God is the creator of everything and mankind. We see in His word that He is no respecter of persons. That does not mean that he does not respect His people. It means that He does not respect one person over another. We are all his children and like in the little song we learn to sing in primary class we see this vividly.
Red and Yellow; Black and White, they are precious in his sight. For whatever reason known only to God Himself, He made some with one color of skin and different colors for others. We would only be spinning our wheels and going nowhere trying to figure out the mind of God. He is past our understanding. Once a little girl in a movie said that since we were all made from dirt, God probably made each person from the color of ground He happened to be standing on at the time.
There has been a movement across America with black people taking a stand against what they perceive is unfair practices against Black people especially in regard to the Black community and especially young Black men and law enforcement.
Their mantra is, “Black Lives Matter!” Yes, they do. They matter from the time of conception when lives are being destroyed in the womb by a vicious act of barbarism called abortion. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a racist. She spoke in secret meetings with the KKK. She advocated abortions for those who were poor and needy. She advocated abortions for the Black race in particular saying that they were mentally incapable of becoming productive people in the scheme of economics; and they were a drain on all of society. Black babies matter in the womb. The Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center here in our county only cares about the mother and child not their race.
Black lives matter when for years, dark skinned people were enslaved by white people. Black lives matter when black children were deprived of education equal to that of white children. Their Black lives matter.
Black lives matter in the days when Black men were discouraged because of unemployment and lack of pride in who they were; and abandoned their Black babies and left it up to the Black mothers to be the head of the household and left holding the bag for the complete responsibility of raising and supporting these precious little ones. Black lives mattered when these little ones grew up with little supervision and got most of their education on the streets.
Black lives matter when in days past, the Black culture was all about the women doing all the work and that somehow Black men were superior to Black women and the culture demanded that they be servants to them. All lives matter to God, and we can’t let the past dictate the future – the past in gone – the future may never come; today is what matters in all lives.
Black lives matter when they came to America as slaves and to many were considered less than human and were treated like property by many. Black people should be proud of all that their ancestors endured that allowed them to be born in America where they have better chances of success than in Africa.
Black lives mattered when men like George Washington Carver rose above all of that by using the talent and intelligence that God gave him. Black lives mattered to Nelson Mandela who stood against apartheid. They mattered to Desmond Tutu for speaking out for humanitarian and civil rights issues back in the old country. Not to forget that Black lives mattered to Frederick Douglas by becoming a strong leader coming from slavery to being influential in changing public opinion.
Black pride began to rise in America when boxer, Joe Lewis and Mohammed Ali became the heavy weight champions of the world; Jesse Owens won four Gold Medals during the 1936 Olympics. And then there was Pele, great soccer player who in retirement became an ambassador for his sport and advocate for overcoming poverty. America has seen many Black people rise to fame and fortune by seeking a better way of life rather than hanging out on the streets; Michael Jordan, Morgan Freeman, Carl Lewis.
Black men and women who came to prominence through music like Michael Jackson, Mahalia Jackson, Hattie McDaniel, Ethel Waters, Nat King Cole, and Charlie Pride and so many others.
And not to forget famous Black women who rose above their circumstances to become not only successful but revered, i.e. Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey. Maya Angelou, Jackie Joyner, Serene Williams.
Black men and women have risen to success and prominence in religion like Dr. Martin Luther King, Credfo Dollar, K.C. Price, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor E. V. Hill, and Dr. Tony Evans (one of my favorite).
Granted this line-up does not cover every Black person who rose to prominence; but just a sampling of those who did not let the past dictate their future like Dr. Ben Carson of recent distinction. And granted not all people black or white people become famous and wealthy because of their race nor for the betterment of it. There have been scandals among the Black elite as well, i.e. O. J. Simpson, Pastor Eddie Long, and Tiger Woods just to name a few. No matter how their lives turned, they still in their good days brought pride to the Black people of America.
But there are many people and organizations in America who make a real difference – not just in their own personal lives but in the lives of those still struggling to rise above racism, poverty, neglect, hunger, and especially Black Orphans.
The Salvation Army has had a presence n Haiti for more than fifty years helping those destitute Black people who not only struggle with poverty but hurricanes and earthquakes as well.
Free Chapel Church in Gainesville and other locations are supporting a school in Ghana to help deprived orphans have a better life and education. Feed the Children helps all over the world those children who are hungry regardless of their race.
World Vision reaches out to the children of the world through fresh water wells, providing animals for meat, milk, cheese, and eggs. They also provide skills and products to help women earn money for their families. And there are organizations like the “Smile of a Child,” sponsored by TBN; and Doctors Without Borders to help those in need of medical care.
Here in Atlanta there is a wonderful organization called, “Jars of Clay,” which takes in children from the street and works closely with churches and organizations to provide, shelter, food, clothing, schooling, and when possible placement of the children in good Christian homes. You can also follow them on Facebook.
While Black lives matter, so do White and other lives matter. We are not like a bunch of socks that only looks good and hangs out with a matching mate. The lives of all races affects the lives of all of us.
So you see Black lives matter and rioting in the streets, blocking shopping malls, looting stores, and killing white policemen, and robbing, stealing, and other huge crimes committed in large part by those from depressed Black communities, accomplish nothing. Sickening to see children growing up in America with so much hatred and prejudices learned in their homes toward one another.
True story: I grew up in the south next door to a Black family. We even got our water from a faucet from their back porch since we did not have a well. We played all day long with their children and never once did I feel superior to them. We were kids and we just had a good time playing together. Many years later my children were never raised to be racist. They had many Black friends in their lives and still do today. My children did not grow up being racist.
Years ago, for many years. we lived next door to a great Black family with sweet little children; and one was a six-year-old little boy who in particular loved me. Every time I went outside he would follow me around. We eventually put our home up for sale to downsize and because of a huge influx of bars and joints moving into the area, this little boy was sitting outside in a chair next to me swinging those fat little legs asked, “Who you gonna sell your house to? Black folks or White folks?” I said, “I don’t know just whoever wants to buy it!” He replied, “I hope you sell it to Black folks because I don’t like White folks!” Perfect example of how small children pick up on racism and other bad things in their lives before they even have a chance to know the difference. Lesson here is that he did not see me as “white folks!” He saw me as someone he loved.
Block voting for candidates who year after year promises the Black community everything – but when elected deliver nothing- also accomplishes nothing. Politicians are not the keepers of our souls. We are… through Christ.
America’s problems (which are now many) cannot be solved by politicians of any race in high offices – but vast strides can be made through the healing of families in America – black, white, red, or yellow – through restoring families who are the greatest influence of all on the children. Personal responsibility, honesty, hard work, and determination for a better life will make a huge difference. Strong marriages where husband and wife are committed to one another, to God, and to their children, church, and nation is the answer. There are so many Black families, as well as other races. who have found this to be the answer.
To destroy racism in America it will take all races coming together for one reason and for one reason only – to make life better for everyone regardless of their race, creed, religion, or national origin. Until we all become more like Christ and adhere to the teachings of God’s Word in faith and action; these problems will never be solved and for them not to be solved will be the ultimate demise and death of all freedoms in America.
Today in America, people of all races have a better chance of equality than any place in the world. I can remember when there were very few black artists on TV much less in commercials. Today, I would say that there are more commercials with Black people than any other race because businesses are catering to their increased buying power.
There are equal numbers of TV hosts and programs of both White and Black. And J.C. Penney believes that Black lives matter. I just got a brochure in the mail of their latest sales and there are eighteen photos inside and they are ALL Black. Was I offended by this? No. If I had wanted to buy what was advertised, it would have matter nothing to me who the models were.
Here in the southern state, a huge proportion of Black people are working in retail stores, grocery stores, and our local hospitals and even small businesses. These are the Black lives that matter as they work to support themselves and their families and are providing opportunities for their children to go to college and live an even better life. When I go to a store or deal with a company online or on the phone, it does not matter to me what their race is as long as they know and do their job and treat people with dignity and respect.
When I need to go to the hospital, call for a policeman, or fireman, it does not matter to me the color of their skin; but the content of their hearts and their pride and training in carrying out their jobs. Many of our soldiers are black and serve our nation with honor and distinction just has they have in many wars before; and their lives matter as well. All shed blood in war is red and not black, brown, white, or yellow. Those who riot and destroy rob and kill of any race do not honor God nor America. We need to supervise and teach our children the value of all life including their own. They should know that to commit a crime sets them up to be arrested or killed. They should know that crime does not pay in the long run. Preparation for a better life does.
We need to change the protests signs to reflect what is happening all around our great nation (and the world) to ALL LIVES MATTER. We need to ignore and not pay homage to those who are dividing our nation. United We Stand (all races) – Divided We Fall (all races). And we need to teach our children to be racially blind.