Let us make one thing clear Black folks: Christianity and true democracy is, was, and always will be incompatible.
No equal rights, no fair rules, and no good laws can ever be derived from commandments or directives that originate from above. The rightness of the free, flexible, and consented moral implicitness of our well-amended present-day constitution; far exceeds whatever soul-saving goodness that might be found in the inflexible, discriminating, un-amendable, and divinely ordered morality of the Bible. We need to stop misleading ourselves with this equating and relating of one with the other - they are not, and never will be analogous, compatible or correlative. The history of Black people in Christian America has already shown this as an irrefutable fact. We as a people must wake-up to certain realities, and recent trends.
I will challenge to his face, any white right-wing Republican Christian conservative (that has some reasonableness) to choose between the Bible and the U.S. Constitution. And since this is a case where only one irrevocable choice could be made - watch which gets chosen. Rights created by the consent of the people, will always trump commandments, decided and imposed by a judgmental and unaccountable party of one. They [Republicans] are not stupid - the non-rhetorical, and surprisingly intelligent choice would quietly be made 100% of the time.
They may talk a lot of mess; but again - they are not stupid.
My Black folks though - may be a different case. Why? Because too many of my people are intoxicated with Jesus - and don't give a flying fuck about logic, social science, American history, politics, understanding the constitution, or even - understanding the Bible and Biblical history. So - if they are that different case (yes - they are), I would suggest Black folks make an honest operational comparison between the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution, the opening lines of The Declaration of Independence, and Leviticus 25:44-46, KJV - and think about where the imposition of Mosaic Law can lead to.
Do the Leviticus verses relating to slavery square rightly with these two documents? Do they? The verses cited are direct from the mouth of God. The same motherfucking God that supposedly "blesses" America. Can an American slave be considered "blessed?" Can evil "Jim Crow" conditions or legally sanctioned racial murder (lynching) be part of "God's Plan?"
I cannot find ONE verse in the the Bible that even supports the idea of "All men being created equal." Not one. I do find support for "The divine right of kings" and "if you are a slave - you stay a slave." I also find a lot of stupid shit like "loving your enemies" and stoning people to death for bullshit reasons. "Chosen People?" Chosen ahead of or aside from whom? Does being one of the "chosen" equal equality with others? Does being equal "in the sight of God" translate into secular equality? If it does, why would we have a practical constitutional need to separate church and state?
Jesus himself tells you: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's (Matthew 22:21; KJV)." This is his provisional summary of the relationship between Christianity and secular authority.
That summary can be enacted though, in one of two practical ways. Either exercise a totally separate secular government, with a totally separate Biblical authority. This arrangement has a "Second Coming" time limit. The other option is to forcibly initiate the creation of a singular "Kingdom of God" on earth - pushing the clock forward, and hopefully expediting the return of sovereign Jesus.
The "Kingdom of God" creation process can be accomplished either systematically or immediately. One way is to legislatively breach the wall of separation in a piecemeal fashion - Republican style. Or you can suddenly do away with all aggregation of authority - right now - by gun - and martial law - militia style. Kill the liberals, and put the Blacks in their place. The Law of God will then overwrite the Law of Caesar.
ONWARD! Christian soldiers!!!
ONWARD! Christian soldiers!!!
In our case, according to Jesus, this dual rendering - some to the (earthly) king and some to the (heavenly) kingdom, is the correct relationship between the Bible and the Constitution. That is, until the "proper" (Second Coming) changes are finally made. This temporary relationship means that whatever you are spiritually or denominationally (Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal...), or however much or strongly you believe - it makes no difference. If the secular authority says "this is where you need to be," then - according to Jesus, that is where you are supposed to go (you like this?). Whether certain ordinances, acts, or decrees are fair, moral in principle, and equally applicable for everyone, is not an issue.
"Can we get a 'Bill of Rights' here?" "No Sir. Not from Jesus."
The "word of God" has never moved anyone from slave to free. But a constitutional amendment did (the 13th Amendment; ratified on 12-6-1865). The Bible is about obedience - not freedom. About constructing a kingdom - a "you-ain't-got-no-say" gangstership - not about developing a free, unimposing, and equally righted democracy. According to the Holy Bible - just because you believe does not mean that you should be free (American history!). Even those (Hebrew) slaves that were freed with God's direct assistance (in Exodus; KJV); they were then cleared by God to exercise the same pernicious practice on others - "You can buy slaves and keep them in perpetuity as an inheritance for your children" (in Leviticus; KJV). Did they (former slaves) learn anything? Apparently not.
Enslavement is just as immoral as murder. Either way - a life has been terminated. "Love your enemies?" Ah, "Serve your masters?" How about "serving" a potential enslaver with a bullet in the face - that would be all the "love" he would need. Don't you think so? Isn't shooting the motherfucker the "truly" American thing to do? (Why have a 2nd Amendment if you can't shoot a motherfucker - right?) At a certain time in this country, there were a lot of true (Black) believers praying desperately for Jesus to provide relief (that never came) while working out in the cotton fields by day, and calling out his name in vain while getting fucked in the ass by night (OH Jesus!).
Folks... This is where we go into "certain realities and recent trends."
Paul - a biblical hero - said runaways should be returned to their masters (Letter to Philemon: NT - KJV). He had an opportunity to speak about the evil of slave-owning in his "letter," but the dirty bastard did not do so. Ever heard of the "Fugitive Slave Law (act of 2-12-1793 and law of 9-18-1850)?" Bad laws for Black people in this country have always had their roots and moral justifications in immoral Biblical teachings.
White Christian Reconstructionists and our good friend Paul agree; "You niggers should be returned to your masters." These people are not just Republican type propaganda-spouting fakers - they mean what they believe, and they plan to put this country in alignment with those beliefs.
Many everyday white evangelical Christians are doing a serious study of the Calvinist writings of Rousas John Rushdoony - the father of Christian Reconstructionism. They are also making serious studies of the writings of Charles Hodge, Robert Lewis Dabney, Thornton Stringfellow, and other pro-slavery theologians of the past. Take note folks. The worst aspects of Rushdoony's thought (the favorite) in particular, are being mainstreamed and made acceptable by white religious conservatives.
They want the Old Testament Mosaic Law to replace the Constitution, FOR REAL. Thereby putting Caesar's things, and God's things all in one basket, you know, like the Islamically pious Taliban. These biblically literal, biblically crazy Reconstructionists DO, LITERALLY want to re-enslave us, you know - American citizen type African-Americans. Because the Mosaic Law, literally, and for real - sanctifies and regulates slavery - with no consideration of citizen status. Well it does - literally, and for real.
You cannot say these good white folks are scripturally incorrect, like those words are not there - because, they are. No amount of "interpretation" or "took-it-out-of-context" bullshit can move the ink on those pages, to mean anything other than what that ink is supposed to mean (literally). So you Jesus fanatics, clergyfolks, and biblical apologists can save it.
This can go far. Just like a constitution can be established by force - it can also be abolished by force. Reconstructionists love their guns.
For them - no blessings without bullets.
Since the election of Obama, this movement has gained traction and credibility - being consumed daily, with morning coffee. We [Black people] have already been designated historically, as the correct party to enslave by Hamitic decree; and, considering the possibility of this action from a positive societal standpoint; the re-enslavement of Black folks would make white Christian conservatives very happy.
Another positive effect that can happen due to re-enslavement would be that cable TV viewership would (temporarily) go way up. FOX News would do full coverage of the re-enslavement proceedings - along with well-informed and beautifully effusive commentary. Glenn Beck would declare "a great day in America." Stealth racist pundit Sean Hannity would not be able to remove the smile from his face. They would even reserve two or three "FOX News Approved" Black clergymen on-air to comment on how re-enslavement is a "great blessing" for blacks - and also, to provide that "good visual" to show the world that racism did not have a role in this.
Don't think it can't happen.
So - what does history tell us? What scriptural authority backed-up our former slave master's position? Were they scripturally correct? What was the philosophy and/or the law that freed us? What literal scriptural support did the abolitionists have - if any? Did Lincoln go against "God's Will" with his "Proclamation" to emancipate?
If America and the Bible go together like mom and apple pie - then where is the democracy in biblically reconstructed enslavement?
"The assumption that slave holding is in itself a crime... is an error fraught with evil consequences. It not merely brings its advocates into conflict with the scriptures, but it does much to retard the progress of freedom; it embitters and divides the members of the [white] community and it distracts the [mission of the] Christian Church."
Charles Hodge -
From the 1836 edition of The Journal of the Theological Seminary