Is the Postmodern Negro Returning to His Roots?
Anthony Smith (a.k.a. Postmodern Negro) posted today about “Going Back Home,” in which he writes: “Iâ€™ve been doing some reflecting on scripture and the traditions. And for some odd reason I see myself going back home to the black Pentecostal-Evangelical tradition with a few major differences shaping my beliefs and practices. More of a black Pentecostal (c)atholic faith that seeks the immediacy of the Spirit while also hoping and looking for crooked places to be made straight, high places made low, and an outpouring of Jesus-Justice on Godâ€™s green earth.”
Does this mean Anthony is leaving the emerging church conversation? God, I hope not. Earlier, he writes, “Everyday there is a growing desire to have one foot in old time Pentecost (one thinks of Apostle Seymour to Bishop Mason, Church of God in Christ, to Prophetess Juanita Bynum) and one foot in a fledgling form of Christianity that is beginning to question how deeply tied to Western Imperialism is North American Christianity. What some are calling the emerging church movement.”
It’s been a pleasure to journey with this brother over the past couple of years, and my prayers are with him as he seeks wisdom for the next leg of it. I hope others will be praying for him as well. His voice—in the blogosphere and locally/nationally/internationally (can I get an amen, Sivin?)—needs to be heard. God, free his tongue and his fingers to communicate what your Spirit has to speak through him.