So it’s been a while but no worries … I have a lot to share with you. I pray that during the time of my last posting that you, your family and all of the things that connect to you have been blessed.
Since the last time I wrote to you I to have experienced some new things, trials, new lessons … but I am grateful to God that the ability to see beyond the surface is untamed. From that macro, big picture perspective is where I draw thoughts. And this first blog here is from where I will write my newest piece.
How I view America.
Now I could go into history, our … you know how America became a Nation July 4th, 1776. Or how the Emancipation Proclamation executive order period lasted between September 22nd, 1862 to January 1st, 1863. Or the Civil war ending May 9th, 1865. Or the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery January 31st, 1865, the waves of the “Great Migration” of the colonial era in the 19th Century around the 1880’s to early 1900’s. I could go into that. Lastly, I could go into our history of civil or social iniquities such as the hanging of Emmett Till in 1955, Detroit, July of 1967 or the study of the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015 finding that 3,959 black men, women and children were lynched in Southern states between 1877 and 1950.
I could go into all of that.
Moreover I could go into the countless times that White, Black, Latino, Asian or other Ethnic groups of Men or Women have killed one another, violated one another, robbed one another, destroyed one another … mass killings, shootings, looting, suicides, bombings, rape, scandals, oppression, discrimination, corruption … systematic oppression, mass political incarceration, drug world immersion, hypocritical Church controversies, police brutality, social injustice, crime lords, gang violence …
[Inserts an unnecessary but dramatic gasp of breath…]
But I won’t. Because that’s not the way I feel enthralled to expand us or our thinking…our view. Instead, from God’s lens … macro, eagle-eye, big picture point of reference.
Eyes enamored with pain, are blind to the nail-pierced Hand enamored to heal.
Don’t miss the ocean for the fish or the forest for the trees!
The big picture-truth is that because of the inauguration Sin, iniquity, this life, this world will never been without recurring and unprecedented present evils.
“There is nothing new under the sun.”
One law passed, policy updated, legislation revised, protest launched, initiative started, organization founded or act of heroism doesn’t eradicate evils. The ever-manifesting presence of pure darkness of mankind will be present! That is truth.
The only hope is Christ. Looking unto Him … who is soon to return! And until His return, He, the Light, hopes to live within each individual … that alone can only drive out darkness.
Until then … the way I view it is like this; and I hope by the end of your reading you can consider viewing it this way to.
Do you remember “Soul Food” the Movie? I do! Great movie. Perhaps your family looks like this.
Pretend you have a Family. A crazy family. Well actually … you don’t have to pretend! LOL!
Your crazy family, sometimes you disagree, sometimes you hurt each other … really hurt each other. Sometimes someone brings drama at family dinner or on a family road trip or while trying to watch the football game. But at the end of the day we’re still family. And we can’t get nowhere anywhere without each other. And once our family focused on fighting for each other and instead of against each other things got better for everybody? And remember … we could talk about each other or fight each other but no one else could. Family was all we had. All we have. And family never let anyone divide that.
Ladies and Gentleman … your family … my family is America. The truth is that America, in my opinion is already a great country. We never stopped being great. The truth is that our indiscretions, iniquities, failures as a people are no greater than what has transpired on this planet since the beginning of time. In other countries similar or far worse happen as often or if not more than they happen here. Which makes me grateful that I can openly share freedoms, that we as Americans take for granted. I thank God that the good Lord chose to birth my destiny on this side of the globe and not the other. In the words of Da’ T.R.U.T.H. would I still believe in God if I was born in another continent? Another country?
What I am saying is that there is a lot, a lot that breaks my heart, breaks our heart that happens in these United States. But because we are all God’s children … imagine how it makes Him feel?
When we return to place to look at our situations as exactly what they are …ours, acknowledge our sins and mistakes, then true healing can take place. God never created religion, we did. God never created labels, we did. God never created sin…we did.
Isn’t about time we start dealing with ourselves, our homes, our hearts, our communities first before pointing fingers at someone else.
Maybe we can view it like that.
Don’t let your time here on this planet expire, you stand before God in judgement, before you realize that the very people you despised, stayed away from, engaged less, judged, mistreated, overlooked or undervalued, you had more in common with than not. Don’t wait until God deals you your just and swift reciprocation before you discover that all of us were really Brothers.