THE LOOPHOLE

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“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” 

Romans 5:20

As stated before the 13th amendment to the Constitution of the United States supposedly ended slavery in the country.  It however contained a loophole where slavery in practice could still exist via the Justice system.  If an individual received a felony conviction he/she could be treated in practice like a slave legally.

Although the Civil War was officially over the need for labor to rebuild the states was still needed.  The South was broke. However through this loophole cheap labor could be obtained via chain gangs and other prison-like entities. Many states created laws in an effort to subjugate the newly freed slaves driving them back to their former state.   Hate groups were created such as the KKK in an effort to intimidate the former slaves and keep them from living freely.  President Grant kept northern troops in the south to ensure this new freedom.  Many Blacks were able to make personal progress during this period known as the reconstruction era. However during the election of 1877 it was decided to pull the northern troops out of the south the only protection available to southern Blacks. Subjugation became the rule.  It would be another hundred years or the beginning of the civil rights movement before certain freedoms would be realized.  Up to this point the 13th amendment loophole became the rule of the day.  Cheap labor was needed and obtained using this law. This is still the case today through the Justice system.

I personally believe that through the grace and mercy and foreknowledge of God another loophole had been established whereby one could share in the blessing of Abraham and his descendants. In Genesis chapter 12 verse 3 He promised to bless those who were a blessing to Abraham and his descendants.  In my opinion no one fulfills this more than the African American slaves. The foundations of this country made the democratic ideology a reality. The slaves built this foundation but were never able to enjoy what they made available to so many others seeking freedom from persecution, etc. Jews were at the top of the lists. We through our enslavement gave them a place to go and flourish.  Not only that, but this country has been the main supporter of the nation of Israel in nearly every area. We have been the blessing now it is time to be blessed.  I believe it is going to take supernatural intervention for us to enjoy what we have made available to so many others.

Your comments are more than welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

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MEMORIAL

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Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

Psalms 56:8

 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

Exodus 2:23

  Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

Job 30:24

 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Psalms 42:3

Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Psalms 80:5

Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

Psalms 106:44

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Hebrews 5:7

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4

According to the dictionary a memorial can be a structure or a statement of facts presented to a sovereign, a holiday, or anything used for the purpose of commemoration.

In America we just had a day of celebration honoring our dead referred to as Memorial Day.  A few days ago we celebrated the independence of our nation. The nation of Israel was given a special charge by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to celebrate their freedom from Egyptian enslavement.  This holiday is referred to as PASSOVER. This is considered their most popular holiday.  Another commemorative time for them is called the Feast of Purim. It memorializes how Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from destruction.  This was an ugly plan made by Haman; a man who hated the Jewish people. In the Muslim world they commemorate the Ramadhan holiday in remembrance of the first revelation of the Quran received by Mohammed. This is celebrated during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar.

It was interesting to note that the Statue of Liberty, which stands in New York City harbor, emphasizes African American enslavement in this country.  This was a gift from France to America.  At first there was a chain that was attached to the body of the statue; but because of protests it was removed.  However there are chains around the feet of the statue in remembrance of our cruel and unjust enslavement.

Did you know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Giver and Sustainer of life, also has a special way of commemorating?  He uses our tears and our cries. Every tear from the very beginning has been recorded in His book. Just think the very first tear ever cried has been recorded as a memorial. He will never forget and He is committed to its resolution.  Just knowing this about Him tells me I can trust His words. It also tells me about His character and integrity.  He is a God whose word you can rely on. He most definitely has the power.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy Payne

Lucy

Image Online Reference:  http://www.historiansagainstslavery.org/main/2014/08/am-i-still-not-a-man-and-a-brother/

MY PASSION

 

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end (a future and a hope.) Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

-Jeremiah 29:11-13

 And call upon me in the day of trouble, i will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.

-Psalms 50:15

 And I will bless them that bless thee…

-Genesis 12:3

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The scriptures above are the foundation of my blog and my passion. I believe that the answer to the African American dilemma past, present, and future are engrained in these verses. Through our enslavement we have been a blessing to the descendants of Abraham, but not just to Abraham’s descendants. We have been more than a blessing to this entire world. We have yet to fully experience and enjoy what we have made possible for so many others.

I believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob already has a plan for our deliverance and to our satisfaction. My passion is to see the manifestation of His plan in our everyday lives to our complete satisfaction.  He did it before for a group of slaves who could not deliver themselves.

Your comments are always welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

LABOR

The primary factor of any undertaking is labor. You can have as many ideas as you would like but there must be someone to make it a physical reality.  Mr. Webster defines labor as: “The physical and mental activity that provides or produces the goods and services in an economy.”  This one expense can either make or break an undertaking.

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 My grandfather on my mother’s side was born hearing and speech impaired.  He also had a brother who was born the same way.  His mother was born a few years after the Emancipation. When I was a child I loved to see him tell us how he saw Walter Reuther getting the auto workers together to form a powerful union to bargain for better working conditions and other benefits. The way he would sign the words out to us as his grandchildren, left a lasting impression on me.  He talked about the many skirmishes he personally witnessed during this time.  Men fighting for their rights that they felt were due them from the auto companies.  The look on his face gave one the impression that he was reliving this in his mind.  To him the laborer was worth his hire. The auto companies, no doubt, felt this was taking more of their profits and did not like the idea of labor unions.

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My Grandfather – James Shephard 1895 – 1975

I know we all have heard about companies using sweat shops as a better means for labor.  We are also familiar with the term ‘outsourcing’ or sending American jobs overseas for cheaper labor so as to realize larger profits. Enslavement made practices such as these unnecessary.  Slaves were property. They were owned by their masters.  They could breed and have children who would also become slaves.  This was considered the best form of labor.  You owed them nothing.

 After the Emancipation of slavery there was a move to keep the slaves servitude—share cropping, that evil and underhanded way of keeping the slaves subservient; and also the use of Jim Crow laws relegating them to second class citizens.  This nation could not have evolved without the skilled and unskilled labor of the black slave.

 Your comments are welcome.

 Lucy Payne

Lucy

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” Deuteronomy 25:4

 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is      worthy of his hire…” Luke 10:7