Saturday, September 25, 2010

SEPTEMBER 26, 1919, WILL BROWN

Read through this patiently to see where "Will" finally hits the report.
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I nearly always think too much (according to my husband and all my close friends). My brain never turns off and a lot of the thinking is very serious. It’s also difficult to summarize the “thoughts”, especially to do with spiritual mapping and the other elements connected therewith. For instance, processing the differences and similarities between land defilement and redemptive giftings, between the fruits of sin and the spiritual roots that produce that tendency to specific sin in certain areas, etc.

Some time back, while re-reading a biography of Hudson Taylor, one of my all-time heroes, right at the end, a statement was made that expressed the concept of what I’ve been trying to explain for these past ten or more years.

It also explains quite possibly why certain events occurred here in Omaha and why they have continued to affect us. So I thought I would pass this on.

The subject of this quoted paragraph is the imminent anti-foreign terror in China during 1900 referred to as the Boxer Rebellion. Many missionaries and their family members and Chinese Christians were killed or wounded before the horror ran its course.

“Since Hudson and Jennie had left China, in September 1899, the political situation had deteriorated. The country’s defeat by Japan, the seizure of ports by European powers, the beginning of railway construction by foreigners, fear that the Empire would be partitioned by European powers, bitter feeling against some missionaries, and outbreaks of famine all contributed to a growing sense of unrest. The hostility to missionaries was stirred up, as so often, by rumours about cruel and immoral practices and disturbance of cherished customs. ... ‘Boxers’ ... became associated with secret societies, and indulged in charms and occult practices which they believed would protect them from foreign weapons.”

In terms of Omaha and our region, the following is an example of how this might work.

At the end of the 19'teens, major world-wide, national, regional, and city elements converged to result in, among other events, the tragic lynching of Will Brown on September 26, 1919.

World-wide – the end of WWI and the return of veterans back to their nations. In the States, adjustments to family structure and the job market gradually created tense situations resulting in race riots, an huge upsurge in the KKK, and other social ills.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 had ripples in nearly every community in our nation. In Omaha, where a normal death toll for the months of October to December would have been approximately 130, about 1,042 died.

Omaha was under the control of the Tom Denison/Mayor Jim bossism political machine. When reformers managed to get their own mayor in, the tension increased. The reformers did not have the power or the political expertise to maintain peace in a very non-peaceful town.

Where people had been bonded together socially by the common element of WWI, even though the US entered the war late in the game, afterward, the reality of everyday life set in, first, with family difficulties and unemployment, and, then, was exacerbated by the influenza epidemic with its loss of life -- and the bond fell apart.

Will Brown became the scapegoat for all of Omaha’s ills. He was set up by the powers that be – and as a result of his death, the Denison machine was reestablished in political power, mostly on its claim that the Reformers were to blame for the lynching and riot because they couldn’t control the crowds. Mr. Denison and Mayor Jim -- and their cohorts -- were back in power for several more years.

Today, we continue to deal with the results of these ungodly choices, these knee-jerk responses to heavy situations, and lack of seeking the will and protection and wisdom of our Father.

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Again, as I try to bug your brains/hearts/spirits, see where these aspects might apply to your town, region, or nation.

14 comments:

  1. Dear Caryjo,
    I visited your blog after reading the sweet comment you left on Grateful Heart. We have a lot in common. I, too, am a grandma who loves the Lord and history. I enjoyed this post. Also, your quote about mountain climbers being tied together to keep the sane ones from going whom made me LOL. I plan to quote that one some day!

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  2. I can see you are a deep thinker!

    I enjoyed one of your comments that you posted on someone else's blog - "I wouldn't shop on Black Friday unless the Lord sent angels to drag me that direction. LOVE to shop; don't love to put up with all that frantic behavior." I didn't do a lot of Black Friday shopping, but did take my granddaughter out to Lowe's to look at and laugh at all the funny inflatables available for Christmas! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning!

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  3. As I read your blog, I could identify! One thing about "aging up" that has surprised me is the recognition that the strong really do survive and they are not always the wisest or kindest.

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  4. Interesting insights!
    Thanks for your kind comment on my photo and verse.

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  5. I am a deep thinker too. I like how you put the brain never shuts off; I never quite thought to put it like that before. It's nice to know there are others out there... Enjoyed your blog. Thank you for visiting mine! May God continue to use YOU!

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  6. Very interesting, the history is fascinating to read about. I can see how the past influences the future, even when things change it still seems to affect it somehow.

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  7. Loved reading through all the history here. He's one of my heroes, too. Have you read Amy Carmichael? Her life has been an inspiration to me, too.

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  8. Yes, we all need to be reminded and think what kind of life or society we are living in and what we can cotribute so that this world will be a better world to live in. BUt, we know in our hearts that only by following God's law the nations will be cured.

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  9. To this day, in China, the government seeks and crushes underground Christian churches/assemblies in their territory. And the congregants are prosecuted.

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  10. Such an abundant wealth of history you have shared! Have been reading about Chinese pastor prosecution. And reading this today seems to stay within the theme. Would love for more bloggers to find your site. There is so much to share here. So beneficial to Christians today. Oh & btw - I can so relate to your abundance of deep thoughts. We might be sisters! Lol :)

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  11. You certainly have research this topic...Well done!!! I have never considered the reasons why certain things happen in certain area's.
    However, I agree they could and probably do.
    What I do consider is the naming of things. I have just named my home, Karina which is Aboriginal for House of Peace.
    Another reason why bad things can happen is the devotion of some to Pagan Festivals. In Australia we are beginning to celebrate Halloween...and I believe that will lead to spiritual trouble also. The devil appears as an Angel of Light and so fools people into believing it is harmless and fun...Sad when you look into what it comes from and that witches. http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos603.htm

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  12. This is very interesting. I would love even more backstory on the Omaha situation. My mother was raised in and around Omaha, NE. I also work at a museum in an old mining town. There are still spiritual strongholds in this town that go back 150 years, simply because of things that were given place to. When we open doors of compromise, the enemy becomes a squatter.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Karen
    Idaho

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  13. Very interesting post! thank you so much for the encouraging comments on my blog!

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  14. You did a lot of research for this post and you made your point well. It helps to view history in light of our present because there nothing new under the sun. what you wrote about relates to the two foreign countries we have served in too. I look forward to the day when all will stand before the King of Kings and those who thought they were king here will be brought low. You have given a lot to think about. Thanks.

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