There are two major events in the history of Atlanta that I was unaware of until recently. I believe there are some relevant insights we can learn from both.
On June 3rd 1962, Air France flight 007 crashes on take off killing over 100 passengers. Most of these passengers were from the Atlanta arts community on a tour of European art museums. At the time of the crash, it was the worst commercial air disaster in aviation history. As the city of Atlanta mourns the tragedy, Malcolm X makes the following statement… “The white race is collectively guilty… and therefore they would suffer collective disaster...When that plane crashed…it was a blessing from God, and I pray for similar blessings from Him to repeat themselves as often as He can spare them.”
Are not these words from Malcolm X the same battle cry heard today from the BLM organization, Black Hebrew Israelites and many other groups? Is this how God sees it? Are people with the same skin color collectively guilty for the sins of other people with the same skin color? Are people that are in right standing with God punished for the sins of their ancestors? If punishment for ancestral sin exists, then how far back does it go? 400 years? 1,000 years? 2,000 years? If you go back far enough, we are all related through Adam. Acts 17:26 states ‘And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings’, according to God, we are all related.
As for collective guilt, the scriptures of the new covenant make it clear that we are judged by God for our individual deeds.
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Ezekiel 18:20
But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. Jeremiah 31:30
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1
On June 30th 1974, Marcus Wayne Chenault, a student of Black Hebrew Israelite theology, opens fire during the morning service at Ebenezer’s Baptist Church killing Martin Luther King Jr’s mother. Alberta King was assassinated while playing the church organ. Chenault was quoted saying “all Christians are my enemies.”
How about these words and actions from Marcus Wayne Chenault, who was inspired by Black Hebrew Israelite teachings? Does God want us to murder our enemies?
-And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. Luke 9:54-55
-But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44
-Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. ”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21
Not only is murder forbidden but hatred is as well. God sees hatred the same as murder.
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 1John 3:15
So, what is the connection of Malcolm X, Marcus Wayne Chenault and the affairs of today? Your worldview and actions must be derived and directed from the Scriptures. When people use the political climate of a country, that is just a speck on the map of eternity, to influence their interpretation of the Scriptures, the consequences can be devastating as seen with Malcolm X and Marcus Wayne Chenault. The Bible is for all nations and must be understood in that context. When America is put in the center of scriptural interpretation it can be extremely dangerous, as seen with many cults. God’s word is for all and thankfully, Jesus came for the people of all nations. He died and rose from the dead on the third day to pay the price for the sins of mankind, giving everlasting life to whoever believes in Him.
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