On December 16, 1773, 70 to 80 Boston colonists dressed up as Native Americans, boarded 3 ships, and dumped more than 92,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor. The damages of that one act are estimated at a present day value of approximately $1 million (Klein, 2012). The event was supported by people the likes of Samuel Adams (a brewer) and John Hancock (a goods smuggler). The revolt in Boston was due to a tax cut that produced a monopoly on the sale of tea to the colonists by the East India Company, and threatened to put black market merchants (like Hancock) out of business. This protest goes down in history as The Boston Tea Party, and noted by George Washington as “the cause of America.” What did Washington mean by this statement? He was implying that though he vehemently opposed the action carried out by the Bostonians, it was premise for the American Revolution. Even so, the act was a blatant disrespect for the law and property of a corporation.
One of the adverse consequences of the Boston Tea Party was that it provoked British Parliament to pass a number of acts, known as the Coercive Acts. These acts did a number of things to disenfranchise the colonists, to include making it more difficult to convict royal officers of crimes (Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, 1999). Acts such as these led to many troubling events. Some of the soldiers would pillage settlements to support their needs which made the people of the colonies take up arms in fear of losing their livelihood to bullying soldiers.
The British, who wanted to distance themselves from such behavior, chose to turn and protect the settlements from the sadistic British vanguards. Those brigades who chose to do so were now considered as rebels. However, in an attempt to reconcile the issues, the leaders of these brigades made attempts to mediate the issue not through force but diplomacy, hoping to get the backing of parliament. After persistent attempts to rectify the matters through diplomatic means, for the sake of colonial survival, these leaders chose to subvert the order of the British Empire in America and launch a full revolt against the British government.
As state legislatures grew and expanded in legal power and prosperity, they found it necessary to protect their fiduciary interests by establishing governmental fortification against British conquest of their newfound hope. They felt that it was their providential responsibility to defend their posterity and hope through the combination of force and legality. These political sanctions will set the standard for what will eventually become the foundation for constitutional prowess and a strong message of independence.
The last straw was pulled on April 19, 1775, when a group of British soldiers surprisingly attacked a settlement in Lexington, Massachusetts that was scantily armed (An Outline of American History). This level of violence was enough to provoke a peace loving preacher into an emotional tirade of biblical proportions. Rev. Jacob Cushing, in a sermon delivered three years after the event, indicated that it was the spiritual duty of the American colonies to be the tool of God’s vengeance upon the British for their horrendous behavior (Cushing, 1778).
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown stole a package of Cigarillos™. This was a blatant disrespect for the law and the business owner. He was approached by Officer Darren Wilson, and an altercation broke out between him and the officer. He was unarmed, but the altercation led to him being tragically and fatally shot. Preachers and citizens decry the actions of Officer Darren Wilson and push for measures to reprimand him for the way in which he handled the incident. Their voices are not heard, so they take to the streets. Though a few of the protesters violently pillage the Ferguson, Missouri town where the incident takes place, others loudly (but non-violently) protest the reaction of the government.
While I do not place all of the responsibility on Officer Darren Wilson for the incident that transpired on August 9, 2014, I am concerned by the lopsided “flesh-bating” that is transpiring on social media. Therefore, I extend the question: What makes the protesters of the Darren Wilson exoneration whiners and the pioneers of the Revolutionary War patriots and heroes (Romans 2:1)? I get it…there is some work to do in communities made up of people with darker hues in this nation, but when there is protest because of a perceived injustice by those same individuals, it is hypocritical for those who call themselves “true Americans” to minimize or belittle their responses or attempt to vilify those who simply want to be heard. In the accounts of Revolutionary dissent in the years following the Boston Tea Party, the Patriots never mentioned Samuel Adams’ or John Hancock’s seedy history. They just wanted justice for the people in the colonies.
Let me make this clear: I am neither on the side of Darren Wilson, nor Michael Brown. They both displayed behaviors that were unjustified. God will deal with both. But from a sociopolitical aspect, we must be reminded that the political process doesn’t end on November 4th of election years. People have the right to exercise their political freedoms to obtain the results they desire in their sphere of influence.
Let me also make this clear: as a new creature in Christ Jesus, my social preferences are neither African, nor American. I am simply holy and unapologetically Christian. I am as Christ is: a living spirit. I am called to declare His Kingdom until He comes to fully establish it. That means that I must declare that there is none righteous (me, Michael Brown, or Darren Wilson) outside of Christ. Therefore, I must refuse to be drawn into the fight and just say wrong is wrong. We’re all guilty and deserve death. That’s why Christ came: to give us the power to overcome death in every form. That is why I can never just simply declare wrong without being a conduit for a solution that brings life.
A cry for justice is always justified, but outside of the confines of the spiritual fortitude of Christ, it will only lead to failure, frustration and more fatalities (Proverbs 16:25). There are clear solutions provided by a more excellent way. This whole issue has been a ploy and a tactic of unseen enemies who have been assigned to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10); and so many believers are running to the trap like moths to a flame (Ephesians 6:12). We are supposed to be workers together with Christ (II Corinthians 6:1). Instead, we are working together with the kingdom of darkness. Proverbs 29:24 teaches that when we collaborate with a thief, we hate our own soul. If we lose our souls, we lose it all.
I can hear some of you out there saying, “FUCK Jesus!” F.U.C.K. is an acrostic that was created during the era of the bubonic plague to prohibit sexual activity in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease. It means Forbidden Under Censorship of the King. With that being said, Jesus is not a disease and He can neither forbid nor censor Himself (II Timothy 2:13). If the truth be told, you don’t want Him to either! And if you desire Him to be censored or forbidden, you can always leave this page. I welcome your comments, but you are not obligated to read another word.
This blog is not written to everyone. It is written to the believers. I encourage us all to pull back, let the peace of God settle our minds, bring our emotions under subjection, and present our wills to God (Romans 12:1-2). Then let’s ask God what we should do. Change is necessary, but the soul and the flesh can’t change anything. They can only interpret information based on historical subjectivity. God’s Word is the only instrument that can give us an objective view of any circumstance, because the Word separates the soul from the spirit and ushers us into a higher perspective.
Outside of Christ, justice will always be a volatile issue. In Christ volatility vanishes and answers are obvious (Ephesians 2:13-15). I don’t care whether you consider yourself, white, black or blue; African or American; policeman or civilian; poor, upper class or middle class; evangelical, protestant, existentialist or liberationist; Democrat, Republican or Independent; when it comes to the response of the believer concerning social issues we have to lay all of that stuff down and hear what God is saying by His Spirit (Philippians 3:7-15). We can’t hear the Spirit whispering words of comfort and direction when we have so many other voices screaming sentiments of dissent.
Let us be like those ancient leaders: Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Hannah, Nehemiah, Esther, Elijah, Mary and Elizabeth. Let’s break away from break away from business as usual and from the traditions of men in order to know the Father’s agenda and truly do Kingdom Business.