Spiritual Food for Thought: Topic 14
(This topic is related to topic 13)
The larger society doesn't always want to think about people who have made mistakes.
We choose and elevate people who have good records of accomplishments and
achievements, but, we also require that their records are not tarnished by past mistakes.
We miss out on the contributions of individuals with great potential and great gifts.
We lose their contributions because the populous values “peace of mind.”
Many of us value peace of mind, but there is something more going on here.
What is really going on in the realm of right, wrong, and who is in charge?
A contingent of our social schema argues that they should decide
who is worthy and who is not.
What is this?
It is the voice of Power, Authority, and Pride.
People in this frame of mind want to be in positions of power and authority
to determine who should lead and who should not. They want to be in control.
It is that simple - control.
They want to pass out positions and perks, and pass out consequences.
This is just the "pride of man" trying to do the work of God.
African Americans are acutely aware of this type of person. They were the connecting link in the Triangle of Trade.
They are the African brothers who provided the intelligence on how to best trap and steal their own brothers and sisters
and sell them into slavery.
Sometimes they even did the trapping. Why? They wanted the power and authority even at the expense of their own
brothers and sisters. I suppose that they felt that they wanted to be on the "giving end" of the pain and not on the receiving end.
It is hard to look your own brother or sister in the eye and know that they sold you out for their own benefit.
African Americans had to do this then and they have to do this now.
Christians of all races and generations also have to do this every day.
We have to live in a society that constantly tries to throw us under the bus for this cause and for that cause.
But we, as Christians, know the end to the story.
All of this “selling out” is for the power, authority, pride, and financial gain of the moment. Christians know that it is all temporary. We know that only what we do for Christ will last. (.) Yes, we as Christians have often been sold out
like the people of poor neighborhoods have been sold out over drugs, racketeering, and even for gentrification.
As Christians we have to suffer many of these things to be so because we are "souled out" for Jesus Christ.
For us, this is the only "sale" that matters. We are redeemed - that is bought with a price for the Kingdom of God.
Jesus, by His life, death, and resurrection, gave us the gift of salvation. For us, salvation is free.
Therefore, we are free indeed.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.