Just Dues

EbolaBy: Susan Bea Good

First treat Ebola in Africa at its roots…after that, focus on protecting Americans in the West. This unnecessary priority-sequence is based upon a moral assertion that America was built on the backs of black Africans, and thus owes that continent a debt…that can never be repaid! Somehow fighting Ebola has become a matter of racism. A direct correlation is being made again between historical slavery and a “just punishment,” still awaiting America. To summarize, reparation is still owed to the “Black,” as retribution is owed to the “White!”

Debate over how to stop the spread of the current Ebola outbreak, particularly in Liberia, has been met with arguments that it is unjust and counterproductive to close our borders to migration of Africans. Unjust because, at one time we (America) forced Africans to come to our land to work for free, and now we want to stop the same from entering here for lifesaving medical care? Counterproductive because, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), if we take measures to protect our population from infected, liars, like Thomas Eric Duncan, we will be less safe!

Earlier this year two white American aid workers were infected with Ebola while serving patients in Liberia. Some think they should have been treated where they contracted the disease, and not transported to the US, where the virus might have a chance to spread. Others argued that offensive “White privilege” was being given to the sick missionaries.

The history of Liberia, post American slavery, is fascinating, and sheds light on racism in the hearts of all men.

At the heart-level all humans have jealous, hateful, and covetous tendencies that threaten to “enslave” us and others. Physical, mental, and spiritual slavery can only be remedied by submission to the Creator, and His plan for renewal of the heart. Only through humbly accepting God’s mercy we can find true justice, forgiveness, and a love for those who have enslaved us…and perhaps even a cure for Ebola.

“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:1-2/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.


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