Blessings on these days of "Faith and Freedom." Please read, reflect and pray with me. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." This comes as an imperative out of Galatians 3:28.
This is the beginning and end of our Declaration of Independence — or ought to be — and it respects the U.S. Constitution First Amendment about freedom of religion. This is a connection we dare not neglect or omit. It is responsible functional interaction of religion and our nation.
These holidays in July compelled us to think of our origins. America is still a home for hope and freedom. America works at redressing grievances, and that is why we can sing, "My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty." Our way of life, is rooted in Christian origins back to the days of Jamestown, Virginia in l607 where Lutheran German medical Doctor Johannes Fleischer ministered to the dying colony, and as a result succumbed himself to the dreaded malaria.
But the history books need to be revised and include such notable sacrifices as Fleischer. There is a connection here with the German American World War II Internment challenge, so that even in this issue, we have an opportunity to see that deferred injustice, where 11,000 loyal German Americans, were unjustly imprisoned, is finally recognized. But it is a struggle, and we are grateful to those who have given us much in this example to persevere in a daunting battle for fair justice.
There were German Americans, who with Dr. Johannes Fleischer, persisted until their deaths at Jamestown in l607,who also a gave a spiritual foundation to this blessed land. Yes, the history books ignore this living history. General Stueben, greatly assisted George Washington in the battles of the Revolutionary War. The Muhlenbergs were outstanding Lutheran German contributors in our Colonial Congress, and in subsequent history, German Americans opposed the Damocles sword of slavery in these United States from German Town, Pennsylvania to Gettysburg in l863.
These are the true historical facts which should also galvanize all Americans to pursue a policy of recognizing that deferred injustice in regard to the German American Internment is not a minor issue but a true American story and truly is part of the evolving of America as a bastion of fair justice for all.
I have been privileged to have served this nation as a soldier, teacher, community organizer, researcher, speaker, professor, and global traveler. Let me say that having taught American history, world history, ethnic studies, and various other histories — in America and abroad with multi-cultural audiences — that I must come back to what Galations is saying to you, me, multi-cultural audiences, and others in this blessed land of America. Having studied, interviewed refugees, from Eastern Europe Communist oppression, circa l945, and other various systems of slavery, I am convinced that these Lutheran Hour statistics are important even on this July 4, 2012.
Taking inspiration from the "Daily Devotions" through Lutheran Hour Ministries (July 4), a necessary wake up call was given that we still must struggle with the fact that there is a $30 billion dollar a year slavery industry today. Read that again. Taken right out of the devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries, it is a wake up call; and smell the coffee statement that should arouse the church and individuals from their numbness of a corrosive and distracting secular culture that disguises this cancer of society which corrupts and corrodes.
Some righteous indignation is needed with this underground slave system which needs the bright light of exposure. The Galatian gesture can help in this unmasking of culpable, systemic evil. As the Lutheran Hour, statement documented, 27 million people are caught up in this nefarious system of slavery (Dr. Ken Klaus-Speaker)...and I am relatively sure that this shadowy system also includes global trafficking of both women and children for purposes of prostitution and exploitation.
Why are these salient facts of injustice suppressed, laundered, or marginalized by the major media? Advertizing on the media, which is constantly marketing everything around us, numbs and dumbs us down to these lacerating facts and figures. One could say a kind of conspiracy of silence is at work...so it is back to business as usual. There is more. Having taught courses on American slavery and global slavery, in historical black colleges, and a newly emancipated Lithuanian Christian University, from Communist oppression, the sobering fact that modern forms of slavery exists ought to move all of us to have another kind of Reformation — this time on justice issues like this form of overt and covert slavery.
Dr. Albert E. Jabs