Class 40: “You Are Not Inferior!” (Part 1)
Today, we are going to begin a new study titled “You Are Not Inferior!”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Mark Mathabane. He said, “The most important thing I have to fight as a black person in an oppressive, racist society is what I think about myself.”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
I am back in Atlanta, and at the writing of this letter, I am on the beautiful campus of Morehouse College — the alma mater of the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Down through the years, I have noticed that one of the marks of a “Morehouse man” is confidence. And that is what I want to write to you about today.
I hope that you are not one of the many young men in our community who feels inferior and shows that he feels inferior to other races — particularly the white race. It is disturbing to see so many young black men catch this disease called an inferiority complex when it comes to other races. It is almost as though this disease is in the air in the black community.
What are some of the ways that we catch this awful disease? Well, one way to get this disease is by not being raised right. Often times, if a parent does not know how to love and nurture a child while he is young, especially black boys, that child will grow up out of balance mentally, therefore feeling inferior. I am one of those who believe that young black children need lots of love, nurturing, and encouragement to turn out right in this strange society that we live in, especially black boys. It is crucial.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
The letter lists several reasons why many young black men feel inferior in today’s world. We will review these points over the next few lessons. However, in this part of the lesson we will examine why the Bible says no Christian should ever feel insignificant or defeated in the world.
1. Psalm 27:1-3: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”
As a Christian the Lord is your Protector. There is absolutely nothing this world can throw at you, that He cannot handle. God does not desire to make you weaker as you submit to Him, but rather He empowers you to have confidence and influence no matter what your surroundings may hold.
2. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Think about the dreams you had for your life when you were a child. Do you still dream in the same way? Or, has this harsh world talked you out of those “childish” things and forced you to accept some lot you never would have wished for? Friend, God promises to give you the strength to do anything you put your mind to. You must have faith in this promise and desire to glorify Him first and foremost. Then, the boundaries truly do disappear, and God can use you to accomplish things you never imagined. God is never hindered by society’s prejudices. He sees into man’s heart and will choose to use the humble, yet confident follower over the man that fits this world’s distorted standards any day.
3. Romans 8:31: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
As a devoted follower of Christ, you have the very power that created the universe on your side. There is no obstacle too difficult or person too strong for you to overcome. Allow God to manifest His awesome power in your life.
Over the next three lessons, we will address how to combat feelings of physical, intellectual, and economic inferiority from the Word of God.
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.