Happy Sabbath and Happy Juneteenth!!!!!!!! Although it may not have been the original plan or intention of Abraham Lincoln, to free the slaves, I am grateful that the Lord used him to set many people free. It just goes to show you that God can use anyone, even the politicians of an imperfect system to do His will. Just as it was His will that the Hebrews be free from bondage under the Egyptians all those thousands of years ago, so too do I believe that it was His will for the slaves in America to be set free.
Although life in America is far from ideal for minorities, the black race in particular even after slavery, look at the contributions the black race in particular has done for this country since being free. From inventions and ideas to helping run the country. To this day it blows my mind that I’m part of a generation that got to see a black man in the Oval Office. Like every President and human being in general, Barack Obama did have his flaws, but I believe God was looking out for Him. Withstanding prejudice and dealing with the issues of a country, some of its citizens which hated him is something I could never do. So too do I believe that He will look out for the first female Vice President Kamala Harris.
I am grateful that Juneteenth is now acknowledged as a federal holiday. It’s long overdue, but unfortunately that’s how our country functions because of certain people who fear/ hate other people for what they look like. It is my opinion that America does do the right thing sometimes, but sometimes it takes a while for us to lift a finger. If America can celebrate its independence as a nation, so too can America celebrate the day we broke the chains of many. If those chains had not been broken, if that way of life was still legal, I guarantee you this country would not have progressed(in some ways) the way it has.
America, we must remember our history. I know it makes us angry and uncomfortable sometimes. It may be hard to teach in schools, but by teaching; reading; and researching on our own we help ensure certain things don’t happen again. Let us remember our history. Remember those who captive Africans who jumped off the ships or died of sickness on the way to bondage. Remember the many who were sold; beaten; maimed; ripped from their families; raped; and killed while in bondage. Remember those who by the grace of God were able to escape and were able to help others see freedom. Remember all the allies who had the Holy Spirit working in them to hide runaways and lead them to freedom. Remember that day when many got to taste freedom after only knowing bondage for most of their lives.
Let us celebrate and remember. Happy Juneteenth!