As the godlessness of liberalism, continues its assault on our nation, both inciting and training young people—both White and Black--to hate America, it is always encouraging and reinvigorating to look to history to show-case a few of the ‘many’ great African-American men and women who served and loved this great nation!
As I showed in my last two tidbits, authentic patriotism begins and ends with the God of the Bible. For this reason, it is imperative to expose the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph5:11) working in people like Colin Kaepernick and Jesse Williams; and along with groups like BLM. In my opinion, just a cursory study of history is capable of upstaging the liberal folly that encourages Blacks in particular, to hate ‘allegedly’ racist America!
For example, William Harvey Carney (1840-1908) is one of the great American patriots* of yesteryear.
Born into slavery in Norfolk, Virginia, his father escaped to the north, where he worked** and earned enough money to purchase his freedom, and that of his wife and son, William.
The Carney family eventually landed in Massachusetts, where William studied to enter the ministry and to preach the gospel. As a side note, one of the miracles of American slavery was their incredible commitment to Christ! For the most part, the American slaves were ‘converted’ to Christ!
After the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, Blacks were allowed to join the Union Army. Mr Carney left his study for the ministry deciding his actual calling was to join the armed forces. Fascinatingly, he joined the now famous all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. This regiment recently became known through the 1989 movie ‘Glory’ starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broaderick.
The movie depicted the 1863 battle for Fort Wagner in South Carolina, where the 54th was lead into battle by the 26 year old White Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the son of a Boston abolitionist, who was played by Broaderick in the movie version.
In short, Colonel Shaw volunteered to lead the regiment against a fortress. The courage and fighting spirit of Shaw and this unproven, little trained group of Black soldiers was one of the highlights of the Civil War. In the face of the roaring guns of the enemy, Shaw lead the men of the 54th to charge Fort Wagner. There was an ensuing blood bath as the brave men of the 54th fell on every side. During the raging inferno, just in front of the fearless Colonel Shaw, was the flag barrier; and to his side was William Harvey Carney. Suddenly the flag barrier took a bullet and began to fall. Before the flag hit the ground, Carney dropped his gun, grabbed the flag and held it high. As Shaw, Carney and the 54th continued their charge, targeted by the enemy, Carney was shot four times--in both legs, the arm, and the chest (one historian says the head)! Incredibly, not only did he live, but after struggling back to the Union lines, he handed the flag off, and while collapsing said, “Boys, the old flag never touched the ground.” In 1900, Sergeant William Harvey Carney was first black to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallantry at Fort Wagner.
The photo depicts former flag barrier down, the flag held high by Carney, and Shaw imploring the All-Black 54th regiment forward.
In conclusion, like most churches, we decorate our sanctuary according to the season. To celebrate July 4th, we placed an American flag on the cross that adorns the front of our sanctuary. When our church administrator heard this story for the first time, she was so moved by Carney’s courage and dedication, she came to me and declared, “I hope you don’t make me take the flag down from the cross.”
Lastly, I cannot hear this story without tears of pride and joy rolling down my cheeks!
Allow me to end making a stark contrast. On one side are the 2016 Black liberals, like Jesse Williams and Colin Kaepernick; Black multi-millionares, enjoying the lap of luxury; living during the administration of America’s first Black president! And…the world’s first Black head of state of a pre-dominantly White nation!!
On the other side sits the William Harvey Carneys of yesterday, who not only endured birth, life, and death in the authentic injustice and oppression, yet still believed in America!
What is an obvious tragedy is the contemporary liberal Blacks who teach our young people to hate America, hypocritically stand on the very shoulders of the Blacks who endured slavery, lynching, and segregation…and yet loved America!
What could possibly be the source of such blatant…in your face contradiction?
The answer is simple, yet profound! The Black slaves had a revelation of the God-ordained, God-given purpose of America!! On the contrary, the atheism of contemporary liberalism, has overtime, used the lies of the liberal media, liberal academia, and liberal politicians in an attempt to destroy American patriotism!
Because I love God, I love what God loves! Because God loves America, I love America! Therefore, I WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY, while liberalism destroys what God loves!
*Who happens to be Black!
**I have repeatedly read about men escaping slavery, and finding work in ‘racist’ America! Remember this, no matter how horrific a circumstance, my God will provide the needs of everyone, and anyone, of any color, who will trust Him!
"Beginning is Half Done!" -Dr. Robert Schuller
I modify and add to it:
"Beginning is Half Won!" -unknown