The history of black America contains a lot of twists and turns.
In case you think this is obvious, On the Wrong Side of God by
Harry Boyd highlights many subtle political deviants of which I was
Boyd is reaching out to the black Christian Church: ‘This book
is to draw believers back to the word of God and into an intimate relationship
with Christ.’ It is engaging and readable, a lively testament to the work of
the Holy Spirit. He is a committed black Christian with a deep love and concern
for his people and, at times, I felt that he could teach us here in Sydney
quite a lot. His book provoked many ideas I had not previously considered, and
I was particularly struck by his parallels between black Americans and Jews.
Boyd highlights the alarming discordance in contemporary
American society where blacks, who have suffered so cruelly under slavery and
modern American apartheid, nevertheless have rates of crime far higher than
those from whom the racism originated. His agony is poignant as he watches the
slow self-destruction of his people scaling the slippery slope of politicians
and their promises. The only answer to the senseless bloodshed from
black-on-black crime is God; ‘Not blackness, not tradition, not blaming the
white man or anyone or anything else.’
Boyd does not over-write, which was a relief to me. The chapters
are short and specific (I admit to being prejudiced against the American habit
of taking a millennium to get to the point). Politically, I found the book very
interesting, although I didn’t always agree with the author and it is
unfortunate that it has been released just as the coronavirus is ravaging the
USA. I only make this comment because the manner in which American politicians
are approaching the catastrophe is drawing criticism here in Australia.
In short, On the Wrong Side of God is a
revealing if painful glimpse into Black America today, yet free of bitterness
and ending on a note of hope.