From the Book, “Free Indeed” Author: Callie Smith Grant.
Black Americans knew that freedom and basic rights as human beings were God-given and that no other human being should tamper with that.
They knew they were made in the image of God, and that to do God’s work, they needed to be free.
James W.C. Pennington (1809 – 1870) phrased it clearly in a letter to his former master when he wrote:
“The nature which God gave me did not allow me to believe that you had any more right to (own) me than I had to (own) you, and that was just none at all.
See also: “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W.C._Pennington for his full biography
I am going to do something little different today; you see I am not of the Black heritage; but after reading this book 8 years ago, James Pennington became one of my hero’s.(Psalm16). They showed me through there stuggles for equality and freedom that we all face some type of slavery. Our masters are not only addictions; in fact, our master was sin; and addictions are the effects of the sin; not sin itself, but the sin in us that causes us to do the things we hate; but still do. But Jesus came and died for our sins; so that the sin that inslaves us no longer has hold on us. Jesus is righteousness and the effects of righteousness is a peaceful and quiet spirit. And yet, not by our own request; we find ourselves taken hostage by someone else and makes us slaves to their own unfulfilled lusts. I am not saying that men do this only to women; or boyfriends do this to girlfriends; what I have learned and even done myself, have used some sort of manipulation to control someone else. And that is sin!
If a young girl is being courted by a young man; and he shows a tiny bit of jealousy she giggles and say’s, “He loves me” or the other way around. This goes on for a time; and she/he feels loved and needed; but one day, it becomes a weapon to control the other. (Emotional Blackmail ) Then worst, the one loved becomes a slave to the other. Jesus does not control us like that! If I could talk to every girl or boy that deals with this, I would tell them to run from these kind of relationships!
Psalm 55: Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me.
2 My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught 3at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.
4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. 6 I said, “Oh, that I had he wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest-
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”
9Confuse the wicked , O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.(see Eph.6).
12If an emeny were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him.
13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, 14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked wht the throng at the house of God.
James W.C. Pennington:
“How the impression came to be upon my mind I cannot tell: but there was a strange and horrifying belief that if I did not set the crisis that day, I should be self-doomed.
The hour was come, and the man must act or forever be a slave.”
Anyhow, back to this book, “Free Indeed.” So, I am going to use quotes from this book and hope that somehow we all can relate to this, maybe you are a slave to someone else or maybe you have enslaved someone through your beliefs or heritage; regardless it is still sin and we will be judged by Jesus. Galatians 2:4 This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you. So how could the Slavery of African Americans have anything in common with the slavery of one who tries to control our emotions? It’s the physical sin of the evil forces in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6.
If God is love and we do not allow someone the freedom to love freely, then that kind of love is the love that kills.
This will be continued, getting late, I’m tired:)