The people were in exile in the wilderness. They had been in bondage for over 400 years, but now they were free. They hadn’t yet arrived at the Promised Land, but at least they were free.
Or so you’d think…
Because the people craved the land of their oppression. They longed for the days when they were close to their earthly masters. Massa might have been mean and violent, but “we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread to the full!”
The missed the comfort of their slave quarters. The reliability of their life in bondage. It was consistent and they could count on certain things to be a certain way.
They desired security more than they desired freedom…
I wonder about the Mind of Moses, watching his people stuck on stupid. No matter what, they clung to Egypt and the way of life they had in Egypt. They believed in the greatness of the land of their oppression. It was oppressive, yes…yet, in their eyes, it was still the greatest Country in the world.
After being docile in subjugation and submissive to their oppressors for 400 years, they now become soooo impatient they cannot wait 40 days for Moses to return before they run for their faithless desires.
All they needed was a leader who would give them permission to indulge their unfaithfulness…
Aaron builds the people a golden calf and helps them return to Egypt spiritually, emotionally, mentally – since they can’t return physically.
Doesn’t that sound a lot like what Black Leadership has done for the past few decades? But is it the fault of leadership? Or is it the fault of the people?
If we “get the leaders we deserve,” what does the state of Black Leadership say about the choices of Black people?
That’s our exploration in this episode of Blacks with Power. Check it out and let us know your thoughts in response!