Yesterday, I watched the History Channel documentary on Frederick Douglass with my oldest niece and then we discussed it. I often use the life of an historical figure to teach the concept of jumping hurdles to my nieces. They know who Walt Disney and Helen Keller are. They know the stories of the great Biblical Characters as well such as Noah, Abraham and David. They know the character lessons that come with these characters.
When I was a child, my grandmother repeated herself..a lot! I am so glad. She taught me some very important things and I remember them. The one thing she taught me that stands far above the rest: “Always go back to the basic foundation first, it will give you the solution to every problem.” She said the reason that the church was failing to be the salt of our nation let alone be strong within itself was a lack of Old Testament knowledge. She taught that the average church member did not have the knowledge within their mind, to use to show their neighbor that there is a way that leads to contentment. She taught that this was always the case and the pattern is shown in the book of Judges. That because they did not remember Moses and the same story of freedom, they fell into bondage.
She also taught that hurdles aren’t there to cry in front of, that they are there to make us strong. That how we that handle those hurdles was directly related to being content. Paul defined contentment: “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ.” She told me …over and over… that I would come across people who were suffering. Whether it be from poverty or whatever the circumstances may be. That the suffering was sometimes self inflicted. That it was often directly resulting to big government and socialist leaning policies. She said that if I taught these basic principles and combine them with Love, that I would cultivate believers. In the process I would save souls. I would strengthen families, make the church stronger, and help make my country better. She told me that if I wanted to be a preacher, that this needed to be the game-plan. Go and teach. She said to use that Old Testament history as my foundation always. That God saw it fit to make sure it was the whole first 18 books of the Bible so when looking for His plan, you might start there. Teach the basics of love, character and how to treat your fellow man based on those illustrations. Teach the basics of who God is from those illustrations. Always go back to the basics.
So I always have. Thirty years ago, at 14, I taught the K-2 Wednesday night Bible class at church. I taught them Old Testament History. I’ve been teaching it ever since. I use the stories to illustrate a point. I use them to show how to handle jumping hurdles. From the pulpit to one on one, when I am sharing my faith, or my politics, when I am teaching my nieces, I always go back to the basics, and I often go right back to the Old Testament.
So why did I say all that? Because this is a Rant! Woot! LOL..but seriously, I said it to lay the foundation. While my grandmother drilled the concepts, my mom and dad taught the stories. My father liked the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage. So did the writers of the New Testament. They understood that that story of bondage to freedom was the illustration to discuss the bondage of sin and the freedom in Christ.
Yes, I am getting back to Frederick Douglass, you knew that didn’t you? You see, we learn from history and we use history to teach values. We had slavery in this country, what did we learn? We learned that it is the result of one man being able to control every aspect of another’s life. We learned that education was the only way off the plantation. We learned that in order to maintain control, the master had to foster ignorance.
We learned that most slaves were treated about the same. Some much better, some much worse, but it was pretty fair between most slaves as far as what they had… Little or nothing… Like the Israelites in Egypt, most slaves had some kind of leaky roof over their head and enough food to get the work done. It was relatively fair between slaves because the master took everything from the slave including his freedom and redistributed it, no matter what it was. The abuse was redistributed where the Master pleased as well. Free speech was rarely tolerated if it was about the master. There was no protection between the slave and master. What was truly fair for the slaves, however, that no master could take, was that there was a way to contentment. They could not just drop the physical burdens, but they could find contentment. Many did overcome the circumstances, and found it.
The illustration of slavery applies to three major aspects of our lives. The personal struggle between good and bad, the brokenness of the church, and the fundamental sociology-economic problems in this country.
The master is big government, it always has been. Education is always the answer. The people who want it fair are those who stand on socialist platforms. At the end of their road, it will be fair among the masses. No one will have anything. The standard of living will be very poor, but it will be fair.
Frederick Douglass’ self education did not remove any obstacles in his life. It helped him jump them. As he educated himself, he educated himself off of that plantation and to an incredible standard of living at the time. He had good friends and he made a huge impact on history. He relied on basic principles. He fought for them. He joined the great Abolitionist fight. As a result of his efforts, he was a part of the solution to solving the egregious problem of slavery in our country’s history.
The policy of the left requires and ends up in slavery. In trying to tackle every problem in in society as well as forcing fairness, government and its ineptness only ends up lowering the standard of living to poverty level. Again, this is true at the social level as well as the personal level. The entitlement society has stifled the poor doing just the opposite of what they say it will do. To the truly needy, the weakest, the help is never even close to sufficient because it is distributed each day to more and more. It will continue until it reaches its end. Total poverty and dependence with no freedom.
If we want to take this country back, we have to get back to basics. The Republican Party was born in the truth of the Abolition Party and was the first Civil Rights organization. In the early years of our history, like Christians, we have in that history lesson the keys to winning the battle today. KCarl and his Fredrick Douglass Methodology rests on this. Frederick Douglass was a Reagan Republican. It’s back to basics. When the left calls names, it is because they cannot win on discussion and debate. We win the debate. We already have all the correct answers and facts to back them up. We need to learn again how to teach.
I know these principles are true. My oldest niece came home from school this week, before watching Frederick Douglass, and told me of incident at school. In referring to the incident, she told her friends that the person needed to quit crying in front of her hurdles and just learn to jump. That was the only way that one could get stronger. She understood when she watched and learned of Frederick Douglass. She is 10, and she gets it! Next is William Lloyd Garrison:
“On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.” ~ William Lloyd Garrison 1831
William Garrison takes us right back to the title: Time for the Abolitionists to Rise Again…Unified! We are the Abolitionist Party. The slavery is not blatant. It has to be pointed out. We have to educate the masses, just like Frederick Douglass was, so they can join us like he did William Garrison in the fight for freedom. We can do it. We are abolitionists. We have the facts:
AlfonZo Rachel lays them out like no one else can:
But we gotta put down the mudslinging, and get to work explaining the basics to the masses!