Meditations of a christizen (christian-citizen)upon today's topics.
|It is ironic how the United States of America, the good ole USA celebrates its 238th birthday tomorrow the 4th of July and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 arrived at its 50th birthday yesterday the 2nd of July. America, founded on the principles of freedom, took nearly 100 years to free a substantial part of its population and another 100 years to enforce that freedom via law. Righteousness moves slow but ultimately it arrives at its destination.
I as the author of the ‘Word Courier’s Journal’ have previously used this space to show how the Gospel faith based movements have worked to improve life in this country. (see Southern In-hospitality 6/28/13 and Drum Badgers for Justice 6/5/12) We believers, to whom I refer to as Expatriates in another journal on this web site, strive to renew the places we inhabit, America for instance, in the image of the place to which we belong which is the habitation of the almighty God popularly known as heaven.
The place where He resides has no room for evil or injustice of any kind. The natural result of trying to remake any place in God’s image is to improve upon that place. The abolitionist movement grew out of Christian ministry outreach during the 18th and 19th centuries. The mantra “Am I not a man and A Brother” symbolized the efforts of African-American and Euro American activist who sought freedom for the enslaved population.
The faith based movement continued into the 20th century. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is but one plum among the many fruit to blossom from the vine planted, pruned and produced by the Gospel faith based activism acted out by saints of old. Now, I don’t deny the contributions of Jewish, Islamic and the non-church attached for many of them risked their necks, spilled their blood and suffered life loss. However, the root and seeds of this movement was about making a supposedly enlightened nation live up to its lofty aspirations.
The Civil Rights Act is and was not about “rights” so much as it is about what’s right. What makes an act (or acts) wrong is not simply the hardship inflicted upon those who feel its sting but rather the willful violation of covenant executed by the bringer(s) of pain upon the bearer(s) of pain. The crushing poverty, violence, fear, humiliation and other degrading effects suffered as a result of segregation served not as the disease but as symptoms of such. The decision to write despise and disparage into the nation’s code and custom defies the” do unto others” creed so central to the Gospel’s message on how we treat our fellow human beings.
So today (or yesterday as of this publishing) we celebrate a nation’s belated attempt to redeem itself of a shameful past. Happy birthday Civil Rights Act and many more to come.