If You Like Sugar in Your Tea, You Support Racism & Gay Marriage
If you like sugar in your tea, you're responsible for gay marriage and OJ's acquittal. Four centuries ago, slave traders began bringing African slaves to be sold to Carribean sugar plantation owners. The demand for sugar in the American colonies was increasing, and slave labor from Africa made their entire enterprise cheaper and more lucrative. Over time, slaves were also brought to the U.S. to work on plantations harvesting tobacco, cotton, and other products.
What began as a means for greedy sugar growers to increase their profit has morphed into a four-century-year-old headache. I realize people everywhere bear ill-will to people who look and act differently. But one wonders if the American Civil War of the 1860s and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s would have ever been necessary had it not been for the American colonists' love of sugar, and the sugar growers commitment to making as much money as possible.
Recently, I've found myself reading up on the O.J. Simpson 1994-95 murder trial. FX's The People vs. OJ Simpson has sparked a renewed interest in the Amerian public in this now 20-year-old event. One of the things that becomes very apparent—something that I was simply too young to remember—was how much racism determined the outcome of that case. Los Angeles was still recovering from the Rodney King fiasco, where rioters protested the acquittal of the white cops who had brutally beaten King, and footage had been captured clearly demonstrating their guilt. One wonders if O.J. would have been acquitted if racism against African-Americans had ever existed in this country.
In more recent memory, we have had to observe painfully the fallout of situations like the Trayvon Martin case, the race riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, and other related issues. Such is a reminder that a lot can happen over the span of four centuries because American colonists liked having cheap sugar for their tea.
I've also observed that the significant advancements of the LGBT community have come as a result of their using the same playbook used by Civil Rights advocates a half century ago. One can't help but wonder if such strides would have been made had the Civil Rights movement never taken place because it wasn't necessary.
So, in short, if you like sugar in your tea, I blame you. I blame you for the Charleston, SC church shooting. I blame you for the Ferguson and Baltimore riots. I blame you for Trayvon Martin's death. I blame you for OJ's acquittal. I blame you for the death of Martin Luther King. I blame you for the murder of the three Civil Rights workers in Philadelphia, MS. I blame you for the Birmingham church bombings. I blame you for lynchings and Affirmative Action and the Klan. I blame you.
Also, if you like sugar in your tea, I blame you for the fact that the LGBT community has made so many strides in our culture. I blame you for the outrageous degradation of biblical values and the sanctity of marriage. I blame you for Bruce Springsteen not holding a concert in North Carolina. I blame you for Caitlyn Jenner and Lady Gaga. I blame you for this sudden, inexplicable confusion as to who can and can't go into the women's restroom. I blame you for the disgusting corruption of the symbol of the rainbow. I blame you for why I don't find Ellen DeGeneres funny and why I listen to Queen only in private. I blame you.
Of course, some of this is so extreme as to border on the silly. Of course, I don't blame sweet tea lovers for four centuries of heart-breaking racism, nor do I blame you for the advancements of gay rights and transgenderism.
But here's my point, and perhaps you will take it to heart once you give it some consideration. We seldom consider and never know the full consequences of our sin until it's too late. Who would have thought that the slave trade four centuries ago would have produced such horrible fruit? Who would have thought that cheaper sugar production would be responsible for half a million deaths in the Civil War, to say nothing of all the other consequences of racism in America? Who would have thought that greedy plantation owners in the 17th century Carribean would trigger the degradation of marriage in 21st century America?
Who would have thought?
That's the thing about sin and temptation—we never think about the far-reaching consequences. When he gazed upon Bathsheba's naked beauty, David didn't think about the far-reaching consequences. When Solomon married his Egyptian wife, he didn't think about the far-reaching consequences. When Jeroboam erected two calves in Dan and Bethel, he didn't think about the far-reaching consequences.
In Gal. 6:7, Paul reminds us, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." The next time you are tempted to do something wrong, I beg you to consider the consequences, some of which may seem so far-fetched as to defy logic. Consider the society-wide problems you might trigger four centuries from now. Just consider what has come about indirectly from American colonists' love of sugar in their tea.
Who would have thought?