Nubians, the Africans of the ancient worldThe Nubians explored in the Americas before Columbus, and many returned to their native lands with stories of a land with endless possibilities. Ever since ancient man of color walked out of his Nubian homeland, the drive to explore the world has always been in the hearts of man resulting in the building of ships and developing the skills of ocean navigation. The children of the Biblical Old and New Testament, especially the Hebrews preferred to walk to their destinations or maybe take small fishing boats out still staying close to familiar shores; there were however, more adventurous Vikings, Egyptians and Chinese. Our Biblical stories did not produce an adventurous spirit from people who had selected a God who kept them in a condition of benevolent bondage for thousands of years. Of course living in and near a desert, surrounded by talking mountains and no exposure to the oceans of the world would tend to limit the expansion of the mind to endless possibilities.

The ocean gods call man to want to explore the unknown. The land gods, such as those selected by the land and desert peoples of the Bible, required man to stand his ground, and never challenge their god or His world. Man was indeed forbidden to even think of going near the tree of knowledge and adventure. Three of the world’s major religions are founded on the principle that the cause of sin in the world is the result of man’s disobedience and touching the tree of knowledge. Cultures permitted man to walk and talk with his gods permitted men to explore the vast territories created by the one supreme being, especially the Egyptian, Vikings and Chinese enabling them to become great ship builders and world explorers. Speculation about new worlds and new adventures could have motivated second sons left out of royal inheritance to try their luck in a new world.

These men would have easily consented to sign themselves over to indenture for a select period of time with the possibility of being able to make their own fortune and future in distance lands. In most world cultures, inheritance and leadership roles were passed down to the first born, leaving the remaining sons with resentment and frustration, but also with the wealth necessary to start a new life in a new place. These were the 16 Africans arriving in Virginia in 1619, men who voluntarily got into boats destined to a new world to do a new thing.

Life will find a way, and these men, finding themselves in the company of other bondsmen and women, shipped by England to serve the needs of the new world, created relationships and families, which became the foundation of what was later to become the United States of America. Indenture and bondage was not initially a color issue, and the untold stories of the new world were formulated in these men and women of courage and vision.

The close relationships formed by these groups eventually led to the question of freedom and justice for all men, and the frustration of the inability to bring this vision of justice for all about, eventually led to one of humankind major determination to fight for the right to be free. This fight for justice was called the American Revolutionary war ending in 1776. The surprise victory of a group of black and white bondsmen and settlers left them with the realization that they now had a country to run and financially operate. The laws of property rights and the reality of dismantling a trained labor force resulted in long discussion periods of what was right and wrong about men owning other men for life. Religious thinkers called slavery wrong whether for black men or white men; businessmen, concerned about the financial responsibility of running a country like a company, called slavery a necessary evil. The men called upon to write the bible for directions, later to be called the Constitution, wanted no part of the institution.

Men who owned businesses had depended on the African labor force to manage those businesses, and had to weigh principles and business relating to the bottom line in many of their decisions about the question of what to do with the institution of slavery, and how could you run a country if you dismantled its major work force. The new president, himself a businessman and owner of several slaves, was caught in the big question of truth, justice or business.

The decision to end slavery was defeated by one vote, however, a compromise was decided, and this decision would forever remain a black mark on the soul of the American character and courage to do the right thing. America took its first step into capitalism and place wealth over the need for justice. The new country would give the southern colonies a chance to make the transition into a new labor force, but after 1808, no additional supply of new labor would be imported from Africa. The southern businessmen would be given time to get their cotton crops together and develop markets, which would enable them to contribute to the financial growth of the new country.

The wealth created by the success of the cotton industry created a new type of American, he became a replica of the ruling class replaced by the Revolutionary War. He love the sense of entitlement and class division and began to accept the idea formulated in Christian teachings that it was the will of God that the sons of Ham, known as the peoples of color of the world, serve the white chosen masters of the world. This of course was the theology of white entitlement used by England to subdue the world, and the main reason why slavery was so successful in the new world without major rebellions. The slaves were taught the religion of the White God, and given pictures of that white God. They were permitted to attend churches, although sitting in the balcony, and listen to sermons about this white God. They were even selected to become ministers in the service of these white gods, and accepted all teaching of the wills of these gods.

The Founding Fathers almost lost the vision of a world of justice for all, and it would take another 80 years and another war before America could begin to get itself on the right track. Slavery ended in 1827 in the northern states, but it would not be until 1865 before the country, after losing 650,000 men in battle, declared that no man had the right to own another man in the condition of servitude. The new country struggled along and continues to struggle with the question of its identity and purpose. Is it the land of the European and its white gods of privileged and entitlement, or is it the land of the free and the home of the brave.

As the gods of justice began to raise its hands against Europe causing famine, poverty and plagues, the peoples of Europe looked to the new world and new country as a salvation of hope and survival. Millions of immigrants poured into the urban centers of the country seeking to drink the milk and eat the honey they were told flowed freely on the streets paved with gold.

These immigrants were later to learn that they would have to milk the cows for the milk, fight the bees for the honey, and pave the dirt roads themselves. America always thriving on the challenges of impossible task cared for these millions of immigrants streaming through Ellis Island and shipping ports, which formerly brought bondsmen to these shores. It is also the story millions of African Americans deciding to leave the oppression of an angry injustice south, and take their skills and talents to the urban centers of the north. The story of these two groups is the true story of America, her purpose and her progress. Public school text- books omit the stories of the immigrants, running away from European injustice and struggling through poverty and the slums of the inner cities glad to have a chance at the American dream.

Omitted also are the stories of the American migrations of millions of African Americans, tired of lynch mobs and oppressive segregation, abandoning the land of their birth and traveling the dusty roads to a new freedom with endless possibilities. These are the stories of the reality of America, the acceptance that we all came over here in the bottom of boats, sometimes in chains, but all of us up to the struggle for a chance to a different life.

If Africa were perfect there would be no America; if Europe were perfect there would have been no revolution or America. America is because of the injustice of the world, and it is important to remember the stories of those injustices in order that we do not through arrogance repeat the history of our ancestors.

American theology is the story and belief of our Founding Fathers as inspired men of God, directed to write down the vision for this new world. The sacred writings are the Constitution written by the hand of God on the minds of men detailing how this chosen land and the chosen people will live. These sacred writings do not discourage the acceptance of new people and new cultures into this land.

The rainbow God of America welcomes Her creations from all over the world. She encourages and acknowledges the many paths of faith celebrated by the diverse peoples of the world. Our prophets comes in many colors, religions, and different political persuasions, with one goal in mind, to free all people from oppressions and injustice, and to make this God’s kingdom on earth. Man in the image and likeness of God is the awaited Messiah, and when man reaches his Messiah stage, he will have fulfilled his mission on earth.

After hundred of years of living in the new world as bondsmen, convicts, settlers, servants and slaves, the people had enough of second class treatment and decided that they wanted to live as and be free men. The rejects, those to be punished, those who sought after a new chance in life, were sent to live in this new land of challenge and danger. The rough, the ragged, the angry and the brave, took whatever weapon they could and with sheer determination, and right on their side, defeated the seasoned armed forces of the British Empire and declared that they were free from the tyranny of far away lands. These men of courage eased out of the British North American Colonies, and united the colonies into separate states; with an appointed group of men they formed a congress, dedicated to representing the hopes and dreams of a new nation.

On July 4, 1776, the newly formed Congress of the United States approved the Declaration of Independence. The greatest writer, Thomas Jefferson, became its primary author. The Declaration was an explanation understood by the average man why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain. This was important because there were some who questioned why it was necessary to separate from the motherland. A statement announcing that the thirteen American Colonies were no longer a part of the British Empire and issue the Declaration of Independence in several forms. Published as a printed broadsheet and distributed and read to the public.

Theology of America

Major themes of the Declaration: individual rights and the right of revolution. These ideas became widely held by Americans and spread internationally as well, influencing in particular the French Revolution.

America does not follow the belief structure of Rome as depicted in the magnificent artistic renditions of Michelangelo, his paintings on the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham is not the best symbol for family life in America. The idea of sacrificing one’s son for a belief system, did not translate over into the new country. Young men were encouraged to step forth live and serve, but blood sacrifices on animal altars were not widely encouraged. The people transferred to this undiscovered part of the world brought with them favored and disfavored belief systems, some they would keep, and others they were willing to forget. European churches brought over the practice of witch burning and the destruction and disrespect for the female form as anything other than a pleasure symbol or necessary reproductive vessel. Small groups outside of powerful churches realized that there was wisdom in the female and strength in her form. The new world developed the Mother as sacred and wise. The environment of the new world spoke to the woman, and she spoke to the man explaining what it had to say. The female in America became the head of the family, and the male became the strength of the family. Together they worked out a system of survival founded in thinking, making a decision, and engaging in some form of action.

The people in the new world were an occupied force, brought to this part of the world for specific purposed, all related to the accumulation of wealth to be transported to sponsoring foreign governments. The development of skills and techniques for living under the radar of the ruling class was what the people of the new world developed. No head had to be higher than another, all movement had to be carefully orchestrated to move to a specific rhythm so as not to cause attention to anyone. Religious gathering, carefully observed and organized were designed to insure that all people focused on a life after death, and encouraged all members to believe that they were worthless sinners not worthy to live in God’s kingdom.

The Church and the Royal families of the world were the keepers of entitlement, and they made the decision on who made the cut. Sometimes these decisions could be influenced by monetary contributions. The traditional theology coming out of the Christian Churches was that God was an angry entity and had to be appeased or punishment would be expected, the Church and the Royal families had the lone power to speak to God and for a significant amount of coin, promise or property influence decisions made by the divine. American theology does not enter into the financial barging with God for special privileges; American theology suggests a more partnership arrangement with the almighty. In exchange for doing all the hard work and devoted worship, the powerful partner would remove all the emotional, physical, sociological and environmental obstacles out of the way. Man through his own sheer will and strength would do his part to do the best and be the best, and God through the magic of His power will change hearts attitudes and belief systems of those dedicated to prevent progress. God created a spirit, which moves through the country and causes the country to work for the good of mankind, even when individuals in the country want to do mean and hurtful things to others.

This process of paying for God’s favors was the defining factor in the separation; the rules of survival in these early societies were influenced by belief systems, this writer called the American Theology.

 

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