice of religion is not even equivalent to throwing the baby out with the bath water, but throwing the baby out because the water is not working, which is considered a form of misplaced priorities. In other words, you never wanted anything to do with the baby in the first place.
Another, even more perplexed crowd of the "conscious" are those who have denounced the Holy Bible as untrue or made up; choosing rather to depend on scientific and historical research of ancient times. They resort to philosophical forms of logic and reason, themes taken from ancient Greek and Rome in order to justify their atheistic theories. Though much research has been done about the people and lands of the Holy Bible, the "conscious" minded are totally missing the point. God is a spirit and His existence cannot be confined or defined by a book alone. Nor can He be found in ancient artifacts, bones, or tombs. God is a presence that man has yet to solve as pertaining to being a mystery. Until man can prove that God does not exist or that the Bible is not actually referencing God, there can never be an absolute truth to either side of the coin.
The "conscious" crowd is basically atheists who are searching for a new god. One that is not white, is not referenced from a book, or is not worshipped in brick and mortar buildings with denominational names. They are on a journey to find something they have yet to define outside of what has already been named and done in history before. They are seeking a tangible, mathematically solvable equation that will fit their concept of what God is and give life meaning. In literal perspective, however, the "conscious" mind is angry. They are hurting from some life experience that has pushed them away from believing in something that could actually make their lives better and more bearable. Some have been deceived by a loved one; some have been emotionally and mentally abused, and some have simply chosen this path of resistance because it is easier not to believe than it is too believe.
© Apr. 2017
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