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Update: In September 2021, the CDC updated its definition of vaccine to promote transparency and avoid miscommunication. With this new definition, the CDC has clarified that the vaccine does not prevent immunity but stimulates the body's immune response.

 

I recently had the most interesting conversation with the owner of a local health store who believed it was perfectly okay to tell people that getting the vaccine is unbiblical, but didn’t see the necessity in speaking up about social justice issues that have poisoned the mental health of the Black community during the same time as the pandemic.


His reason, and I quote, “We don’t see color… why do we have to focus on it so much?”


I’m understanding now more than ever that Grace & Grind exists to cater to the well-being of the Black community first. I thought this passion project turned small business was just the manifestation of my skills and passions fused together. Now, I see very clearly that it’s my calling.


While all readers are welcome and can benefit from the content we create, rest assured there will be more stories that directly speak to our self-care, our mental health, our fight to gain access to nutritious foods, herbs, etc. that have been placed out of reach due to the evil that is systemic oppression, and other issues that attempt to prevent us from being healthy and whole.



The IACC Either Doesn't Know Better or Doesn't Care About Black People

As I fully step into my calling, I have inherited another war with the Institute of American Church Culture (IACC) which has infiltrated both the church and the health and wellness community.


This term, IACC, is one I created about a year ago based upon some of the things I've seen and experienced over my 11+ years as a believer. Biblically speaking, the IACC is different from the church, the people who choose to believe in the Bible and usually identify themselves as Christian. The IACC is a group within the church that defends and accepts naive political ideologies and misconstrued interpretations of scripture as part of their culture and aims to spiritually manipulate other believers to assimilate to that culture by masking it as biblical truth.


Members of the IACC can be Black, white, or of any race. Not all Christians (or believers) are members of the IACC and neither are all churches, but the IACC is why so many people (millennials in particular) have left traditional churches, are choosing to label themselves as something other than Christian (if they label themselves at all), or are abandoning their belief in God completely – and I find that last one to be the most dangerous and heartbreaking.


It reminds me of Romans 2:24, which says, "As it is written: 'God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.' " (NIV)


Bringing this full circle, the irony is that the scripture Paul ( the author of Romans) is referring to is Isaiah 52:4-6, a passage in which God himself speaks out against social injustice specifically in terms of one group of people oppressing another:


For thus says the Lord God:

My people went down at first Into Egypt to dwell there; Then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.

Now therefore, what have I here,” says the Lord, “That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them Make them wail,” says the Lord, “And My name is blasphemed continually every day.

Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks:

‘Behold, it is I.’ ”