Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Black History Month edition episode #47. Today we are reading part 2 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.
The Vanishing of our Glory Days
Perhaps, I have out-lived my time, or maybe I am just no longer in touch with the thinking of this present generation. Whatever the case, I find myself in nostalgia, and wishing for those “Glory days,” when much of the news reported in those days pertaining to blacks were centered around outstanding accomplishments that blacks had achieved. It seemed that blacks had a different agenda in those days than what this generation of young blacks seem to have today.
Blacks in the News then were Inspiring
During those “Glory days,” we blacks could not wait to gather around our television sets to hear about another door that had been opened to us; some other accomplishment that had been ascertained by blacks, where we had tunneled our own way through, or some other opportunity given to us, whereby we had taken advantage of an unprecedented situation, superbly met the challenge, and displayed excellent performance. It was exciting news in those days to hear about the first black judge appointed to the Supreme Court, the first black representative elected to Congress, the first black to serve as mayor of a large, urban city, the first black appointed chief of police of a southern city, and the first black chosen as the Heisman Trophy winner, etc.
Some Blacks in the News Today Vex the Spirit
Yes, unlike the news of those days, the news which we hear today concerning our people is indeed vexing to the spirit, to say the least. Ironically, the events that headline the six o’clock news today are still centered around blacks, but this time, no longer a thing of glory, but of utter shame. Today, we hear about blacks committing senseless crimes involving robberies, murders, drug addictions, car jackings, gangs, rape and all kinds of ungodly behaviour.
Incidentally, I am quite aware that these deplorable acts are committed by people of all races, but I get no satisfaction from this kind of argument, because I know that blacks still rank at the top of the list. Besides, my concern here is not about other people, but for my people. Therefore, I am highly disturbed by any news that places blacks in a negative light. It does not take any one long to realize amidst all the violence and corruption that is taking place today in the black community, that the “glory days,” for blacks, have been turned to shame.
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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.