There are more slaves today than any other time in human history. Become an abolitionist and help the 27 million slaves around the world. Today, I purchased the song Twenty Seven Million on iTunes. I hope you will too.
“Does not every American Christian owe to the African race some effort at reparation for the wrongs that the American nation has brought upon them? Shall the doors of churches and school-houses be shut upon them? Shall states arise and shake them out? Shall the church of Christ hear in silence the taunt that is thrown at them, and shrink away from the helpless hand that they stretch out; and, by her silence, encourage the cruelty that would chase them from our borders? If it must be so, it will be a mournful spectacle. If it must be so, the country will have reason to tremble, when it remembers that the fate of nations is in the hands of One who is very pitiful, and of tender compassion.”—
Interesting timing on this reading considering the next podcast topic for The Partially Examined Life: Race & Power. I checked out The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois from my local library and will try to get through it along with the readings from MLK, Malcolm X and Cornell West.
Also, my small group at church is going through the Epistle of James and tonight we discussed the sin of partiality in chapter two. Is discomfort with people of different races a sin of partiality in the Church today?
“Tom looked up to his master, and answered, “Mas’r, if you was sick, or in trouble, or dying, and I could save ye, I’d give ye my heart’s blood; and, if taking every drop of blood in this poor old body would save your precious soul, I’d give ‘em freely, as the Lord gave his for me. O, Mas’r! don’t bring this great sin on your soul! It will hurt you more than ‘t will me! Do the worst you can, my troubles’ll be over soon; but, if ye don’t repent, yours won’t never end!”—From Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Tom speaking to his owner, Mr. Simon Legree, just before Legree killed him. This was the first time I’ve ever read the powerful and moving book.
“He also credits much of his positivity to reading the Bible nearly every night during his recovery.”—Steve Zakuani on the road to recovery in an excellent article by SI soccer writer Grant Wahl. I was watching the game when Zakuani was injured and just about lost my lunch. It’s good hear that he’s on the road to recovery.
The speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast is Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. Watch on C-SPAN2.