I saw where actor Ben Affleck tried using his influence as a “megastar” to hide details about a slave-owning ancestor on a PBS show. The fact that he had a slave-owning ancestor has nothing to do with what he is today.
A search of my family ancestry revealed that I had at least two ancestors that owned slaves but that was almost 200 years ago and has nothing to do with the man I am today. A search of my ancestry on the other side reveals that I had an Indian grandmother who was found in the woods by white people who raised her. She may have been a Seminole Indian and she may have been part black. If this was the case, in the 1800s, I would have had to be classified as black and not been able to vote.
I do not try to hide my ancestry. There are plenty of people on both sides to be proud of, and, yes, there are some of which to be ashamed.
Read Jesus’ lineage in the Bible. You will find a prostitute (Rahab), an adulterer and a murderer (David), a liar (Jacob), as well as a man who got his daughter-in-law pregnant (Judah) and wicked kings who disobeyed God, We should not be ashamed of who we are or what our ancestors did.
I think that it is a cruel thing that there were slaves then and there are slaves now. I think that it is cruel that anyone is ever mistreated but I cannot deny my ancestors, no more than I can deny any crazy family members I have now. I am no better than anyone else, and I am definitely nowhere near as good as Jesus Christ, who had ancestors who would make most people cringe.
My message to Ben Affleck would be to grow up because you are no better than anyone either, even if you are a big millionaire megastar.
On December 8, 2011, Jacob Bembry went into cardiac arrest at work. Co-workers called 911 and began CPR. When EMS arrived, Bembry was clinically dead but thanks to great work by them and a miracle from God, he was revived. At the hospital, doctors gave little hope that he would survive, and if he did, he would never be the same again and could go through life with brain damage -- but God was not through working miracles.