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Let Justice Roll Down Hardcover – December 6, 2006
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Growing up in a family of sharecroppers and bootleggers in Mississippi, John learned hard lessons about economic disparity and exploitation at an early age. Although these experiences were leading him toward black separatism, a total anti-white position, God stepped in and showed him the beauty of Christianity through his wife and children and his pastor at Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness in California. It was here that a transformation of John's heart and soul occurred and he said YES to Jesus Christ.
John was led back to Mississippi to share the gospel and help black people find equality through voter registration, leadership training, church activities, Bible classes and housing co-ops. He became a lightening rod of discontent to a white community who resented his efforts to close the divide between the races. In 1970 John participated in a peaceful demonstration calling for desegregation of all public facilities, including schools, which ended with an arrest on trumped up charges. John was beaten severely for hours before bail was raised to release him. Yet it was though this experience that he saw for the first time how racism was a sickness that some people (black and white) used to feel important--as if to confirm they mattered.
The legal road of Perkins v. State of Mississippi was long and laborious. Through it all John prayed more than ever for God's strength not only for the ability to get through the legal ordeal but to do so as a man who could stand for righteousness without bitterness or vindictiveness.
Mr. Perkins writes this treasure as if he were speaking to you in your living room. I truly enjoyed reading this book as I became acquainted with one of America's profound evangelists who realized that man's solution to racism was spiritual. The mysterious truth that black or white, we all need to be born again.
Armchair Interviews says: Powerful message--a great read.
john.jpg"When they started torturing us, it was horrifying, I couldn't even imagine that this was happening. One of the officers took a fork that was bent down and he brought that fork up to me and he said, "have you seen this," and he took that fork and put that fork into my nose, then he took that fork and pushed it down my throught, and then they took me over there and beat me to the ground. Officer Thames, he was the one doing most of the talking, and then they beat me to the floor and Mr. Lloyd Jones was sitting down on the front...and he got up and stomped me and by this time I was almost out."
"They were like savages- like some horror out of the night. And I can't forget their faces, so twisted with hate. It was like looking at white-faced demons. Hate did that to them. But you know, I couldn't hate back. When I saw what hate had done to them, I couldn't hate back. I could only pitty them. I didn't ever want hate to do to me what it had already done to those Men." John Perkins 1970
When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals- one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Jesus approx. 33 AD .
Last night I finished reading Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins. I would like to thank Regal Books for sending out the book and for publishing it. This book, the prequil of sorts of With Justice For All, tells the story of John Perkins, a black man living in the racist south of Mississippi. It is the story of hate, love, defeat, victory, peace and violence. There were many times while reading this book that I felt anger and hate rising up in me at what people have done to the black community in the name of God, government, or human rights. The thing that humbled me though is that the people who were at the brunt of the injustices did not hate, they loved, they did not resort to violence, they stayed true to peace and love.
This book opened my eyes, broke my heart, tested my faith and brought up emotion that I haven't felt in a long, long time. I highly reccomend you picking up this book to learn a little more about the history of racism in America and about what the healing power of what Christ can do to bring healing to the most broken.