Today is Juneteenth! June 19, 1865 was the date when the news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached African American slaves in Texas. The actual date of the proclamation was September 22, 1862, nearly three years after it was issued! We praise God for the historic proclamation, which officially ended the slave trade in America. It's a time to reflect upon the sacrifice, of both black and white Americans; and to appreciate the spiritual strength of Black Americans who stood strong in the face of tyrannical racism. Our nation has a rich heritage, which stems from the faith of black Americans, who persevered by faith, to see a better day for their children. As we reflect upon the meaning of this day, let us also thank God, not only for this historical event, but also for the glorious emancipation found through faith, in Christ! The "good news" is the emancipation which Christ provides is immediate! We don't have to wait for nearly "three years," but the instant one calls upon the name of our God, he delivers! (Psalm 34:19) "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all." Thank God for His divine deliverance! "Therefore if the Son makes you free you shall be free indeed!" (John 8:36).
Happy Juneteenth! Pastor Al