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Seeing a movie inspired by true stories regarding the suffering of refugees living in Sudan in the 1970s and 1980s, revisiting the suffering and death of millions at the hands of supremacist German Nazis, and ruminating on the brutal treatment of people by supremacist people of all types in modern times, I turned to God in anguish asking “My God, when will it ever stop?”.
The following is what I feel is appropriate to share:
Any type of supremacy is misguided at best. We each have a season where God will call upon us to act in a Chosen responsibility, that if misunderstood some of us will take that season of responsibility as a divine sanction of some type of supremacy over others of us. We are all the Chosen people of God. All humans.
Again, I submit there is no supreme race within humanity. The entire human race is the supreme intelligence on this Earth. God chooses individuals and groups for a purpose to further His work, which is to bring immortality and eternal life to the human family. All humans are equally important and valuable no matter what nation we call home, race and/or ethnicity with which we identify, or religion we call holy.
Any type of supremacy is misguided at best.
For What Did God Choose Us?
God chose us all to come to mortality by birth and become holy as He is holy, which came by war commenced in His realm and continued in mortality since some of us did not want mortal life to have the choices we currently enjoy
at high cost.
I venture to assert religion plays an integral part in human identity: the having of it, rejecting of it, and living with it. We mark ourselves by how we relate to one religion or the other, whether we mean to do so or not. I maintain that our spiritual identity is unique. I also boldly claim God is Father to us all. He chooses us for life, eternal life.
Chosen For A Season
Proof this is true, I have none. I had a question about something and asked Who I feel is God; others might say the universe rescinded to me. What I do have is hope that answers to my “How Long?” come from God and provides hope to some other person who can seek God her- or himself.
God chose all of humanity with the opportunity of perfection for each soul; though, smaller groups of us He issued special instructions by revelation and by circumstance to help other groups of us move along in life.
God, for example, chose the family of Jacob, his wives, and 12 sons to produce a legacy group to spread the Gospel of Jehovah, which later became the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jacob, or Israel as he was renamed, has become the name and covenant of followers of Judeo-Christian sects.
All humans are equally important and valuable no matter what nation we call home, race and/or ethnicity with which we identify, or religion we call holy.
Chosen To Suffer And/Or Die
Some of us, groups and individuals, God requires to suffer long periods to reach our potential. We call it slavery, challenges, racism, sexism, disability, and such. Black American slavery receives much attention in the last decades. The whole world knows of it and most accept that debauched human trafficking was identity annihilating and atrocious for many American slaves, if not most. Slavery the world over existed and still does in some places as a cultural staff--like bread--in many societies.
Women still suffer at the hands of brutal men and totalitarian societies. Others of us suffer having to endure painful and/or debilitation diseases. Still, on a smaller scale, individual ways, others suffer depression, privations, and loneliness. Some of us suffer in addition to the brutality of others through slavery, racism, and ethnic discrimination. Truthfully, others of us suffer not because of any direct affliction, but due to the suffering of others. Mother Theresa suffered because poor people suffered. She devoted her life to bringing comfort to those who did not receive it in other ways.
Debilitating guilt causes many White people to reject their heritage because of what their ancestors may have done or not done to oppose human trafficking, religious crusades, and such. The event that causes pain and hurt might not be equal or on the scale of importance in the world, but it exists still the same. Suffering long is hard even with perfect faith in God’s purposes for us. We may know what those purposes are, but at the moment of suffering, the goal is obscured, stoicism or not--testing our faith.
Other groups and individuals of us He takes up to heaven to be with Him right away. The City of Enoch before the Great Deluge (see the Moses in the Book of Moses). comes to mind as a paradigm of what humanity can become. The people of Enoch were so obedient to God that He removed them from mortality and into another plane of existence where they will stay until the Last Days as described by John the Revelator. (see Revelations in the Holy Bible, all of it!)
Others leave life in other ways. We call it "taken too soon." We call it genocide, natural disasters, shootings, or accidents. Does God cause these things to occur? Evidence exists to support such a claim: nevertheless, I don't know. Endeavoring to ask rests at the bottom of my priorities list since I might not be ready for the answer.
God sees the big picture. What I see is a piece of a puzzle. I see a Black man being shot by an officer of the law that could have been my son. I see a woman gang-raped and tossed aside like trash to die who could be my daughter. I see girls and boys stolen away into modern sex and domestic slavery as commodities to die in servitude who could be my children!.
So, I speak out and let God direct my actions when stoicism rests upon me. Other times I cry and hate humanity. God may have plans for that Black man, that rape victim, and those slave children on the other side, regardless of the Black man's criminality or mistaken identity; whether the rape victim lived as a chaste woman or whore; and despite the children's academic honors or gang affiliations. Possibly, God allowed the shooting, raping, and slaving to happen. As I said, I don’t know.
People like you and I make choices to cause genocides and shootings; so, why not reason that God causes natural disasters and accidents? Holy texts record Him causing earthquakes, whirlwinds, and storms of water, fire, and ice when people are so evil to each other that He would cause destruction rather than let another human enter the world through those societies. (see Genisis in the Holy Bible reference Sodom and Gomorrah)
A war-torn ghetto in Los Angelos, a genocidal government in Eastern Europe, or a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa, all have within them opportunities each individual can learn to help his or her neighbor in love or hurt them in hate.
Eternal Nature of Humans
God is eternal. Yes, I do make that assertion. Each of us humans will have our day to shine and continue shining as the eternal God polishes us to shine as glistening silver through emotional hurt, disease, hunger, war, racism, hate, cruelty, unfair treatment, sickness, diverse sins, pandemics, death, etc…
God does not take away the things that help us learn compassion, even if some of us learn only hate initially. If He was to take away those things, in my estimation, God would be nothing more than a devil. He would be nothing more than a vain creature who created things to worship Him because of narcissistic vanity--an eternal thug!
God is NOT vain and did not create all things for His eternal slavery or narcissism or thuggery. Just as parents have children who grow to become like them, God has creations to reach perfection like Him. God made us in His image on purpose because He knows we have the potential to become like Him. We are His children. We are siblings, all.
As Paul taught the Romans, and by extension, all humankind, for “the Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (see Romas 8:16 in the Holy Bible.)
Apodictjc Equity Supremacy Clause
No group or individual has it easier than the other. That is the clause that is apodictic or complete. God designed existence so that we all experience what we need to experience to become pure, perfect--complete. Justice for every repentant or unrepentant act stands. As the song goes, “His eye is on the sparrow; so, I know he watches over me.”
Jesus indicated as he spoke to his 12 disciples, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." (see Matthew 10:29-31 in The Holy Bible)
We may claim, with our finite mortal thinking that God delays His justice or He allows one group--White people--to hurt the other groups--Black people and people of color. It seems that way if life is only birth to death. Life is more than being born and living until death comes. Just as there is a gestational period of development before birth into life, there is a period of preparation before coming to Earth I declare!
God chose us because He knew us before we were born. He knew where to place us in mortality where we would thrive the most with His help. A war-torn ghetto in Los Angelos, a genocidal government in Eastern Europe, or a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa, all have within them opportunities each individual can learn to help his or her neighbor in love or hurt them in hate.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Rodric Anthony Johnson
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 28, 2021:
Thanks, Pamela. I am trying to get back into the swing of writing after several long absences. I felt compelled to express our equality in importance to God even if we don't all receive equality in living standards. In the long journey of life eternal, God provides the equalizing factor of judgment and just rewards.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 28, 2021:
This is a very good article, Rodric. We are all equal in God's eyes and we should all treat each other as equals. You make many good points in this article. There are a lot of painful things that happen, unfortunately, but God never changes.