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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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“GIMME SHELTER” is a Family Friendly Inspiring Movie Masterpiece

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

140128 Blog Image Gimme Shelter

Once upon a time before the world went crazy, there were compassionate people who opened shelters for unwed mothers, offering refuge and care for women and their babies in their desperate times of need. In the 21st Century, we call these shelters “pregnancy care centers.” The setting for much of the riveting new “GIMME SHELTER” movie is a Pregnancy Care Center.

The movie is modeled after a true story in which a young woman, estranged from her pitiful drug addicted mother, and virtually unknown to her well to do father finds herself alone and pregnant. After several brushes with death and skirmishes with the law and her parents, she finds an unlikely refuge. We quickly fall in love with her, the shelter, and her new friends.

I understand why the producers of the film insist that it isn’t just about a prolife message because while the message “choose life” reverberates in the movie, the totality of the telling is much more comprehensive than one would imagine. There is a struggle to overcome bureaucracy, familial dysfunction and even implied racism in the film. Friendship, loyalty, faith, love and grace abound on the screen.

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include a scripture in this review, so here we go. Caregivers in the desired “shelter” reminded me of the midwives in the Bible. Where we are surrounded by the Pharaohs of Planned Parenthood here in the 21st Century, we discover in this film that there are still those who have not bowed their knees to the baals of greed that cause women to make desperate choices in seemingly hopeless moments. Yes, there are angels in disguise, and we meet some of them in the movie. They remind me of the midwives in Exodus chapter one.

“Behold, the people… are too many and too mighty for us… come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply… But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king… commanded them, so God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong.”

Compassion is an act of obedience and humility; an act that says “yes, I’m my brother’s and my sister’s keeper.” The midwives in Exodus were humble, obedient and compassionate. This expression of the love of Christ is predominant in the movie although one wouldn’t come away feeling that they had gone to a religious movie. Evil was confronted and overcome by good in a very realistic way in the movie.

Dealers and traffickers of drugs, greed, abortion and evil in general are enemies to life and family. Yet, there is shelter in the storm. While the film was primarily about a woman’s search for shelter, the role of the father in the life of his children was also poignantly addressed. But I come to close to the plot so I’ll leave something to your imagination until you get to the theater. Don’t wait too long!

My daughter and I went to see the movie, and she was moved to tears. It was a powerfully emotional experience for me as well. Since I don’t want to make this review into a spoiler, I’ll contain my zeal and end this review by urging you to see the film.

Watch the trailer at www.gimmeshelterthemovie.com.

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Take Time to Pray: Life Goes On, or Does It?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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[Have the Attitude of Christ] Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Philippians 2:1 NLT

My heart goes out to the victims of the recent Oklahoma tragedy. Let us continue to pray for them, and for all who continue to lose lives and property every day in America and across the globe. In the midst of all of the tragedy, one can’t help wondering if there is a connection between what humans term “natural disasters” and something closer to the human heart; are these “signs of the times” occurring more and more frequently in order to turn our attention away from the media spins back to the plight of humanity?

A few days before the tornado, I received a sad call regarding the death of Malcom X’s grandson, Malcom Shabazz. I never met him personally, but was planning to sit down with him and talk with him and encourage him for his prolife stance. My failure to go to such a meeting with him was maybe a case of my thinking that I’d find time one day to speak with Mr. Shabazz because I considered his brave prolife position as bold and courageous. However, time ran out for me, and sadly for Mr. Shabazz. He was killed on a tour outside of the country. I just want to thank him in his earthly absence for having had the courage to stand up against the scourge of abortion.

Later on in the week, I was preparing to accept another opportunity that I almost turned down, because I thought I was “too busy” to take the time. I was invited to do a talk, Purpose: Be Fruitful and Multiply, at a Mother-Daughter brunch in Atlanta. The topic of the meeting was “Matters of the Heart.” The sponsor of the event encouraged me to speak candidly about my own post abortion testimony and to also exhort the listeners to have a change of heart. I remember thinking that day and then later on in the week after the terrible Oklahoma tornado that no matter what happens, those who remain behind after a tragic death have to go on with our lives. And it is important to pray and ask God to help us not miss out on opportunities that might make a difference in someone’s life if we only take the time.

I imagine that we can all agree that no matter what happens, life does go on. There is life after Oklahoma. There is life after Gosnell. At least there is life for the living; prayerfully there is life after death for all of the innocent victims. Surely, there is life after death for everyone, but the question will have to be answered sooner or later. WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?

Malcom Shabazz

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