During his first year or so of school, my son experienced his first Black History Month lesson.
“Why black history instead of our history,” he asked his teacher.
By this time, my son’s teachers came to expect such questions from him. Once during reading he asked, “If the letter ‘e’ is silent, why do they put it in there?”
My son is or can be literal, and not understanding the lesson’s objective, he didn’t want his peers to feel left out. I was proud of him for asking such a question.
We can break it down all we want, but in the end, it really is our history, be it American history or world history. When it is all said and done, our evaluation will be based on our contributions to mankind and how we treated each other. Were we good stewards of our talents and gifts? Did we love our neighbors? Was the world a better place because of us? Regardless of how small the effort, I believe that each of us can accomplish those things.
The church is often referred to as the Body of Christ. That body, like our body, is made up of many members. Each member has a role.
Due to immaturity or lack of understanding and appreciation of our roles, problems sometime occur within the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:16 states, “And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.” The answer of course is no. Instead of focusing on the things that divide us, we instead should focus on what brings us together. We are the created and He is the creator. If each of us were to seek His plan and purpose, we would fulfill our role within the body as a result. If God called me to be a teacher, for example, I would be taking a step down to be president.
If you look at any successful sports team, you will find that the key to their success is having individuals who understood their roles and are diligent in fulfilling it. Which brings me back to my son’s point. There is nothing wrong with pride in one’s history, but it must be done as a reflection and contribution to the whole body. On a personal level, each individual must realize that failure isn’t an option, not only for him but also for us. We all lose something when another person fails. In such a competitive society, this idea doesn’t seem logical. He/she might be one less person to worry about, but we all pay the price for the under-educated and incarcerated. I would rather have intervention and prevention then continuing to foot the bill as people fall by the wayside.
The Bible says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice. Cry with those who cry.”
Every individual who takes to his or her grave a gift that God intended for the world, hurts us all. We should strive as individuals to fulfill our role within the body. In doing so, we honor those who came before us. That is how we celebrate our history and honor our ancestors. There’s an old proverb that says, “After you take the elevator up, don’t forget to send it back down for me.”