21 January, 2008

Biblical Thoughts on 'Civil Rights'

Acts 17:26-28 And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

* This photo is Selma, AL, Reformed Presbyterian Church. The 'marches on Selma' with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were organized out of the manse of this church in the 1960s. Their minister at the time, Rev. Claude Brown, played a major role in the civil rights movement.

4 comments:

Penumbra said...

"That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us"

...or, they should expect to be sought and given reparations and equal proportion of jobs in every company.... Oh, whatever. We just need democratic socialism! MLK said so.

steveandjanna said...

The problem with King is that he was a serial adulterer and he plagiarized his doctoral dissertation. That and he was a socialist. I don't disagree with him on civil rights, though it's to bad that he and what remains of his movement haven't stood up for the civil rights of the unborn. 50 million and counting...

andrew said...

...and yet another "minister" confuses the FRUIT of the gospel and a biblical worldview (the realization of the universal brotherhood of man) with the CONTENT of the gospel.

Yay Liberation Theology!

bleh.

Once again, if you want to change PEOPLE, and not just their legally-endorsable actions, preach the Word! The unregenerate will NEVER truly display the fruit of the Spirit, and so preachers of the Social Gospel are ultimately like farmers who head out to the orchard to pick apples - having forgotten to plant the trees in the first place.

DROLLORD said...

Did not the Lord make both poor and rich?
"and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation"

Jot and tittels of providence belong to God. This also means accuteness or dulness of mind, prosperity or poverty, employment or unemployment, etc. God is the Sovereign dispenser of all things and it is to Him all are to look. God is the leveler of the field, not man's actions. Man may not hate his neighbor in denying him that which God has commanded us, yet man may not seek occasion to manifest reciprocal hatred and covetousness.
On a side note, there was no necessity in God's decree demanding that "white man" be the financially prosperous, educated, one. White man must recognise in God's grace that he is as subject to God's dealings as the next man. God may remove man's senses from white man and make him eat grass as a cow. Or run around shooting sticks at huge animals in a loincloth. God may pass to Africans the goods.