There is always a reason for us to enact an action upon others for what they have done to us in the negative sense, but will these actions be without a repercussion?
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. (Proverbs 11:29)
These words are self-explanatory, and in today’s terminology, it will read in this manner; Those who bring trouble on their families will have nothing at the end. Foolish people will always be servants to the wise.
How goes the family structure will determine the structure of the society. When the family morality and structures no longer exist, the dysfunction of society cause by the undermining of the family will setup individuals as their own bosses, while devaluing the family structure, until it is no longer relevant. Therein, society is on a path of self-destruction.
Individuals will have more opportunity to better themselves and earn, but with nothing to show for, such are the cities with high crime rates. They exploit others, but never any gain for satisfaction. Therefore, there are endless abuse and crimes. Then, there are others who fueled the rise of riots, masquerading as a protest. There, they vandalize properties and homes of their neighbors and family for a gain, but in doing so, they withdraw themselves from decency while blaming those that are wise enough to partake not of their wrongdoing for a temporal gratification. In the end, their wise decision brings benefit to their action, while the unwise serve as a servant. Even, during this stage, there is hate and there is an animosity as they serve. Hate is the shackles of the heart, though a man is free to stand and walk with his two feet, but from within, his heart is bound with hate to prevent any reason for a change.
Joseph was betrayed and sold by his brothers to strangers into the horror of slavery, far away from his home. Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. (Psalms 105:18) That is to say, his feet were kept in chains, and an iron collar was around his neck. Yet, the heart of young Joseph remains free from hate toward those he served. Being a slave, he was falsely accused and yet again imprisoned. Nevertheless, he was free from hate within, consequently and he grew in wisdom. The heart that availeth itself to the righteous wisdom from the Lord, though there be obstacles of oppression, but the obstacles shall be the stepping stones of ascension. Such was Joseph, from slavery to the Viceroy of Egypt, nor was it by the act of violence against his masters, but the reality of his wisdom was an evidence to cause even those he served to bow to him, not as a slave, but a leader with potentials.
Today, there is a division in the land, due to the destruction of the family structure and values. The vulnerability that leads to its destruction was from the lack of the family structure, which in turn was due to the rejection of God, and God conscience in the hearts of men. Without a moral compass of God conscience, life is but an immoral wilderness, teeming with temptations unto self-destruction.
For men have become lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. (2 Timothy 3:2-4)
When the family value is lost, the vulnerability of that society is exposed. Would the Africans in Africa had sold their own as slaves to the outsider if they regard the importance of the family? Regardless, of the outsiders being far advanced in the ability to navigate the seas, and with their possession of weapons far beyond the spears and arrows of the Africans. Those things did not cause the atrocity of slavery, instead the destruction, or the disregard of the family structure among the Africans, cause many Africans to be sold by their own into slavery around the world.
Gone are the days of nationalized slavery, but its repercussion has been ever present. Today, all are free as Americans, but only few will ever live a life free from the history of the past. The United States is the picture of the Church of today, in types. Though it is highly recognized worldwide with the power to bring about a change for the best, but within it is crumbling.
The Lord Jesus once said; Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:25)
If we revisit our past, let it be to see the difference, and count the blessings for today, but the visitation of the past that is brought out up to accuse one another, instead of reconciling our differences, this will lead to a greater division and the ultimate destruction from within.
The atrocity committed toward blacks in America through slavery, is not a reason to demand everyone to pay reparation to the black community. If the Black Americans are no longer slaves in the United States, why should blacks receive money for being a slave?
So then, shall we neglect our history? Of course not, but let the history of the past serve as a lesson for Today. Learning should elevate the learned above their indifference, instead of driving a wedge between a nation united. Like a house, therein is diversity, the big the small, the strong, the feeble, the old and the young. Likewise, a nation, but on a larger scale, and we all are a part of this “house” we called a nation.
However, He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind. That is to say, he will be without anything in the end. If we as blacks in America demand that all people reimburse us for the slavery of the past, it will be a trouble for all other Americans; Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Latino Americans and Caucasian Americans.
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
If one group of people must receive reparation from other groups within the same country, though the price was paid for the sin of slavery through the American Civil War, wherewith, 620,000 Americans died to free the slaves, including one President of the United States. If the reparation is received by Black Americans, shall it be wrong for Caucasian Americans to immediately demand of Black Americans to reimburse all Caucasian Americans for the loss of 600,000 plus Americans who give their lives in the battles to free the slaves? Where will we draw the line and when shall it all end?
The President who died because of his promise to God as a young man to someday put an end to slavery in America was President Abraham Lincoln. He once said, a house divided against itself cannot stand. These words were spoken by President Lincoln, based on the Words of Christ, and Christ has paid the price for all sins and wrongdoing of the past and future.
America being a Christian nation, our conversation should not be about penance through reparation. Instead, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.