The Civil Writer Magazine
For years Africans who were brought to America as slaves had to relieve themselves of stress, hard work and 8×8 living conditions by attending church. Church was the only relief they were given by sitting in the white church balcony, in the back pews of the white church or in their own church. The white forefathers knew that if you smoke meat (slaves) in a smokehouse (church) the meat will generate favorable results. For the slaveholders that was Black slaves being obedience to the slaveholder by the words of Paul. Ephesians 6:5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
The concept worked for the white slaveholders by allowing that smokehouse concept (church) to roughly convert eight-in-ten (79%) African Americans self-identified as Christian according to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study. Most black Christians and about half of all African Americans (53%) are associated with historically black Protestant churches.
African Americans are more religious than whites and Latinos by many measures of religious commitment. For instance, three-quarters of African Americans say religion is very important in their lives, compared with smaller shares of whites (49%) and Hispanics (59%); African Americans also are more likely to attend services at least once a week and to pray regularly. African Americans (83%) are more likely to say they believe in God with absolute certainty than whites (61%) and Latinos (59%).
Why is these statistics so different amongst the races? African Americans are the only race that has gone through a religious hazing, humiliation and dangerous initiation as slaves to seek favorable treatment in the name of Jesus.