A few weeks ago, War Room actress and author of one of my favorite ministerial books, Fervent, Priscilla Shirer, ministered at ministered at LifePointe Church, declaring that she does not described herself as a Black woman.
Of course in this season of social media and click bait, bloggers and journalists took to the keyboard and made the profound statement into something Internet trolls couldn’t wait to attack.
But most people aren’t truly listening to the message it its entirety. Many are stopping at, “I do not describe myself as a Black woman,” and running to their headlines with it. Because in this age of post-modernism where slavery still occurs on football fields and Jim Crow is very much alive in our rights to vote and petition the government, being Black is powerful. So I understand why her statement may make many of my melinated brothers and sisters uncomfortable. But if you consider yourself a Christian and call yourself mad because of her words, maybe you should rewind and listen to her entire message.
Shirer goes on to declare, “I don’t want my race to be the describing adjective of who I am as a woman. I am not a Black woman. I am a Christian woman who happens to be Black.”
She’s saying exactly what God calls us to proclaim daily. That above all else, we are His children FIRST! She even furthers her proclamation by discussing why she feels this way.
“It’s the job of your adjective to describe the noun of who you are. If there’s gonna be an adjective describing me, it’s not gonna be my race, it’s going to be I’m a woman who believes in every single thing that my God has declared to be true,” she continues. “And I will stand firmly on the promises of His word because I will be girded in truth.”
She ignites a fire within the congregation as she further encourages that Jesus doesn’t side along party lines, nor does He ride the backs of donkeys or elephants….and neither should we.
“So if your race or if your political group is going in a different direction than the Word of God, you don’t choose your Blackness or whiteness or whatever culture you are.” Then she challenges us with, “You do not choose that or your political persuasion over what God declares to be true.”
So if you are Christian and are still uncomfortable, disgusted or upset over her message, could it be a feeling of conviction? Have you placed your race, your political party, your sorority/fraternity, your nationality, your church denomination or any other socially constructed idea or group that further divides us above standing on the Word of God? If so, maybe reconsider how you define who you are or, better yet, WHOSE you are, because at the end of the day, God has no respect of persons.
“[God] did not come to take sides. He came to take over!”
To Priscilla Shirer, I say….
Keep on preachin’, preacha!