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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: September 2017

3 - Kindling for the Fire

Summary

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, whether neither moth nor rust doth corrupt; and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is will be your heart also.”

Christian Bible KJV, Matthew 6: 20–21

“Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

Christian Bible KJV, Matthew 25: 44–45

“Make a chain,/ For the land is filled with crimes of blood,/And the city is full of violence… ./ Destruction comes;/ They will seek peace, but there shall be none./ Disaster will come upon disaster/ And rumor will be upon rumor./ Then they will seek a vision from a prophet;/ But the law will perish from the priest,/ And counsel from the elders.”

Christian Bible KJV, Ezekiel : 23, 25–26

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On the third Sunday after Easter in 1899 about forty miles southwest of Atlanta in Newnan, Georgia, a white crowd burned to death a fugitive black laborer known as Sam Hose. This atrocity blended anger, hatred, arrogance, festivity, brutality and satisfaction into a mood just beyond comprehension. “Glory!” shouted an excited man enraptured by the intensity of the moment, “Glory be to God!!”