Are Black Americans Rejecting God-Righteousness for Self-Righteousness?

We Blame SocietyOver a week ago Americans celebrated the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But just what did America celebrate?

America seems to celebrate everything about Martin Luther King, Jr. but his love of God, his humbleness in recognizing his need for the Savior, and his unrelenting pleas to the masses to ‘do righteousness’. King’s message went much further than non-violent protest and civil disobedience. His message was God’s message — obey God and do righteous works unto your fellow-man.

The biblical definition of righteous, in the KJV Dictionary, is “1. Just; accordant to the divine law, 2. Just; equitable; merited.” The secular (worldly) definition by the Merriam Webster dictionary follows closely as, “morally good : following religious or moral laws”. In addition, if one does an Internet search of ‘quotes on righteousness’, the search will yield a plethora of quotes from famous and non-famous people alike.

Being righteous does not naturally flow from humanity unless each person receives the righteousness of the Holy God, which is only obtainable by and through faith in Jesus Christ. As quoted from the original Martin Luther“People must have righteous principals in the first, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.” 

Therefore the first source of righteousness is from God. It is not something you “have” — it is a quality you ‘get’.  It is a gift to spirit, soul and mind, which is acquired by faith — faith in the Savior, Redeemer, Restorer, and Deliverer, whose name is Jesus. The first man (and woman) had this God-given righteousness, but they traded it in for the next source of righteousness — that of ‘self’.

Reverend King had God-given righteousness. The people who supported and followed him had the same righteousness. Even those who didn’t necessarily follow or agree with King sought to abide in the righteousness of his cause. They listened, changed laws, policies and practices which favored the righteousness of justice, peace, and equality.

Perhaps you have no faith, belief, or trust in God. You might call yourself an Atheist, or you’re proud to denounce a white Jesus or refuse to claim a black Jesus. If so, then your righteousness flows from you. It is self-righteousness and has no recognized authority above it.

Today’s so-called movements are built upon self-righteousness. Moral Mondays, Ferguson, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, and Black Lives Matter sadly lack the dignity and integrity found in the days of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-righteousness is so insidious that what starts with a few will grow like a cancer until it kills off what was good. It will cause many to vote for a man because his skin color is the same or vote for him because it is not. It will stand up and applaud loudly when stealing from those who have, to give to those who don’t is advocated (income inequality). Self-righteousness demands that there is an equal opportunity to start and own a small business, but has no problem with burning down someone else’s small business. Self-righteousness says black lives matter, but has no problem fighting to support laws that allow abortion because the baby is the wrong sex, or aborting a baby no matter the age of gestation. Self-righteousness will even say, allow me special rules because I’m not capable of obtaining or doing what everyone else is capable of obtaining or doing (voter ID). Self-righteousness is always destructive. It can’t build up, it can only destroy. It doesn’t teach, it dumbs-down.

Demands for justice, equity, freedom, compassion, and love are not reciprocated by the self-righteous. Self-righteousness doesn’t care about anyone or anything else. It is after all, about ‘self’.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister. His principles flowed from the righteousness of God. Would he march with the protesters of Ferguson? Would he allow protesters to chant death wishes to police officers? Would he have been present in the March for Life? Would he stand with the NAACP and their Moral Monday’s? It is difficult to imagine his presence in any of the protests we’re seeing today. God-righteous people will remove themselves and return to right thinking and right actions, or more so, not become involved in self-righteous actions to begin with.

Each person must seek and hold fast to God-righteousness, for destruction is sure to follow anything else.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people. Pr 16:8 Better [is] a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

The Hypocrisy of the NAACP

A few days ago I read a report on the Alliance Defending Freedom webpage about a “friend-of-the-court brief it filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, urging it to reject the NAACP’s lawsuit against an Arizona bill that prohibits sex- and race-based abortions.”

The NAACP, founded in 1909 by four liberal white abolitionists, still has the following objective listed on its website.

The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.”  

An organization that has as its objective ‘to eliminate race prejudice’ has become an advocate for aborting babies if the ‘race’ or gender is undesirable! Ludicrous is not even close to describing such duplicitous madness!

If this double-dealing, fraudulent advocacy of gender and race-based abortion is not evil enough, then consider the unbelievable devastation of abortion in the Black community.

John Piper, known for speaking God’s truth to power, remarks on the disparity of abortion in minority populations.

“The de facto effect (I don’t call it the main cause, but net effect) of putting abortion clinics in the urban centers is that the abortion of Hispanic and Black babies is more than double their percentage of the population. Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will—when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up.”

A summary statement from the Abortion73 website makes the duplicity of the NAACP’s objective ‘to eliminate racism’ even more starkly apparent.

“Whatever the intent of the abortion industry may be, by functional standards, abortion is a racist institution. In the United States, black children are aborted at nearly four times the rate as white children and Hispanic children don’t fare much better.” 

Abortion has infected our whole society. That the NAACP has chosen to fight to maintain the ability of minority mothers to abort their babies, simply because the baby is of the ‘wrong’ race or gender, personifies evil. NAACP, heal thyself.