The harm slavery has done to Black people is both immeasurable, and incalculable. There are many things that continue to plague people of African ancestry that may directly be linked to slavery, not just those of us who are descendants of enslaved Africans, but those who live on the African continent who are the descendants of Africans who lived under European occupation.
Nothing has been used to distort reality for African people than the concept of religion. Still today it is incredibly difficult to get most of our religious brothers and sisters to understand that believing in a sovereign God does not mean sitting around waiting for him/her to burst through the clouds to save us from whatever ails us.
My Pastor the Reverend Dr. Jesse Voyd Bottoms speaks to this truth that I have always believed in,” If praying is all you do, it is not enough”.
It is a fundamental principle that is borne out throughout the Bible. (Philippians 4:13)13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
James 2:14 – 17, What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
You get the picture I suppose?
How then as Christians are so many of us Blacks still confounded when it comes to this issue when it comes to what we need to do to effect change here on earth and in our own communities?
Why are we still looking up into the skies in the hope that the great creator of the universe is going to burst through and sweep us up and all of our troubles will be over?
Exodus 14 v 13 – 16,13 Moses answered the people, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still, and see what the Lord will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. 14 The Lord is fighting for you! So be still!” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to start moving. 16 Raise your staff, stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide the water. Then the Israelites will go through the sea on dry ground.
This issue of racism is nothing new, over two thousand years ago Yeshua was crucified by the Italians, with the help of Jews who saw him as a threat to the established order.
Struggling under the weight of the cross he was forced to carry after being brutally beaten and brutalized, not a single person helped to carry the cross as Yeshua struggled with it, until of course, they saw Simon of Cyrene a black man who was passing through, he, they forced to carry the cross.
Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
Matthew 27:32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross.
Mark 15:21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
The moral of the story is that not a single one of those Italian soldiers saw fit to help Yeshua or to force anyone else, but another black man to help the black Yeshua with the heavy piece of timber, that they had forced him to carry after beating him mercilessly.
If we as a people have learned nothing after thousands of years of these things happening to us, when are we going to learn?
If we refuse to acquaint ourselves with the realities surrounding us, and if we refuse to read anything, and if we continue to engage in the practice of prayer without works, a hundred years from now our children, grand children, and great-grandchildren, (if they survive) will be fighting these same fights that we should have ended.
If we who call ourselves Christians continue to believe that the Lord God Almighty sanctioned people owning people ‚then we deserve to continue being slaves. If we continue to be sanctimonious, sacrificial lambs to the slaughter, because we believe in the hogwash that we must humble ourselves in front of our enemies and turn the other cheek, then guaranteed we will be a sacrifice on the burning altar of stupidity.
As long as we believe that we have an obligation to continue to love our enemies, even as he uses his sword to slaughter us, then we deserve whatever else he dishes out to us.
Much has been done to use religion to prevent Black insurrection during their enslavement and to continue to keep blacks from ever getting to realizing the lies about white superiority.
I am not here to tell you what to believe, nevertheless, if you believe that the very same people whose ancestors enslaved and murdered yours, and are to this day opposed to you having the most basic of right and dignity that they summarily enjoy, are deserving of your love and devotion, then do you.
Watch and pray, that’s scriptural. All throughout the Bible the GOD of the righteous, waged war on the enemies of his people, and destroyed them.
Has that God suddenly reversed himself and requires us to surrender our lives in humble supplication and fealty to those who oppress us? If you believe that you are still a slave.
Some of you Christians are so righteous that you cannot even talk about anything but Church, you do not pay attention to your kid’s school happenings. You do not vote in school board elections, you have no idea who represents you in statehouses and in the Congress, then you complain about not voting because “nobody ain’t giving you anything.” That is the reason they dump their multi-million dollar jails in your communities without even consulting you.
That is why they build bus depots in your communities, so that your children may ingest the putrid diesel fumes, making them exponentially more susceptible to asthma and other respiratory diseases. Don’t even mention noise pollution.
When you do not vote and stay vigilant, they poison your water, they demolish your communities and build interstate highways and pay you nothing for your land. When you refuse to vote, they put police in place to brutalize and kill you, because they fear no consequence.
Why is it that you pay taxes just like everyone else, yet your children’s schools are veritable fortresses, manned by armed police ready to gun them down, no books, co computers, while a couple of miles into the suburb’s their schools are peaceful oases of tranquil learning, staffed with caring teachers and equipped with every tool needed to aid the learning process?
Do you still want to talk about not voting?
Why do you think they are going to such lengths to take that right away from you? I am speaking to you so-called woke people who sit on your rear ends and point to flaws in candidates, knit-picking any little negative you can find in them as if you are perfect, then use social media to encourage others not to vote or get involved in the process.
Who are you helping in that process, except to make yourself seem smart, when you are really demonstrating just how unlearned you are?
Yeshua himself told those who would trap him into speaking out about the Roman Government,“ Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21.
It was by far more than an attempt by Yeshua to avoid the entrapment, but a guide to Christians that they have an earthly duty to pay attention and be attuned to earthly happenings, and to be conversant of the issues that will affect our lives.
All of those people who followed Yeshua, including his disciples fundamentally believed that he would return in their lifetime.
He was crucified more than two thousand years ago.….….….. He is coming back, make no mistake about that, but there is a lot of time between God’s time and our idea of time.
And in between those two concepts of time, there is a whole lot of living and suffering left to happen.
[“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, there is this sense sometimes of: ‘The way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people.” “And that’s enough.” “Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb.” “Then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, cause, ‘Man, you see how woke I was, I called you out.’”
“That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change”. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.”] (Barack Hussien Obama)
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer, he is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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