Focus of Thought:
The freedom of your soul is as important as the freedom of your neighbor’s soul. As we celebrate Black History Month, we celebrate a culture that is very much important to the progress of the United States of America and all countries across the globe. Often, we wonder how to look at minorities. A minority myself, I sometimes get lost in what it means to black. Yes, blackness is just a pigmentation of my skin, but it represents a culture and tradition of people that are valuable to the world, but seldom recognized.
If I were to live by the dictates of my skin I would be sorely confused. "Am I valuable or am I worthless?" Thank God for his love, that instantly settles this dispute.
"Tied in a single garment of destiny", we must understand that without each other our purpose is not served. We all bring a gift to the world that should be of honorable service to our fellow brother. Unfortunately, many use their gifts and privileges to stunt the growth of their neighbor.
If God has given me the ability to write, why would I selfishly hide my abilities so that no one can enjoy it? What is the point of a gift with no recipient? More importantly, why would I hide what someone may need? I believe that as a society, we have constantly held our gifts and privileges close to our vest-making it hard for our neighbor to enjoy the best of their life.
I am not implying that we should be responsible for our neighbors’ decisions to grow. I am implying that we must look at the world with a sense of equality, not in what we have, but in what we share with our neighbors.
It is said that George Washington Carver lived by eight virtues. The eighth was this "Who takes his share of the world and lets other people have theirs."
Expression of Thought:
" [He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved" [AMPC] Psalm 15:5. We see that in the Old Testament the law admonished the act of using money (wealth), for any unjustifiable offense, but in the New Testament we see something a bit different. In the Bible Encyclopedia and Dictionary, A.R. Fausset explains that " the law aimed at an equal diffusion of wealth, not enriching some while others are poor. " Fausset continues to explain that the "spirit of the law is obligatory, but the letter of the law is abrogated."