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Can I say that I am Blessed and Highly Favored?

Submitted: 5/31/2007
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Question: At work a teacher asked me, 'How are you?' I was having a rough time and I was trying to be positive so I stated 'I am blessed and highly favored.' He stated that I was trying to be black because that was a black phrase. I gave him scriptures to show where being blessed and favored is in the bible but he still states, 'That is so black.' Where did the phrase originate and if many would like to be blessed and highly favored, then how can the phrase be classified as a black saying? Maybe they say it more, and they are blessed (sports, singing, actors etc.) and they are highly favored (many young people want to imitate them, their cloths, music etc.) Is it then a black phrase? Should I continue to use the phrase? If I say I am fine, depending on the time of day, I could be lying. I'm not trying to be difficult, I just want to know.

Answer: We think your teacher is prejudiced. So what if people who are black use this phrase a lot, that does not mean it belongs to them. We think it is a perfectly good response for anyone to the question, 'How are you?' Being blessed and highly favored has nothing to do with physical abilities or music talent. It has to do with being saved and headed for eternal life. This is why it is a proper response for any saved person, regardless of what may be going on in their life at the present moment.