A Christian Perspective on Pan-Africanism and Kemetic Science (Updated 11/21/2017)
The Most Disrespectful Question Ever Created
There are times when some White Americans spew their white supremacy and oppress their counterparts by stating one of the most derogatory questions this world has ever known. It is a question that has often offended the very nature of anyone who is African or of African descent. This question has also trickled down into the hearts of some people in the political arena.
In St. Petersburg, Florida there was a mayoral candidate who used this question when approached by some activists during his campaign. It is the question some White Americans ask when they are frustrated with the methods used to achieve racial equality. It is the question that is asked when some White Americans are irate about athletes taking a knee on a football field. It is the question that has been a dividing tool since the time it was first asked.
The question is:
“WHY DON’T YOU GO BACK TO AFRICA?”
The underlying tone of this question is one of racial discrimination and white supremacy. Unfortunately, this question has stood the test time. This type of speech strengthens a desire for the voice of Black Americans to be heard. It incites the Black American to take action and to demand respect.
While there is nothing wrong with a desire to be heard, taking action or gaining respect, there is a problem with obtaining these attributes. These attributes mean nothing without the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without the Gospel, any action taken or desire for respect will always be at the expense of another. This is why the Bible speaks on Justice and Righteousness as two sides of the same coin. Proverbs 21:3 says that “To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.”
Rather than following the Bible, Certain people groups yearn to be heard, yearn to take action and yearn to get respect by promoting certain ideologies and false doctrines. The groups I would like to focus on are the Pan-Africanist community and the Kemetic Community.
What is Pan-Africanism/Kemetism?
In short, Pan-Africanism is an ideology concerned with the political, social, and religious influence of Africa. The two prominent historical voices of this movement are Marcus Garvey and W.E.B Dubois. Garvey and Dubois subscribed to Christian beliefs at an early age, but later their beliefs become singularly focused on the removal of white superiority and for the uplifting of African unity.
Regarding fighting for dignity, equal rights and representing Black America both of these men did an admirable job. However, while fighting for African unity, they subliminally pushed an agenda that would eventually handicap the Urban Community. Let’s make this clear; there is nothing wrong with Pan-Africanism. The problem with Pan-Africanism, while its roots are for the liberation of continental and Diaspora Africans, is that it has the potential to become oppressive to others that do not share the same core values of the Pan-Africanist.
A guided Pan-Africanism could be a lighthouse for Africans of all types but if left unchecked is a ship in a dark stormy sea without a sail.
Danger of the Kemetic belief system
More than Pan-Africanism, Kemetic science is dangerous for the Black American who does not have a firm root in Biblical teaching and History. Pan-Africanism and Kemetic Doctrine have multiple meanings and believe different types of doctrine.
Kemet is the native name of ancient Egypt. It is a neo-pagan religious movement that seeks to restore ancient Kemetic/Egyptian religious practices. Some believe that the ancient Egyptians paid homage to their ancestors by being in tune with a universal spiritual consciousness that gave them a direct link with the Creator. They believe that you can’t have life without the sun and astrology.
Some even believe that the black woman is god and that the sun is a representation of the Egyptian god Horus. They also believe that Jesus was just a story depicting the relationship between Osiris and Horus, while also making the claim that there are zero historical figures in the Bible and that Christianity was first given to our African ancestors during the transatlantic slave trade. And lastly, one of the most outrageous claims is that Jesus was created at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. While Kemetism is appealing to enrich the African culture, there are several problems with this belief.
First of all, in regards to their claims about Christianity, the Kemetic community is unable to provide any primary sources to solidify their claims. (A primary source is an artifact, a document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, a recording, or any other source of information). Most of these claims are passed down today through memes and YouTube videos while preying on the hearts of the African American community. It is to my knowledge that no one is studying the truth they are only rejecting it through ignorance and naivety. There is a poor distinction between true scholarship and pseudo-scholarship.
Another reason why Kemetism is a problem in the black community is most teachers of this belief system prey on people who don’t know or understand history, especially church history. They are not aware of works created in antiquity that has produced authentic truths about Christianity. Kemetism is a doctrine that is nothing more than pseudo-scholarship trying to masquerade as the truth.
The New Problem for Christian Community
Pan-Africanism and Kemetism are two movements that are taking hold of the urban community with their false doctrines and ideologies. While their ideologies paint pictures of deception, people believe it. What’s even more disturbing, is that Christian believers are leaving the church in droves. Based on 1 Timothy 4:1-3 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4, we shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s amazing people are leaving the church for empty myths and false truths.
The reason why Christian believers are leaving is that there is a lack of biblical instruction in our churches. We have failed in some churches to teach sound doctrine, and it has caused a schism between the Church and its people. This lack of instruction has created a more significant problem. The Pan-Africanist and the Kemeticist brings a sense of pride, dignity, and identity to the black community. In a world filled with racism and white privilege, as well as through the times of Jim Crow, the echoes of “mathematics” still wave through the psyche of the oppressed.
In other words, the psychological effects of being 3/5 of a human being still register tremendously in the minds of the urban communities. The urban community has felt and still feel oppressed and therefore need a conduit to channel their frustrations. Pan-Africanism and Kemeticsim, along with some other people groups, has somewhat become the conduit to afro-centric black issues while the church has taken a back seat.
We have allowed deceitful thought processes from these two communities and others to decide how our blackness holds up to so-called white preeminence. They use these processes to promote confidence and assurance. The Church, in some ways, has failed to bring a biblical perspective and spiritual poise to the lives of some Christian believers.
Solutions to the Problem
We cannot leave without some solution. As previously mentioned at the beginning of the article, the question was asked, “Why Don’t You Go Back To Africa?” If we are to engage the Pan-Africanist and Kemetic community, it’s time to answer the question finally.
Should we go back to Africa?
To give a direct answer, we should absolutely go back to Africa. Not in the literal sense but through prayer, history, and scholarship.
We must teach the current and upcoming generation to be astute in the scriptures, and we must interpret the scriptures accurately so that we will not live a false life. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
In other words, because our love for God we need to be ruthlessly diligent and brutally consistent with teaching our sons and our daughters about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We must form Gospel communities in those urban areas where gentrification has pushed people to other low economic areas. Proverbs 29:7 says, “The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.”
Said more plainly, we have to start working from within the hood out to the burbs. We must evangelize and apologetically participate in the lives of the community. We have to refute these false ideas and doctrines and we must show that the Gospel can handle our blackness.
Grace and Peace,