All posts tagged: Racism

Day #20: I am an Instrument of Reconciliation


Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is racism, let me bring justice. Where there is discrimination, let me bring equality. Where there is division, let me build a bridge. Where there are lies, let me bring truth. Where there is bitterness, let me bring forgiveness. Where there is confusion, let me bring light. It wouldn’t be much of a shocker, if I were to tell you that we live in a fallen world. It is quite obvious. Racial tension has not only divided our country profoundly, it has lead to the death of too many good men, both citizens and law enforcement on our streets. For example: Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, and many others gun down by the very people commissioned to protect them. Scott Leslie Bashioum Justin Martin, Anthony “Tony” Beminio and many others Policemen and women ambushed and killed by the very people they did their best to protect on a daily basis. This must stop! The 2016 elections, as we all know …

Equality


I am at Starbucks the other day, and as I sipped my White Chocolate Mocha, this woman and her husband walked in and sat on the couch just in front of me. I wasn’t eve dropping or anything, neither was trying to be intrusive. Everyone could hear her. She was a that loud. Very casually, she said to her friend, on the phone – “I rear-ended a car this morning. The guy in the other car was a dwarf. So he stepped out of his car, walked over to mine, and said, ‘Mame, I am not happy.’” She said she looked “DOWN’ at him and said, “well, I am not sure which one are you?” Giggles.. giggles… giggles… After laughing a few seconds with her friend, she looked at me, kind of surprised that I was not laughing at her joke, and said, “hey, would you like to take a look at the bug that invaded my pomegranate tree? They are bizarre.” I didn’t want her to hear me say, “no Mame, you are bizarre.” So I …

Reconciliation: Two Worlds Collide


The last few months have been a moving apart of many nations, cities, and Peoples. From the Middle East, to Eastern Europe, Parts of Africa, to Ferguson, conflict, strife and dissension seem to be pulling people and communities further apart. There is no telling of how this falling apart, affects families, Churches and relationships. I am however hopeful, that just as a people fall apart, there will come a time of healing and reconciliation. This is the will of God; and Quite frankly, our world needs this desperately. There is an account in Genesis chapters 24-33 that tell the story of two brothers. It is a story of love and hate; friendship and hostility. It is a story of a falling out. 20 years of grudge and separation. It is a very strong desire to revenge, as well as arrogance and un-repentance. For the most part, it was 20 years of deception, mistrust, deceit, anger, bitterness and the misery of resisting God  Everything was great between them until one betrayed the other. As difficult and impossible as it …

42: Do you have the guts not to fight back?


42 was his number, Jackie Robinson was his name – the first Black player in Major League Baseball and you can imagine it will be a life altering if not a divine opportunity that will change a young man, the men he called teammates, and challenge a nation to break down the walls of racism, inequality and segregation. A story, I think is told very well in 42 the movie. After his discharge from the Army in 1944, Robinson began to play baseball professionally. At the time, the sport was segregated, and African-Americans and whites played in separate leagues. Robinson began playing in the Negro Leagues, but he was soon chosen by Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to help integrate major league baseball. He joined the all-white Montreal Royals, a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1946. He later moved to Florida to begin spring training with the Royals, and played his first game in Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. I think the story of Jackie Robinson …

Selah – Hope of he broken world


In the beggining Into the darkness The  Spirit’s moving upon the water You  spoke the words: “LET THERE BE  LIGHT!” Out of the chaos Came the promise The universe rose and applauded When You commanded The  new born sun to rise BRIDGE You are the Day Spring You are the Morning Star Creation’s splendor speaks of who You are You are Salvation You  are the Joy of the Earth Restoration comes Hope  of the broken world Into my  weakness Into my darkness Your Spirit’s moving upon my heart and You speak the words: “LET THERE BE  LIGHT!” Into my chaos Comes Your promise The new is rising the old is past on You are reviving and making all things right [  From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/hope-of-the-broken-world-lyrics-selah.html  ]BRIDGE You are the Day Spring You  are the Morning Star Creation’s  splendor speaks of who You are You  are Salvation You are the Joy of  the Earth Restoration comes Hope of the broken world ARISE SHINE THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN ARISE SHINE THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS …

Andraé Crouch – “The Promise”


Chorus: I’ll never leave you never forsake you No matter what you’re going through I’ve got good news for you I’ll be with you always (repeat) And when sorrow comes And there’s no other place to run Just look to me and I’ll be there Just a whisper of a prayer I’ll be with you always (Chorus) In stormy weather, it is my pleasure I want to take care of all your needs Trust me and you’ll see I’ll be with you always And when trouble comes And there’s no other place to run Just look to me and I’ll be there Just a whisper of a prayer I’ll be with you always (Chorus) No matter who you are No matter what you need No matter what you’re going through I’ve got good news for you I’ll be with you always