Justification Of Christianism In Africa

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Many African Americans believed that it is their divine mission to take Christianity to Africa. There have been many African Americans in late 1700s and early 1800s, which traveled to Africa with the sole purposes of evangelizing and establishing churches. Men such as David George, Lott Carey and Colin Teague, where some of the first African Americans who went to Africa to promote Christianity. Their efforts to spread Christianity presented a justification for the inhuman bondage suffered by people of African descent in America.1 In this paper, I will show how African Americans went from being slaves in the United States to being evangelical missionaries to their home country of Africa. A Historian by the name of Albert Raboteau states that those African American missionaries believed, “that God was drawing good out of the evil of slavery by using the American descendents of African slaves to take Christianity to the lands of their ancestors”.2
Early African American Missionary Activity
Majority of the first African American missionary activity involved the sending freed Black slaves back to Africa.3 Blacks and Southern land owners, who feared that the freed Blacks would come back to start a revolution, Northern politicians and clergy all thought that the free black slaves would want to go back to their homeland.3 This movement caused a lot of unrest in the African American community about whether or not this was a good idea.5

1. Wilmore, Gayraud S. Black Religion and Black Radicalism: An Interpretation of the Religious History of Afro-American People. (1972) Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1993. pp. 1-21.
Raboteau, Albert J. Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans. Oxford: Oxford University 2001. pp. 33...

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44 Ibid.
45 Ibid.
46 Ibid.
47 Ibid.
48 Ibid.
49 Ibid.

Today, even though the number of black churches has grown tremendously the number of black missionaries has declined. According to a 2013 Christian Times article, out the 4900 Southern Baptist Convention missionaries only 29 are black.50 We as culture need to get back to being dedicated to missionary work. There are a lot of people claiming to be Christians, but are they really? The question that needs to ask is you really a Christian, and if so what are you doing to either help others or spread the gospel?

50 Sarah E. Zylstra."Black Churches' Missing Missionaries." ChristianityToday, 2 Apr. 2013. Web. 06 May 2014.
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