Slavery: as Americans, it is a part of our past we shudder at the thought of, simultaneously, a part of our history that we have to own. I think most people groups have a thread of something woven into their tapestry that they would rather forget, but there is great value in remembrance. We shudder at the thought of this dark past we are forced to claim. It is sick, it is inhumane but the sad truth is... it's not finished.
History class: where most of us memorized date after date of "significant events" decided by some person of importance drove most of us to be excellent time keepers (as we counted the seconds, minutes, hours left until class came to an end). In my opinion, the true value of history class does not reside in the dates, but in the lessons learned by the experiences of our ancestors.
The Present: as in today. Injustice pervades this broken Earth we live on, and it is probable that one could write for years upon years about all the horrors Earth faces today. The most powerful way to fight these injustices is education, but it's time to get out of our history books and into our current events. Slavery is still prevalent and something that we as a nation need to be aware of. If you don't already know, human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic (check out Not For Sale, International Justice Mission, Compassion International. Come Let's Dance). Let us not take our freedom for granted, our liberty allows us to fight for that same freedom in the lives of others across the globe and surprisingly in some of our own backyards.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: the American dream. Free at last, free at last, praise God Almighty we are free at last! We are not to live life in chains. Galatians 5:1 says,"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Let nobody not bound to this world, not its riches, not its depths. We are not to be held captive to anything, not in the least.