No matter how you slice it, our African American Veterans are to be honored along with all veterans who have served this country past and present. With heartfelt gratefulness and thankfulness, we salute and honor you.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)
Abraham’s initial encounter with God was very positive in a fallen world. He was 75 years old, married to the woman he loved, who was barren, and lived in a society steeped in idol worship. Abraham’s soul longed for something so much better than the norm. Many times I have asked myself, “How did the God of the universe communicate with him? How did Abram know it was the God who would keep His word to him? I believe there must have been something from the past that prompted Abram to seek something much higher. Abram was approximately 20 generations from Adam; meaning he would have known about the creation. He was eleven generations from Noah and the Great Flood. Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, whom God used to populate the earth after the flood. Abram was in the lineage of Shem. Historical facts were usually passed on from one generation to another by way of memorization or word of mouth or engraved on a stone or wooden staff. This made it easier so that they would not forget important dates and events.
One thing is for certain, Abram’s thirsty soul found satisfaction in the God of the universe. His personal search for more outside the “box” was not in vain. He received many promises from God including Abram becoming a great nation, possessing a great name, blessed with wealth beyond measure, and a very special land for himself and his descendants.
Through His relationship with Abram, the God of the universe promised to make Abram and his descendants a blessing. Through Abram every family on the earth would be blessed.
Finally, God promised to bless those who blessed Abram and his descendants. He also promised to curse all who cursed Abram and his descendants. Abram believed God and did what he was instructed to do. When Abram died at the age of 175, he had experienced most of the promises the God of the universe made to him.
Through the means of our ancestral enslavement the African American community was not only a blessing to the descendants of Abram, but the entire world. They, however, were never blessed according to God’s promise. They’re deprivation is still our deprivation today. No one in all the earth has done more for the descendants of Abram equal to or more than the African American community.
In order for us to handle the dilemma of our community it must come through a much higher power. We have been the blessing, now we need to be blessed according to God’s promise. I invite your comments.
Not long ago I was summoned for jury duty. At first, I ignored the summons because I didn’t want to be bothered. They finally sent me a jury warning notice telling me to report for duty. Now I am glad that I went. The judge pointed out some interesting facts I feel I shall always remember. She pointed out that we say BLACK LIVES MATTER; however, we have a very negative attitude when it comes down to civic duties such as when it comes to serving on a jury. In a democracy or government by the people, it is the responsibility of the law to prove that a person is guilty of a crime. However, in other countries, when you are accused of something you must prove that you are innocent. The judge further stated there are approximately five democratic governments in the world. I concluded this is probably one of the main reasons so many people try hard to get into this country. We have personal rights. This in and of itself is a blessing or benefit of our United States citizenship. Just what are some of these rights?
What is an unalienable right? In the Declaration of Independence you will find this statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…” The definition for unalienable rights is “rights that cannot be taken away. Rights that cannot be surrendered or transferred.” Inalienable rights are” legal rights afforded to everyone. In the United States they are guaranteed by our Constitution.” “The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property.” “These rights are declared to be natural, inherent, and unalienable.” “The term unalienable rights refer to a theoretical set of human rights that are fundamental, are not awarded by human.”
“Natural rights (moral or unalienable rights) are rights which were not contingent upon the law, customs or beliefs of a particular society or polity. Natural rights would thus be deemed morally universal.”
Again, I state that the African American Community was denied these rights and privileges that they made available to others by building the foundation of this country through the instrumentality of slavery. They were labeled as sub-human or property and, therefore, were not entitled to any rights. Their deprivation is still our deprivation. Currently, the biggest battle going on in our country among the lawmakers centers around immigration. Even in our weakened state as a nation, people are still coming here because of the rights and privileges and they are gaining.
I ask again, if the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, wanted to bless us in the African American community in accordance with His promise to Abraham, how would these rights play a major part? I welcome your comments.
As stated before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, informed Abraham that his descendants would be enslaved and treated as less than human for hundreds of years. We do know from history that this is a historical fact. This same God promised Abraham, hundreds of years before that He, God Almighty would deliver his descendants and bring them to the land of promise. This too is a fact of history. It was prophesied that they would become a nation again in the land of promise after exile. In May, 1948 they became a nation again. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob kept His word and made him to become a great, powerful nation. At first Abraham’s wife Sarah could not have children. But miraculously, when she was older and past the time of child-bearing she was blessed to have Isaac, as God promised. This same God promised Abraham that He would bless those who blessed him and his descendants. He also promised to curse those who curse Abraham and his descendants.
As far as I am concerned, the African American community here in this country has been more of a blessing to Abraham and his descendants via our ancestral enslavements. If the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were to manifest His word to us by blessing us according to His promise to Abraham, what could we ask Him for in the area of blessings? I welcome your comments.
Million Man March
Recently, a family member and I were discussing the Million Man March that took place in October, 2015. The first Million Man March was 20 years ago in 1995. The concern in 1995 seemed to be justice both internally and externally. Resolutions, promises, and commitments to standards of excellence were made. Camaraderie was superb and there seemed to be internal improvements. Now, 20 years later, the need for justice is still the main concern; however, many of the participants have aged. Although attending, they found it hard to do the march because of health concerns that come along with the aging process. Some participants brought their sons and their grandsons to this event. It is hopeful that a young leader will take up the mantle someday.
What would it be like in the next 20 years? Will we still be discussing justice in various areas? How can we gain the satisfaction desired in this area now? How can this justice issue be realized to the complete satisfaction of all participants? Are we chasing an elusive dream? Is it possible? Will the participants get a chance to enjoy this freedom that has been made available to so many others? How can we keep from being like our ancestors, meaning the slaves, who toiled to build a nation, but did not get the chance to enjoy it? Is this our destiny in life no matter how many times we march? I welcome your comments.