Slavery Abolished in France

Pulpit Man @ Large

September 16, 2016

Slavery Hits the Skids

   On this day in 1848, the French decreed the abolition of slavery in all its colonies. I find this fact to be extremely interesting because it was done earlier (in 1794). Unfortunately, a Napoleonic government came along and decided to reinstate the vile institution causing the need for a second go-round. Thus, France carries the distinction of having freed the slaves twice. How quaint.
   How people can find it within themselves to play with others' lives like that is beyond me. Slavery is repulsive enough, but to reinstitute it after it's gone is beyond the pale. Still, I don't find it at all surprising.
   I don't mean to be pointing fingers at the French, here. Their slave history is just one example of humanity's inhumanity to humanity. It's been around a long time; and for all our postulating, we're still struggling with it in 2016. I don't think it's going away anytime soon.
   There's a verse (Genesis 6:5) that tells us "
that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time." That general attitude led to a destruction of most of the human race (think back to Noah and the flood). Despite that major act of God, things didn't get all that better.
Years later in a prophecy of a better time to come, Jeremiah stated this: "No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts." (Jeremiah 3:17) That time still seems to be in the distant future unless the Lord decides to return sometime soon.
   In lieu of his return to set things straight, we're left with our own selfish and immoral devices. We tried electing a person of color, but that only seemed to make matters worse. We've passed laws to change people's actions, but that didn't change their mindset.
   I hate to get all spiritual on you, but it looks like it's going to take a massive change of heart to make things better. In the realm of the Christian, we call that "revival." Revival is easy to talk about but very hard to come by. In fact, the only prescription for such a turnaround is prayer. I'm not sure if you're used to doing that, but I would suggest this might be a good time to start.

Response to last week's E-Letter
"FOMO is Real"

"I still suffer from FOMO also so pray for me also. I find I even have it now with my church life too. I don't want to miss a thing." ~Paula D.~

"Pastor Dave--Reminds me of my wife asking me if I had a "bucket list".  I told her no. I (we) will always have things in my (our) life that I (we) would like to do or would have like to have done. But, at the same time when I look at where I came from and where I am, I just thank God that I have gotten this far with so little and accomplished so much.  FOMO is another thing I never even think about--just like the bucket list. I think it applies to many of us. Where we came from and where we are to me, again, is a blessing. One day at a time. Regards," ~Dave W.~

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Dave Zuchelli

Graduate: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Pastor: Smith Chapel (Great Falls, VA)
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