Obtaining the Promise (5)
Were you ready for the change in America in 2008?
In November 2008, we elected the first African American president in the United States of America; Barack Hussein Obama. Who? Barack H. Obama. What a milestone for the country. After eight years of the Bush Administration, the country was tired of war and rumors of war. But what can we say? We put him in office. We have to deal with it.
Obtaining the promises of God is not always easy. We all have to deal with some challenges to get there. This country wasn’t built on the promises of God, but by God’s grace, we are here. God has sustained us and kept us because He loves us, not because we always did things right or with the best intentions in mind. We are selfish. We are greedy. We are mean. But God is good. Because of the few good people that came with the bible in their hands and God in their hearts; we are still standing strong.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not mad about being an American, but sometimes I am embarrassed and ashamed. The things we have done to other countries in the name of America are not always a sense of one’s pride. However, you take the good with the bad. I said that to say this, life is a challenge. In order to get to the promises of God there is suffering required.
For example, we would not have a Black president today if we had not gone through the Civil War: War of the States and the variouos riots this country has experienced. We would not have a Black president today if we had not suffered through human turmoil in this country. The Europeans that came in the 1500s came with a Bible; but they were stealing from a people who were already here. The Europeans that came, particularly Christopher Columbus and company, did not come in peace as they said. We have a few new groups of nations because of their form of peace. But thanks be to God, everyone that came from Europe did not come to steal, kill and destroy. Some came to enjoy the freedom of worshipping God in spirit and truth. And, share the “good news.”
In the 1960s when this country was facing racial wars, it was not the first time. There have been racial or ethnic wars as long as time has existed. When Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke on non-violence he was attacked in violence. Eventually we overcame some of that madness and began to see we weren’t getting anywhere with that “kill or be killed” attitude.
We have a Black president in the United States of America today because of the many fights Black people have encountered on their way to obtain the promise. I’m Black and I’m proud of it. Getting to the promises of God has not been easy for me. I am a child of the living God that can attest to you that walking by faith is not easy. But I don’t intend to give up. God is too good!
What do you think about the changes in the United States of America? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org we can talk about it.
Obtaining the Promise Series
(1) Coming Out!
(3) The South
(5) Election 2008
(6) A Vessel Designed by God