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We are made in God’s image
What an inspiration to read Rev Alton Bell’s article ‘Breaking the Chains of Mental Slavery’, as I’ve often wondered why the African-Caribbean community has not progressed as much as it should have done here in the UK. Whilst I recognise that racism is a factor, we are not the only BME group to experience racism. I believe it’s due to some of the mindsets African-Caribbeans have internalised and, as Rev Bell states, we ‘continue to view Black as inferior and White as superior, not trusting in anything that Black people do unless a White person validates it.’ Despite our history, we must always remember that we are people made in the image of God, who have intrinsic value and worth, and have the ability to overcome all obstacles that we encounter on the path to achievement – particularly when we walk in partnership with God. Thanks to Rev Bell for reminding us that we can break the chains of mental slavery.
Joseph Henry, London
It’s time to talk about racism
Christians everywhere were shocked at the barbarity and savagery involved in the murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby, by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. The saddening thing is that, not only did they kill an innocent man, but both young men grew up in Christian homes. Rev David Shosanya stated in his article, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’, that the motivation behind the killing of Lee Rigby was both multifaceted and complex and, although he is right to a degree, it’s imperative that the Church ask itself why young men, who have grown up in Christian homes, become radicalised by Islam. If we are honest with ourselves, young Black men have been missing en masse from our churches for a long time, and the Woolwich murders should impel the Church to find ways to connect with and affirm them. We must also be more open in our discussions about racism and its impact on some members of our community. This head-in-the-sand mentality about racism adopted by our churches won’t cut it anymore; our youth want answers, and if we haven’t got answers, then discussion will suffice.
Victoria Peters, Luton
Noel’s devotion is inspiring
It was so good to read about Noel Robinson and his spiritual and musical journey in Keep The Faith (issue 81). I have followed his ministry for many years, and it’s inspiring to see how it has moved forward in leaps and bounds. Not only is he being used by God to equip worship leaders and singers across the UK, but also to bring together Christians of different races and cultures for times of worship and spiritual renewal. I wish him every success with his new album, Devoted, and pray that he continues to be a blessing to the Church throughout the world.
David Martin, Birmingham
Let’s unite to usher in revival
The work Rev Yemi Adedeji is doing, in serving as Ambassador for Christian charity Compassion UK and as Head of the One People Commission, is truly inspiring. It’s my prayer that the One People Commission achieves what it sets out to do, which is to unite Christians across the cultural, ethnic and denominational spectrum to take part in mission to the UK, and usher in the revival that this nation so desperately needs.
Peter Douglas, London
Women are Instruments of Peace
Women play such an important role in society, a fact recognised in Dionne Gravesande’s article, ‘Women as Instruments of Peace’. It was encouraging to know that there are women across the world, who are playing an important role in bringing about peace in their respective nations. I hope that churches are taking note, and will look at even more ways to utilise the skills and talents of women in their congregations.
Edwina Olayinde, Manchester