The holiday of Passover has always been one that has intrigued me because it seemed to me to be the celebration of, or perhaps the commemoration of, a truly horrible event. That being the slaying of all of the Egyptian first-born children as punishment by God for Egypt’s transgressions against the Israelites… I.E. hundreds of years of slavery
Anyway, as the story goes, the Angel of Death makes his visit at the behest of God and punishes the Egyptians by slaying all of the Egyptian first born children, while passing over all of the Israelite first-borns because their families had placed a mark above their doors (as directed by God) to let the Angel of Death know that they were not to be harmed. Otherwise, apparently, the Angel of Death could not tell the difference…I guess?
So this was a momentous occasion for The Israelites who have celebrated this event and their subsequent removal from hundreds of years of slavery, for thousands of years since…but not so for the Egyptians, who not only do not commemorate this historical happening but also have never even mentioned it in their histories.
But it always gets me to thinking… Thank God the African Americans did not strike this same deal with their god! Who, as luck would have it is the exact same god as the god in the Passover story….you know…God! The Africans were enslaved for hundreds of years too, right here in America and helped build the great USA, and mostly against their will, if not entirely! And was the first-born of every American singled out for slaughter as retribution for their horrible treatment? Thank God, no. Nor did our president have to send our soldiers chasing them halfway across the parted Atlantic Ocean only to watch the entire army drowned before his very eyes…along with himself! Can you imagine how sorry everyone would have been if that had happened? (Africans excluded of course) And how well we’d be treating Africans now?
Instead there are people even today who would say to the African slaves’ ancestors, “Hey, get over it already. That was a long time ago. And besides look how well we treat you now!”
I know, I know, a new covenant was in place by the 15th century and God did not do that mass smiting of people anymore and America did have to fight the Civil War which was a horrible and tragic event that cost hundreds of thousands of lives..but still…not all of those casualties were in the slaving business, so what was the point? And it’s not like we ever did or had to really let the African slaves go anywhere nor even really say that we were sorry, nor have to feel the actual wrath of God, nor answer to him like the Egyptians had to…so to speak.
I don’t know. Maybe it just wasn’t such a big deal 300 hundred years ago, like it was back in the day, 3,000 years ago? After all people have been around on Earth for over 6,000 years so maybe how we miss-treat people now-a-days just doesn’t get our blood, nor God’s, boiling like it used to. Or maybe we’ve just learned how to forgive ourselves for the bad things that we do. Or perhaps Jesus just runs things differently than his Dad did, or…maybe, just maybe, (and at the risk of blaspheming here) we weren’t all created in God’s image…you know, the way he sees himself… in the mirror…
And like I said, it’s just that those Bible stories and religious holidays always get me to thinking…but what do I know?