Welcome to my blog spot. This is an opportunity to connect with concerns and comments on any topic. Feel free to post on this blog with the same courtesy and respect that you would to receive from others. I look forward to many interesting thoughts and opinions. As always, Apostle Charles
Friday, November 5, 2010
"Shouting" in church!
Have you ever wondered why some black folk tend to “shout” or “get happy” during church service? Long ago, after or during the church service, some of the congregation would join in a “ring shout.” It is an African praise tradition that has survived a deliberate and somewhat successful campaign to de-Africanize the black man and woman here in America during slavery. (See The Willie Lynch Letter). Sadly, many of our black educated ministers and church goers have abandoned this form of spiritual expression. They associate this sort of behavior as “geechee,” “country,” or just plain unsophisticated. Fortunately, this African praise tradition has prevailed today in some black churches here in America. This is especially true down south thanks to black women. It’s one of the few remnants of African culture that wasn’t completely destroyed by bondage. It’s part of our beautiful culture. It’s even more beautiful to behold.
P.S. I have not seen persons in leadership (i.e. bishops and presiding elders) 'shouting'. Do they think this is unsophisticated? I'm just asking.
I don't know if they think this below their dignity.