Principles For Working With Black People

 

Introduction

The following list of principles is adduced from the "Our Duty To Colored People" document. The numbers following each paragraph list the location of the quotation in The Southern Work.

 

Our Duty To Colored People (Principles)

[In this article she gives principles that should govern the duty of the members to the colored people:

1. The Lord Jesus came to our world to save men and women of all nationalities. SWk 9.1

2. He, the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory, humbled Himself to accept humanity, and then He chose a life of poverty and toil. SWk 9.1

3. He sought to correct the world’s false standard of judging the value of men. He showed that they are not to be estimated by their outward appearance. Their moral worth is not determined by their worldly possessions, their real estate or bank stock. It is the humble, contrite heart that God values. 10.1

4. Jesus did not choose His disciples from the learned lawyers, the rulers, the scribes, and Pharisees. He passed them by because they felt whole, as many feel in this age, and prided themselves on their learning and position. 10.2

5. Those who have a religious experience that opens their hearts to Jesus, will not cherish pride, but will feel that they are under obligation to God to be missionaries as was Jesus. They will seek to save that which was lost. 10.3

6. It has become fashionable to look down upon the poor, and upon the colored race in particular. But Jesus, the Master, was poor, and He sympathizes with the poor, the discarded, the oppressed, and declares that every insult shown to them is as if shown to Himself. 10.4

7. While at St. Louis a year ago, as I knelt in prayer, these words were presented to me as if written with a pen of fire: “All ye are brethren.” ... they should have just as much respect as any of God’s children. 10.5

8. The Lord’s eye is upon all His creatures; He loves them all, and makes no difference between white and black, except that He has a special, tender pity for those who are called to bear a greater burden than others. 11.3

9. Whoever of the human family give themselves to Christ, whoever hear the truth and obey it, become children of one family. The ignorant and the wise, the rich and the poor, the heathen and the slave, white or black—Jesus paid the purchase money for their souls. If they believe on Him, His cleansing blood is applied to them. 12.2

10. He put a stern rebuke upon those who attach so much importance to color or caste, and refuse to be satisfied with such a type of Christianity as Christ accepts. 13.2

11. God makes no distinction between the North and the South. Whatever may be your prejudices, your wonderful prudence, do not lose sight of this fact, that unless you put on Christ, and His Spirit dwells in you, you are slaves of sin and of Satan. Many who claim to be children of God are children of the wicked one, and have all his passions, his prejudices, his evil spirit, his unlovely traits of character. 13.2

12. The Lord did not wait until His people went forth and stood in triumph on the shores of the Red Sea before He called Israel His son, but while they were under oppression, degraded, downtrodden, suffering all that the power and the invention of the Egyptians could impose to make their lives bitter and to destroy them, 14.2

13. He requires far more of His people than they have given Him in missionary work among the people of the South of all classes, and especially among the colored race. Are we not under even greater obligation to labor for the colored people than for those who have been more highly favored? 14.4

14. He will adjust all these perplexing questions. We need not prescribe a definite plan of working. Leave an opportunity for God to do something. 

15. Sin rests upon us as a church because we have not made greater effort for the salvation of souls among the colored people. 15.2

16. We should educate colored men to be missionaries among their own people. 15.3

17. White men and white women should be qualifying themselves to work among the colored people. 16.1

18. Treat those less favored, not working from the world’s standpoint, but from the Bible standpoint? ... Should it not be the work of the white people to elevate the standard of character.... 16.2

19. Let these privileged ones make the most of their blessings, and realize that they are thus placed under greater obligation to labor for the good of others. 16.3

20. Not all who labor in this line should depend upon the conferences for support.  16.4

21. Work in any capacity, work where God leads you, in the line best suited to your talents and best adapted to reach classes that have hitherto been sadly neglected. 17.1