Are you old enough to remember the Amos 'n’ Andy program – a radio sitcom with its setting in the black community of Harlem? It was popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. 

Holy Mackerel!  Hold on there – I’m not even that old! However, a television adaptation and syndicated reruns ran from 1951 to 1966. I do remember watching Amos ‘n’ Andy on TV during my youth – somewhere during the latter 50s, I suppose. It was a hilariously funny program, far surpassing the sitcoms of today, whether white, black, or mixed. No canned laughter – just great story-lines. Viewers at home provided the laughter!

Amos and Andy were business partners, running a taxi company. Andy was the president and Amos did most of the driving. Now, Amos was mild-mannered, level-headed, hard-working, honest, but rather naïve. Andy, on the other hand, was more impulsive and quite gullible, always with an over-inflated flare of self-confidence. 

Although the program was called the Amos ‘n’ Andy Show, the star was definitely the Kingfish! George ‘The Kingfish’ Stevens was the leader of their lodge and was always trying to lure Amos and Andy into get-rich-quick schemes or some other kind of trouble. However, the show had an emotional depth that always brought out the virtues of friendship, persistence, hard work, and common sense – at least, by the end of the program. The Kingfish's expression "Holy Mackerel!" became a popular American expression and is one of my favorites to this very day. 

Now, I perceive a corollary to the Amos ‘n’ Andy Show. It reminds me of my Bible. In the Old Testament is a Jewish prophet named Amos. In the New Testament, I discovered that one of the twelve disciples was named Andrew (or Andy for short). Amos represents the Old and Andy symbolizes the New.

As in the sitcom, neither Amos nor Andy is the main character in the Bible. The central figure in the Scriptures is none other than Jesus, the King of the Jews. He was born at the beginning of the Piscean age, which represents “charity, mercy, sacrifice, compassion and pardon”. These are some of the virtues taught and lived by Jesus. And of course the fish is the symbol of Pisces. So I definitely see Jesus as ‘The Kingfish of the Bible!'

Amos, the Prophet:

“Amos answered Amazial, ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet … but the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’” (Amos 7:14-15). “The days are coming,” declares the LORD … I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them” (Amos 9:13-15).

Andrew, the Disciple:  

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (that is, the Christ).” (John 1:41). “… Andrew asked (Jesus) privately, ‘Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?’” (Mark 13:3-4).

Jesus, the King:  
“They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’” (Matthew 2:2). “As (Jesus) walked along the shore of the Lake of Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the water. ‘Come and follow me, and I will teach you to catch men!’” (Mark 1:16-18).

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Amos 'n' Andy
and the Bible
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel 
May 1, 2014
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