Bloody Sunday On This Day in 1965 - Glory!
March 07, 2023
On this day in 1965 – Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers is brutally attacked by state and local police in Selma, Alabama.
The late Congressman John L. Lewis was among them as the crossed the Edmund Pettis Bridge.
The namesake of the bridge, Judge Edmund Pettis, was a Confederate brigadier general, a "Grand Dragon" of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, and U.S. senator.
Fifty-eight years ago, a group of people aligned themselves with a righteous cause and went to war with no weapons. They just walked and stood against evil perpetrated by people who told themselves they were righteous.
The evil of that moment was dis-empowered as all evil shall be ultimately dis-empowered.
The weapons wounded, but did not destroy the righteous.
Selma was a turning point in the minds of many.
Selma still speaks.
Something was accomplished that day!
" Declare this in the house of Jacob;proclaim it in Judah:who have eyes, but see not,who have ears, but hear not.Do you not fear me? declares the LORD.Do you not tremble before me?I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea,a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass;though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;though they roar, they cannot pass over it.But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart;they have turned aside and gone away.They do not say in their hearts,‘Let us fear the LORD our God,who gives the rain in its season,the autumn rain and the spring rain,and keeps for usthe weeks appointed for the harvest.’Your iniquities have turned these away,and your sins have kept good from you.For wicked men are found among my people;they lurk like fowlers lying in wait.They set a trap;they catch men.Like a cage full of birds,their houses are full of deceit;therefore they have become great and rich;they have grown fat and sleek.They know no bounds in deeds of evil;they judge not with justicethe cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,and they do not defend the rights of the needy.Shall I not punish them for these things?declares the LORD,and shall I not avenge myselfon a nation such as this?”An appalling and horrible thinghas happened in the land:the prophets prophesy falsely,and the priests rule at their direction;my people love to have it so,but what will you do when the end comes?"
(Jeremiah 5:20-31 ESV)