Reflecting on John 15

The great soul theologian,  India. Arie sings a celebratory song about her brown skin as well as an ode to the love of her life. In her song Brown Skin she  says, “Brown skin, you know I love your brown skin / I cant tell where yours begins, I can’t tell where mine ends”.  She highlights the point that she and the love of her life are so connected that it is hard to tell them apart. When you see her you see the love of her life. It is the great Anna Julia Cooper (born in Raleigh , NC and dies at the age of 105 in DC), author, educator, speaker and one of the greatest scholars in United States who as Greg Carr declares spoke the words  “when you see me the whole race enters.” The image or concept is that there is a connection that can’t be severed between the two. We are so connected that it is impossible to see me without seeing them. This is the imagery of John 15:1-10. This notion that because I am “in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17 ) then Christ is fully represented /re-presented in and by me.

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