The Fourth of July, a time of rest and celebration. It is a time for families to get together. A time for church / civic groups to gather. And, a time for parades in the streets with floats, marching bands, and fireworks in the evening! I had a good time this past Wednesday and I trust that you did as well.
For everything that the fourth is for a majority of Americans, it is disconcerting to say the least that other citizens would choose to demean it. Drudge had this post up on the 4th whereby a new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists. Drudge also highlighted this string of “Tweets” in which Chris Rock piles on with other leftist to demonstrate their ignorance about our founding and their race filled hate for good Americans.
After reading these articles and working through the implications of a severely divided society, my mind was taken back to remember those who overcame. Specifically, black patriots of the Revolution era. Perhaps Chris Rock and other lefties are not aware that there were free blacks fighting along side free whites against the British. Maybe the bravery exerted through these black patriots that helped to secure our freedoms today is of no interest to the left. But we do ourselves much good in knowing and teaching the truth.
Black patriots you ask? Consider the life of Richard Allen. Allen was born in 1760 as a slave in Delaware. He was introduced to the message of Salvation through Christ by an evangelist, became a Christian and began to ” proselytize ” the plantation. Others, including the slave owner, came to Christ and were transformed. Allen is later freed from slavery by his owner and begins preaching in Philadelphia as a pastor of a large white congregation. Understanding the correlation between individual freedom through Christ and individual liberty in society, he joined as a soldier in the American revolution. He fought side by side with free blacks and whites to secure independence. Allen also became friends with Benjamin Rush. Rush, a signer of our Declaration of Independence, is also known as the father of American Medicine. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, Rush was one of a few doctors who stayed in the city to fight the disease. But Rush was not alone. He had the aid of two black pastors who bravely stayed by his side to help the sick. They were, of course, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones (1746-1818). These three men treated Philadelphia during one of its most trying times. Richard Allen died in 1831 a true patriot.
The left would have us to believe that such men do not exist. There are many of them. They existed then. They do today. Richard Allen was a real man. Chris Rock? Uhhh … No.