The Root Of Our Modern-Day Problems

Posted on 07/15/2015


“Black Lives Matter!”

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot!”

“No Justice, No Peace!”

In today’s world, we hear the cry of the hearts of our so-called African-American brothers and sisters.  Following of the lead of our so-called leaders, we have learned over the past half-century that we must let our voices be heard if we are going to be respected by society at large.  Is there anything wrong with wanting to be respected as a people?  Of course not.  Are we going about it the right way?  Well, that is what this writing is about.  Sometimes we need to step back and ask ourselves why we as a people are collectively experiencing injustice and disrespect in this so-called post-Civil Rights era.

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, the media often portrayed injustices toward our people in such a way that gained the sympathy of the masses. Many of our people experiencing mistreatment were students, businessmen, professionals, and respectable community citizens.  Today, however, voices are being raised on high in protest of mistreatment, but our efforts are  being mocked because our adversaries can clearly see our hypocrisy.  They make statements like the following:

“If black lives matter, then why do you people continue to murder one another at a greater rate than any other group of people.  Why do you people have so many abortions?  Why do you people destroy your own communities by selling one another drugs?”

“If you thugs would obey the law and respect authority, you wouldn’t get bothered by the police so much.”

“Hands up, don’t loot!”

While statements like this may make us angry, can we humbly admit that there is some truth to those statements?  Are we giving our adversaries rope with which to hang us high?  Can we honestly say that the majority of the people who have been the focal point of these police brutality incidents were righteous people who brought no trouble upon themselves?  Were they innocent lambs led to the slaughter?

The bottom line is this.  All of our current collective problems as so-called African American people can be traced to the same root.  Our forefathers sinned against the Most High and broke their covenant with Him.  We have continued in their sins and have continued to forsake the covenant, and as a result, the Most High Himself has brought and is continuing to bring evil upon us for the purpose of waking us up unto repentance:

“For I know that after my death you shall do very corruptly and turn aside from the Way which I have commanded you.  And evil shall come to you in the latter days, because you do what is evil in the eyes of Yahuah, to provoke Him through the work of your hands.”  ( Deut. 31:29 )

“And all these curses shall come upon you, and they shall pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of Yahuah your Mighty One, to guard His commands and His laws which He commanded you.  And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed forever,”  ( Deut. 28:45, 46 )

“‘And it shall be, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy and to afflict, so I shall watch over them to build and to plant,’ declares Yahuah”  ( Jer. 31:28 )

The truth of the matter is that in everything from slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, to modern-day police brutality and the so-called “War on Drugs”, the Most High has watched over us to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy.  Our oppressors have merely been an instrument in His mighty hand to chastise His disobedient children.  The light at the end of the tunnel, however, is this.  Yahuah greatly desires to watch over us to build and to plant, and to restore us to be the greatest nation of people on the face of the earth, but in order for that to take place, we must REPENT:

“And it shall be, when all these words come upon you, the berekah ( “blessing” ) and the curse which I have put before you, and you shall bring them back to your heart among the gentiles where Yahuah your Mighty One drives you, and shall turn back to Yahuah your Mighty One and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your being, you and your children, then Yahuah your Mighty One shall turn back your captivity, and shall have compassion on you, and He shall turn back and gather you from all the peoples where Yahuah your Mighty One has scattered you.” ( Deut. 30:1-3 )

The key to our collective redemption as a people is a RIGHTEOUS REPENTANCE.  I say this in contrast to a “social” repentance wherein we stop drinking, smoking, cussing, fighting, and start going to church.  While these things are a step in the right direction, we must come full circle in order for the Most High to turn our captivity.  We must turn back to Him and obey His voice according to all that our forefather Moses commanded us in the Torah.  Nothing short of this will bring national redemption to our people.