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At some point between the years of 2000-2003, I was in the car with my son when the chorus line of Ghetto

"...They tried to tell us in the verses and the scriptures
But I guess the real message must have missed us..."

Stardom (a track on rapper Mac Mall's 1996 album release "Untouchables") grabbed my ear.

It was amazing how I had not been paying any attention to the lyrics until hearing the first few words of the chorus line; at which point I wasn't sure I had heard correctly.  My son confirmed I had heard correctly.  As it did on whatever day that was, the chorus line yet disturbs my soul on this very day.

Paraphrasing  2 Timothy 3:15,  from the days of our childhood,  we are to--know--the holy scriptures, through the knowledge of which we can attain the wisdom, which is necessary for us to "work out with trembling and fear" the salvation of our soul; and which comes through faith in Christ.

Though blessed to have long been enjoying my golden years, I well remember my childhood days of walking across the street for the 9am Sunday morning Sunday school service, staying for the Sunday 11 o'clock service, and walking back again for the 6pm Sunday evening Baptist Young People's Training.  I was trained up to memorize and recite all 66 books of the authorized King James version of the holy scriptures; trained up to memorize and recite the 23rd Psalms; to know the 10 Commandments by heart; to kneel nightly to say the children's bedtime prayer. 


While those passages were then and yet are essential to know, they were not then, and are even less now, the full gospel message necessary to empower me with what was and yet is an absolute necessity for African-American parents; i.e., training up our children how to rise above the situation of being hated above all nations of people on earth. 

Though little is said about it, one of the most detriMENTAL evils of the black code restrictions during the era of chattel slavery were the forbidden or controlled worship services.  In some camps there were Caucasian pastors who religiously preached without fail the passage of scripture instructing slaves to obey their master, and not to steal from their master.  In camps where an African-American pastor was allowed to preach, there had to be a Caucasian pastor present.   Though they lacked knowledge of the full gospel truth, their zeal for God sustained our ancestors.  


African-American history does not begin until 1619.  Black His-Story begins with His Story is with divine purpose of bringing a measure of absolute truth forth to set captives free. To this day, the real message of the African-American spiritual roots and contributions to the planet Earth as set forth in the gospel of the kingdom is missing our children, youth, and young adults (CYYA).