I am so very stunned at the current turmoil in our nation! We live in the greatest country on the planet, the United States of America. But we are not united. We are a divided country in ways I have not seen since 1960. What are we doing? We are destroying ourselves from within. What has happened to civility and common sense? I guess it has been thrown out the window with all the other decent behavior we were taught to display as civilized people.
Our nation was born out of a desire to leave tyranny and oppression behind. It was founded in hope. Even though it was founded in hope for a bright future it was founded by flawed people. Our colonies evolved into what eventually became our young country with the signing of our Declaration of Independence in 1776. Our founding fathers and signers of our Declaration of Independence were flawed human beings. They were products of their past as are we. Their heritage was from England and I dare say as much as they tried to remove themselves from the tentacles of the past it was not completely accomplished. Nonetheless they came together to form a nation unlike any ever birthed before and with that acknowledging certain rights given to them by their Creator. They believed all men were created equal and given certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now fast forward to August 18, 2017. We are here 241 years later watching our nation destruct around us. We may be participants in its division by our own hasty judgments. It is easy to jump on the activist train. Admit it we all want to join in the voices we most bear witness with. But is it promoting an agenda that is dangerous and divisive? I would say yes! In 1850 Sam Houston said “A nation divided against itself cannot stand.” He said this before Abraham Lincoln said it in 1858. We all have rights to our own persuasions but when we are adding fuel to the fire that rages around us perhaps we should be more tempered in our verbal participation. Most especially for those of us who have been drenched in our Redeemer’s blood! We are held to a standard that is higher. Jesus said in Matthew 12:25 “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” NLT
All of this hate speech, violence, and animosity over our past history will not change the past. I agree that unrighteous things have been done since history began. Are we going to uproot every statue, destroy every structure, tear off every sign that is contrary to our convictions? Are we going to rush the steps of Congress and overthrow Senators and Representatives we do not agree with? Is the next move in America a coup? Are we going to act out of the parameters of the laws of this country because we are offended? What will you do?
I do not know a lot about my heritage. My dad’s grandparents on his father’s side were from Germany. Maybe there is some embarrassing skeletons somewhere. My mother was adopted. Her birth mother supposedly was from Jonesboro. Perhaps her family had connections with southern plantation owners and that is a part of my heritage. Maybe I have mixed race heritage? I would not mind. But maybe you would look at me differently if that was the case. What if someone in my unknown family was a slave owner? Maybe I would be placed into that basket of deplorables Hillary Clinton was addressing if that was the case.
Slavery was and is wrong! Plantation owners raping young black girls was wrong! Whites saying they are superior was and is wrong! The KKK was and is wrong! We have a heart problem and it is racism and it works both ways. It is time to lay our weapons down. I may not have walked the streets during the civil rights movement but Martin Luther King’s dream is not what is happening today. He said, “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream-one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream….Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963).
Let’s reconcile history to what is was. Leave it as history whether bad or good. We can find inequality and evil in much of what lies behind us but I believe we would be a better people and a better nation if we would look ahead to the future and how we can be an agent for peace and unity. We will accomplish so much more joining together than we ever will apart. Let freedom ring in this great nation……….one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!
Living by the brook,