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In The Beginning: Becoming the Other

In the beginning, God created the rich and complex variety we see in every facet of His handiwork.. All of it is meant to show His glory.  His word says: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God;And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1   He created us to love and be loved, to love Him and love each other.  The differences in skin color, cultures, ethnicity and language in humanity are amazing learning experiences that are mutually enriching.  But because of the Fall, these differences are made the basis of hate and segregation, teaching us to destroy rather than build up what God has created in perfect love.  This hatred and destruction comes from the enemy…

In The Beginning

In The Beginning I began in the womb of Africa, a majestic continent rich in natural resources. According to my DNA profile, I am 40% Cameroon, Congo, and Southern Bantu peoples.  I am 19% Benin and Togo, to a lesser extent Ivory Coast and Ghana, and even lesser extent Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal. How did someone with this ancestry get to America?  When my ancestors were forced from their homes, put on a ship, and taken to the New World, Europe, and the Carribean Islands, including South America, they instantly became goods to buy and sell. How is it that human beings who could be bought and sold, taken to a land that professed freedom and equality? What was the justification for this tragedy? In…