The following blog post was originally posted here: The Open Wound…(culture of death)
Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.( Jeremiah 14:17)
America is hurting.
She has been torn apart by those who hate her. They have exploited her wounds and refused to allow them to heal, in spite of many valiant efforts by people of good will to bring the healing.
One of the wounds that has been exploited is the “racial wound”.
Indeed, like other nations, America has sinned. There was a time when Americans allowed chattel slavery, mostly the dehumanizing slavery of African Americans, in spite of her founding proposition that “All men are created equal…”.
For this hypocrisy, which pre-dated her very founding, but which carried over into her early history, the United States of America was subjected to bitter division in her early years, eventually leading to a bitter Civil War, costing the lives of more than 600,000 Americans and immeasurable loss of property. Not one family in America remained untouched by loss, death and heartbreak as a result of the Civil War, which accomplished the end of the ugly institution of chattel slavery.
Obviously it would take time to change attitudes, but America has made an extremely good faith effort to change attitudes towards racial redress. Shelby Steele is the African American scholar and author who coined the phrase, “White Guilt” , and has acknowledged that the transformation in attitudes about race within “white America” is simply unprecedented;
“One of the most remarkable things in all of human history is the degree of moral evolutions, of moral evolution, that white Americans have made from the mid-60s to this day. No group of people in history have morally evolved away from a social evil that quickly and to that degree in this sort of short span of time. And very often, in our calculations in thinking about race, we don’t give whites credit for that.
We keep wanting to sort of keep them on the hook as racist. But the fact is that whites see racism as a disgrace and something that they would do almost anything not to be identified with.”
How far did we come? Blacks comprise 14.4 percent of the population here , yet we have elected a black President, very largely in part because we have been trying to gel the wound, and shake the constantly repeated charge that America is a racist nation.
But there are those who wouldn’t want the wound to heal because it is too profitable to them.The Prophet lamented that the “physicians” have failed to heal the wounds of his people, and this is true of us also-
For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.(Jeremiah 30:12-13)
Our hurting nation has consulted so many “physicians” which we have hoped would heal us of our wound. In good faith we listened to the advice of these “doctors”, willing to take whatever medicine recommended. “Do we need Affirmative action hiring? You got it doc! More “equality” in housing employment, schools and even entertainment and Sports? Right away doctor”.
Do we need “Black studies” in higher education? Badly needed Civil Rights Legislation? Gladly doc we will take it. A national holiday in honor of MLK? No problem, we will take the medicine. But like the woman in the Bible who “spent all she had on Physicians, but was nothing better, and only grew worse”, America cannot close this wound and stop the bleeding.
There are too many “Civil Rights” figures who have only exploited us, such as the “Reverends Sharpton and Jesse Jackson”. They have profited immensely by the continuance of the wound, Jackson has merchandised his closeness to the late Martin Luther King, but only to “shake down” major corporations, threatening demonstrations in the name of Civil Rights.
Sharpton came to fame as a “Reverend” who foisted a racial hoax, the Tawana Brawley lie, which accused whites of the rape and kidnapping of a young African American girl, although it all manifestly turned out to be a lie! His next burst of fame was in leading a demonstration outside of a Jewish owned store, Freddies Fashion Mart in a black neighborhood, accusing the owner of being a “white interloper” an accusation which eventually led to a riot, a fire and the death of innocent people.
In spite of such ‘physicians’, America has actually slowly progressed, in racial relations. But just when it looks like healing could happen, the Academy, i.e. higher education, has constructed new theories to keep the wound oozing and pulsing.
“Intellectuals” have constructed a new scheme to keep us apart, (150 years after slavery), “White Privilege”. WP is the theory, that even if you are not overtly racist, as a white person you are “living off” the benefit of a “racist system”, therefore you are guilty of racism, just by being white.
In this system, nothing but self flagellation and groveling can in any way tone for the “fiction which is whiteness” as one hypocritical actor recently announced. We are always beholden to minorities, in spite of the Civil War, the War on Poverty, the Civil Rights movement, and the trillions of dollars in transfer payments so called “White America” has voted for in a misguided attempt to heal the wound.
Perhaps the cruelest attempt at healing this breach is the election of Barak Obama, a man who allowed himself to be perceived as a “Healer” and a “Uniter” but who has perhaps set race relations back about 50 or 60 years. People were giddy about the “post racial” American era that the election of Obama was ushering in, and Obama knew it and allowed them to think so.
But when Obama spoke at the historic black Howard University, he felt the freedom to disavow that notion,
We begin to get the idea that these doctors have no intention of healing America.
Nice to know that, eight years into his administration, right?
In a nation of 300 million people there are bound to be problems, mistakes and even crimes in Policing. But never before has there been such an ability to make videos of them and to spread those videos endlessly and virally. One would think Police are just going out to hunt down young black men, if they went by social Media and even the irresponsible public media. Without the benefit of any context, statistics or mitigating or aggravating facts, gruesome videos are disseminated, riots are provoked and now a war on police has been initiated.
I don’t deny that crimes have occurred or mistakes made. What is amazing is how few mistakes have been made considering the countless tense interactions with police and a very agitated and stoked population. From 2014, the latest year data are available, 131 blacks and 261 whites were killed by cops. From 1999 to 2013, the totals were 1,724 black and 3,160 white. any death is a tragedy but considering the tinder box which the left has created it is a miracle there haven’t been more.
We who know Christ know the only real medicine, there is a balm in Gilead, but in order too be healed, America would have to quit listening to the false physicians and quit taking the leftist snake oil medicine, and most importantly , quit considering people as part of collective political groups, “Blacks”,” Whites “or “Latinos” and realize that we are all just people made in the Image of God, in need of the forgiveness of sins, which is “once and for all” purchased for us on the cross.