America is US


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America has some ugly chapters in her history. It is nauseating to listen to these conservative radio personalities speak as if those chapters do not exist. It is equally nauseating to see our current civil right leaders want-to-be, talking as if we are still in the days of slavery and in the days of Dr. King and Malcolm X. Neither man, by the way, saw their fortieth birthday.

         The insensitivity of the white man to pretend that we can just move on from the consequences of slavery, will continue to keep the wound of separation in our society open. On the other hand, the idea that we, as minorities, are now entitle to goodies and exempt from the duty of respect, the pride of our own efforts and, as the direct consequence of injustices suffered, we can somewhat be exempted from God’s principles of holiness, good works towards others, forgiveness towards those who trespassed against us and, that somewhat now we have no obligation, as Christians, to love, that is, including our enemies, it is also contributing to this open and infected wound in our society.

         People like Rush Limbaugh seem to skip slavery all together. They are either unable to see the historical greed of this nation or are blinded by their own. Such hypocrisy is irritating to me. But one thing I know, the atrocity of slavery, that great sin against mankind can’t be forgiven nor forgotten in our strength. The blood of our ancestors, the humiliation of our fathers who were powerless witnesses of the raping of our mothers, sisters and even themselves, by their own masters, can’t be erased with a few government programs.

         Beloved, not even with a million dollars in the hands of every slave descendant can this wound possibly be healed. Have you seen the condition of our Native American brothers and sisters in Alaska? With all the dividends and millions in entitlement programs, they are still at the bottom and far away from the American Dream. Have you noticed those amongst us who are now millionaires? Many are still filled with bitterness and anger against the white man? Money did not heal them and money will not heal you.

         America is US, that is, you and me! Do you have ugliness in your story? I know I do; shameful things I done; sin against my brothers and against my God. But I read somewhere in Romans that faith comes by hearing. So I preach, I teach and I write with all my heart; not to exalt myself, for there is nothing to exalt here, but to exalt the One and True God, the Creator of heaven and earth and the only one worthy of being recognized by his goodness. Oh yes! That somebody, somewhere listening or reading the words of my Lord be saved and encouraged to follow Jesus and not only that, but to GO and tell others about this hope of glory. I hold on to the words of the Great Apostle Paul when he states,

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:15-18 King James Version (KJV)

 

 

 

Martin Luther King’s Greatest Legacy


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As I watched the movie Selma, I reflected on myself. Can I fight that kind of fight? Can I hold back as I see my wife getting punched and kicked in her face? Can I hold back as I see somebody assaulting my mother, father, daughters, sons or any perfect stranger? Have we stopped to consider how much faith in God, how much trust, and how much love is needed to be willing to endure such a barbaric thing? I am not sure that I have that much love within me, but Martin Luther King demonstrated exactly the kind of love I am describing.

Martin Luther King gave us a lesson on how to effectively fight. In the midst of his humanity he fought a fight of love. Indeed in the eyes of many, love looks weak. Malcolm X became the force that articulated the misunderstanding of what true love is. See, First Corinthians 13:8 tells us that “Love never fails…” (NKJV) Love is not weak, but indeed a powerful force. Malcolm X advocated for self-defense while calling Martin Luther King a fool, but it was Dr. King who was actually fighting effectively.

Is it that the fight of love that David used to come against King Saul? Did it prove to be effective? It is that same fight of love Joseph used as a slave, in prison, and later, towards his own brothers who betrayed him? He had the power to kill them all, but he loved them. Did it prove to be effective for Joseph? His love brought 400 hundred years of peace to Israel. Should I say more? Are there other examples? Yes there are; history reveals this to us.

Martin Luther King did not only help our people to be able to advance. What America must understand, is that no other man in the history of the United States has done more for the advancement of ALL HUMANITY, not only the black community.

Martin Luther King is not just an African American hero. He is an American hero. He was a vessel used by God to transform the conscience of America regarding race.

On March 7, 1965 in Selma Alabama the dirty laundry of America was exposed to the world. Our illness could be seen as blacks were treated like wild animals in what is known as Bloody Sunday. That was, without a doubt, the turning point. What came out of Bloody Sunday? Freedom! Freedom for blacks and minorities to vote and have the opportunity to be involved in political processes that could give them the ability to change laws and have access to power.

But how are we fighting today? Kids embracing a ghetto culture manifested through music that promotes and celebrates us killing each other. How are we fighting today? With bitterness, still blaming the white man for all of our troubles. How are we fighting today? We no longer take responsibility for our actions; because we suffered, we feel that now we have a free ticket to say and do whatever we want, that is including, becoming racist ourselves. How are we fighting today? Truth is no longer important, acting right is acting white, and we blame everything under the umbrella of racism. Every time we are confronted with our ignorance we start singing the same song of slavery, racism and bitterness. How are we fighting today? We place in front of the struggle for equality, leaders with demonic agendas of self-promotion and financial gain.

Our fight is no longer a fight of love, but a fight of entitlement programs of the give me some of this, give me some of that and when your all done give me some more. Don’t get me wrong, the same forces that wanted to destroy us before as a people, are still out there today. It is just that they fight in a different way. We are allowing the god of this world to destroy us from within.

After the movie was over I was left with a couple of questions. Where did we go wrong and how did we get here? In 1967, Dr. King wrote a book where he asked another question, “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community”. Almost fifty years later, after the writing of that book, I think that we can come up with our own conclusion. Is America finally a community or, are we a society in chaos?

It is Not Time to March, It is Time to Act


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I said this before and I will say this again. I don’t depend on “White America”, the American government, Black Programs, Latino Programs, Chinese or whatever. My dependency, my hope and my salvation is strictly on the LORD! These kinds of whiny, blame it all on white people foolishness is causing me to vomit deep in my soul. Psalm 121:1-2 tells us,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (KJV)

         It is not time to continue bringing up the injustices of the past, it is time for us to clean our own homes, stop the excuses, teach our children respect, trust God, move forward and see the redemption of ALL MIGHTY GOD! He is the God of justice and a righteous God. Revelations 19:1-2 tells us,

“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” KJV

         God’s judgments are truth and righteous, which means that whatever we face on this life, we can trust God because HE will be judging everything with truth and not with emotionalism and agitation.

         We need to be careful with not becoming a part of the great whore. That whore is everything that encourages us to take our trust and adoration away from God. That whore is what seduces us to commit spiritual fornication against the Lord as we place our trust in other ways of livings, philosophies, ideologies, political parties, civil right movements and personalities. So I am not waiting for the next march. It is not time to march; it is time to act.