Saturday, November 11, 2017 was Veteran’s Day in America. We say “Thank You!” to all our Veterans who voluntarily put their lives on the line, just as our First Responders do , every day.
Here is one Black Veteran’s observation of what is tearing the USA apart at the seams. It seems, to paraphrase one man’s statement, “We have found the enemy, and it is us.”
Having many Vets among my family and friends, it is always interesting to hear them talk, particularly after their service periods. While unquestioningly patriotic, They Ain’t Fools Either! Perspectives on their lives as military often show that they usually have the same concerns over the collective treatment of Black/African American and other marginalized people in the US.
Some Vets of color (as well as “Christians”,) however, seem to continue the same myopic view of relations between ethnicities in America as many well-known politicians and others in this country. Verbal attacks against the Colin Kaepernicks of the world or movements such as Black Lives Matter (no, they don’t always use “agreeable” tactics and yes ALL lives matter to the Lord!,) or against “lib-ralls,” or against Obama (yes, he did some things that didn’t/don’t benefit non-elites, but which POTUS (President Of The United States) hasn’t?-I call it the Kennedy/Lincoln unwritten job description; some things you try to buck the system with get your head blown off for you.)
One thing these groups and people did put some effort into was not unlike the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King. Yet the same haters of these groups and people “love” what they believe Dr. King stood for.
One commentator went so far as to say to Blacks that we only wanted someone in the White House who looked like what “we” want-Tall, dark and handsome (read Obama.) At least he isn’t known as a sexual molester/predator who grabs women by their privates and boasts about it, among other atrocious and, possibly treasonous, behavior.
2017 minus 1776 is 241. 2017 minus 1896 is 121. 2017 minus 1954 is 63. 2017 minus 2015 is 2. 2017 minus 2017 is zero.
241 years since Blacks fought and died in the “Revolutionary War” for America.
121 years since the Supreme Court decided that Blacks have no rights that whites are bound to respect.
63 years since it was upheld that segregation in schools was unconstitutional.
2 years since the last “documented” hanging of a Black man. (I won’t use “lynching” since that hasn’t stopped.) http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/20/mississippi-lynching-black-man-found-dead-hanging-from-tree
Zero years since a politician has called for lynching. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/24/lynching-threats-mississippi-racism-richard-collins
Yet, the “progress” charted for the larger portion of Black in America is largely confined to the areas of entertainment; singing, dancing, clowning, on or off stage of movies/tv or athletic field (as long as you don’t speak out on inequality of opportunity,) and getting killed by “authority figures” progressively/proportionately more than others.
It has been well over 2,000 years since Christ gave His human life to free the willing from such hatred/self-hatred. Find out for yourself how Christ dealt with the reactionaries of his day who used laws to control/browbeating to keep people in submission to them instead the Lord. Study the Word of God, especially the revealed Messiah in the New Testament. Pray for wisdom, revelation and discernment.
We live in a reincarnate Babylon System-man trying to make his way through this life experience without God. When people in positions of authority demand that you revere a mere man, be on alert. Yes, it is true that we shouldn’t take sides (republican, democrat, socialist, communist, etc.,) we should “take over.” There are only two “sides” the light and the darkness of the Enemy. The light of the Lord is the only “side” we need to take.
Christ and the bible taught us that ” …there is none good but one, that is God.” Mark 10: 18 (17 – 31) and Romans 3: 23 (…for all have sinned…) We don’t have to hate but we should “(be sent by Christ) forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10: 16 (16 – 33) “…Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18: 2 – 5
All lives do matter to God: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly…” Romans 5: 6 – 10 “…As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked: but that the wicked turn from his way and live…” Ezekiel 33: 11
That makes part of a good prayer for our leaders, our nation, and all the leaders and nations in the earth, including Jerusalem and Israel, Christian and non-Christian alike!