During my stay in Savannah last week, I took a tour of the First African Baptist Church, the first church established by African-Americans in North America.
Interestingly, the doors are painted red. Based on research by the tour guide and Savannah professor, Dr. Jamal Toure, the red doors represent African ownership. Red doors also represent a sanctuary, a place of worship.
Doubly interesting, in Exodus 12:7, the Lord instructed Moses and Aaron to tell the children of Israel to paint their doorposts red during the very first the Passover (Exodus 12:1-12). On that particular night, the Lord said "I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgement; I am the Lord." Exodus 12:12.
There is a connection here. There are no consequences with God. He does everything on purpose.
The red doors yield evidence to the fact that Georgia's earliest African population, my ancestors, had a deep understanding of God and Scripture; before they ever touched North American soil.
Within the church there are other indicators of this truth such as the podium in the Meeting Hall made of acacia wood- the same wood used to build Noah's Ark, Moses' Rod, and the Ark of the Covenant.
The red doors stand resolutely. They welcome visitors. They show Africans' understanding of God long before they came to America. They ultimately represent Christ's blood shed on the Cross for the sins of mankind.