As we assess the events of the past weeks, I ponder to ask the question in this subject, “Are We the Last Empire.”
As a country, we have been shaken by months of isolation, growing unemployment, fear and uncertainty regarding COVID-19. This was compounded by the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA that were displayed by the media. The spirit of our nation is broken and there is a dire need for healing and some type of proverbial glue to put the pieces back together. While we point the finger to foster freedom and justice to all the world, the other four fingers are now pointed back at us. Our human rights record is becoming an embarrassment on the world stage. The mask worn by the United States is slowly being removed.
Unfortunately, through all this turmoil our President missed a viable opportunity to pull the nation together. Instead, he chose to take a walk across the street for a photo shoot and merely hold a Bible in the air. He then returned to the White House or the bunker and on the following day made an outrageous comment about the economy and referred to George Floyd amid all the chaos.
I feel that as a nation after all the years of being divided the seams on the fabric of the nation we call the United States are slowing coming apart. A seam can only be let out so many times. If you are under 50 years old, you probably can’t relate to what I’m referring to. As a son of the south clothes were never thrown away, they were passed down, if necessary, they would be let out at the seam in the waist or the inseam for a taller or wider child. We have been passing the tread down since slavery, the failed reconstruction, the Black Codes, Jim Crow, separate but equal and the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s. Now the continued expression of white supremacism, police brutality and racial injustice is literally pulling at these seams.
Now our airwaves are filled with the sounds of protest of “Black Lives Matter.” Moreover, these voices echo on the shores of nations around the globe. Billy Graham once said, “America’s greatest sin is that of racism.” I feel we are on the examination table looking into the eyes of the doctor waiting for the final diagnosis of our condition. This is a teachable moment for our country. Will we be the Last Empire?
Regardless of the diagnostics there is a need for healing and reconciliation in our nation. I have traveled to many places around the world and I love my country. There is a sincere need to talk things out, get things out and work things out. Think about it this way. All we want is equality or as the adage goes, “Not a handout, just a hand.”
“To the white person trying to understand sharing your inherent privilege, think of it like this: when someone shorter than you needs to see the stage better at a show, you usually let them stand in front of you, right? You both get to enjoy the show, it’s only a slight inconvenience, and you don’t shrink.”
Together we stand, divided we fall. Let’s rise up from the bed of affliction and conviction to truly be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. So, will we be the Last Empire, only God knows?
This is the Voice of the Overseer