Hinduism calls it karma. Christianity proclaims: "You reap what you sow." (Gal 6:7) Secularism touts the familiar expression, "what goes around comes around." Comeuppance: "A punishment or retribution that one deserves." To be sure, God told his people: "Your sin will catch up with you." (Nu 32:23; New World Translation) This inescapable formula applies to the entire human family. But, we're talking about us right now, and there is a growing sentiment that way back in the day when we were large and in charge, at some point we as Black people didn't have much to be proud of. I mean, racism is so systemic. So pervasive. So endemic. Where are our African-made cars? What about modern-day advanced African technology? Is the world's 'nuclear club' concerned that an African nation will soon be joining their ranks?
The Bible says that God will bring "punishment for the error of fathers upon sons, upon the third generation and upon the fourth generation, in the case of those who hate me." (Ex 20:5; NWT) Unfair? Hardly. Innocent crack babies come from guilty crack mommas. Careless HIV/AIDS-infected pregnant women pass the virus on to their blameless unborn babies. God does not shield us from the consequences of our actions. Fact is, when we're good we're very good. But when we're bad, we're very bad.
First Sinful Humans: Scientists say life started in Africa. This concurs with what the Bible says regarding the Garden of Eden being in Africa. (Gen 2:13) African Adam and African Eve sold us out to sin and death. (Ac 17:26; Ro 5:12) Gorgeous Black women hooked up with fallen angels and had half-Black half-demon kids. (Gen 6:1-12) Post-flood Melanin-deficient people hadn't fully developed yet.
First Wicked Ruler: Nimrod, an arrogant Black man with a god-complex, was the first world ruler. He also sponsored the pyramid tower of Babel. But he terrorized humanity and was notorious for his anti-God sentiment. (Gen 10:8, 9; 11:1-9) We as a people are peaceful and loving. But our leaders started a reign of terror that has spread to other leaders historically, and on a global scale.
First Prisons: Africans were the first to have prisons. When Potiphar's wife, a drop-dead gorgeous Black woman, lied on Joseph, he was sentenced to prison. (Gen 39:20; 40:3; 41; 10; Ex 12:29) Disproportionately, there are more Black males in prison than of any other race.
First Hanging: Pharaoh, a Black man, hung one of his own officials-another Black man-on a tree. He was the first to do so in the Bible. Since the Black leader of the world was imprisoning and hanging Black men, Moses didn't hesitate to murder a bad Black man; hide the body; then escape the death penalty by serving 40 years in the desert.-Ex 2:11-15; 7:7.
First Mass Murderer: One Black Pharaoh mandated infanticide-hence, genocide-in an effort to suppress the growth of the Israelites, another People of Color. He was the first world leader to do so. He oppressed, enslaved, and mistreated them. (Ex 1) Is Black-on-Black crime and murder disproportionately higher?
Regarding the Ishmaelites, Black Africans related to the Israelites, God said that "His hand will be against everyone, and the hand of everyone will be against him...before the face of all his brothers." (Gen 16:12; NWT) Yes, they "lived in hostility toward all their brothers." (Gen 16:12; 25:18; NIV) This would explain why virtually every race is against us. Cursed? No. Comeuppance? Yes. Does all the foregoing justify the brutal mistreatment of Africans and their descendants in the Diaspora? Absolutely not! The Bible predicted the insane domination of man over man. (Eccl 8:9) And in the time period we're living in it also acknowledges that 'wicked men would advance from bad to worse.' (2 Tim 3:1-13) However, it neither advocates nor endorses such devilish behavior.
Surprisingly, the Bible is candid about certain peoples. For example: the commendable Beroeans versus the contemptible Cretans. (Ac 17:10-12; Tit 1:12, 13) Even so, some of the Cretans were still blessed by God. (Ac 2:11) Like Paul, I'm concerned for those of my own race. (Ro 9:1-3) The things I've learned sometimes depress at first. "With much wisdom," says the Bible, "comes much disappointment; the person who gains more knowledge also gains more sorrow." (Eccl 1:18; New Century Version) But, have faith.
Encouragingly, God is "exercising loving-kindness toward the thousandth generation in the case of those who love me and keep my commandments." (Ex 20:6; NWT) Furthermore, "God treats all people alike. God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from." (Ac 10:34, 35; Contemporary English Version) So, ride out racism. Injustice will soon be over. In fact, no human will ever suffer again. (Lu 21:28; 2 Pe 3:13) In the meantime, 'work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.' (Php 2:12) God bless. Amen.
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