Sunday, June 7, 2020

Enough of this Victimhood!!

I, along with the majority of Americans, are fed up with these riots, the condemnation & hatred spewing from the protestors and the capitulation to their demands by so many!  Granted there is inequality, granted there are people who take advantage of others of all races and colors.  Granted there have been abuses, but the mobs who have been stirred up by those with another agenda to white hot anger to blame others for their own problems need to settle down and take a look at the truth.  If George Floyd had been leading an exemplary life he wouldn't have been in the situation in the first place.  When someone is high on drugs--it has nothing to do with color--if their actions are threatening the police they need to expect consequences.  It appears the police used excessive force, but have you ever tried to restrain someone under the influence?  They seem to have supernatural strength.  It is a tragedy that George died in the process, but how many innocent people have died unnecessarily because of the protests?  How many buildings and businesses of those who had nothing to do with the handling of this abuse have been ruined?  How much fear and anger and unrest has been unleashed?  That is an even greater tragedy.

The ancestors of these angry black people paid a price, being brought over here as slaves, but it can be proven that blacks are better off and have many more opportunities today than they would have if their ancestors had remained in Africa.  How about not squandering the hardships and sacrifices the original American slaves suffered, but instead make the most of the opportunities provided by those sacrifices?  Let go of the anger.  It does not help their cause to claim they are victims.  That claim to victimhood has been an excuse to not live up to potential for centuries.  How many children of abusive parents have led depraved lives because of anger, hatred, and bitterness toward their parents?  How many black (& white) lives have not mattered (made a difference) because they chose to be victims instead of responsible, productive adults?  And just because I think someone should be saying it--White lives matter, too!  Racism works both ways, and right now, I would say there is more racism by blacks towards whites than the other way around.  But who is pointing that out?  Certainly not the mainstream media!  They are continuing to fan the flames of hatred and division.  Do you ever ask yourself what is their ulterior motive?

I'm tired of being blamed for others' bad choices.  None of us have slaves, we don't know anyone who did, and neither did most of our ancestors have any--certainly not mine because we were poor people who lived in the north.  Do the research.  Why are most of the protests in the north--slavery was illegal there?  (FYI: Did you know the census of 1830 lists 3,775 free Negroes who owned a total of 12,760 slaves.)  I'm sorry for those who lived through slavery, but I'm even more sorry for those who continue to claim they are victims.  They are victims of their own negative thinking.  Slavery is not their problem.  Read what the Bible has to say about slaves and slavery.  Attitude is their problem.  Entitlement is their problem.  Unforgiveness is their problem!  We can't go back.  We must build on the foundations we are given.   Isn't it time to return to the wisdom found in God's word?  Didn't He say, be content in whatever situation you find yourselves?  How about making it our goal to do all things in love, forgiving one another just as Christ has forgiven us.  Now we are getting to the real problem.  We have forgotten God.  We have stopped seeking His Will and His Way.  We've stopped asking Him for solutions.

Romans 1:28-32:  And because they thought it was worthless to embrace the true knowledge of God, God gave them over to a worthless mind-set, to break all rules of proper conduct.  Their sinful lives became full of every kind of evil, wicked schemes, greed, and cruelty.  Their hearts overflowed with jealous cravings, and with conflict and strife, which drove them into hateful arguments and murder. They are deceitful liars full of hostility. They are gossips who love to spread malicious slander. With inflated egos they hurl hateful insults at God, yet they are nothing more than arrogant boasters. They are rebels against their parents and totally immoral.  They are senseless, faithless, ruthless, heartless, and completely merciless.  Although they are fully aware of God’s laws and proper order, and knowing that those who do all of these things deserve to die, yet they still go headlong into darkness, encouraging others to do the same and applauding them when they do!

Enough of this victimhood!  It's time to seek our identity in Christ and live up to the gifts and potential God has placed in each one of us.

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