Feb. 10, 2021

John Brown - Black History Month

"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Any parent who knows this verse has quoted it to their offspring. However, in the context he is using the illustration to make the point that the Holy Scriptures were still being written. Another way of putting it is that the rulebook is still being written. If a Christian is disobediant to these "rules" are they no longer a Christian?
Which brings me to my point. Just as we attend Sunday School to learn the Bible and the history thereof, in America we attend school not only to learn the rules of our nation, but also the needed skills to survive within Her borders.
History should be objective, however during these times of contemporary history, it seems to have become subjective. This is a horrible way to convey history. What remains? What is deleted? Who makes those decisions?
When I was in school we learned American history. Period. There was no concentrated focus on any race, religion, gender or political party. We were just taught history, the good, the bad, the ugly. We were taught about the heroes in our history as well as the tyrants. Let the chips fall where they may. I learned about heroes such as George Washington Carver, Booker T Washington and John Brown. We learned about the tyranny of ownership of fellow Americans and our climb out of that blight in our history.
Our Constitution was written to correct the ills that could fall upon the Nation. Our forefathers had the foresight to know all ills were not covered, but gave us the tools to correct them. The Constitution has the ability to be amended.
Just as a child, America has had to learn to crawl, toddle, walk and run. We learn the rules, yet with freedom comes choice. We choose to obey or disobey. We all have the ability to choose to do right, or do wrong. We also learn that choices have consequences, some bad some good. America is obviously still growing to maturity. Even an adult will stumble on occasion, does that mean they are no longer and adult. When an American stumbles does that make them unamerican? Not at all.
If an American was obedient to the Constitution before the 14th and 15th Amendments were added, does that make them UNAMERICAN? What about after those Amendments were added? No, they are still American, however they are being UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
When you start looking at history subjectively, be it through the prisms of race, religion, gender or politics, you are viewing a distorted image. Distorted history is what I stand against. If I view history through the prism of politics, I am a political hack. If I view history through the prism of gender, I am being misogynistic. If I view history through the prism of religion, i am a zealot or cultist. If I view history through the prism of race, I am being a racist.
The last verse of 1 Corinthians 13 puts it in a nutshell:
"But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
It's time to put the prisms on the shelf and get back to loving one another.