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12/12/14 at 02:14 PM 0 Comments

Fifty Years in Exile

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Reclaiming True Black Heritage Will Bring Solutions to Many Ailments

1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? (Psalm 137:1-4)

When the Israelites found themselves in captivity in Babylon, their hearts were broken because of their longing to be home—in an environment and culture that allowed them to be safe, productive and prosperous. Their obedience resulted in God’s blessings. It was only then did they remember how good things were for them, and the generous provisions their God had provided them for more than a thousand years. It was ultimately their disobedience that caused them to be conquered and then taken away to a land that was strange and alien to their ways. They became powerless and despondent, subject to the rule of the Babylonians. Poverty, sickness, broken homes and families, education and training in the ways of the Babylonian gods instead of the one, true God YAWYEH led to their spiritual degradation, and that decline led to social and cultural decay. Living in the strange land brought to the Israelites much pain and little hope. Does this suggest a similarity?

Could it be that the reason so much of black America in particular lives in a perpetual state of disarray stems from having being taken into a strange land, or more realistically, alienated from those things they had been most familiar with? Sorry, this is not a Marcus Garvey-ish diatribe about returning to the African continent, nor a Nation of Islam-based fantasy of taking a section of the United States and converting it into an independent nation solely for black people. This type of “strange” is defined in light of where blacks in are today as compared to the status and condition of those generations of only a few decades ago—from the time of the fulfillment of The Emancipation Proclamation to the end of the Civil Rights Era. This is also a reflection of historical truth where blacks, as well as whites and people of other races and ethnicities whole-heartedly embraced the Bible and the Judeo-Christian ethic to form and build a nation like no other. What did those generations have that today’s blacks in America do not? Let’s take a careful look:

No one can deny that a key principle that has made the United States of America such a unique experiment in the establishment of a nation of free and freedom-loving people is based upon the belief that its Declaration of Independence is a religious document, as it opens with:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

These 106 words which establish the immutable truth that all men of all races, colors and creeds were subject to no man, but entitled to all of the freedoms that enabled them to acquire, achieve and become whatever they desired to be, with no other man, power or governmental authority interfering or attempting to deprive them in any way. It was every man’s right! So black people of all walks of life, bond and free cleaved devotedly to the Word of God as it was expressed through the Declaration of Independence. Those who were yet enslaved dreamed of the day of freedom if not for themselves, but certainly for their descendants, and through that faithful devotion, they found freedom and liberty!

On the most part, much of what has been determined to be the black leadership class has fallen for a spiritual “bait-and-switch” strategy by offering the blessings Christianity while promoting the gospel of Marxism, which has placed so much of black America under the spell of socialism—the substitute for Christianity! Black leaders today, including many prominent pastors hold faithfully to the promises of a bankrupt federal government that it can supply practically everyone’s needs. From the Congressional Black Caucus to the NAACP (founded by white socialists), nationally-known preachers and pastors, university professors and well-known celebrities and many others often strive to balance Biblical principles with the promises of a socialistic utopia. However, over fifty years of existence within that struggle has produced nothing but universal misery as evidenced even in the sagas of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.

When we look into the true and complete history of Black America, it will not take too long for individuals to realize that a significant part has been taken out, deleted and hidden. Hundreds of so-called experts have posed many and various reasons and causes for black disenfranchisement as well as possible solutions—none of which have brought success in the fifty-plus years of trying. This has given far too many blacks a collective notion that America is a totally-hostile land. They seemingly are living in exile far from their native lands. However, this is far from the truth!

So a great truth today is that a vast number of blacks in American have been systematically alienated from what happens to be their own history, and the only solution to the black dilemma is to reconnect with it. For example, the black community does have a deeply-religious connection with the Bible and the church. There is a strong tradition of family, especially the one man/one woman marriage relationship. The overall consensus does not embrace homosexuality, abortion nor the welfare system as a way of life, but yet are unquestionably devoted to the political group that certainly is! The majority of black people believe in working for a living and frown upon government assistance that traps generations in life-long dependency, but uphold those who preach the virtues of government entitlement without questioning the purpose and intent.

Having always been known to be a deeply-spiritual people, there has evolved a prevalent thought that either God has abandoned them or they are supposed to suffer in this world to earn a rite of passage into the next. Even in spite of such seemingly insurmountable odds and opposition, these things should not be! So the question is: How did this happen?

In a short history lesson, the end of the Civil War in 1865 brought social, economic and political opportunities for black people in America—especially in the South where the enslavement of blacks was the cultural norm. By 1870, blacks were being appointed and elected to positions of high office throughout the region. This was known as the Period of Reconstruction. Black men such as Hiram Revels, Benjamin Turner and Robert B. Elliott served in the U.S. Congress as Republicans. According to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, during the period between 1865 and 1877, many blacks served in government positions at national, state and local levels. “Fourteen black men served in the House of Representatives between 1869 and 1877, six served as lieutenant governors, and more than 600 served in southern state legislatures.” All of these were members of the Republican Party, considered to be an act of blasphemous treason by today’s black elites, who seek to keep this historical truth buried along with anything contradictory to their liberal-socialist ideology.

By the time of the presidential election of 1876, the Democratic Party had regained enough political power to start the end of the Reconstruction movement. With the aid sympathetic northern Democrats, and other groups that began to place economic prosperity ahead of civil rights, Washington, D.C. became increasingly disinterested in black representation in Congress. Adding insult to injury, such anti-black, pro-slavery groups such as the White Citizens Council the Ku Klux Klan, and local whites who were not affiliated with such organized hate groups but harbored the same sentiments depressed and even eliminated black participation in politics in the South by extreme violence and intimidation. Throughout the South, anti-black legislation known as Black Codes were passed in order to reverse the progress of blacks. This ushered in the period known as Jim Crow.

What has been the result? The alienation of black America from its truthful past and history has been the most catastrophic strategy ever foisted against a group of people, and the evidence is clear. Most black Americans have accepted laws and policies that have been detrimental to them and their communities while, fighting against those who have sought to restore their God-fearing, conservative roots! Being last in academic achievement, but first in illegitimate birth rates; leading the nation in incarceration rates to the level of rivaling dictatorships and repressive governments, black America is in a quandary. More examples tell us that blacks kill other blacks at a rate higher than any other races or ethnic groups, but those recognized as leaders of the communities spend time and energy blaming law enforcement as the problem. Unemployment rates among blacks are also higher than those of other groups. It can be sassily said that blacks lead in practically every negative aspect of the nation’s leading cultural indicators, as leaders blame the system!

It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results, so why not just simply break this vicious cycle of hopelessness and dare try something different? It is obvious that the current black leadership class are faithful servants to the political philosophies of the Democratic Party. Here’s an indisputable fact that has been intentionally kept away from mainstream black thought: the vast majority of the Republican Parties in the United States were started by in part, if not totally by black people! Founded under the principles of Christianity, the abolition movement, conscientious whites, free blacks and former slaves came together to form this political organization for the purposes of securing and maintaining the freedom and basic human rights for black people throughout America!

Within the liberal socialist agenda, blacks must adhere to or most likely go along with principles and beliefs which clash with their own basic and common cultural values which brought liberty and prosperity. This is the alienation, or the exile in discussion. On the most part, as already mentioned, the black community is one of the most religious sectors of the American culture. Known to attend church on a very frequent and regular basis, Black America and church are nearly synonymous. However, the socialist agenda has usurped the energy and motivation that should be driving the church’s evangelistic thrust. The trade-off has been devastating because when one examines the issues plaguing the black and other communities, they are spiritual in nature. The things of God have become strange and alien!

The great Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu is credited with the saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Perhaps this explains why white liberals exercise such tight restraints upon the black leaders because if they were to revolt and reclaim their heritage, then the liberal-socialist agenda planned for America’s population would collapse almost immediately! Just as during the time of slavery, the Democrat Party desperately need black America under its control. If black America were to return from its exile, back to the morals and creeds of the black Founding Fathers, they would see that their captors have been right there beside them.

Finally, voices respond to those who invite black Americans back into the Republican Party that the organization once was the place for black people, but now is the place of refuge for the white racists who fled the Democratic Party as blacks began to populate it and gain power and influence. Let’s say this is true, but does this not make it even more crucial that we take back our heritage and cast out the squatters? Black people in America still love the Lord and are overwhelmingly Christian by faith. The majority of blacks abhor abortion and see it as a form of child sacrifice. Blacks have been very instrumental in standing up against the homosexual movement. They believe in marriage, family, education and hard work in order to achieve success. The majority reject the social welfare system as a way of life and frown on those who seek to abuse it. From the days of the American Revolution, blacks have been faithful and patriotic, whether bond or free, to the United States of America, but the Democratic Party has been very successful in keeping them separated from the truth, especially after they successfully reinstituted a modern form of bondage after destroying Reconstruction. Now is the time for black America to reclaim its own history!

In conclusion, consider this logic: Would a good military strategist chase his mortal enemy over a hill and stop? Absolutely not! A good general or military leader would chase and pursue the enemy to the ends of the earth to annihilate the threat—follow his adversary and destroy him and his ability to wage war forever. He would lead his infantry, the foot soldiers on the ground to, if necessary use hand-to-hand combat to defeat his foes. He would chase them incessantly and uproot any vestige of their presence and influence. He would uncover their dark hiding places and force them into the light, giving them the chance to surrender or perish.

In the same line of thought, does it make sense for blacks to stop at the water’s edge in politics? IF the Republican Party is truly the party of racism, then where are the infantrymen who will infiltrate the front lines and engage the enemy? IF part of the Republican Party’s agenda is to forever condemn black people to lives of poverty, then where is the counter-strategy?

Indeed, the truth is that the vast majority of black people live in exile—alienated from their heritage and essentially, their God! Practically every aspect of their lives ends up in this cycle of insanity by doing the same things over and over again. Like them, America as a whole has gone into exile and estranged from God. Let us pray for the day that we all will be able to sing the Lord's song because we have returned to Him.

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