Activist, abolitionist, author, It’s hard to believe that Frederick Douglass began his life in slavery. In his famous book: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass he tells the story of his bondage, his escape, and his calling.
Never shying away from recounting the horrors of slavery and the injustice he experienced, Frederick Douglass boldly exposes issues that need to be in the open: the rape, beating, and murder that were rampant in the time.
But make no mistake, Douglass’ ideas not only apply to the age of American chattel slavery, but they apply to our day. By exposing the issues with Christianity of his time: Christians allowing and promoting inhumane and inconceivable acts in the name of Jesus, through his narrative I noticed parallels between the attitudes of that day and our day. As Douglass said, the Christianity of Christ is far from the women-whipping, cradle-plundering, murderous Christianity of this land. Christ’s Christianity addresses social issues and cares about people before politics and people before patriotism. It seems to apply to the response to police brutality issues of late: Christians don’t need to be “black or blue” as Christians we should be for justice and life. No person should fear murder because of the color of their skin, period.
A short book, it won’t take long to read and the thoughts of Narrative of the Life stay with you long after the final page has been turned.