Can crippled Americans be made whole?
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” — Acts 3:6 (NKJV)
By Bobby R. Henry
As I reflected on yesterday’s election process, I was reminded of Dr. Mack King Carter’s sermons from the Book of Acts 3: 1-10. That story in the Book of Acts Chapter Three is about a man crippled from birth, who was placed by others at the gate of the temple called Beautiful, to beg.
The process of voting kept reverberating in my head creating the hologram of people begging others for the right to enter into the “Good Life”.
This good life meant that the beggars would be entitled to the rights, welfare and civil liberties extended to those considered privileged. You know: a nice home, a good job, great schools and neighborhoods free from crime, etc…etc…etc…
So like the beggar who sat at the gate, we come to the voting sites begging to get a piece of this good life by casting our votes. And, also like the beggar we couldn’t come on our own. We had to be brought and placed there by others who may have ulterior motives by offering us their political platforms of deceitfulness.
Yes, taking advantage of cripples seems to have been around for a long time. Taking something, maybe a part of the alms that the beggar got that day or the satisfaction of knowing that the beggar could be looked down on and could not maneuver unless the politrickians assisted him, making him dependent upon the politrickians for his welfare could be equated with the aim of most politrickians today.
Crippled Americans crawling at the voting polls begging for alms.
What is a crippled American you might ask? My answer to you would be one who has been deprived and disenfranchised, led with falsehoods and yet they are required to perform at or above the standards of the norm.
The scripture says that the man was carried and was placed at the gate. We don’t know if the crippled man wanted to go beg or not. Maybe he wanted to be self- sufficient. But if those that carried him were politrickians, he was under their manipulation and would be crippled for life.
Something strange happened when the beggar met the disciples Peter and John, who were going into the temple to pray.
These two politicians were on the right side. They were willing to make the crippled man whole (equal), allowing him to be able to partake in the good life at his own leisure and with no hooks attached.
And he, leaping up, stood and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:8
Politics do not mean that disenfranchised and poverty-ridden societies have to exist and people who do not vote for you should be driven by the necessity of survival on its own, barely alive, living in squalor.
We can better our society when we better ourselves. We become better when we begin to look after those who are crippled by societal perfidiousness. When we don’t look down on them and use them but give them a hand to pull themselves up on.
Can crippled Americans be made whole? “Yes we can”! We are not sitting at the gate begging; we are standing in the poll booths making a difference by voting. We do understand that “A voteless people is a hopeless people.”
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:35
GOD’S LOVE DOES NOT PUNISHES BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM