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“Everything Has a Different “Why,” But the Results Still Make Me Cry.”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

MLK“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it….

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“Strength to Love,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

A young man is shot dead by a policeman in Missouri. A photojournalist is horrendously executed by Islamists. A dear friend’s niece and her baby are killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute.

Three non-related events have touched me deeply in recent days, each having a different “why,” but each making me cry.

I am on my way to Ferguson, Missouri now. There is grief, anger, and uncertainty there. But also there, somewhere, is the truth of how and why Michael Brown died.

That truth will be revealed in time.

We yearn, of course, for immediate answers and swift justice. There can be no justice, though, without truth. And without peace, the search for truth becomes more difficult.

In some instances, such as what happened to James Foley at the hands of ISIS or my friend’s niece and her baby at the hands of a rage-driven relative, the truth is plain to see. No explanation could possibly justify what their killers did. We know who the wrongdoers are and whatever their rationales for their actions, those rationales are woefully insufficient.

In the case of Michael Brown, we have conflicting reports as to the events that led to his shooting. The jury is not in. Yet, rather than wait for the truth, some have acted from a deep-seated sense that they already know the truth. In the name of “justice,” some victims have inflicted great injustices on themselves and the collective by turning to violence. In their pain and anger, they have brought more harm than good.

Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t have righteous anger at acts of oppression, hatred, or cruelty that are offenses before God. God’s Word teaches us, though, that we should be slow to anger. And we should be careful to distinguish human emotional outrage over an offense to ourselves versus an offense to God. God’s righteous anger is most powerful; seeking to restore righteousness, not trample upon it by committing more wrongs.

In my book KING RULES I write about how my uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and my father, the Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, knew injustice. They, like millions of other African Americans, needed no introduction; injustice greeted them virtually every day of their lives. But they also knew peace in their hearts, the peace that surpasses all understanding. And from this peace, they sought and achieved a modicum of justice for the masses.

three headed monster Revised2Yet Ferguson teaches us that the dream is still lacking. Until we slay the three headed beast of racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion, we still have mountains to climb and to overcome.

We live in a corrupt world. Yet God’s Word teaches us not to repay evil with evil. Instead we must live to overcome evil with good.

When Jesus was being wrongly arrested by the Romans, Peter took up a sword and cut off a soldier’s ear. Jesus responded, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” In compassion, Jesus healed the wounded soldier who had come to arrest him.

Wow! That’s a higher frequency that we should tune into our heart. Love overcoming hate.

As men of God, and students of history, Uncle M.L. and Daddy understood that violence begets violence. Violence is often borne of rage. And rage destroys – not only neighborhoods, but also lives. Rage is borne of hate. And hate does not seek the truth, but rather spawns victims. And victims seek other victims to make them suffer as they’ve suffered. Hurting people hurt people. And on and on and on souls fall towards a yawning abyss.

As Uncle M.L. Once wrote, violence is a descending spiral.

But inspired by 1 Corinthians 13, believing “Love never fails,” he also wrote, “darkness cannot drive out darkness and hatred cannot drive out hate. Only light can end the darkness, only love can drive out hate.”

My prayer is for the peace and healing of Ferguson, but also for the peace and healing of those who have recently lost loved ones – the families of Michael Brown, James Foley, my friend, those who have died at the hands of the abortion industry such as LaKisha Wilson and Tonya Reaves, and those who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and other horrors of our fallen world.

My prayer is that we love truth; loving truth, that we seek it. Once finding the truth, that we seek justice. And once finding justice, we enjoy peace. As Uncle M.L. said, “true peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.”

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Grieving, but believing, please join me in prayer for all of Ferguson as well as for all victims of violence who suffer in sterile hospital units, in darkened rooms, in abortion chambers, and by tear-drenched gravesites. We need repentance, forgiveness, and love. Let us seek them first.

Alveda King is the author of KING RULES, Founder of Alveda King Ministries and Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. www.AfricanAmericanOutreach.com

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Looking Towards Ferguson: Heart Heavy Yet Hopeful

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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It seems that I will be in Ferguson soon. Two of my MLK cousins and many friends preceded me. We have all been in prayer for many days. I don’t know if you read my earlier blogs and reports, but the message was consistent from the beginning… Know Peace, Know Justice.

I’ve put together a couple of graphics that begin to approach how one can be burdened with a heavy heart, yet hopeful at the same time. I know that justice is called for. My heart grieves with the families who have lost their children at this time. Many reports are flooding in from around the nation and land from families whose tragedies aren’t “on the news”, yet they are weeping all the same.

A dear friend has lost a niece and her baby, who were killed and their bodies burned in a family dispute. How devastating.

Some people won’t understand why I include the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, James Foley, LaKisha Wilson, Tonya Reaves, my friend’s burned relatives, and all who are victims of human trafficking, war, poverty, and on and on and on in the same prayer. This isn’t a time for accusing people. This is a time for repenting, forgiving and seeking peace so that justice can prevail.

Please take a look and listen to a song my assistant Eugene brought to my attention, along with a scripture my publicist brought to me this week.

“See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all…And may the God of peace keep us pure…

#knowpeaceknowjustice

God bless you. You pray for me and I will surely pray for you. Peace and Love. Grieving but believing, Alveda.

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King Rule #7: Care for the Needy (Children at Home and Abroad)

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Human Righs Begin in the Womb

It is an honor to stand with mercuryone.org and other compassionate leaders in aiding young immigrants on the borders. The opportunity to serve many of these children during this time of crisis was truly humbling.

L-R: Alveda King, Glenn and Tania Beck, and Pastor Stephen Broden at Sacred Heart Church

L-R: Alveda King, Glenn and Tania Beck, and Pastor Stephen Broden at Sacred Heart Church

I was praying to God for these innocent children when a call from Glen Beck’s office came, inviting me to join in the July 19, mission in McAllen, Texas. I was relieved. This “Macedonian Call” in the midst of our current border crisis was an answer to prayer.

We, America, are at another pivotal moment in our history. Many different crises are occurring right now and how we handle them will show the world what kind of a country the United States of America truly is.

One such crisis is the influx of immigrants crossing into our southern states that border with Mexico. Thousands of children, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, are coming to America because their parents think they can have better opportunities here.

Before even addressing how best to handle the immigration crisis confronting our nation we first have to consider how to help these minors in need of food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Once we’ve done that, then we can deal with the rest.

And just how do we do that?

Consider, The US gives billions of dollars in foreign aid each year; $13 billion in 2013. Of that $13 billion, Honduras received $82+ million, Guatemala received $104+ million, and El Salvador received $66+ million. That’s $252+ million. Now, the millions in the 2014 budget could be redirected to provide immediate care for these children until a more permanent plan can be implemented.

L-R: Glenn, Alveda King, Rep. Randy Weber, and Senator Ted Cruz talk with Sister Norma before going on a tour of the medical facilities in McAllen, TX.

L-R: Glenn, Alveda King, Rep. Randy Weber, and Sentor Ted Cruz talk with Sister Norma before going on a tour of the medical facilities in McAllen, TX. – Photo by George Lange

Many of these children could even possibly be descendants of ancestors who migrated in and around the borders for many years. The Americas should always be home to the “huddled masses longing to be free.”

We (America) were once a beacon of love and hope to the world. Now we are seeking to slam our doors in the face of innocent children. What in the world happened? I’ll tell you what happened. Politics happened and the innocents are being swallowed up on the melee.

There has to be a compassionate as well as practical way of maintaining our borders. We just need to put the brakes on political strife and unite to save the children. Let’s remember that these are human beings we’re considering.

Today mammon, entitlement and politics are causing too many Americans to be cold and heartless. Not only to these innocent children seeking sanctuary within our borders. Hearts are also cold to the babies in the womb, to the school drop outs, to the sadly incarcerated, to the weak, the sick, the hungry… Need I go on?

There should be funding across the isles for assistance to all youth and children; mentoring programs, family assistance programs. Funding without the usual political entanglements. Human beings need genuine compassion and help.

As I wrote in my new book, KING RULES, (Rule No. 7: Care for the Needy):

“In our family, we care for the “least of these.” We feed the hungry, clothe the sick, visit those in prison, and we do all that we can as servant leaders to serve God and minister to his people. Of course, from generation to generation, our methods of ministry have varied, and yet we still care about the poor the sick, the hungry, and the downtrodden.”

Alveda on Mission Trip

Alveda on Mission Trip

Where will we get the funding to help those in need? Instead of the government spending millions of dollars to pass legislation such as the HHS Mandate that manipulates and threatens women’s physical and emotional health by forcing insurance companies and employers to provide harmful chemical and surgical products to women; the government should be about the business of defunding America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood and redirecting those bountiful funds towards saving lives rather than killing babies and injuring women.

Just think about it. Carcinogenic birth control can be as cheap as $9 a month. If women desire such products, many women can obtain $9 a month on their own without having to bear the burden of political haranguing and manipulations over dubious methods of birth control that are linked to breast and cervical cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other problems. Women are not lab rats. We deserve better than a plight of being experimented on in the name of health care.

Let’s face it; carcinogenic birth control is not health care. Neither is abortion. Both are linked to sickness and death. They are the face of the real war on women.

So why is our government pushing the HHS Mandate while allowing innocent children to gather on our borders? They are hoping that women are dumb sheep, fooled by the slick marketing of sex peddlers.

Sen. Ted Cruz helping at the border

Sen. Ted Cruz helping at the border

I call for an awakening of women power. The power to choose life over death. The power to nurture the next and future generations.

The millions of dollars the government is spending to strong arm this Obamacare HHS contraceptive mandate down unsuspecting women’s throats could be used to feed, clothe and provide REAL healthcare to these children; at home and abroad. The money would be better spent on stabilizing the economy and elevating the quality of life for men, women and children.

It’s ludicrous to put the management of the desire of people to engage in sexual activity over the welfare of innocent starving children. Not just these immigrant children but also our American children right here in our own communities.

Let love, truth and compassion arise!

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New How To Book: King Rules for You!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Dear Readers, this blog hits close to home for me today, so close in fact that I named the first chapter in my new book “Make Home a Priority.” Some of you have been asking me for years, “what was it like growing up with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as your uncle?”

Well dear readers, this book is just for you! Not only do I write about my Uncle ML, but you will meet my daddy AD King, my Granddaddy MLK, Sr., and so many other family members who helped to make sure that I grew up in “The King Family Legacy,” full of faith, hope, and love.

Please take a moment to visit the Thomas Nelson website: kingrulesbook.com to discover not only what the book is about, but also take a look through the photo album where you will have a peek into some precious memories. There are also some endorsements from some friends you might know.

Finally, this is a “how to book” in that many of the principles in the book about finding peace, love, and joy while fighting for justice for everyone, from conception until natural death and everything between.

My friends the Honorable J. C. Watts and Father Frank Pavone graciously opened and closed the chapters for me in their foreward and afterword. All in all, having been inspired by so many questions, I went on a quest to find the answers and discovered that the King Rules were with me all the time.

God bless you!

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Crazy Valentine’s Day Pitch by PPH and Cecile Richards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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An Open Letter to Cecile Richards

Really Cecile, are you truly promoting a romantic abortion theme for Valentine’s Day? You and your new sidekick Nancy Pelosi are really a pair. First, just before Valentine’s Day, Planned Parenthood announces that you will give Ms. Pelosi the PPH Margaret Sanger Award, and then you follow up with a Valentine’s Day twitter feed with a picture of you sporting a heart poster that reads #whatwomenneed for Valentine’s Day – safe + legal abortion.

Now you are using your bully pit to devalue Agape Love and Romantic Love, to promote abortion? When will you ever stop? Perhaps you don’t realize that women actually deserve love, respect and life affirming support rather than your fertility blocking abusive agenda that ends the life of innocent babies, while often maiming, if not killing, their mothers.

My friend Janet Morana has written an informative book, RECALL ABORTION that all of your supporters need to read. Abortion is bad business, and is a really bad product, and you want to gift the women of America and the world with abortion.

My, my, my Ms. Richards. You have duped the women of America and the world for far too long. You don’t love us at all. You love your terrible agenda. I wonder if there is any love in your heart at all, or if all of your soul is connected to the big checks that PPH keeps racking up in the name of abortion?

Somehow, I must pray for the heart to pray for you and your followers. So much harm is wrapped up in your poison candy box, which reminds me of the spindle prick that put Sleeping Beauty to sleep or the apple the wicked stepmother gave to Snow White that caused her to fall to sleep, too. You had millions and millions fooled for far too long, so over 55 million babies are dead since your tarnished victory in 1973.

Well Ma’am, the women of American and the world have been asleep for far too long; because too many fell for your legal abortion and carcinogenic contraception lies. Stop lying to women Cecile. Abortions hurt women and kill babies.

My abortion hurt me and killed my babies. I know the truth now, Planned Parenthood lied to me. Planned Parenthood lied to my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planned Parenthood is lying today and so are you! Dear Ms. Richards: Women need love, dignity, support and respect – NOT ABORTIONS!

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Ask “what must I do for you” and not “what will I do with you?”

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Once President John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country?” I’ve been considering these words more and more these day. I’ve also been considering the words of Pope Francis who is encouraging us not to condemn people but rather to pray for others. The Bible teaches us to even pray for our enemies.

Often, we encounter people who do not think as we think, who do not believe what we believe. The strife and friction of such an environment will generally breed malcontent, and at the extreme peak, violence of the heart, tongue and fist can arise. This should not be, if we really desire to please the Lord.

Almost daily I encounter questions about what to do about abortion and issues of human sexuality. The issues are presented so forcefully that if we didn’t know better, we would think that these are the only two issues plaguing human kind. Yet, we know that people are starving all over the world. People are homeless in our communities. People are sick and dying. So we have much work to do, and we will not accomplish or witness transformation until we allow God to touch our own hearts.

So now I find myself asking not what to do about abortion, or human sexuality, or poverty, or sickness and disease, but rather how I can serve those who are troubled or in pain on any level for any reason. In an effort to truly serve, please and love God, I am struggling to serve others. I find much wisdom, comfort and direction in this Bible passage from 2 Timothy chapter two:

24-25 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

The truth is that God loves us. Our Creator wants what is best for us. To prove this, God sent us Jesus to share our burdens and cancel our sin debt.

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16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

Because God has rescued me from the errors of my ways, including the abortions, divorces, and so many other sins, I know that I would be the biggest of hypocrites if I would try to condemn and judge others who are struggling with life’s issues, no matter what they are. I am discovering that people won’t listen to me if I pretend to be perfect, and reach out to them with a condescending message. They want Agape Love. They want Truth. They want Jesus. They do not want or need our phony piety.

Of course there is a place for protests, for demonstrations, for boldly proclaiming that sin is not the way. Awareness comes when people are informed, educated and activated with messages that expose darkness. Yet, it isn’t the method that matters so much as it is the motive by which we are working. Do we want to see people’s lives and hearts transformed? Or do we just want to make a point and prove that our message is right? Do we want people to see how bad they are, or do we want them to know and experience how good God is?

If you, like I sometimes am, are a “Hammer for Justice,” watch your motives. I can deliver some pretty strong words sometimes; especially when I’m on the battlefield, because after all I am a soldier, a warrior. And yet my greatest weapons are faith, prayer and Agape Love.

Hundreds of years ago, the world was in bad shape; just as it is now. Human secularism isn’t new. Evil looms large in our lives, so we must resist. Yet, we cannot be without hope. We have a common shield, which is faith. Of course that faith works by Agape Love, and is dead without action. So we must resist evil, we must promote truth, and we will prevail. We must remember the principles that work, and they are founded upon eternal truth.

So, rather than embracing a sense of panic and defense, let’s go on the offence. Why not try asking “what can I do to help” rather than “what can I do to convince?” Do you know someone who is living a lifestyle that doesn’t line up with your doctrine? Maybe that kind word, that gentle smile, that truth spoken in love will do more to reach them than your loudest warning.

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