"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
ALL Black Lives Matter
I agree that black lives matter and, I do see the insensitivity of stating that Blue Lives Matter and that All Lives Matter as an argument against this simple statement. Some in the Black Lives Matter Movement have made it clear that they are not minimizing the value of life; they are just trying to make the point that it seems like the life of a black man does not have much value. That seems to be the way some folks in the black and white community are interpreting this cry to the conscience on America.
There have been many videos and investigations of black men killed by police officers; but the death of George Floyd left no doubt that the police, in this particular case, murdered a man that was not supposed to die that day. Not only that they murdered George Floyd, they also attempted to cover this thing up.
The police officers involved will serve long sentences in jail. However, the cry is far from over; it will not be enough. No justice, no peace, but even when justice is served, at this point, it will not satisfy or be able to take away the anger of a community that have felt the accumulation of injustices for over four hundred years. This is far from over!
We can’t find common ground anymore, not even in the flag and the national anthem of our United States of America. The iniquity of America is here! Iniquity is what comes after sin and transgression; is the effect, is the curse and the consequences. The flag and the national anthem surely do not mean the same for all of us. Many of our ancestors fought under that flag for the freedom of this nation, but they were heroes without honor; they were discriminated and humiliated just as much as they were before serving in the military. They did not receive that sense of honor and admiration that the white soldier received.
I am a black Puertorrican, I am a Born Again Christian and, politically speaking, I identify as Conservative Independent. I voted for Trump and will vote for Trump again; not because he is perfect, we all know he is not; but because, in many areas, he is actually doing a great job and… common’… the Democratic candidates are not all that hot. From a charismatic young black man to Hillary and, now Biden?
Let me make this point very clear before I go on, I DO NOT SUPPORT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT. Why? 1) They are not Believers in Christ Jesus, so their message is filled with hate and unforgiveness. 2) They do not have their facts straight; they are willing to lie, manipulate the truth, ignore the truth or, maybe they are unable to see the truth. The numbers do not support systematic racism. According to the law there are situations where police officers are justified in using lethal force. 4) They are against freedom of expression and use intimidation tactics, even violence to keep others who do not agree with them quiet. 6) They seem to only care about a black life when is taken by the police. 7) They are nowhere to be found when a black man kills another black man. 8) They are completely silent when it comes down to abortion amongst us. In an article written by Walt Blackman entitle, “Abortion: The overlooked tragedy for black Americans”, he writes:
“Abortion impacts African Americans at a higher rate than any other population group. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an Abortion Surveillance Report. According to that report, black women make up 14 percent of the childbearing population. Yet, 36 percent of all abortions were obtained by black women. At a ratio of 474 abortions per 1,000 live births, black women have the highest ratio of any group in the country…A study by Protecting Black Lives, in 2012, found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of minority communities.”
Yes, pointing out that black lives matter is a justifiable cause, but we must expand our cause and cry out that, ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! We are fighting the wrong fight; we are fighting the wrong people. Yes, things can always improve in the way police interact with us, but we are focusing on the wrong thing. When are we going to address the abortion rate amongst us? What about black on black crime? Why are we not loving one another? Shall we mention the lack of fathers at home?
Beloved, all black lives matter; there is a reason to say it, it should not be minimized, it should not be ridicule or ignored. So how do we fight? We must go back to God and what He did in South Philadelphia in the 1950s. I believe that there are great lessons to be learned there. I invite you to listen to civil rights leader and inner-city hero Robert Woodson, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHTJSMJqC04
I am convinced that before the coming of the Lord, God is going to do something amazing with us all around the world. The Bible tells us that the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16). My hope is not in the current civil right leaders, my hope is not in the democratic party, my hope is not in our president or any government program, my hope is in God.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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