The Birth of a Nation: From Darkness to Light

When I was a college student at the United States Naval Academy, I received an email from a stranger who was tracing his family tree. My maiden name “Sistrunk” is quite rare, and it is one that we shared so he wanted a chance to meet. Since I was intrigued and didn’t know him, I thought it best that we meet in a public and safe place. I invited him to attend a Naval Academy Gospel Choir concert where I would be singing on the secure campus grounds.

I suspected he was a white male. When he arrived, he discovered that I was black. We shared our pleasantries and after such initial persistence, I never heard from him again. The unspoken truth between us revealed there was really only one way for him and me to share a last name. But you see, he thought there was no place for me in his story.

But there is a history and connected between both of our stories and indeed our lives. Both are laced with brokenness, violence, and darkness while offering a hope for a better future.

The Darkness of Slavery

I was privileged to complete an early screening of the movie, “Birth of a Nation,” now in movie theaters everywhere. If this viewing has taught me anything, it has reminded me of the interconnectedness of our stories and our brokenness. It has caused me again to reflect on the violence that takes place in the darkness.

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Exposing the Darkness

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice Awakening Book CoverThis month, I’m reading and preparing for several anti-human trafficking efforts to include a community fundraiser, education and awareness event, the International Justice Mission Advocacy Summit, and IJM NC State leader training. I would appreciate your joining me in prayer for these efforts. As part of my preparation, I am reading and reviewing several resources. I’m primarily focusing on the book, Justice Awakening, by Eddie Byun. This book calls every Christian and church to become awakened to justice.

Today’s post focuses on exposing the darkness of injustice. Throughout the Bible, we see metaphors and descriptions about light and its contrast to darkness.

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