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may be more easily imagined than described. But
this must be said, that the colored people as a whole,
had but little confidence and faith in their white
pastors as religious leaders. They rather looked
upon them as parts of the machinery that belonged
to slavery, and regarded them more as religious
bosses, whose duty it was to keep them in their
places by persuading them to be contented with their
present lot and obey their masters in the flesh, for
such was well pleasing to God. Now they were free
?nd had a voice in selecting their pastor, it is not
unreasonable to suppose, that they wanted a pastor
who could sympathize with them in their afflictions,
and remember the bondman as bound with him.
They wanted one who could preach without fear,
not only on obedience but on love, the Fatherhood
of God, and the Brotherhood of man, and how Christ
came to deliver the captive, and set the bondman
free. On such topics as the foregoing the white
pastor always had to touch lightly, for fear af losing
his official head.
In this new state of affairs naturally new difficul¬
ties arose. There were no colored preachers educa¬
ted and trained in the South for this important trust
and responsibility. Whatever qualifications I had
for the pastorate, and my ideas of the church polity,
had all been received in the North and not from the
I was brought immediately face to face with
strange customs and trying difficulties.