Down the Rabbit Hole 2014:


Down in the rabbit hole, popularized by the story of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” represents a place, fascinatingly captivating and yet extremely hard to escape from.  In the same way quantum physics describes a celestial “rabbit hole” of an actual phenomenon called a Black Hole.In a Black Hole the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape.  Looking in to the Black Hole in a figurative sense, may reveal the flawed condition of division in human nature. In essence, the black hole is a place of perpetual frustration and contention. It is a place trapped somewhere between the original sin of America and the original sin of mankind.

One thing that is apparent, that this all consuming pigment of hue has always provided a stumbling block to unity itself.  It is the fact of life that people of color and even more specifically those of sub Saharan African decent can seemingly never escape from.

Even the word of God says that:

“Can an African change skin? Can a leopard get rid of its spots? So what are the odds on you doing good, you who are so long-practiced in evil? (MSG) Jeremiah 13:23

The negative connotations of bearing a darker hue are quite universal. Why is it that when someone is depicted as the villain or the bad guy/ girl, it is commonplace to have their photo darkened? Or why is it that most times the media shows a young African American female in the role of a social welfare recipient? And why is it that many in the dominate culture feel that they must hold their children nearer or clutch their purses tighter when they are in the presence of a person of a darker hue? These are just a few of the many observations of life in our society this side of the Black Hole.

Historically in America, any person that had one drop of African blood was considered black or Negro.  Many have attempted to escape from the clutches of the Black Hole. The common phrase for this practice was called (passingi.e., portraying one’s self as one of European descent, in lieu of their African heritage. They felt advantaged by a lighter skin tone to be able to (pass).

Some families in the changing times of colonial America altogether changed their heritage from black to white.  During this time slavery was increasing as the large plantations where growing.  By the fortune of a lighter skin, these families would hide out in the world of the dominate culture for safety and survival.  This same practice continued long after slavery in one intangible way or another, as the generations attempted to escape the negativity the societal black hole; the one that no one can seemingly ever escape from.

The church historically is speckled by many misguided, racially false teachings on all sides of the ethnic divide, such as the doctrine of the Hamitic curse, Eurocentric interpretation of Christianity, Black Theology, etc.

The Black Hole has two elements that determine the outcome of interactions with other forms of matter and energy. One is called the Event Horizon/apparent Event Horizon. This is the circumference of the surface of the Black Hole. The event horizon defines the point at which light can either escape or not. All light inside of the event horizon is doomed to never get out. However, the light on the outside of the event horizon can escape.

Finally we come to what is called Singularity. Singularity is the point at the very center of a Black Hole where matter is crushed to infinite density, the pull of gravity is infinitely strong, and space-time has infinite curvature. Here it’s no longer meaningful to speak of space and time, much less space-time. Jumbled up at the singularity, space and time cease to exist as we know them.

Looking at these two elements in the figurative; the Event Horizon is that point where superficial relationships i.e. “some of my best friends are”- Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc. Or in the church world numerous expressions of this sentiment are forever being played out.  There have been more special reconciliation services, identified by seeing Anglos on bended knee asking for forgiveness to African Americans, Latinos, Asians or vice versa.  Also there have been the doldrums of one diversity conference after another, and finally planting and multiplying churches in the so-called “multi ethnic church movement.”

It is the intent not to be dogmatic because some of these ideas become quite successful if the intent is to go deeper.  However, quite often these aforementioned church activities stay right at the point of the event horizon, where an absolute sell out to biblical reconciliation is just not present. One can still pull out of the Black Hole and not become too associated with “those people” through real covenant relationships, which are Christ centered at their core.

This brings us to the point of Singularity in the figurative. This is the point in which all the laws of cultural conduct established by a human nature’s natural desire to divide vanish. This is in lieu of the personification of a society that encourages this atmosphere of; seditions, dissentions cultural bias, prejudice and racism. In essence all of the unwritten laws that have long been established are no longer meaningful and all ethnic diversity is jumbled. This is not a melting pot, but this is biblical reconciliation as in Galatians 3:28.

“In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.” Galatians 3:28 The Message (MSG)

At singularity the darkness is all inclusive just as the bible specifies that we are dust i.e. made of the dust of the earth.  Genesis 3:19

To make it plain, we all have the same brown pigment called melanin in our skin akin to the dust of the earth. Some have more and some have less. Hence forth, we have the rich display of complexions.  Those first people of the postdiluvian world had all of the genetic coding to produce all shades of skin complexion, i.e., middle brown just as our progenitors Adam and Eve had.

Christ has become our singularity, because he was no more in his sacrificial death at the cross.  True Singularity is displaying singleness of heart with others in Christ Jesus.

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”  Acts 2: 46, 47

Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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