I Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Over the weekend, the world lost another brave warrior of the Civil Rights era.
Honorable Julian Bond passed away and black folks in particularly owe a profound debt of gratitude to this man who put his life on the line during the time of blatant racial divide in these United States.
My first awareness of Mr. Bond was in the late sixties when he and other civil rights leaders came to the city of Philadelphia. He indeed had a presence not because of his boyish looks but a sense of confidence that spoke loudly, “I know who I am and I know where I and my people are going.”
Sadly, there is a generation who doesn’t know or care to know that the struggle for equality and justice was paved long before the shouts of protests, and social texting of #Black Lives Matter.
I recalled reading last year at a popular news website how a couple of young protestors described the civil right leaders of the past and their actions to be insignificant as compared with what they were doing. In other words, these naïve new activists believe that they are forging a modern path of using “social media” and instant pop-up demonstrations to be the new mantra for a new civil rights movement.
Ah, the stupidity of those who refuse to learn and know the history.
No, the civil rights leaders of the past did not have social media to get their messages out.
Instead, they used their God-given spirit of dealing face to face with the problem.
Yes, they did endure being humiliated, spit upon, beaten, arrested and for some, murdered.
And this was the every day business for these tireless heroes.
They weren’t waiting for the next headline before they hit the street to protest.
Julian Bond and others like him were willing to sacrifice everything for change and by God, they never let go of the reins.
For the sake of memory, when the candles are lit for the next young black child killed at the hands of the police or within our own community.
We need to bear in mind that the civil rights leaders of the past were not just screaming and yelling or merchandising tee shirts and hats to get their point across.
No. For they spoke not in terms of a temporary fix but restitution for wholeness to be treated as a human being.
And restitution didn’t deal with financial payouts but the right to vote and live in peace with the same quality of life that others refused to make available to those not of their race.
For the sake of memory, we should all be reminded that today in 2015 there is a generation of politicians and organizations who are determined to strip the Civil Rights Act to shreds.
Yes, fifty years later and the battle for equality and justice is still at the forefront for those who dare forget that the battle is not ours, it belongs to the Lord.
Lastly, how soon, we forget that the Julian Bonds of the world is too far and between but perhaps one day, the best of the past civil rights era will rear its head again.
In memory of Julian Bond and the legacy he leaves behind.
Zechariah 7:9 – Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
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