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 identity 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, genocide, self-inflicted hate, all of these have been our crucifixion and like the story of the real crucifixion, the crowd prefers to allow criminals 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 Rock that Jesus built his Church on was Peter. The Cyrene, Simon, carried the cross for the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The most insignificant of all is now seated at 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 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 Gods grace that will deliver us from insignificants to significant, in His time and in His will, not man’s nor woman’s.
When we are in the midst of life’s most difficult ordeals and tribulations, we have the tendency to immediately give way to the use of our own physiological capabilities. We resort to that which is innate in us. We try by “any means necessary” or we choose to buckle under and give up and accept the status quo.
Most of the time, if we have not had a spiritual presence driven in us from the time we were born, we would continue to fight against what appears to be insurmountable odds with no hope of ever overcoming our present conditions.
The life-stifling conditions and acts that have been perpetrated upon Black America are beginning to generate in us a lifestyle of Godlessness. We are abandoning the ‘Ole Ship of Zion’ for the ‘Good Ship Lollypop’.
When we had to eat mayonnaise sandwiches and drink sugar water, we didn’t give up. We held fast to the only sure anchor that our grandparents and parents knew. No matter how grave the predicament was, they knew that, “trouble didn’t last always.” They were able to look in the eye of many storms and state with conviction that, “He would never leave us or forsake us,” even though they had to come face to face with life and its fury right here on earth.
Where have we gone to find comfort from the storm? Who and what have we turned to for the security needed to confront and weather these storms? All indications would ascertain that we have given it all over to man. We have succumbed to believing that man is the finial author to all of this. If you believe that, then you have lost everything.
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, the One who spoke life into existence, the only One who knows the time our life will end, and the only One who is ever present everywhere at every moment. We seek You like a flame searches for oxygen to burn. It matters not the makeup of our pressing problems because You are the Great Mathematician and the Answer to problems yet to come. Lord Jesus, our prayers are that You have already blown Your breath of Life, Love, and Forgiveness amongst Your people to share as a soothing balm to comfort and heal the wounds of a hurting, dying and unknowing people to who You really are.” In Jesus name Amen.
IN ALL SITUATIONS GOD CAN DO ANYTHING BUT FAIL!