CNN Belief Blog

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) — When he was boy growing up in rural Arkansas, James Cone would often stand at his window at night, looking for a sign that his father was still alive.

Cone had reason to worry. He lived in a small, segregated town in the age of Jim Crow. And his father, Charlie Cone, was a marked man.

Charlie Cone wouldn’t answer to any white man who called him “boy.” He only worked for himself, he told his sons, because a black man couldn’t work for a white man and keep his manhood at the same time.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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  1. “Jesus’ primary message, he said, wasn’t about getting people to heaven, but liberating people here and now from oppression – racial, economic and spiritual.”, Cone said.

    Black and white people need a Redeemer, who takes care of them.

    Recently I have studied the Epistle to the Romans by St. Paul and figured out the following:

    There is historical and spiritual evidence that man is not able to be tender by nature. The socalled sin is the opposite of love. Once God said to Israel, when he appeared on Sinai: “you shalt not, you shalt not, you shalt not, … ” The people of Israel behaved in a way, which caused God’s comment: “you shalt not!” This means they were not in a blissful state of love or state of health. Yet at Sinai the Jews should have admitted their sinfulness or lovelessness and ask for deliverance.

    Yet at oldtestament times it was possible to get saved by faith (see Abraham, Jakob and Isaac and others).

    The point is that man (not only the Jews) is that sinful that he needs the constant support of a divine person, in order to be able to love God and his neighbour, that means not to sin. When Jesus lived visible on earth, he was the person of the Godhead, which strengthened his disciples to do works of righteousness and love, despite their sinful body. Today is it the Holy Spirit, which we can receive by sacramental baptism (we need to get born by Water and Spirit, in order to become able to love God and our neighbour).

    So, this is Jesus’ primary message and was yet the message of Jahveh: “Dear weak man, you need a Redeemer, who helps you to love God and your neighbour. You are not able to love by natural power!”

    Gospel: God, the Father, delivered God, the Son, for our sins and raised him from the dead for our justification.

    Believe that and get sacramentally baptized or remember your infant baptism and you will receive the powerful Spirit of Love, which is stronger than your selfish flesh.

    Consequences of the gospel:

    – it is an atonement for previous sins

    – it shows God’s love to the mankind, because Jesus died for the people, when they had not yet believed in him

    – we have died and resurrected with him: we are dead for the sin and in him (this becomes true through baptism, where we get connected with Christ’s dead and resurrection)

    When we behave loveable in the power of the Spirit to everybody (even our enemies), we can commend our cases to the Lord, the Almighty, who will create righteousness at any rate. God will liberate us from oppression, no matter if we are black or white.

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