Thought for the Day: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
During this time of pandemic many companies have offered their films and productions by way of streaming reaching a large audience. This has given most of us an opportunity to view in our living rooms Broadway plays that otherwise would have been missed. One such Broadway play distributed through streaming is the production of Hamilton.
Although hubby and I had heard much about this play, we could never find tickets and then, of course, when the tickets emerged they were quite costly. When we discovered it was on Disney + and we happen to have that particular link, we decided to settle in and watch this popular play written about the life of Alexander Hamilton.
To be perfectly honest, I did not know a lot about Alexander Hamilton. I knew he signed the Declaration of Independence, but the countless writings he felt urged to pen was completely unknown to me. The way the play was presented was entirely different and it took a few minutes to acclimate to the rap version of conversation. But once we caught on combined with the numerous dance numbers, well, we known exactly why this play has been popular. Additionally, Hamilton tells a story about this man’s life, his contributions, his mistakes, his background, his attitude regarding others and his love for his country.
One particular mistake, an affair, might have cost him a run for the presidency. As I thought about this fact, I compared it with leaders today and how that point alone seems not to carry any credence. Regardless of his lapse in judgement, Alexander Hamilton made significant historical contributions through treasured documents that are in place today. Should his faults overshadow his contributions? Absolutely not! Because we hopefully learn from our mistakes. We grow in those depths of discouragement and disappointment. We expectantly mature and do better next time.
In our current world atmosphere, it appears Americans want retribution for mistakes that happened hundreds of years ago. Please don’t misinterpret what I am writing. We need to confront racism. We need to recognize all men and women were created equal and behave as such, not only in word, but with our actions. When one citizen is harmed, we should all be appalled regardless of the color of skin. As we have heard numerous times, we all bleed the same color.
The point that I make today is history cannot be erased. There are an astronomical amount of shortcomings that have been made throughout the birth pains of America, but it culminates to form American history. Have you researched those whose statues have been erected and are demanding immediate removal? Are there more Alexander Hamiltons to be understood for the good they did that hopefully overshadows the wrongs?
Exactly what issues are we hanging our hats on today? Weigh their significance and stand up for them, but please research the individuals who are perpetrating, funding and pushing through agendas that have nothing to do with your cause. They just might be using your heartfelt, deeply believed concerns to bring down this great nation built on the blood, sweat and tears of hard-working Americans. Let’s be discerning, informed individuals and be astute with well-informed knowledge before placing our monies into the pockets of those who would seek to do our country harm.
History cannot be erased. Statues can be toppled, attempts to rewrite history made, but God Almighty is still on the throne and this will go on for so long and then answers will need to be given to the One who has graciously given us these freedoms.
Help us Father to be the people of God we need to be during times of unrest.
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.