In this essay we take a look at some patterns in history and end with a prayer of hope for the future.
Pharaoh Promises Change (Changing His Mind Against His Agreements)
Way back in the Old Testament around the time of Moses, Moses asked one of the Pharohs to let the enslaved Israelites go free.
The Pharaoh refused! Then Pharaoh made the Israelites suffer even more, and blamed it on Moses!
That was not very nice! The more the Pharaoh was cruel, the worse things got for him and those who carried out his orders. It was like instant karma from God.
At first the Pharaoh said he might let them go camp out in the desert and worship their God in their special way. But the Pharaoh changed his mind and wouldn’t let them.
After lots of plagues, finally the Pharaoh agreed to stop treating the Israelites like slaves and let them go free. Not only that but he promised to give them lots of gold and other things.
But guess what?! The Pharaoh changed his mind and tried to stop them from leaving.
Freeing Their Slaves, Then Re-Enslaving Them
Things were not going so well for the Jews around the time of Jeremiah. Jeremiah explained why to everyone. But it seemed most of his fellow Jews did not like him, he wasn’t “positive enough.” He kept on telling them the destruction they faced was due to themselves, their non-Golden Rule ways among other things.
Like keeping others in perpetual debt and forcing them to be slaves. A clear violation of God's Law which requires the forgiveness of debt on the Sabbatical year.
Apparently Jeremiah was able to convince his fellow Hebrews to let their slaves go free to make God happy. But it didn’t last long. Not long after they’d set their slaves free, they enslaved them again!
Fast forward through the Middle Ages and lesser-known examples.
Freeing the U.S. Slaves. In Word.
After much unbiblical and unconstitutional behavior and laws, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and we enacted the 13th Amendment. The slaves were freed.
Re-Enslaving U.S. Slaves with “The Law.”
They were now free to be persecuted in a multitude of Jim Crow laws. Free to be separate and equal. And free to fall in love with and marry whomever they wanted, as long as the state’s sensitivities on skin tone were abided by.
1960’s & 1970’s
The next round of legislation attempting to wipe away the unbiblical and unconstitutional Jim Crow laws was in the 1960’s. Followed in the 1970’s with a lot of news laws designed to incarcerate and subordinate. You can see some graphs in a study of a passage from Daniel; graphs courtesy the November Coalition.
So Here We Are Again
So here we are again, possibly ready to release and stop hounding a percentage of the population (non-violent drug war victims). Which as we all know are mostly darker skinned people.
I am concerned if all that happens is, after being released from full-time incarceration, they end up back in prison or jail due to our misguided [drug prohibition] laws.
I have not been briefed (or written legislation) on who will be released. But my (our) prayer is that those who deserve to be set free, are, and soon; as soon as possible, since they don’t deserve to be there in the first place.
And any Prohibitionist Infiltrators among those who are overseeing these matters are rooted out and not allowed to figure out who to “accidentally” release such that the Prohibitionists in media will fill the airwaves and oldspapers with claptrap about how it was all a big mistake to [insert mischaracterization of ending mass incarceration here].