by John Swann, Associate Director
As I sit here to write I am still awestruck at the condition of the United States of America, not the country itself, but its inhabitants. Inhabitants that created this land with “so-called” Christian principles. Are we still operating in these Christian principles? Today, there are no longer shackles of slavery nor are there African Americans and Native Americans being savagely abused in the name of Jesus. Also, African Americans are not worth ¾ a person; it in 1965 that African Americans were granted the right to vote. Since 1790, this country has had a president that was elected by the people, so for 220 years individuals have been voting, compared to the 45 years African Americans.
Malcolm X suggested when John F. Kennedy was assassinated that “the chickens have come home to roost”. In light of the 2008 election I think I will pen these words, “the chickens have flown the coop”. On November 4, 2008 when it was announced that McCain had conceited to Barak Obama and “the chickens flew the coop”. On Facebook and nationwide people went haywire. I have only been around to vote in three elections Bush/Gore-a tale of Florida’s finest, Bush/Kerry-when Edwards - the Vice President candidate should have been running for President and McCain/Obama-an election that showed America’s true colors.
The election brought out racism and prejudices against people who voted for McCain. I, for one, talked to some hard-nosed, African American Republicans who were judged on their ethnicity versus their conservative, political views. There were people who were associated with the different political parties based on just the color of their skin. Some individuals didn’t even want to recognize that an African American was our new Commander in Chief – which could have been unthinkable. In the past, it was fine to be a senator or a congress person, even a Supreme Court judge, but President was incomprehensible.
On November 4, 2008 many people slandered the President Elect and I saw people who personally professed Christ act as if this was not God’s will. I believe that whoever is in leadership is God ordained. Also, I noticed that there were fasts initiated nationwide for the President, but not necessarily for his wellbeing – but as a cry to the Lord for America’s imminent doom. The fasts were started with Proverbs 21:1 “The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.” More or less individuals started praying that the Lord would guide President Obama’s heart, which is a honorable deed, but I never heard the Christian community fast for President Bush and his heart. Bush was believed to be God’s man for the job and that was enough – no prayer needed.
Are we really one nation under God, or are we many nations in one country stuck under God because God is everywhere? There are injustices being done to people all over the United States, most of them are recent (e.g., Arizona Immigration Bill). As in the true words of our late founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., “if it’s Christian, it ought to be better!”. Let’s not allow political affiliations to stop individuals from loving one another. There is dissatisfaction when the person we want to get in office fails to get in. Some things we just cannot control and are God’s will. All I am saying is let’s let our Jesus be bigger that these small situations and allow the faith the we hold fast to be our guide.
John Swann come to us from Paterson, NJ
by way of Hampton, VA. He is a 2004 graduate of
Liberty and is husband to the former Daniela Flood.
In addition to his work in the Center4ME, he also
serves as pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in
Roanoke, VA. Visit him on Facebook.
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