PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books #62: “From Glory to Shame” Chapter 3, Part 1

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Black History Month edition episode #62. Today we are reading part 1 of Chapter 3 of the book “From Glory to Shame: The Rise and Fall of Black America and How She Can Rise Again” by Samuel L. Madison.

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Frank Melton, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, said, “I think we as a community just need to be honest—we are in trouble.”

Chapter 3: The Crisis in Black America

When I read about the plight of God’s covenant people in the Book of Hosea, I cannot but think about the crisis among black people today in their stride for freedom. During the time of Hosea, the Israelites had not been for too long a people whom God had set free from the bondage of Egypt. They were God’s chosen people who had been in captivity and had cried out to Jehovah God to set them free from the shackles of slavery. Their God heard their cry and delivered them from the tasks of their slave masters.

Having now been miraculously delivered out of Egypt, God then began to lead them through the wilderness to the promised land. However, He first had to teach them lessons in how to trust Him for their provisions. He wanted them to get a firsthand experience of how He could provide for them in their walk with Him if they obeyed His laws, and looked to Him in faith.

As an essential part of their training in the wilderness, God gave them His laws which they were to live by and to teach to their children (Deuteronomy 4:9). Concerning God’s laws, they were explicitly told that obedience to the law of God would bring about blessings, but disobedience would bring down God’s judgment upon them. “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God…and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). The evidence of this truth was repeatedly demonstrated to them, but they, being a stiffnecked people, continually disobeyed God’s laws and oftentimes they suffered calamities and misfortunes at the hand of God.

Sometime later, Hosea, God’s prophet, came upon the scene, and he too began to warn his people concerning God’s judgment for rejecting the laws of God. We read in the book of Hosea these words: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame” (Hosea 4:6-7).

Notice here in this passage that Hosea warns the children of Israel of God’s impending judgment that would come upon them for rejecting the laws of God. Because of Israel’s pernicious ways, they would perish in the land. Let me make an assertion here that is wise to take notice of, and that is, God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). Although the Israelites are God’s covenant people, God did not spare them from His divine judgment that brought upon them grievous and painful suffering because they transgressed God’s laws. The Holy Scripture tells us in Isaiah 55:11b that, “It [God’s Word] shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Let me hasten to say here, that if God allowed grievous suffering to come upon His own covenant people because they rebelled against the knowledge of God, that any people, be they black, white, or yellow, will perish in their ways and suffer much affliction if they choose to rebel against the laws of Almighty God.

As we look further at this passage, let us deal with Hosea’s first admonition to the children of Israel. “…because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me…” (Hosea 4:6).

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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.”

 

  1. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.