UPDATED 28 FEBRUARY 2008

Editors Note:

Almighty God has declared that all races that inhabit the planet earth have a responsibility to have some knowledge and understanding about their history and culture. Those that have sought to destroy, deny and distort the history and culture of other people are ungodly.

The greed for material gain at the expense of oppressed people has resulted in a world full of madness. Meanwhile, the gifts of the Creator have been turned sour by unprincipled Fools in an insane pursuit for money and materialism. Meanwhile, these Fools have attempted to tamper with the natural order of the world. Almighty God ordained this natural order of life before the earth was formed.

Peace,

Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal


SOME NOTES ON BLACK HISTORY

Part 5: God Ordains Black History

                                  In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.


The FreedomJournal again is thankful to the Creator for His mercy and blessings. We come as a servant of Almighty God and as a witness to the Supreme Power of God. We come also realizing that the people of God have many enemies. However, under the New Covenant, Jesus Christ, The Messiah, The Bright and Morning Star has, as it is written, declared:

Matthew 5: 44-45

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

As we go through the storms that are a part of this life on this earth, the believers feel the Power and Presence of Almighty God. Jesus has taught us to love our enemies. This is possible if you give yourself fully to God. The love of your enemies is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. God did not say be a doormat, nor did God say allow your enemies to do you harm.

As we pray for our enemies we ask God to give us strength to show love to those for whom we may not feel love? We also advise the people of God to make the correct interpretation of Old Testament scriptures. Many theologians argue that the Pharisees often noted scriptures that contradict the New Testament revelations on love for your enemies. Examples of this are found in Leviticus 19: 18 (often noted as teaching that love only those who love in return). Psalm 139: 19-22 and Psalm 140: 9-11 as meaning they should hate their enemies.

With those words as a preface we will continue our discussion. The history of Black people has been a history of persecution. The history of Christianity has also noted a history of persecution. The Book of Acts in the New Testament gives us a description of the beginning of Christianity.

The Apostles were frequently persecuted and imprisoned for preaching about the Word of God and our Savior Jesus Christ. In Acts Chapter 16 we see one of the greatest testaments to faith recorded in the Bible. Here we see Paul and Silas on a mission of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and adding to the church. However, as they stand for God the unbelievers come to persecute them.

These brave men who stood up for God were stripped, beaten and imprisoned illegally. Yet while imprisoned they prayed and sang praises to God. As they praised God others listened, this included the prisoners and the jailers. Thus their faith not only caused God to free them but it was also a witness for others to come to Christ.

For the record the Bible is full of strong Prophets and Apostles. The submissive qualities of these men and women are found in their total submission to God. To humble yourself before God is found in the classic definitive qualities of the word humble. However, to humble yourself before man in the flesh is not the total submission that you give to God. The humble nature of man is found in an unselfish attitude and expressions of love for other people despite race, class, religion, sex and ethnic origins. This unselfish nature will not allow you to be puffed up and full of selfish pride. It is the slave time ungodly Christian doctrines that noted man to humble himself before other men because of race and class. The Bible disputes this, as God shows no favor to humanity based on race or class.

Further scripture references toward enduring trials and temptations are found in Luke 6: 22 and James 1: 2-4. Persecution and trials are permitted to strengthen our faith, cleanse us from materialism, develop perseverance and bring us to maturity.

We will now turn to the historical record found in the Old Testament book of Joshua. In Joshua 4: 21-24 we find a mighty word:

"And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?

Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:

That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God forever."

The monument of 12 stones was to be a constant reminder of the day the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry land. Their children would see the stones, hear the story and learn about God. All people, this includes Black people have special dates, traditions, and events that will help their children learn about God's work. The historical record of oppressed people is a revelation from God. A recollection of these events will help keep memories of Gods faithfulness alive in your family and community.

The Book of Joshua is further revealing as we look back on verses six and seven:

"That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?

Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord: when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever."

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