I was always an intelligent person. Always seeking knowledge, always reading, always thinking and debating with myself. For as long as I can remember, I've allowed myself to wrestle with and work through any intellectual phenomena that piqued my interest. Thankfully, Christianity is not a mindless religion. I understand God most in my intellectual person. I enjoy the emotional and communal parts of my Christian experience, but I know Jesus more when He allows Himself to be known by me. The kind of knowing that makes logical sense. The kind of knowing that answers all my questions while creating more. Ever since I could read, I've always approached God and His Word as something to discover and unfold through study and inquiry. I simply LOVE theology!
I also love being Black. I love Black music. I love black television and movies. I love Black books. I love Black history. Our people, our stories, our heritage! My God! I get goosebumps just thinking about His grace toward me in choosing me to be Black. This is not the moment where I create a disclaimer about how great other races are. I am unapologetically Black and nothing else, and therefore I only experience other cultures to the extent I want to. I don't have the credibility to say being ___________ is amazing. That's your job, if you live in another cultural context. As for me, I continue to praise God for writing this melanin into our personal love story.