Thursday, December 31, 2009

Being Born Again Part 4

"An' let's talk 'bout de heart o' God. God has a heart fo' black folks an' fo' black folks an fo' folks o' all de colors on de Earth. God is de color o' all de people on de Earth an' God's law is jus' de opp'site o' de Jim Crow laws in de South. God's heart is de same now as it 'twas fo de Hebrew people in Egypt a long, long time ago an' as it 'twill be fo' people whose hearts are a' cryin' out forever in de future. An' always remember, God's heart is full o' wonder."

"De book o' Exodus tells us dat de heart o' God OBSERVED de mis'ry o' de Jewish folks in Egypt, HEARD deir cries on 'count o' dey task masters, KNEW dey suff'rins, CAME DOWN TO DELIVER dem from de 'gyptians, an' CAME DOWN TO BRING THEM UP out o' Egypt to a good an' a broad land, a land a' flowin' wit' milk an' honey."

"An' de book o' our lives here in Clarendon County an' de lives o' all de black folks 'cross de Jim Crow South tells de story dat de heart o' God OBSERVES de mis'ry o' black folks, HEARS our cries on 'count o' our task masters, KNOWS our suff'rins, COMES DOWN TO DELIVER us from Jim Crow, an' COMES DOWN TO BRING US UP out o' Jim Crow to a good an' a broad land, a land a' flowin' wit' milk an' honey, a land where we can walk side by side wit' white folks an' look dem in de eyes as equals an' as human bein's, a land where we can drink from de same water fountains wit' white folks as equals an' as human bein's, a land where we can eat at de same lunch counters wit' white folks as equals an' as human bein's, a land where black chil'ren an' white chil'ren can sit down beside each other an' learn together in de same classroom as equals an' as human bein's, a land where white folks soften deir hard hearts an' share deir social power an' deir economic power an' deir political power, a land where we are all equal an' human bein's."

"God's heart is full o' wonder. Deep inside o' God's heart dere is dat pecu'lar ting raises up life an' sets down death, dat ting dat makes de world a more human place to live in."

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