Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Black History Month edition episode #44. Today we are reading part 1 of Chapter 1 of the book “From Glory to Shame: The Rise and Fall of Black America and How She Can Rise Again” by Samuel L. Madison.
Hosea 4:7 says, “As they were increased, so they sinned against Me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.”
Chapter 1: From Glory to Shame
One Sunday evening, while my family and I were anxiously awaiting the six o’clock news to see if those who were responsible for committing the triple murders at McFrugal Auto Rental in Atlanta, Georgia had been apprehended, my daughter asked me a rather stunning and perplexing question. Apparently, she had begun to notice that more than ever, I had become quite distraught over the depressing news of hearing about so many blacks being responsible for committing many of the heinous crimes taking place in and around metro-Atlanta.
A Perplexing Question
The question that she asked me is perhaps one which I believe weighs heavily upon the minds of many blacks today, when they think of the black-on-black crime, and other violent crimes committed by blacks. She asked me whether or not I was ashamed of the declining morals of blacks in America and the negative image being reflected upon the black race.
The truth of the matter is that we cannot deny the declining morals of blacks and the negative image that is being displayed of us today. Here are some facts:
African Americans constitute 12% of the U.S. population, 13% of the drug using population, but an astonishing 74% of the people sent to prison for drug possession.
Nationwide, one in three young black men is under the supervision of the criminal justice system. In many cities, half the young black men are under the control of the criminal justice system.
By the time they reach the age of 35, nearly eight in ten black men can expect to have been arrested, making arrest one of the unifying experiences of the entire generation.
Black males account for 63% of all crimes in the U.S.
The Quest to be Black and Proud Again
My daughter’s question carried me back to the sixties and the early seventies, when blacks had vigorously protested the dehumanizing Jim Crow laws of the South, and had come together under the principle of non-violent resistance as a show of force to change the plight of blacks in America. Until this time, blacks had been a people who were thought of by others as being lazy, shiftless, having no positive image of themselves, ignorant and unorganized in their efforts to devote themselves to any worthy cause. But, by divine providence of God, we were sent a leader in the person of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who not only challenged the Jim Crow laws of a racist society, but who also challenged blacks to change the perception and the negative image that had been ascribed to the black race.
The Philosophy of Love and Non-Violence
Through the Biblical philosophy of love and nonviolence, blacks began to make significant strides in establishing themselves as a vibrant and productive people in the mainstream of our society. Thus, blacks became more determined than ever to put forth a concerted effort as a people to be good and upright in their conduct toward others, even when they were mistreated. We became a people who were “black and proud.” We were a humble, yet a powerful people who had taken charge of our lives. We were not a reactionary people, meaning that, when evil was committed against us, we would not react with harsh and punitive damage toward others. We were determined to exercise strength and self-control, even when we were ill-treated or in a combative situation. We could take pride in the fact that as a black people, though small in number, we could still take an undaunting and courageous stand against the evil stronghold of racism and prejudice in our society.
Yes, we were a people who could rejoice and celebrate in the new found truth that we were “black and proud.” Those were the “Glory days” for blacks in America. We were knocking down racial barriers that had denied us our place of prominence and dignity for centuries. We were a people who were writing our own history. We were a people relishing in our glory.
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.