And he said to Abram, Know assuredly that thy seed will be a sojourner in a land that is not theirs, and they shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years. ---Genesis 15:13
In the Biblical account, God told Abraham that he would become a great nation and that all the families of the world would be blessed through Abraham’s seed. Israel went into Egypt as free people but after a time they were taken into slavery. The future Pharaohs hated the Israelites and they were afraid that the overpopulation of Israel would be bad for Egypt.
They then implemented strategies that were meant to enslave the Israelites, to oppress them and to ultimately destroy their community. They even segregated sections of Egypt and forced the Israelites to live there. The final act was to kill all the male children in Israel and therefore destroy the great destiny that God had for His people.
From a biblical historic record, included in the Exodus from Egypt were people of African descent. As a matter of fact, Moses even married an Ethiopian woman. Clearly the great destiny that God had for Israel included people of color.
The plight of the African American is a mirror image of that of Israel in Egypt. Unlike Israel, African Americans were brought into America through slavery. They were taken into a land that they did not know the language, they were stripped of their inheritance and forced into oppression.
In 1865, the emancipation proclamation ended slavery in America. After slavery came Jim Crow which continue to segregate black people and treat them as less than human. The effects of slavery and Jim Crow have had a lasting impression on African Americans and the numbers show this well. There are still obstacles that are in place to hinder Black America from realizing their God-ordained destiny.
75% of Black babies born in America are born outside of marriage, therefore weakening the family structure. Blacks have the highest incarceration rate in America and black males have the lowest life expectancy in the country. Black people are 5 times more likely to be a victim of crime and a black man in America has a 1 in 5 chance of being incarcerated in America.
Economically, the unemployment rate for black people is 2 or 3 times that of white America. The average household income for blacks is well below that of whites. In some urban areas people of color have a 60-70% high school drop out rate.
But the most telling statistic is that although Black people represent less than 13% of the US population, over 35% of all abortions are performed on black women. In some parts of the country there are more black babies aborted than are born. The breakdown of the family structure, the mass incarceration of black males, and the lack of hope in much of the black community are some of the many challenges that African Americans face.
When God was about to deliver His people, there was always a target on the males; this was done to tear apart the family. When God was about to deliver Israel from Egypt, Pharaoh sent a decree to kill all the males. When God dent His son Jesus to deliver humanity, Herod ordered the slaughter of all the males in the family. We believe that abortion is one of the modern day example of these decrees.
2019 will mark the 400-year anniversary of the first African slaves that were brought to America. The 2019 movement identifies some of the primary challenges that the African American community is facing; it lays out a strategy for solving these issues; and ultimately the movement’s goal is to restore and reconcile the black community in America to its God given destiny.
Genesis 15:14 … and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.
The 2019 movement looks to restore the black community through education, economic empowerment, and the restoration of the family unit. We believe that this could be the generation that realizes the purpose and plan that God has for people of color in America!
This is an invitation to join this historic moment! Become a part of “The 2019 Movement”.
Dr. Joseph L. Green, PH.D.