Says a widowed old man character, whose parents had been slaves and who lived himself as a sharecropper in his earlier days, during a family gathering decades later, in the novel Dominion,
” . . . hear this old man and hear me good . . . There’s bad Christians and there’s good Christians; there’s phony Christians and there’s real Christians. The devil can go to church once a week . . . It’s livin’ it that matters, and the people that live it, those are the real Christians – not just the ones that mouth it . . .
So jus’ because somebody say he a Christian, it don’t mean he is. And even those that is Christians is still just people, and peoples gonna always let you down. But my Jesus, he won’t never lets you down. Never . . .Blessed be the name of the Lord.”