You know the bracelet I’m talking about, right? The leather strap with colored beads, each color signifying an aspect of the salvation story. The black bead represents sin; red signifies the blood of Christ; blue signifies baptism; white represents cleansing from sin; green represents spiritual growth; and yellow represents hope of eternal life in heaven.
In an American context, the salvation bracelet is a recognized evangelism tool. The coded colors are easy for both the presenter and the hearer to remember and apply the meaning. But in Sub-Saharan Africa, it’s generally not an appropriate gospel tool for two main reasons.
First, because many Africans understand colors differently. And second, because beads or bracelets are often believed to be objects of power associated with magic. Let’s unpack both of these concerns.
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