Republican Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, told reporters at a media conference yesterday regarding America’s history of slavery, “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea.” McConnell gave three reasons for his assertion: civil war, civil rights legislation, and the election of a black as president–Barak Obama. Baloney, McConnell! That 150 years just shows how far overdue reparations is. I’ll give you an example that is not popular during our time.
Jews are most responsible for Jesus being condemned and crucified. The Bible’s book of Acts tells of it. See my post on this entitled, “Jews Must Repent for Jesus to Return.” Better yet, read chapters Two (“Jerusalem, Repent”) and Three (“The Remnant”) in my book Warrior from Heaven, which is about the Second Coming of Christ.
Yet Jesus had said, “Salvation is from the Jews” (John 4.22 NRSV). He didn’t mean only personal salvation, but also the salvation of this world. When Jews substantially repent about their forefathers’ involvement in the death of Jesus, then Jesus will return and deliver not only penitent Jews from total annihilation but save the actual universe, including this planet, from utter destruction. Read about this in “Chapter Fourteen: Cosmology” in Warrior from Heaven.
The Bible contains many prophecies about a significant remnant of Jews repenting about their forefathers’ culpability in the death of Jesus. Or just read Daniel 9, in which the Judean exile Daniel gives a lengthy prayer of contrition on behalf of his forefathers who had sinned and brought God’s judgment upon them by making many of them slaves in Babylonia. Daniel says in this prayer to God, “All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. So the curse and the oath written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against you” (Daniel 9.11)
Some may argue with me, asserting that only members of the Jewish Sanhedrin (council) were blameworthy. Wrong! Much of the seventy members of the Sanhedrin included “the elders.” Elders were the representatives of the people, the heads of prominent families in the community. Thus, all Israel was guilty just as Daniel prays “all Israel.” Plus, the entire crowd in attendance before Governor Pilate was calling for Jesus’ crucifixion even though Pilate want to free Jesus, finding no guilt in him (Matt. 27.22-23; Mark 15.12-14; Luke 23.20-23; John 19.15). The crowd had been stirred up, but that does not let them off. For we read, “the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and to put Jesus to death” (Matt. 27.20 NASB; cf. Mark 15.11). Barabbas was an infamous, imprisoned murderer (Luke 23.18-19). Pilate was further pressured by crowd “that a riot was starting” (Matt. 27.24). The Roman authorities would have held Pilate responsible for a riot.
Daniel also mentions “our sins, and the iniquities of our ancestors” (v. 16). When Daniel finishes recording this prayer, he then writes, “While I was speaking, and was praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, . . . the man Gabriel, whom I had seen before in a vision, came to me in swift flight” (vv. 20-21). This Gabriel is an archangel (Luke 1.26).
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has made multiple remarks during his senatorial career showing that he is a racist against blacks. I know this racism first-hand. I lived in the South for almost forty years.
The USA needs to provide financial restitution to blacks and thereby demonstrate its contrition for forcefully enslaving them in order to bring financial prosperity to this country. Germany is still paying reparations to Jews for the Holocaust, and we haven’t even begun to do that with blacks 150 years later or more. Slavery is the one, great, big, black mark against the USA in its history, and we need to do something about it Mr. McConnell.