History is harsh and there is a lot of bad mixed in. Men used other humans against their will! I’ve toured Mount Vernon and found it to be detestable. It brought tears to my eyes seeing the condition that the slaves had to live in. What’s really sad is that their condition was probably better than most. Until I saw it with my own eyes, I never thought of George Washington as a slave owner, only as the father of our country. We owe a great deal of gratitude to those whose blood, sweat, and tears got this country up and running. God used what was bad to bring about what is good. He had a plan all along. Maybe the only way He could get many nations into one was to allow them to be brought here against their will. I wouldn’t have came here on my own. I probably would have quietly worshiped as I pleased behind closed doors rather than get into a crowded ship to come to some unknown land to camp forever. No thank you! No matter how we got here, what we have now is good. I’m very thankful that I don’t have to hide to worship the God I love so much and that I can freely express myself right out in the open. Don’t let history define you, but let it spur you into thankfulness.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1