It's sad really. Elijah Mohammed lead a deceptive call for all blacks to leave Christianity, the "white man's religion" (and he also called the "white man" the devil) and join the "Nation of Islam," which even Muslims consider a "Kafir's religion."
elijah muhammed was a baprist preacher from his beginnings. Thus he was a protestant preaching a diabolical faith that was neither, protestant, islamic or Christian.
To many American born Ethiopians (African-Americans) Christianity is still a "white mans religion". This was propogated successfully in America since most so-called Christian faiths are really the product of western (European) inventions which are vastly seperated from the true faith of the fathers. These "christians" (I prefer protestant) Europeans were the worlds monsters for a long time going from place to place (in the name of "jesus") bringing "civilization" to the "heathens". These same folk ("christians") were the worlds slave dealers and pirates. They came to what we call America and began a slaughter of the native people and built the "new world' and the America we know today for free using African slaves. All this and more with the "church" out front.
A farse indeed.
This brutal, irresponsible behavior destroyed the justice and love for man which is the seed and root of the true faith forever (it seems) in the hearts of many Africans, African descent and other people of color world wide.
It was (is) very easy to persuade our African people (African Americans) that "Christianity is a white mans religion". It appears obvious.
The Orthodox Church is not the white mans religion. This is the true Church of God. We must work to spread this to the millions of African Americans (Ethiopians).
The Ethiopian Church established a mission in America in 1959 for this purpose. This mission today is all but gone.
The Coptic Church today has more African Americans within its fold than the Ethiopian Church. Which is fine; we are all one Church . I just feel that The Ethiopian should work harder (again) at this effort which does not seem likely in the forseable future.
Most African Americans that are converts in the Ethiopian Church are getting their teachings from the Coptic and Greek. Some are just moving into the Coptic traditon as a result. Again this is fine also. But it hurts that the Ethiopian Church has not been able to "keep" its African American converts. I am happy that those that are finding Orthodoxy are getting the love and care they need from the teachings of the Orthodox fathers like HH Pope Shenouda who has published endlessly on the Orthodox Church in almost every area of concern (IN ENGLISH....Praise God!!!). I pray that God preserves him for many more years. He is liken to the Apostles in our era. His preaching is all over the world (not just to and among Coptics). I pray the All hierarchs in the future will see the importance to teach (universally) on the Holy Church. The world needs to hear from us.....right now!!!
God is watching us.
Are we preaching and teaching to all the world?
Or are we comfortable in our local traditions and keep to ourselves?
The Orthodox Church is Universal, Apostolic, Holy & Orthodox in the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. It belongs not to the Ethiopians, The Copts, The Greeks, The Amenians, The Bulgarians etc. It belongs to Christ. Sometimes we forget the obvious.
And the idea of EO and OO is to me the largest evidence on earth that We ORTHODOX (ALL of us) are in trouble with God.
God said "Above ALL things LOVE ONE ANOTHER". That to me inlcudes differences that lead to the EO and OO. If we give each other the true love God commanded us to give each other he would save us from this rent.
It is outright arrogance to think that it is a special blessing in the EO or the OO. It was a lack of humility and love among our fathers not a differnce in doctrine that caused Chalcedon.
God has His blessing in His Church. And His Church can be neither seperated, reformed or divided by any man....and hell shall not prevail against it
God help us.....