But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Micah 3:8-10 (King James Version)
I don’t know where to begin. Another killer of an unarmed Black youth is acquitted of charges as a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. As of this writing, Ferguson, Missouri-where Wilson shot Brown-is in flames as a reaction to the grand jury’s decision. Protests in other parts of the nation are occurring as well. There is even a post on Facebook encouraging people not to shop on Black Friday in response to the verdict.
When a society-or nation-gets to a place where a certain population is deem expendable and unimportant enough to kill on a whim, that society/nation is in danger of its own self-destruction. For years, America has viewed the Black male (along with “other” populations) as a “threat” that needed to be controlled. Today’s situation in Ferguson is the icing on very ugly cake.
As a Black man, and the father of a Black boy, I am deeply troubled by this. It sends a clear message to us both that we are expendable and have no real worth in America-despite what God may feel about us. Even Black men that may be deemed “acceptable” by the greater society still have to walk that fine line.
In the above Scripture, God spoke through the prophet Micah about Israel’s sins which included perverting justice and equity; how these people hated to do justly. This was part and parcel of Israel’s building herself up on violence. Sounds a lot like today’s America-don’t it? And the scary part, was that God’s judgment fell upon Israel like a bomb.
Guess what America? You’re next.
Back in the 1960s, in response to the Civil Rights protests in America, my late Grandmother asked why people were protesting for change in a nation God has pretty much given up on (or at least was fed up with it). And you know? I believe that God has given up on America. I believe that like with ancient Israel, God’s going to let our nation fall flat on its face. And if we think it’s bad now, just wait. No amount of military power, police force, political will, and money will prevent this fall. No amount of “praying and fasting” which American X-tians used for their own gain won’t work.
God’s going to cause our leaders-from a spineless President (who’s done more harm than good for Blacks) down to these corrupt racist cops-to become impotent boys. Their power will be sucked from them in a fortnight. God will put fear in their hearts as the very thing they dread-loss of power-will fall upon them.
God will will strike the X-tian church-a longtime toady of The Powers That Be and enemy of church/state separation-to become voiceless. Her preachers that have rode the bandwagon with power-regardless of color-will find themselves choking on their own words as God’s spirit will no longer abide with them. God will turn American X-tianity in to a joke, a byword to be mocked by all. It will silent while other voices are heard.
Even the White supremacists-from the Klan to the right-wing pundits-will lose. Their dream of a “White America” will never see the light of day. God will scatter these groups like the winds and they’ll wander the countryside as nothing but common brigands living in fear of We The People.
Even the rich who have lived well at the expense of We The People-especially those of color-will not escape. Their influence will wane over time as leadership falls in Washington. They’ll find they can no longer ruin the lives of American families. In fact, their lives will be ruined for a change.
I never thought I would write a post like this. However, it’s high time the truth be told-even if it’s unpleasant. America is heading for a collision course with Divine Justice. Soon America will be flat on its back for sure-like Israel in the prophet Micah’s time. Can we avert this destiny? It’s up to us. And after viewing the events in Ferguson and other places in America, I really doubt it.
All we can do is pray and hope for the best. Peace.
(Above photo courtesy of MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images)