Like many others I have been appalled and offended by a “movement” started by one NFL player. His claims of racial injustice in this country are valid and should be addressed. Like everyone in this country he has the right to free speech. I am not offended by his beliefs or desire to fight for injustice. I’m offended by his approach and actions. He hasn’t learned a very important lesson my dad taught me as a teenager. Not only is it okay to be a dissenting voice it is often the necessary. However, it is extremely important to do so in a manner that is appropriate and respectful of others.
I am fed up with all of the political nonsense and mess that our country is experiencing. It is time to grow up and move past name calling, divisions and acting like a bunch of spoiled two year-olds. Seriously, our country is facing some serious issues both external and internal. Sadly, neither front-runner really is a good choice. Both political parties want to widen the divisions rather than to grow-up and work together.
Our country is in a mess. We have become a nation of easily offended self-entitled brats who feel like everyone must agree with them.
It is time to grow up. It is time to learn the meaning of respect. It is time to remember that we don’t have to agree to be civil or even like each other. It is time to stop the name calling and grow up.
It is time pray for country. Pray about who you should vote for and then vote for that person. Then no matter what the outcome of election is continue to pray.
The Kapsiki people of Cameroon where so eager to have a copy of the Bible in their own language that 5,000 willingly risked possible attacks from Boka Haram to get a copy of the newly published Bibles. They Kapsiki believers were excited to finally have a Bible in their own language. As the convoy carrying the Bibles passed through villages people lined the road and cheered. The day of the official presentations thousands of Kapsiki dressed in their finest clothes packed a stadium for the presentation ceremonies.
In the U.S. most of us are fortunate to have at least one if not multiple copies of the Bible. We also have apps like YouVerision for our smart phones and tablets. Do we show the same excitement for the privilege of reading God’s Word or is it just another task to check off our daily to do list? What risks are you or I willing to take for God’s word? What risks are we willing to take to share His Gospel? Are we just going to do what is easy but are we willing to do the hard stuff?
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes;I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:15-16
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Things are very wrong in our country. We have a lot of serious problems that need to be addressed in a civilized manner and prayerful manner. Hate, violence and more division will not solve the problems.
Thursday nights in Dallas 12 police officers and 2 civilians were shot and 5 officers killed at a peaceful protest against police violence. Think about that. Police officers were ambushed while protecting a peaceful protest. The event was sparked by incidents in other states. The majority of law enforcement officers in this country are good hardworking officers who willing take risks to protect others. Ironically, the alleged shooter targeted white police officers because he was angry about the police shootings of black men.
The police shootings of Alton Stallings and Philando Castile have sparked more violence and protests. Peaceful protest can change social injustice. However more violence does not.
Social media has exploded with post about Black Lives Matter. Some are in support, while others oppose the movement. Truth is that black lives do matter. Racism does exist. It is an issue that needs to be addressed with open dialogue, respect and prayer.
In response/reaction to Black Lives Matter social media has also exploded with all lives matter. This too has become controversial because some believe it is making light of the issue that Black Lives Matter is addressing.
The truth is that all lives do matter. Not because of skin color but because of the Creator. When an events like the past occur we should be upset because of the loss of life and the injustice.
It is time to stop the madness. Stop the name calling. Stop the violence.
It is time to take a serious look at the problem. To stand up for what is right. Start with making changes we need to make in our own lives.
As I was pursuing Twitter I found an article by Ann Voskamp about where is God when life seems to fall apart and bad things happen. One thing I’ve wondered myself sometimes and here from others is why is God letting this happen to me. Why isn’t God just fixing the problem so I don’t have to suffer or have pain. Truth is that pain is part of life, life isn’t always going to be perfect and being a Christian certainly doesn’t mean life is going to be easy. As much as I might not like it God might just have a purpose for the hard times in my life.
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, Romans 5:3-4 English Standard Version
Oh and back to the article that you really must read it. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
Faith is this unwavering trust in the heart of God in the hurt of here.Ann Voskamp