Cephas’ Corner


IS THE LORD AMONG US?

Exodus is the second book of the old Testament, and the story of Moses, called by God to rescue his people from oppression in Egypt. In short, the exodus is about God’s liberation, being present for his people in their enslavement. According to Exodus 1:13-16, “The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing task on the Israelites and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.” Midwives were told to kill boys born to Israelites women Church, like the Exodus, the enslavement of the Israelites, so it was for black and brown people like me brought to North America, especially the United State of America and enslaved. Like the Israelites experiencing had labor, being whipped, and their daughters, sisters, and mothers being raped and dehumanized, so were black and brown people in the USA experiencing hand labor, dehumanization, and their daughters, mothers, and sister being raped by Anglo slave masters. Church, amid the Israelites suffering God heard their cry and called and sent Moses to lead God’s liberation of his people to the promise land. On the other hand, for the suffering of black and brown bodies, God raised men and women that did the right thing and continue to do. Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863 issued the Emancipation proclamation, Fredrick Douglas, he became the voice of freedom for black and brown bodies. Not forgetting Rosa Parks, who refused to give her seat to an Anglo person on a cold December evening in 1955. Church, Like Moses for the Israelites, God raised a young black Baptist Preacher, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr who was the voice for racial equality and economic justice. Yes, he dreamed of an America where one will not be judge by the color of their skin but the content of their character. “Is the Lord Among us or not?” Church, the Exodus is about God’s liberation, and freedom for all of God’s creation. Studying the Exodus this week, I must admit my soul is troubled as a brown person living in America. When a man who looks like me became President, and my current president says he’s not born in the USA; yes my soul is troubled when a female sport reporter who looks like me exercises freedom of speech, and my president said she should be fired. Yes, my soul is troubled, when football players who look like me kneel in protest of police killing of innocent black and brown bodies, and my president calling them SOB, especially in Alabama of all places. Church, my soul is troubled! My soul is deeply troubled when people who look like my president protested in Charlottesville with our country flag, Nazi Germany flag, using racial slurs on Jews, black and brown bodies and the murdering of Heather Heyer and my president called them good people, indeed my soul is troubled. 

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Rev. J. Cephas Z.K. Davis

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