We all have a role to play, what’s mine?
… But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Romans 13:4 (NASB)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Now that the elections are over, all counted for, and verified, I have resolved to do my part in keeping America true to its creed:
The American’s Creed is the national creed of the United States of America. It was written in 1917 by William Tyler Page as an entry into a patriotic contest. It was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives April 3, 1918.
“I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”— William Tyler Page, The American’s Creed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yes, I voted for President Barack Hussein Obama to retain his leadership role as the Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States of America, making him the 44th President and one of the most popular elected.
I am extremely proud that this accomplishment was made possible by a cross section of the population in this great country. An accomplishment of which we can all share in.
However, I also know that there is a segment of racist people in this country that I will, with every iota of my being Black and an American, “defend it against all enemies”, in-cluding the enemies within!
On the day after the election I had a conversation with my adjoining neighbors at different times; one is Caucasian and the other is Cuban American.
We all agreed that America as we knew it was changing.
I could sense the apprehension in both of my neighbors’ voices as they cautiously broached the subject of America’s Black President.
Once we got past what seemed to be common issues, I was the one in both conversations to bring up what appeared to be obvious to me- that RACE played an essential part in this entire election process.
We have been neighbors for over 14 years after all, our children have grown up together, we’ve been through storms that have damaged all of our homes and we help each other through it-we, to some degree, trust each other.
Now, here we are stuttering over what we know is best for our country.
We as a country of neighbors who have helped one another in times of trouble still haven’t gotten to a level of comfort where we can speak freely about this ‘elephant in the room’- racism.
Even though, I have always felt like it was Black people who forever had to make other people feel comfortable; no matter how painful it was to us.
To each one of my neighbors I said the same thing, “Now, I must take a closer look at myself and check my own resentment towards others.”
In growth, uncontrollable things can happen and if not ensured, wreckage will occur.
I do believe that President Obama has a vested interested in persevering and expounding on what has made America great. And this is not a selfishness vintaged out of greed, resentment of another race or from a deep rooted plant that produces bad fruit.
“For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit.” Luke 6:43 (NAS)
I can only imagine what it would be like if the percentage of the Americans who voted for President Obama would accept our role and do our part to make America “just what the doctor ordered” in unification, one nation established and joined at the hip; instituted and composed of the beliefs of self-determination, equal opportunity, righteousness, and compassion-what a country this would be!
“Dear God, condition me to be receptive to my role where you have placed me to be in Your plan for Your people in Your time.” — Bobby R. Henry, Sr.