Rudiments of American culture express a profound interest in justice and liberty. However, for Black America these influences have been elusive and fleeting. Institutional racism has been written in The Constitution of the United States of America and became precursory in our system of Government. Not until the Administration of President Clinton did this nation offer a formal apology for the enslavement of the ancestors of African Americans. The conscious of the nation has been seared with a scar that can’t be reconciled with legislation or reparations. However, this is the best start. By legislation, we can somehow start to correct the paths that were wrongly taken in God’s sight. By the Administration of reparations, value is given to the devaluation of a people systematically deprived of the respect afforded to any of God’s creatures.
God has his hand in creating a platform for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The United States of America will be instrumental in the spreading of the Gospel, which directly precedes the second coming of Jesus Christ to earth in which Black America will play a leading role. A deep scar was left on America, founded on Judeo-Christian principles by the enslavement of Africans, making a noticeable distinction between constitutional principles and the practices of its citizens, strongly contradicting the ideal of the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.
Bigotry became the offspring of American slavery and a reign of ignorance enveloped the nation for more than two hundred years that became predominantly acceptable and commonplace in the nation. However, America’s resilient spirit forged ahead rebirthing those lofty ideals that this nation was founded upon while many forgave the pain inflicted by the mistakes of the past.
Did the maturation of the gradual process that left so many ancestors and grandfathers and fathers locked out of the complete participation in the American system arrive? The oppressive slavery system in the United States of America proved to be a real evil upon the land as many yearned for the good manifestation of the ideal American reality, living up to its creed as expressed in the documents penned by the nation’s founding fathers.
This yearning was in the form of prayers to God. These prayers for freedom were rendered by slaves. They prayed while their white masters prayed to the same God. God answered some of these prayers during the heat of the day while on antebellum land tracts exceeding as far as the eye could see. God suffered this affliction to take place, for a people who would one day participate in a movement ordained by God purposed by the Spirit of God, residing in the hearts of people everywhere in this modern era.
This nation has achieved monumental plateaus since the colonial era and yet it is not yet known what yet lies ahead for the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, many Christians agree that the destiny of this nation is closely dependent upon its people and how God is embraced or rejected. By creed and doctrine, the institutionalization of laws reinforce the beliefs of this nation in either an “In God We Trust,” paradigm or a flowing godless based value system pivoting on whatever movement in society is popular at the time. Nevertheless the development of the American philosophy is deeply intertwined with the spiritual experiences of the populous through-out its 230 year history. History has shown time after time Americans began to lean on God for relief in times of crisis.
Bigotry humbles even the greatest of men even in prosperity. The sensitiveness of African Americans in their plight has been well exercised; so it is God who continues to choose people as people humbly call upon him in uncertain times. He chooses those contrite and humble folk to route His spirit through in these last days. As slaves prayed in times past and their prayers ascended unto God, He heard them and gave an answer in the form of the Holy Ghost. God was not dead during slavery but was waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God: a people worthy to whom He could freely grant the earnest of His inheritance. These people, also largely former slaves and the sons and daughters of former slaves, not only longed for freedom but longed for America to be an inclusive entity to all. Their prayers met with the prayers of many whites and some former slave owners to combine corporately in a cry to God for this nation to live up to its credo of liberty and justice for all. In addition, the abolitionist movement had its roots in the philosophy of equality, as well as the establishment of an underground railroad that safely brought many slaves to the northern states from the south.
This thinking rooted in the Church was paradoxically reflected in society’s strong support of segregation. Blacks were not allowed to worship with whites and were subjected to substandard conditions while calling upon the name of the Lord. Still the ideal of equality never escaped many of African descent while subject to the white majority, especially after many were introduced to the Bible and began to understand the principles that Jesus taught. Christianity was the religion of the free and practicing this religion while a slave would ultimately lead to freedom. Many Americans opposed slavery, many of whom were white Christian missionaries. Even though spokesmen for the abolition of slavery were unpopular in society at the time, many prayed and believed that God supported them as many clung to Christian principles. Even after the emancipation of the slaves many hurdles were yet ahead. Still from hindsight we can clearly view the stages of maturity, from colonial America into the sunlight of today’s America from its murky roots. Christianity made America look at the stark differences between its philosophies and its practices and continues to urge righteousness to prevail in the treatment of all its citizens. If America is to become the place idealized by its founders; it will truly be the land of the free and the home of the brave as people stand up for what is right and pray that God direct our paths.