When she first told the story, I didn’t hear her because of all the noise in the restaurant. There were other conversations going on. But one of my friends decided that she would do 17 things she had never done before in this upcoming year. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I should do it too.
How cool is that to intentionally seek to learn something new.
This journey is turning out to be fun. I am three in and it has been a learning experience. But it has also changed my mindset in some areas. One of the things on my list was attend s Mardi Gras parade.
I got to see parts of Galveston I had never seen. I collected beads. We had good laughs.
This journey helpd me not take things do serious.
It has also given me new ways to see some old things. It has encouraged me and given me new confidence.
So. Why don’t you try it?
I put feet to my faith because I know the God I serve is able. There are dozens of people who stay connected to me but do not share the same ideology. These idiots really think we can agree to disagree about things like injustice, discrimination and murder. (Yes, really)
As I talk to the Lord about this, He told me to tell you this. You can’t be saved by watching. Watching me fight the good fight is not going to save you. And as long as there is breath in my body I will always champion humanity. I will always do the things God has for me to do and they are aligned with His word.
Many of you are on the wrong side of this and you can’t jump ship at the end. The One who judges knows your heart. He can’t just be your Lord sometimes like when you feel safe and secure. You either find your security in Jesus or you don’t. Which begs the question, do you really believe? As we sit in our comfortable homes and watch families being torn apart please know there will be a reckoning. God is just.
Now let me say, I appreciate knowing where you stand. Because when the earth opens up and swallows you, I will not feel bad for you. He is allowing me to see many of the folks who I thought were Christ lovers are not. The love of your possessions and self care is more important than taking God’s message to the poor. No, for your own security you would rather they are ejected from the country. You can talk any kind of game you want, but what you put your feet to is what counts. You are championing hatred, fear and selfish ambition which are fruits of evil and God promises you will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
I have learned NOT to align myself with people who don’t believe what I believe because you start to become like them. I want to be like Jesus and I can see in this country there are very few like Him. But as I learned in BSF, my citizenship is in heaven. Some of you might want to re evaluate and see if that is where your true citizenship is.
Maybe you are following me cause you want to know what to do. It is time to renounce fear. It is time to stop trying to kick people out of country you don’t even own. Everything on this earth is God’s. God brought all of these people here to teach us about Himself and we as a nation are rejecting Him. It has to stop. It is kinda like my Mama used to say. You can stop yourself or I can stop you. You don’t want God to stop you. (IJS)
As long as there are people in the world who oppress others, I will be the champion of the oppressed. I was born in the middle of the 1960’s in the United States during a time when African Americans fought for equal rights. Yet my generation has been labeled soft because we had not had the oppressive experiences our parents lived through. They lived through segregation, lynchings, boycotts and marches. Their memories were scarred with what could happen if they gave up.
But what I love about this new Civil Rights Movement is that it is geared towards all people. This is not just a movement about African Americans. It is about all people from all walks of life having access to the same opportunities. Dr. King said ” We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” (I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King Jr.)
I caution you to be leery of people who tell you not to protest. Ask yourself what is their underlying motivation. Many people have had their sources of revenue messed up by this distress. It is time for these people to decide who they really represent. If God is there source, He will provide for them. If He is not, well.
Certain politicians are very smug and believe they control the people, but are slowly finding out that that is not true. In order to control the people, they have to control their minds and the information they take in. Again, they are fighting an old battle with old means.
What I love about this new movement is that many of our networks were already together thanks to the greed of some business savy folks who thought it would be cool if people connected through social media. A video can go viral without the help of the press or civic officials. Injustice is being captured and played for the world to see. And America is being held accountable for how she responds.
I mean really, a woman who called the police for help, was arrested by the man who came to help. She was going to face charges until someone released his bodycam video showing him beating the hell out of her and her daughters. And millions of views around the world made them drop the charges on the woman and reevaluate the police officer. (I mean city officials knew all this from the beginning, but having millions of viewers looking at you and questioning your decision making process made them change their minds about charges against the woman.)This is the world we live in and we are not shutting up until we get justice for all.
Another thing about this movement is that we share ideas on how to take on this beast call discrimination and prejudice. I love how people all over the world share ideas and pour into one another. I cherished getting Dr. Bernice King’s list on how to manage this. You share ideas in real time and they become movements.
No, do not be quiet! The person we save will probably be one of those folks in the back trying to pretend like this is not really a big deal. When they first started registering Jews in Germany, they probably thought it was no big deal. But we need to let them know they will have to fight for every piece of ground they take.
Resist the darkness that wants to shove portions of our society down. Resist the talk that says they are Christians because Jesus did not love like that. Resist your own comfort and peace because someone is going to be discriminated against if YOU give up the fight. Don’t tear things up. Don’t physically hurt people. Resist the message that only certain people should have rights.
“With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” (I Have A Dream, Martin Luther King Jr.)
There have been some backroom deals that are affecting our republic. People have accepted campaign donations from folks they are voting on to hold high offices whether they are qualified or not.
Currently in the state of Texas an African American elected official is being tried for using his elected position for gain.
How is it that Caucasians representing us at a national level can do it and no one pays attention. I think every member of Congress needs to be investigated and prosecured if it shows they voted towards the alliances that funded their campaigns.
FBI, I need you to turn your attention on Trump’s cabinet picks. We Americans need to know how much they paid for those jobs.
This year we will be a government if the people because we cannot expect our elected officials to do the right thing. I need all you civil servants to step up. I need you to root out this cancer that has taken over our government and reveal it. I need the judicial system to prosecute and incarcerated the offenders.
Everyone who takes advantage of the American people in this manner needs to face us and take a just punishment.
It is something we the people of these United States will have to do. We can’t count on them to do what’s right.
I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.
Psalms 121:1-8 HCSB
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There is one who is always straight. I got to spend the morning exchanging opinions with friends about our current political turmoil. It was healthy. And we still live in a country where we can all disagree.
I have always championed the philosophy that as the Body of Christ we are different parts of the body. The hands relate to the eyes differently than the feet relate to the eyes. Socks are important on feet, not on hands or a nose. But I bet the feet with fight you over some socks if they are cold and wet.
Some of us see the threat to us, while others can dismiss it because it doesn’t really affect them. During the study of Revelation last year, we learned of all the things that would take place in the last days. There would be wars and rumors of wars. Wars don’t get started in times of peace and tranquility.
Let me tell you something, God is teaching us even during these time. He is revealing Himself to us in a mighty and powerful way. Spend some time with Him and let Him calm your heart. You will be able to face whatever comes.