Acts 7:25, 52 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him –
Men and women who stand for God and speak truth to power haven’t failed so well in America. Our government has assassinated or alienated its prophets since slavery; Abraham Lincoln, Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. There of course countless others that died in the backwoods of rural southern areas that we will never know but whose spirits we still feel.
The saddest part is not the opposition they ran into but the fact that the people they fought for didn’t recognize that they were fighting for them.
Sometimes it seems that we want more for people than they want for themselves. Particularly in the times we live in successful blacks would rather assimilate into the dominate culture and hide in suburban churches rather than deal with the liberation of their brothers and sisters.
Moses had hoped that his people would recognize that he had been sent to help them but they did not. A slave mentality causes us to distrust the very people that been sent to help us. Harriet Tubman rescued, single handedly, over 300 slaves by risking her life going through the Underground Railroad. She said, “I could’ve saved more if they realized they were slaves!”
How do we avoid killing our prophets?
- Recognize those that were sent to help you. Biggie Smalls was right, “you’re nobody till somebody kills you!” It’s said that many of our leaders only become important to us after they have died. Give honor where honor is due and those who teach and preach deserve a double honor.
- Obey those who have charge over you. Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. Hebrews 13:17
- Do not kill your leaders with your mouth. 1 Timothy 5:19-20 Don’t listen to complaints against the pastor unless there are two or three witnesses to accuse him. If he has really sinned, then he should be rebuked in front of the whole church so that no one else will follow his example. 1 Timothy 5
God sends us prophets/pastors to help lead us out of bondage. We cannot be like our ancestors who killed the prophets. Even Jesus, the Son of God, came to his own and his own received him not. He came to be the light of the world but the people loved the darkness more than the light.
Are you supporting the man or woman of God that was sent to you or have you been participating in character assassination? Imagine how much better our country could’ve been had we not killed our prophets? You still have a chance to listen. He or she who has ears let them hear what the spirit is saying to the churches!
Thank you for loving us enough to send us messengers to liberate us from bondage. Help me to be a messenger to speak truth to power even when I am not received by my own. Open the eyes and hearts of those you’ve sent me to. Do not let me grow weary of doing good for in due to time I will reap my reward.
In Jesus Name,