Wake up, America!
Now is the time for America to “wake-up” and “react” to the forces that are wanting to totally change America from its constitutional roots! I consider myself a “middle class” American and love America … Proud to be an American! What we are seeing today is going way beyond the “normal” right to protest. When we infringe on the rights of others with our protests ... you should lose that right to protest ... you can’t destroy streets, cars, statues and buildings or taking over parts of cities when protesting. Protesting must be orderly and respect the rights of others and not taken advantage of by anarchists. I don’t see most Americans as “racists” like we see in the media and promoted by Democrats. I see most Americans as “law abiding” and caring for their neighbors. “Treat all people like you would like to be treated.” I see most Americans as wanting “law and order” and wanting strong efficient police to patrol our communities and treating all Americans “justly and fairly” and eliminating those “bad” police in our society! Defunding and replacing law enforcement would be a disaster for America … there would be no law and order … only chaos and destruction. Most Americans are “patriots” and “respect the American flag” and our “national anthem!” America is facing major obstacles: a pandemic, unemployment, chaos in the streets, and political strife. I have concerns for black Americans as they have been treated unjustly for years and their problems must be attended to! The bottom line is we must have concerns for all Americans regardless of race, creed or color. We can overcome all if we will come together as Americans. Wake-up, America before we lose everything.
Gerard J. Probandt
Slavery in the United States
First of all, let me be clear: human slavery is an abomination. I cannot imagine being on either side of that scenario. Let’s look at the facts as they pertain to slavery in the United States. Slavery, particularly on the African continent, has been in existence for hundreds of years (and still is). That does not excuse slavery in the United States, but slavery was not that unusual for that day and time. Slavery is a part of almost every nation’s history, from Greek and Roman to current-day human trafficking. In regards to the African slave trade, only 4-6% of those slaves came to the United States. The majority of enslaved Africans went to Brazil, followed by the Caribbean. Slavery in the United States did not last for 400 years. The first record of African “servants” came to Jamestown around 1619. Although way too long, slavery lasted around 250 years in the United States. Approximately 25% of all Southerners owned slaves. So, when reparations are being called for, who then should be responsible for paying that “bill?” My direct ancestors did not own slaves. What financial responsibly do the descendants of black African slave traders have regarding reparations? Let’s analyze the above facts: if you are a descendant of slavery as a citizen of the United States, you would still be a descendant of slavery even if you were not born in the United States. You would either be living on the African continent, Brazil or somewhere in the Caribbean. I believe you would admit that being a United States citizen is better than the three alternatives. If you are not a descendant of slavery, you have no reason to complain. Your ancestors came here of their own free will. Do Blacks in the United States struggle? Possibly/probably. But why is that? A big reason are the policies that the liberal/ Democratic Party has enacted which particularly hurts Blacks. Their policies have broken up Black families, they are for illegal immigration (which suppresses wages), they support Planned Parenthood (that murders hundreds of Black babies every year), they are against school vouchers (that would allow Blacks to send their children to better schools). If Blacks want to better their chances, then they should stop voting for the same thing expecting a different result. And I have the same advice for rich liberal whites that are feeling guilty about Blacks; quit voting for Democrats. Here’s the bottom line (the same thing I told my three boys as they were growing up): “Life isn’t Fair, Deal with it.” And rioting, looting and burning down businesses is not the way to “Deal with it.”
Truth be told
Has anyone else noticed that whenever any form of social injustice is being addressed in the Black community, it is immediately hijacked and overtaken by the LGBTQ+ community, and used as a Trojan horse to promote their ideology? This should be alarming and a wake-up call to those in the Black community, especially the black Christian clergy. As a Black male, I’m concerned especially as I see this unfold with the BLM movement.
Minister Jerry Wharton
Principle A: “We should strive to make each person’s life as long and as pleasant as possible.” That simple principle guides me in dealing with others. If it also guided police officers, then George Floyd, Elijah McClain and others who have died at the hands of the police still would be alive. Unlike religion, whose moral code is based on fear, Principle A is based on reason. It speaks of “each person,” thus treating everyone equally. Principle A rules out the death penalty, theft, assault, rape, racial discrimination, etc. TV recently showed a man refusing to wear a face mask when near others. He said, “Your health is not my responsibility.” If he followed Principle A, then, in today’s climate, he would wear a face mask to protect others. Freedom lovers say, “The government is not going to tell me what to do.” I say, “Fine. Then let Principle A govern your actions.” In 1989, Trump ran full-page ads in four New York newspapers tacitly calling for the Central Park Five to be executed for the brutal beating and rape of a female jogger in New York City’s Central Park. The five teenagers (four blacks and a Hispanic) then had been charged with the crime but not yet tried. Ultimately, they were convicted and imprisoned — and later exonerated when the real attacker confessed to having committed the crime (DNA evidence confirmed him as the attacker). New York City paid the Central Park Five $41 million in damages, and to this day Trump defends his running of those ads. I repeat, Principle A rules out the death penalty, and Trump should have learned long ago that in this country, one is presumed innocent of a crime until found guilty by a jury of his peers.
In times like these, whose opinion should we seek?
Well, things are certainly interesting now that it is an election year. After the murder in Minnesota, rioters had another opportunity to attack private businesses for a free TV or even a new car by theft. There were, of course, peaceful protests … but poisoning wonderful police officers? A very bad idea! Interestingly, many churches have tried to address the situation with dialogue. I have witnessed several opinion sessions with mixed feelings. But what I have found is a strange idea that dialogue is somehow the answer to a tense situation … That is, let’s all listen to opinions and then see what we should do regarding our current situation based on these opinions. I am not against dialogue, but not as a means to an end. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I have never read in the Bible, God’s Holy Word, where the Lord ever asked anyone for their opinion. The only possible exception is when Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was. Jesus wanted to know if they had finally figured it out … He wasn’t really interested in their opinion. So here is a really weird idea … Why don’t we as professing Christians just seek the Lord’s opinion? After all, He is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of all things, Holy, all-knowing, and the Righteous Judge. In a practical sense, this would include praying for sure … but when the church comes together for “dialogue,” everyone should bring their Bible, no one can speak except to read a verse or passage. When they think they have something to read that is applicable to the situation, they stand, read the passage, then sit down and go back to praying, thus letting the Lord give His opinion. This is, by the way, how many of our forefathers handled problems. So, no one blurts out their own opinion, only the opinion of the Lord our God in His Holy Word. God does not lie. He will not render some abusive opinion nor will He get emotional. The Lord our God will only speak the truth. This being the case, why shouldn’t we seek His opinion? Oh, by the way, according to the Lord for His Children … “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)