by LaMeka Howard
Exodus: Chapter 6:5-7
And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore say to the children of Israel: I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
We were not created for bondage as a people. Instead, we were created to be creative, productive, and have dominion over the Earth. God never intended for us to be slaves and to be in a position where we are mentally, physically, spiritually, educationally and emotionally destroyed. These circumstances could be in our workplaces, in our households, in our neighborhoods, in our families, in our educational systems, in our finances, in our minds, in our health, in our churches, in our political system, in different countries, and in our lives. God wanted us to have freedom; however, He only asks for us to serve Him. Albeit, it states to honor (respect) the position that someone has that's in position to influence countries and nations to be better, but not to disrespect their position and title. Instead those positions were made for great leaders to empower change. If the leaders who are in these positions make unhealthy decisions negatively impact the body of their people and that's why Pharaoh faced. That's the reason for God's plan for us to respect the individuals in position, and show ourselves through God to make a difference in the people that do wrong. It's with the respect, dignity, integrity, and humility that influences change. When great people who are in position to be an influencer of change for a people, bondage breaks, and Moses was a deliver.
In life there have been stories shared about the brutality, cruelty, and unethical practices that kept people in bondage for years. Slaves had to escape from fields, slaves had to escape from masters, been beaten from masters, had to be dishonest to have freedom from masters, had to fight back to have freedom, had to hide to have freedom. Anne Frank who was a German-born and a Jewish writer (diarist) that shared her story during the Holocaust on how her family had to hide for freedom, and how she and them felt during that time; Harriet Tubman had the underground railroad to hide and to help slaves escape from bondage; Martin Luther King Jr. helped with Civil Rights movement to provide opportunities for the underprivileged and equality amongst all people to live together in harmony and not hide from equal opportunities; Madam C.J. Walker created open doors for women of color to become entrepreneurs even though her beginnings were in bondage; Abraham Lincoln, although was a caucasian man, born in an impoverished environment and had speeches regarding slavery on how to regulate it, became a powerful influencers to abolish slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation and with the 13th amendment; Simba from the Lion King witnessed his father's detrimental death that he thought was his doing, aimlessly left Pride Rock and didn't realize there was corruption in the family; however he came back to gain his throne (sometimes in life we as a people experience inevitable situations in our families); Brown vs Board of Education how desegregation bring children together in schools to receive an education without judging their skin-color; women had the opportunity to have jobs during World War II to show they can do it too (same work opportunities as men), Esclava Blanca created by Eduardo Galdo and Maria Helena Porta, had a series that aired on Caracol Television regarding the time of slavery, plague, relationships, greed, evil, humility, freedom, trade, and productivity but how people escape from bondage; Nelson Mandela, a Political Activist, who believed in justice and social togetherness and was against apartheid in South Africa, helped change that kep South Africans in bondage, and the list goes on.
God shows us through history and stories that we were made to be free and not in bondage. He has given us an abundance of life and want us to be fulfilled as long as we trust and believe in Him. Let's us, as a people, continue to break chains and make changes of any kind of bondage that's hold us back, and it will bring all of us over to a better place.
Grace and peace.