Racism, Bigotry, Segregation…each a word, but words with a sharp edge capable of penetrating the hardest walls of emotional resistance to such verbal assault and assassination. Similar to a thousand little cuts and slices, these words were developed and delivered to emotionally maim and forever hold in bondage those to whom they are directed robbing that person of their true capacity. Pastor James David Manning shouted, “ENOUGH!” I heard his shout; others also heard his cry and we responded. We are traveling from points across America to join Pastor Manning on the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg this July 4th. We are traveling many miles to come together and speak forgiveness, healing and restoration into hearts deeply wounded by generations of hatred and racism. We can no longer remain silent. We can no longer simply assure ourselves that the putrid aspects of slavery are over and done with, a distant memory like the civil war battlefield of Gettysburg, a mere notation in the history books – if mentioned at all!
Slavery is still with us in our beloved nation. Oh not in the form acquainted with those dear souls adorned with chains and lashes by the whip. But today, 149 years after the signing of the Treaty to end the Civil War, the effects and wounds of slavery remain. Citizens of this Great Nation of America who still do not feel as if they are welcomed, they are valued, they belong. Blacks who fought in the Civil War to help preserve this grand experiment called democracy and this country, a Republic. Blacks who bled Red next to the white solider from Maine or Ohio who also bled Red. Yet…after the last shot was fired, the last cannon roared, blacks who had given every ounce of courage on the fields of battle were relegated to “half-citizen” status. In one form or another, Black Americans are still wounded by centuries-old bigotry and racism. ENOUGH!
This July 4th, come to Gettysburg! Come and stand with thousands who need a word of apology, a word of forgiveness, a word fitly spoken that will touch a heart and begin the process of healing and restoration. Come and stand with those who will speak the words of apology and ask forgiveness from those who still carry the burdens from penetrating verbal assaults and assassinations of many years past. Come and stand with all of us who will proudly join together to sing “God Bless America!” ENOUGH bigotry…ENOUGH racism…ENOUGH segregation…ENOUGH anger and deep hurts leading to bitterness and hatred. ENOUGH! Lord may Your healing power descend like the rain on all of us standing on those hallowed fields of battle and death – once a farm in Gettysburg. Lord may Your healing grace flow amongst those gathered who desperately need a new touch of healing, a new touch of hope, a new touch of restoration and revitalization. Let us stand together as Americans; east or west, north or south, Americans united “One Country…One Destiny.”
Check-out the youtube video below from one of the speakers this July 4th in Gettysburg for the Healing and Restoration of the Races. If you cannot join us, pray at home and ask the Lord of Lords and King of Kings to heal this nation, to heal our people, to heal our land full of spilt blood from a myriad of abuses. Shout to the Lord, “ENOUGH!” No more will hatred rule the day. “ENOUGH!” No more will bigotry and meanness rule the day. “ENOUGH!” No more will we see the color of a man’s skin, but we will look upon the character of his heart. Let’s deliberately change the social atmosphere hanging over our country. Let us deliberately take back the land, take back the hearts that have been in bondage and set it all free; free to soar and be what God originally intended. Thank you!
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