What Does The Bible Say About African Spirituality? | Part IV

On this episode, Mahlatse Mashua discussed the viral video from Grapevine called “Is African Spirituality Bad?”.

I think one of the greatest tensions that i saw in that video is exclusivity of christ people want a little bit of everything not sell out completely to anything the question comes and says is african spirituality you know bad what does the bible have to say about this and of course then this conflict there’s so many issues that are covered within what we call

African spiritual spirituality i make the point that biblical faith is incompatible with ancestralism why do i say so again i’m speaking as an insider but you can make this case both from an ancestralism side as well as from a bible site biblically speaking they’re incompatible because you know you read scriptures like deuteronomy 18 verse 11. god explicitly

Forbids interpreting omens or the consultation of spiritual comedians or those who call on the day the living should not be calling on the dead i’m actually initiated and i’m a palera there’s an um there’s an attachment and well there’s a saying and i practice something to me if the dead don’t give you permission to initiate you cannot initiate so you have to

Get permission i have to get permission from my father you pass dying i get permission from all of these people in order to even make ocho when you make something or when you crown so it’s not it’s very it’s very dependent on on our ancestors because that’s that’s how we progress there in isaiah 18 verse 9 you know god is holding his people to account and one

Of the strongest uh rebukes there is is why should the living colony dead or look to the dead on behalf of the the living should not my people look to their god and you see a god who wants an exclusive relationship with his people those who are called his people i get very uncomfortable with deciding that jesus is i believe in jesus i pray to jesus i get very

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Uncomfortable however and deciding that jesus is the end all be all and he and my answers are so are so harmful to me that this is the only way that i can get away from them when i know that if they love me in life how could they harm me in past life when the christianity forces you to only have one side it makes you wonder is it really a real is it a religion

That you want to continue in is it a religion of of love and faith that we are you know have been told or is it the tool that it has been used for for thousands of years biblically speaking the relationship where you look towards you know somebody with that level of trust that level of dependency that level where you’re saying tell me what to do you order

Your life according to their will basically you can make a case that actually that’s a worship kind of relationship that relationship is meant to be a worship relationship with god ancestralism god delegates the relationship that he has with people to the ancestors power and relationship is delegated there in some african communities god is considered a king

Who is so far away that you know how dare you just walk into the cults of the king you need somebody to to to mediate for you somebody who of us lives at least in proximity with the pulse of the king and that leads obviously to the point about the exclusive place of jesus christ that in 1st timothy 2 5 for instance there’s there’s only one god and one mediator

Between god and man and that’s jesus christ and that i think will cut at the core of a lot of assumptions that come from what you call ancestralism because the role that ancestors or spirits are coming forth that the role that they play is is it very much comparable to the role that in in in the biblical framework is only reserved for jesus christ there’s hardly

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A discussion around these salient points that listen you you’re more than welcome to to choose and say i’m i’m rejecting this aspect of christianity as framed by this scripture this biblical data and so forth you you you as long as you’re honest and that’s what you’re doing you’re rejecting aspects of christianity and you’re choosing a certain other aspect if we

Can make these points talk to each other this is what the scriptural data is yes we need to sometimes do a bit of polishing because some of these scriptures are interpreted not from our context and so often they’re not contextualized but we can know what scripture says we can actually apply it confidently in our cultures and that’s what we’ve been doing uh for

Most part but we we we then have to say you have to realize and be honest you are now choosing and making up your own religion uh this is no longer biblical christianity that’s what the theological reflection would do so by all means it’s important that we reclaim that which has been lost in an in an unjust process something that many of us wrestle with is how

To how to understand our african identity and depending on where you are i guess that whatever identity uh in relationship to christianity because we understand that it’s god’s idea really that we that the world should be populated with teeming diversity that that’s god’s plan that’s god that was god’s intention all along when he gave this cultural uh mandate

So where that has been unjustly disrupted where there’s been an erasure i guess of critical and important uh knowledge systems which can express god and and worship to god in a meaningful and powerful way then we’ve got to do that and i think it’s an important work to do it and so i would say to people who are really struggling embracing african spirituality as

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An alternative to the wrongs i’m saying before you do that look at the person of christ who by the way has always been present in in our in our cultural histories if we can get past the fact that he exists beyond the eurasia of those who were prejudiced towards african people who erase them from our history our histories who treated our histories unjustly that

There’s a reality in which christ still existed beyond the injustice or the unjust act and and and even though we might not be able to fully recover that portrait well he’s still there now for us to do so if we would be able to reclaim him if we will to embrace him so this is an opportunity to embrace the real christ and reclaim him so that’s the work we should be

Doing to say will the real christ stand up who understands our narratives who understands our longings as i say our aspirations who understand our pain and our struggles when we think about history identity belonging questions but he doesn’t only come just to say he understands but he completes our narratives and invites us to something better something bigger

Something that we are really truly longing for jesus christ is there to satisfy our cultural longings too but in a way that is redeemed in a way that they were meant to be in a way that they were meant to reflect worship to him he’s the only one who can give us this template otherwise what we have is a way in which we identify what’s wrong but we don’t know how

To place it within the scheme we don’t know where to place our laments and not only that but we don’t know what to do with it christ answers both questions you

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What Does The Bible Say About African Spirituality? | Part IV By Jude 3 Project