Wednesday, August 09, 2006

It's Growing!

The Temptations sang a song:

Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill....
It's growing.
Like the size of the fish that the man said broke his reel...
It's growing.
Though the Tempts had other things in mind, I am this day excited about the growth of the Reformed African-American presence in the blogosphere because "it's growing." Welcome our brother Scotty Williams over at Réformateur Créole Noir (Black Creole Reformer). With Scotty not only is he Reformed and African-American, but he is Creole as well. I am more and more encouraged not only by the growth of the Reformed Black Community, but even by the diversity therein. Let's keep up the labor and the love my brothers and sisters. God is doing a wonderful work in our midst, even right before our eyes, and we have the awesome pleasure of playing small parts in His grand drama. What a wonder! What a wonder!


John said...

It is encouraging! It is encouraging that the reformed faith is growing in all groups. I believe this will always result from a deeper study of God's Word (and His grace.) We are all brothers, those of us in Christ, and we feel even more so when the Lord reveals some of the same truths to us. Though I am white, we are brothers too! We will all sing the song, "thou... hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:" May God bless us all by drawing us closer to Him and closer to each other. I look forward to the day when He returns and all worldly barriers between the brethren will be gone, just as gone as the rest of our sin! I rejoice with you brethren, may the Lord continue to bless.

Eric M Washington said...

I wonder how being Creole affects his overall walk with Christ. My mother comes from a Creole family, and it matters very little to her and to me. I'm from Louisiana too. I kid with my wife that I'm a quarter Creole (that's the truth). Nevertheless, I like Scotty.

Scotty J. Williams said...

Anthony, thank you for making a post about me and again thanks for the work you are doing. I see my blog as a way of coming along beside you and joining in the movement for spreading the word about Reformed Theology in the Black community.

To Mr. Washington I say that me being Creole matters little when it comes to my walk with Christ. It bore me no merit when He saved me by His grace, it bears me no merit as He continues to keep me by His grace, and it will bear me no merit when I enter into His eternal rest because of His grace. But being Creole matters to me because it is a part of who God made me and blessed me to be. It is my culture and I am very proud of it; not that I make an idol out of it but I find nothing wrong with being proud to be Creole. Also I simply wish to make others aware of the diversity within the Black community. I not only wish to show them the Creole culture, but cultures like the Gullah culture, and the Black Seminole culture so that they may know that being Black is more than the stereotypes pumped out by the media. I also wish to show God's hand when it comes to the Louisiana Creole experience, and how He is working to draw predestined people with a Creole heritage such as you and I unto Himself and using them for His glory. A Christ Soyez Glory (Creole for "To Christ be the glory").

Sorry for the long comment Anthony,

God Bless

Eric M Washington said...

Hey, Scotty; we speak the same language! Being a fellow Louisianian, our culture is quite strong set to the backdrop of both African American culture and American culture. Since I've left home and became saved and Reformed, I realize how much sway Roman Catholicism has on us. By reading, studying, and applying Puritan principles, I find that Christian culture is diametrically opposed to the innate cultures of men.

Scotty, did you grow up Roman Catholic?

Scotty J. Williams said...

Hey Eric.
Thanks for your response and I'm so glad to see that there is a fellow Louisianian of Creole descent that is Reformed. Right now I'm trying to get a website going for making others aware of the Louisiana Creole culture and Reformed Theology.
I did not completely grow up Roman Catholic, but I had lots of Catholic family and lots of the Catholic traditions were passed onto me. My experience with Catholicism was not as negative as most folks in the Creole community because my grandparents pointed out the bad and good in the Catholic tradition. They also pointed out the bad and good in the Baptist tradition. For this I was able to critically look at them, see their imperfections, but also see the good in them. I believe that just as bad Roman Catholicism had its sway on us so did unbiblical Protestant traditions have their sway on us as well.
As far as Christian culture being diametrically opposed to the innate cultures of men, I believe that the bible is opposed to what we believe to be Christian culture. I have been trying to ask myself ultimately what does Christian culture look like. Most of the examples of what Christian cultures should be always seem to come from a Eurocentric context, and European culture. nothing against European things but this bothers me. My struggle has always been fighting the notion that European=Christian, and that I would have to cease to be a Black Creole and become more European to be more Christian.

I hope this is not confusing to you bro.