People don’t like to hear the word slave. It’s a deeply offensive term these days that brings back memories of our painful history in America, a time when our nation used a portion of our humanity for selfish greed and personal gain.
Centuries later we are still fighting about that injustice and abuse. We are still oozing with pain over it.
We fought a Revolutionary War for all Americans to be free of tyrany, but in our very own backyard there would be evidence questioning what our Founding Fathers actually fought for. DO we hold these truths to be self-evident that ALL men are created equal? Obviously, scars still show that wasn’t the case at the time.
Over the years the battle has been fought, and many victories have been won regarding slavery and racial discrimination.
You would think that after President Lincoln’s great Emancipation Proclaimation and the bloody Civil War, our nation would finally realize our great mistake and get it right, that we would finally embrace equality for all humanity.
Yet, it took a civil rights movement and more shedding of blood and legislation to guarantee a right we already have before our Creator. Segregation. Marches. Civil disobedience. The assassination of MLK, Jr. After all this, it’s finally written down under the 14th Amendment in man’s annuls: all are equal. All are free. So, why are we still in 2017 fighting this battle?
Still today our country is fighting over color, race, past mistakes, and our longing for freedom. And quite frankly, I believe it all comes down to so many people irrespective of skin color, tone, or shade feeling so locked up inside their hearts.
We scorn the word, slave; nevertheless, so many people of all skin tones, are still walking around with heaviness of that hurtful heritage branded on their memories and hearts. No wonder the fight still feels on. Some have still not yet been set free.
It’s one thing to be a free on the outside, quite another to be free on the inside.
The truth is, we ALL long to be FREE!!! It’s not a color or race condition, but a human condition.
I wish I could just say I am sorry and cry with those still hurting until the anger finally gives way to honest confessions of grief, fear, incredulous shame—whatever is keeping a soul still chained to yesterday. If only we could muster enough courage to say “Enough!” Because I do believe that kind of bondage is NOT supposed to stick around even for another generation.
Furthermore, I believe that bondage is found in every shade of humanity because what I am describing now is man’s sinful condition. Being a slave to sin is not about the color of our skin, but the condition of our hearts.
Sometimes life is full of ironies and vanities.
In history, God’s own people were sold as slaves in Egypt for a season. Eventually, they were set free to head toward the promise land. Notice how future generations who made it to the Promise Land didn’t just constantly fight Egyptians in their hearts and remain in bondage through offense to their past history. Nor did they expect a validation from what happened in the past. No, instead, they learned to praise God and thank Him for their deliverance out of bondage by crossing that Red Sea Road of faith into freedom. They were no longer slaves; they were FREE!!!
Right now there is great offense over Confederate statues and names, (you know, those statues that rarely anyone but history nerds pay attention to) because there is a portion of our humanity that still feels the hurt caused by that era. And, one by one stone statues are being chiseled down to heal offenses.
But, earlier this summer, I learned a semi driver died because he hit the crane that was on its way to remove one of those statues in Dallas. Seriously, should a slavery issue from centuries ago still take innocent lives today? If so, what was the Civil Rights Movement all about? Didn’t we declare freedom for all? Didn’t we make it a law of our land? So, why all this bondage still to the past? Why all the fighting?
I believe it has everything to do with the condition of our hearts no matter what color we are. No amount of tearing down statues will change any person’s true condition of the soul.
God says in His Word that we are ALL slaves to sin or righteousness. As for me, I choose to be a slave of Jesus Christ, a slave of righteousness.
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.