Saturday, July 23, 2016

Honoring the Christian Faith of Haile Selassie on the 124th Anniversary of His Birth

Blessed earthstrong to the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God, Defender of the faith. Today, 23 July, 2016, is the 124th Birthday of His Imperial Majesty. On our blog, we honor H.I.M. as "Defender of the Faith." The Emperor had a deep and abiding love for our Lord Eyesus Kristos, and for the Holy Scriptures. His Imperial Majesty demonstrates his Christian faith by 1) His Daily Practice 2) His deep and abiding faith 3) His love of Eyesus Kristos, our Lord and God, and desire to evangelize others 4) His devotion to the Holy Bible and it's message.


1) His Imperial Majesty did not just pay formal lip-service to the Christian Faith. He was a devout practicioner, who was very disciplined in his daily prayers and practices. On our sidebar (on the upper right side panel of our blog), we post the following tribute from an Anglo-Catholic priest:

"The late Emperor spent many hours daily in traditional Prayer Books of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. He would have been saturated with the Apostolic teaching and spirit. Bishop Paulos Mar Gregorios spent enough time at the great Emperor's court to observe these habits and wrote about them. I was surprised at the devotion of His Imperial Majesty, and I hope to achieve similar heights of spiritual life...."

2) The Emperor speaks of how his deep and abiding faith has sustained him:
"There are many instances in my life where the belief in The Almighty and the Christian Faith have sustained me, times of troubles and difficulties. No matter what may befall a human being he can always succeed in overcoming it in time if he has the strength of faith and praise to God, for inevitably He comes to the assistance of those that believe in him and those that through their work live an exemplary life."

3) His Imperial Majesty was devoted to our Lord Eyesus Kristos, and believed in evangelizing other of the Good News of Kristos:

“I know I am saved , not by anything that is of character or work of the human heart, but by the blood of Jesus alone.” (African Challenge Magazine, Nov 1960) His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie the 1st, the Last King of Kings of Ethiopia.

“The love shown by our God to mankind should constrain all of us who are followers and disciples of Christ, to do all in our power to see to it that the message of salvation is carried to those of our fellows for whom Christ our Savior was sacrificed but who have not had the benefit of hearing the good news.”

4) Finally, His Imperial Majesty was devoted to the Holy Bible and it's message:

"From early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible and my love for it increases with the passage of time. All through my troubles I have found it a cause of infinite comfort.

 'Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11.28)' who can resist an invitation so full of compassion?

 I have the highest respect for the Bible as a whole...We find that in all the periods of the Old Testament, in the time of Patriarchs, Kings, and Prophets, great miracles were done. On the other hand, the time in which Our Lord HIM-self gave the command to go to all the world and to preach is also of high value. Then, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,- the four gospels in which the sayings of our Lord are recorded- are pillars for all men on the earth. Therefore the Bible should not be cut into portions.

Because of this personal experience in the goodness of the Bible, I was resolved that all my countrymen should also share its great blessing and that by reading the Bible they should find truth for themselves. Therefore, I caused a new translation to be made from our ancient language into the language which the old and the young understood and spoke.

Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting. But he must realise that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity. In it man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future action, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation. For my part I glory in the Bible."

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Sources: Decision Magazine, Africa; the famous "Bible Speech" in H.I.M.'s address on literacy to the United Nations; and his interview with Dr. Oswald Hoffman, December 25, 1968, on the Lutheran Hour

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury honors H.I.M. and the Ethiopian Church

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visit Ethiopia and H.I.M. in 1965


Anglicans over the last 100 years or so have had a very warm regard for the Eastern Churches, and besides seeking close ecumenical relations with them, they also invested a lot of scholarship in studying the Eastern Churches. This is the statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury upon the visit of Haile Selassie to Lambeth in 1924.

"But there has never before visited Lambeth anyone whose church stands in terms of antiquity, in first place among the Christians of the world. Your Highness, Your church has an ancient history of about 1600 years. Its beginnings approach the earlier period of the Apostle of Our Lord.”

 - the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (+ 1930), on 11th July 1924.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bibles, Books, and Prayers of the Christian East


Bibles, Books and Prayers from the rich Christian East, provide so much spiritual treasure for me. Christianity is an Afro-Asiatic religion, the Bible is an Afro-Asiatic book, the Mashiach Yeshua was born into an Afro-Asiatic context.

Along with the Bible, the Kebra Nagast forms an important part of Ethiopia's sacred tradition. Also, the Ethiopian Bible has a the longest canon, 81 books. I do not have an English Bible, with the full Ethiopian canon, but I collecting individual books, such as the Book of Enoch.


In trying times like these, the Scriptures afford us hope (Romans 15.4). I am grateful for these editions of the Scriptures, well-translated and with fuller canons. This is a Black spiritual we sing in our church often that emphasizes the need to rely on Christ and the Scriptures.

 "In times like these you need the Bible,
 In times like these O be not idle;
 Be very sure, be very sure
 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the One;
 This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
 Be very sure, be very sure
 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!"

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nelson Mandela on Haile Selassie


“His Imperial Majesty (Haile Selassie) himself a rich and unfailing fountain of wisdom, has been foremost in promoting the cause of Unity, Independence and Progress in Africa, as was amply demonstrated in the address he graciously delivered in opening this assembly.”

- Nelson Mandela; February 1962, Addis Ababa.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Our LORD Eyesus Kristos, Yehoshua, THE RIGHTEOUS MAN in the Wisdom of Solomon


Our LORD Eyesus Kristos, Yehoshua
Then the RIGHTEOUS MAN will stand with great confidence
in the presence of those who have afflicted him,
and those who make light of his labors.
[2] When they see him, they will be shaken with dreadful fear,
and they will be amazed at his unexpected salvation.
[3] They will speak to one another in repentance,
and in anguish of spirit they will groan, and say,
[4] "This is the man whom we once held in derision
and made a byword of reproach -- we fools!
We thought that his life was madness
and that his end was without honor.
[5] Why has he been numbered among the sons of God?
And why is his lot among the saints?
[6] So it was we who strayed from the way of truth,
and the light of righteousness did not shine on us,
and the sun did not rise upon us.
[7] We took our fill of the paths of lawlessness and destruction,
and we journeyed through trackless deserts,
but the way of the Lord we have not known.
[8] What has our arrogance profited us?
And what good has our boasted wealth brought us?
 
-          Wisdom of Solomon 5.1-8 RSV



1Why do the nations rage, And the peoples meditate a vain thing?
2The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against JAH, and against his anointed, [saying],
3Let us break their bonds asunder, And cast away their cords from us.
4He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have them in derision.
5Then will he speak unto them in his wrath, And vex them in his sore displeasure:.
6Yet I have set my king Upon my holy hill of Zion.
7I will tell of the decree: JAH said unto me, Thou art my son; This day have I begotten thee.
8Ask of me, and I will give [thee] the nations for thine inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10Now therefore be wise, O ye kings: Be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11Serve JAH with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way, For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him.

-          Psalm 2 ASV

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Virgin Maryam Full of Grace


Emperor Haile Sellasie Venerated You O Holy Virgin.

Empress Menen of Ethiopia Venerated also You O Holy Virgin.

Even Angel Gabriel paid Homage to You O Holy Virgin and saith:

HAIL MARIAM FULL OF GRACE REJOICE, THOU ART THE MOST FAVOURED THE LORD IS WITH THEE; BLESSED IS THE FRUIT AND THE REWARD OF THY HOLY WOMB.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

God Communicates with those in misfortune

I think God communicates with those that find themselves in misfortune. The love of God brings a sense of religiousness in a human being, it gives him comfort for the future and assurance that right cause will ultimately prevail.

- His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, December 25, 1968


JAH is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

- Psalm 34.18


For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares JAH, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

- Jeremiah 29.11

Friday, July 8, 2016

Theotokos, the Second Heaven


O Theotokos (Mother of God), the second heaven
You are the honoured Mother of the Light.

From sunrise to sunset
the faithful offer you praises
You are the bright and unchanging flower
and the mother who remained a virgin
for the Father chose you
and the Holy Spirit overshadowed you
and the Son deigned to take flesh from you.

Wherefore, ask the Lord
to give salvation to the world
which He created
and to deliver it from all tribulations.

Let us praise the Lord
and sing to Him a new song
now and forever and from all ages to all ages
Amen

Sunday, July 3, 2016

My First Allegiance on the 4th of July


I remember and honor the memory of my relatives who have died in the service of the nation.
However, I do not believe that it is was always for our freedom. I believe many of our exploits in war were to increase the American Hegemony in the world, and to enforce our will on other peoples.

Also, the original independence day was not a day of liberty for the native Americans or the African slaves, who only experienced oppression and genocide from this nation.

I do not find any godly or distinctly Christian age in the history of this nation.

Christians should pray for and honor our leaders, and obey the civil laws and pay our taxes, as Scripture enjoins.

But we serve a KING, Eyesus Kristos our God, Whose realm is not of this world. To HIM we owe our first allegiance. To put my nation on equal footing as my God, or to gloss over it's sins, is nothing but sheer idolatry.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.

- Joshua 24.15 ASV