Class 41: “You Are Not Inferior!” (Part 2)
Today, we are going to continue our study titled “You Are Not Inferior!”
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from Martin Luther King, Jr. He said, “With a spirit straining toward true self-esteem, the Negro must boldly throw off the manacles of self-abnegation and say to himself and the world: ‘I am somebody. I am a person. I am a man with dignity and honor. I have a rich and noble history.’”
Let’s begin by reading the portion from Letters to Young Black Men which our lesson is based on:
I believe the second reason why young black men feel inferior to others is because they have become addicted to that one eyed monster – the television set. I am convinced through my own observation of children that those children who grow up with a heavy diet of television watching will often times end up with feelings of inferiority. This happens simply because they are constantly watching others on the tube doing things and who are progressing and moving forward with their lives while they just watch. Of course, most of the people we see on television are white, and certainly most of the people we see in positive roles on television are white. This constant bombardment on our young black boys is destructive. One of the reasons why I don’t let my children watch television is because I don’t want them to think that white people are the standard of beauty and I don’t want them to think that white is always right.
In consequence of this heavy dose of television watching, they never develop a pattern of progress and success for their own lives, thus making their lives feel and appear inferior. The more you conquer, succeed, and prosper, the more competent and confident you will become.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Today, we are going to address the topic of physical inferiority from the Bible. Let’s look at what God’s Word can tell us about who you are physically in Christ.
1. 1 Samuel 16:7: “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
Think about how much significance the world places on physical appearance. Everything we see and read seems to tell us how to make ourselves better looking, stronger, and more fashionable. In God’s eyes, this is all wasted time and effort. Your outward appearance in no way defines what you are able to accomplish or what you are worth as a human being. The Lord is much more concerned with your heart. Do you possess love, compassion, and integrity? In the long run, looks will fade away, but these qualities will remain with you forever. Be encouraged, for there is not a lot that you can do about your outward appearance, but you are in full control over the condition of your heart.
2. Psalm 139:13-14: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
The Lord knew exactly what you would look like before you even entered this earth. He specifically chose the color of your skin, eyes, and hair for a reason. He chose how tall you would be, what talents you would have, and what kind of personality would define you. He truly has made you wonderfully, and thus you should feel proud. To look at who you are in Christ and feel inferior is to claim that God did not do a good job. One way to respect the Lord is by respecting yourself, for He deeply loves you and would not change one thing about your physical appearance.
3. Matthew 17:20: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Your faith is accompanied by an ability to accomplish unbelievable tasks. Not only can you overcome physical barriers, but you are also able to destroy societal barriers.
Through faith and courage you can have incredible influence in this world which is greatly lacking in true men of God. If God thought you were inferior, such power would never be given to you. If He thinks you are worthy of such responsibility, why would you not agree?
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.