By: Lou Yeboah
Let us not forget how far we have traveled but lo, how far there is to go. Remember the chains of slavery are gone—but we are all not yet free. As our national leader of the abolitionist movement Frederick Douglass stated, we must continue to bring the “Thunder.” And in order to do that we cannot continue to be a kingdom divided. For every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” [Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:25, and Luke 11:17]. The God we serve is a God of unity. God stands and affirms the power of unity in getting things done. In [Genesis 11:6] the Lord spoke of the power of the people of Babel saying, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” These people were united for the wrong reasons, and yet God acknowledged what ability they had. Imagine what we can do if we are united for the right reason.
I want you to know that the Triune GOD, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are never able to be divided. They are in total agreement, always. Nothing separates them from purpose, plans and divine will. And nothing should separate us from purpose, plans and divine will. Agreement and becoming congruent are the KEYS to survival. Don’t let the unity that takes place between us as a people doing the month of February end. Let us continue in unity so that we can succeed in fulfilling the purpose and plan and vision and destiny that GOD has purposed for us. For when we are divided against our own selves, we will not stand. Let us strive to be undivided. The apostles were all with one accord in one place. [Acts 2:1].
“Walk with me, I’ll walk with you, down these troubled roads we’ll stumble into, we’ll all in this thing together we’ll gonna make it through. If you walk with me, I’ll walk with you. Be there for me, I’ll be there for you. When we can’t see where we’re going, what the world is coming to, you walk with me I’ll walk with you.” [Goldford].
One thing is definitely true … the geese are all in it together. Whether they are rotating positions, flapping their wings, helping a sick goose, or simply honking … the flock is in it together. By sticking to it together, they are able to accomplish far more than if they were trying to do it on their own.
For too long, we have been divided by race and immigration status, religion, issue area, sexuality, and gender. For too long we have been fed the lie of scarcity when we live in a world of abundance — where the only scarcity we have is the political will to establish justice, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for absolutely all. We, as a nation, as a movement, as a people must break through the lie that only small changes, on one issue at a time, are possible. When we cry out, when we organize from grassroots, when we take bold action together, it can be done. The freedom fighters who we celebrate remind us that we don’t just awake the nation with what is wrong, but we come together, in power, with demands. We rise together and demand justice, until we claim our rights. The world is fractured and divided, but we must not be!
As [Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr. “Where Do We Go from Here?” Sermon, 50 Years Later.] says, “This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. This is a time for action. What is needed is a strategy for change, a tactical program that will bring the Negro into the mainstream of American life as quickly as possible. So far, this has only been offered by the nonviolent movement. Without recognizing this we will end up with solutions that don’t solve, answers that don’t answer, and explanations that don’t explain… And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction…”
I ask you, “What moral debt, if any, do we owe our ancestors?” To keep on keeping on! Celebrating Black History!