What did we do?
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34 NKJ)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Of the furthermost misfortune to the American society is that a certain people are allowed to classify other human beings as insignificants, due to the fact that one race or another judged them worthless of esteem or kindness.
To identify one as an “insignificant” is to cheapen their self-worth and to our misfortune we as Black Americans, along with the destitute, disabled and the pitiable, have been classified as such-we have been deemed insignificants.
Justifiable homicides, disenfranchisement, genocide, self-inflicted hate as well as spiritual detachment is causing us to believe that there is no hope and that the Black man is doomed.
The most depressing thing about this is- it is appearing as if we have brought in to the hype. We believe that there is such a thing as Black on Black crime, a class of its own and Black lives don’t matter and worst of all there is no need to vote.
Are we stuck on stupid and choking on a toxic drink call hatennessey you know like Hennessey while doing the dab?
All of these have been our crucifixion and like the story of the real crucifixion, the crowd prefers to allow criminals, even if they wear blue to live and us to die.
A man of African blood, a Cyrenian named Simon, was chosen to carry the cross of Jesus-an insignificant to carry an insignificant’s cross. In the Bible, the story tells us that even Peter was considered an insignificant and treated as worthless by the crowd in Caiaphas’s courtyard. Caiaphas, in the New Testament, was the Jewish high priest who presided over the counsel that condemned Jesus.
Throughout history it has been the role of the insignificants to burden the struggles and to constantly carry the spirit of humility in the perils of sin and death. Even though the people gave these insignificants no rewards, no respect, no joy and no peace, God thought enough of them to lift them up and make them significant. The Cyrene, Simon, carried the cross for the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The most insignificant of all, born in a stable and wrapped in rags is now seated on the right hand of God and God has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… (Philippians 2:9-10).
We have been walking in darkness long enough, it’s time to remove the blinders. Let us look past the surface of skin color and begin to ask the questions, are you cultural sensitive? Are you socially conscience? Do you believe that all men/women were created with a holy spirit?
We have to stop allowing the others, (this includes anything and anybody) that would be a hindrance to us gaining our salvation. If we are truly children of God, it will be God’s grace that will deliver us from insignificants to significants, in His time and in His will, not man’s nor woman’s.
As the blood dripped from Jesus’ hands, he prayed for his persecutors, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34 NKJ)
Dear God, please teach me how to love more and to show others that it can be done, we can be changed for good. Amen