You need to understand some background about the African Americans to be able to reach out to them. First, they suffered under the white European man, who enslaved them and treated them very badly. Many African Americans still remember the horrible memories of their slavery to the white man.
When other religion started preaching the African Americans, it attacked Christianity as the religion of the white man who enslaved them, defiled their dignity, and degraded their humanity. Moreover, it told them that Christ was a white person from the same ethnicity that enslaved them and His teaching resulted in permitting their slavery.
On the other hand, Islam, for example, proclaimed that Islam is the religion of Africans and that their prophet Mohamed lived in
You can’t imagine the psychological influence of these accusations on the minds and souls of some African Americans. At work, many African Americans women came to ask me this question: Was Christ a white man? ‘We can’t believe that He was a white man,’ they said. The color of the skin is very significant to them. You will not believe the relief they felt after I explained that Christ, as a native from the
Therefore, the first thing we need to establish is Christianity is not a European religion. It did not start by white European people. Christianity started in the Middle East by people from Asia and
Christianity started by darker skin people like those who come from the Middle East. Christ was born in Palestine, part of Asia that has nothing to do with
A good number of the apostles of Christ were from Africa. For example, St. Mark, the writer of the second gospel, was born in
Christianity started in the Middle East, and not in Europe and was started by Africans and Asians people, not by European people. The first Christian church was established in
A great number of saints came from
The first Christian church in Africa was the Coptic Orthodox Church in
- Established the first theological institute in the world, the
Schoolof Alexandria Egypt
- Christian monasticism in all its forms started in
- Christianity had suffered tremendously during the Middle Ages in
Europe. But the African and Asian churches kept the pure faith and worship as was delivered by Christ and the His apostles until today. They represent the guardians of the Christian faith.
The Coptic Church took Christianity to
The mother of all Christian churches in
I invite you to go back to my article about ‘What did Christ say about the Coptic Orthodox Church?’ to add to this topic, since it talks about the Coptic Church as an African church. For example, see how the only prophecy about the New Testament’s altar was about
In Conclusion, the African Americans are thirsty for a theology different from the theology of the white man. The Coptic Church with its roots in
They need to feel the love of brotherhood and sisterhood, something stressed very much by Islam in the
The African Americans are eager for spirituality, therefore, show them the spring of the great pure spirituality in the Coptic Church. They are also eager to spiritual discipline. So, talk to them about our two third of the year in fasting, our seven prayers, our divine liturgy, the discipleship with the spiritual father for each Copt, and the right freedom of the gospel which is different from the irresponsible freedom they say today among some Christians. They need to see good examples of purity of life. Tell them about our opposing to the ideas of pre-marriage sex and how we consider as a sin. Explain to them the love of purity we have in our church.
Finally, explain to them that slavery is not Christian. There is a whole epistle of
You can approach the African American churches by volunteering to speak in their churches about “The Mother of all African churches.” Then establish good ties with the pastors and the people. Go there prepared with brochures & booklets (see brochures/small booklets in the evangelism web page).