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Britain's black Christians take up their role in society

NEW GENERATION: Today’s black Christians want to make a difference

ANY INDIVIDUAL who perceives the present day black Christian community as backwards, rigid and un-progressive must be living on a different planet.

Britain’s black Christian community, particularly those that are part of Pentecostal denominations, have changed radically since they were founded by believers from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s.

Whilst numerous black Christians can be found in Britain’s Pentecostal churches – the most vibrant expression of black faith here in Britain - they also attend many traditional denominations including Baptist, Anglican and Methodist churches.

Whatever churches black people are found in, nowadays they tend to be individuals that are educated, ambitious, progressive and desirous to make a difference in the world.

And if an individual gets converted to Christianity possessing none of these qualities, they will be encouraged to develop them.

It should come as no surprise the black Christian community’s attitude to life has changed. As the generation that lay the foundations of Britain’s black Christian community leave this world, the second generation have taken up the reins, with the third generation slowly coming up behind.

There is now a recognition amongst black Christians that Britain is their home and a place where they can not only share the gospel (despite the increased legislature to quell the Christian voice) but also fulfil their goals and ambitions, and participate in the full life of the country via its institutions. And nothing is going to hold them back.

Furthermore, this new generation are more business minded and have an entrepreneurial spirit because they are desirous to maximise their earning potential and control their own destiny in the process.

This is not just because they want to live the good life, but because more importantly, they want to have cash spare to donate to good causes that help alleviate some of the world’s problems caused by poverty.

I believe this change in Christians’ approach to life is, on the whole a good thing, because ultimately Christians are really just like everyone else – except that they have committed themselves to putting God first in their lives and following Christian principles.

So don’t be surprised when you see Christians living life to the full, enjoying themselves and pursuing their goals and ambitions. They are just doing what their faith and life demands of them.

Or as stated in Ecclesiastes 5:18-20: “This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.

They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”

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