Victory With Love

 

A long time ago, this revelation came to me: you can change a law to protect a man but that same law can’t change a man’s heart. The heart of the issue which still plagues America is hatred mixed with a hefty portion of fear. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Those words hold truth just as much now as they did during the civil rights movement beginning with Rosa Park’s refusal to sit in the back of the bus in 1955.

It seems the road to justice has been long, slow and troublesome. While many strides have been made, all the recent deaths of black men at the hands of white officers represents moving backward rather than forward.  Through it all, I’ve been holding my tongue, just observing, but I can no longer remain silent. For I have a voice and God has given me a gift so here are my words which, I might emphasize, didn’t arise out of emotions but rather an intentional, purposeful desire to speak my mind utilizing the power of words.

If you don’t embrace that #alllivesmatter ONLY When #blacklivesmatter then this isn’t the read for you. For those of you who don’t know, BlackLivesMatter is “an on-line forum intended only to build connections to fight against racism, to spark dialogue and to facilitate social action.” It is NOT a White Hate group. With that being said, how can we as a nation stand for police brutality? To watch video after video of Officers of the Law who took an oath to serve and protect, serving up their own brand of justice resulting in murder, we should all be outraged.  I am outraged but I am also greatly saddened. We are divided more now than ever it seems. To those men and women who wear the blue proudly and serve with integrity, mercy and compassion, I honor you, but those who wear the uniform as a platform to be the judge and jury, to take rather than preserve lives, you are part of the problem.  Until justice is hammered into these officers, until they are held responsible for their depravity, not much will change, and America will continue to be divided.

The only answer I have for healing few embrace, but it’s all I know, and I believe we can be great again, it’s “One Nation under God.” There it is. What I do know is this: if you have a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus and truly believe in the power of God’s word, there is hope.  I’m here to testify you can NOT be a believer of Calvary, resurrection and Jesus’ message and be full of Hate. God is Love, Jesus is Love.  Those who truly have a heart for Jesus and purposefully want to please, praise and live their lives to serve Him, also have within them compassion, mercy, understanding, peace, joy and Love.  Yes we sin, we are human, yes we make mistakes, we are human. But we understand the power of conviction, ask for forgiveness, receive it and move forward toward a more intimate and powerful relationship with God.  This may sound like a sermon, but rather, think of it an opportunity, the possibility of better days: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 11Corinthinas 3;17.

I’m taking a stand now for justice, for what is good and right. I take a stand now on the promises of God, on the possibilities of “One Nation under God;” on the power of Hope.  We can heal but there is much work ahead. We will falter but I have to believe we can climb this mountain of disparity; we can overcome this insidious disease called racism.  I encourage everyone to embrace the idea of a “LOVE REVOLUTION” as suggested by Pastor Joyce Meyer. Love Covers all just as Martin Luther King Jr said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”   Those who purposefully walk in love know God’s presence. I love this passage in Ephesians 5:21: walk in love {esteeming and delighting in others} as Christ loved me and gave Himself up for me, a slain offering and sacrifice to God {for me, so that it became} a sweet fragrance. 

I pray for all the black men murdered by officers of the law. I pray for justice for #blacklivesmatter: Eric, Philando, Alton, Walter, Laquan, Jonathan, Michael, Travon and all the black men slain senselessly at the hands of police.

Finally, I would like to pray for the families of the slain officers in Dallas. Violence is Not the way. Violence in itself never brings justice. It just creates more confusion; it doesn’t bridge the gap of division, it broadens it.  I pray for Healing and I take a Stand for Love. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Amen, walk in Love with intent and God bless

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