After I migrated here, learning US history became my hubby. I did not have all my credentials and paperwork for college. Therefore, I made good use of the three-year gap I had. One of the stories that fascinated me the most is that on April 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer and made the following statement: “We have forgotten God … It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.” Since the mid-1800s, prayers went before God in repentance for the nation and the act of slavery. However, today’s church leaders still embrace the demeaning sorrow that America’s modern despair is due to slavery and racism.
America Already Repented for Slavery
True repentance is from the heart. We saw that David in the Bible after he committed murder and adultery, repented, and the Lord felt pleased. Today, America’s despair has nothing to with slavery, but rather corrupt churches and political policies. Pastors are quick to follow the crowd and blame “systematic racism” (which does not exist in America) rather than to equip their members with the numerous resources available in America for their success. They blame the police for misconduct when the Church has a responsibility to work with law enforcers to help manifest a better community. The Church overlooks how the government rapes citizens through high taxes when God is always calling for us to have a fair and balanced system.
The same manner in which the government has a responsibility to set up policies in which the people can have a life full of fruition; the Church also is responsible for overseeing that all Americans are living to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The church’s job is not to degrade the citizens, and neither to fabricate untruthful ideology. The Church should aim to find a solution for problems the government battle to fix. For years America has been trying to deescalate racial tensions and to ensure that the country is a safe place for everyone despite their race. So far, the country did a remarkable deed in bringing down racial tensions; furthermore, we do not see black men and women being killed or treated as less, due to our race. I am a black National Guard female soldier who is studying a master’s degree to become a chaplain, and racism has never held me back in America.
The Church Should Do More to Help the Minority Communities
Instead of the Church helping with the disproportion in the economic and social standings affecting African Americans, by creating programs such as tutoring, financing, improving the family structure, and mentoring, they politicize African American issues. The government is trying its best to uplift American citizens, but the church needs to take up the baton and fill in the gap.