“This probably is the most Afro-centric sermon I will ever preach,” Solomon said as he began.
He encouraged his audience to “get up and try” just as four lepers did in 2 Kings. The lepers tried to find a means of survival by surrendering to their enemies. In the biblical account, when the lepers reached the enemy camp they found it deserted and the enemy’s food and possession there for the taking.
“Many historians speak of an Africa that was brutalized, oppressed and vanquished by five slave trades ... some people see the children of Africa as a nuisance, bound by gang lifestyles, the drug trade, familial pathologies, crime and poverty in European and American cities,” Solomon said.
“Nevertheless, there is another Africa that I choose to speak of today, not to ignore the present problems but to highlight the potential for recovery, not only for Africa but for all of Africa’s children and ultimately for all of humanity as well, because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So the world is only as strong as Africa.”
The speaker listed name after name of successful people who had African blood, including the Queen of England.
“The Africa I speak of gave us the ancestors of the present Queen of England. Yes, one of Queen Elizabeth’s forebears was an Ethiopian woman named Charlotte Sophia (for whom the city of Charlotte, N.C., is named, he said). She was the wife of King George III. Elizabeth has African blood,” Solomon said.
Solomon said knowing who one is, knowing who God is and looking to Him are the keys to stepping out of a situation and trying to persevere. Many deal with a crisis of identity, Solomon said.
“What, then, do we do? Hear what the word of God has to say about our identity, whether we are black, brown, yellow, red or white. Know that God made us,” Solomon said.
The speaker led the congregation in a declaration of who they were in Christ.
God has many names describing his character. Solomon highlighted many of these names as he explained there is nothing and no one on earth like God. Solomon said what God has established and made, no one can destroy.
“God is God, and all the peoples of the world need to know God, and look up to Him. Stop looking to other people. Look to God. Do not look to the society, look to God. Do not look to the politicians, look to God. Look to God,” Solomon said.
Solomon emphasized that those with African blood need not be discouraged. He said even though things may not be the way they should be, they are a lot better than they were in the past.
“I have studied black people from all around the world and I know that God has blessed the black race also with what it takes to succeed and excel in the world,” Solomon said.
In closing, Solomon read a poem made popular by Runel Niebo, “Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?”
In the poem, a person is asking God why he/she is black and comparing the color to all that is negative in the world. The Lord answers the narrator by emphasizing the positives that are black in the world. The Lord then explains why He made the person the way he did. The poem goes on to say God made people in His image
When people look to God, they will be successful, Solomon said.