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Set Apart - Part 1 (6 of 26)
ILLUSTRATION: It was New Year's day 1863 - The President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln had issued an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation, legally freeing 3.1 million african slaves. For those who rebelled against Lincoln's decree, the Union Army advanced city by city enforcing the new law of the land.
The news Lincoln's decree advanced faster than the Union army, from Capital Hill, through Virginia, across the Carolina's and on to Georgia then here to Alabama.
The headlines read, "Slavery Legally Abolished".
But according to one historian, "something amazing took place. The greater majority of the slaves in the South went right on living as though they were not emancipated. That continued throughout the Reconstruction Period." A sort of caste system resulted. A 'race etiquette' became as rigid as any had known in formal bondage.
One Alabama slave mumbled when asked what he thought of the Great Emancipator whose proclamation had gone into effect. 'I don't know nothin' 'bout Abraham Lincoln cep they say he set us free. And I don't know nothin' 'bout that neither.'"
How tragic. A war was being fought. A document had been signed. Slaves were legally set free. And yet most continued to live out their years, and many of their children some of their years, in fear, saying, "I don't know nothin' 'bout that neither."
Sadly, Churches across America are filled with those who lived under the Tyrannical Slave Master of sin. Yet a great battle was fought 2000 years ago. Christ the Victor put to death sin, he wrestled sin to the grave, then over can sin through the resurrection. He has declared with ALL AUTHORITY - MAN, WOMAN, Thou are loosed!
Yet so many continue, powerless, broken chains laying upon their backs.... as if - "They don't know nothin' 'bout that neither"
CONTEXT: For 5 Chapters Paul has been describing our pitiful condition as slaves t ...
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