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From Stumbling Blocks To Building Blocks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

“This anthology exposes a broader conception between heaven and earth (God and man), the natural and unnatural, and the interconnection between hope, grace and Salvation. Throughout this work the contributors reveal a nearly undisclosed picture of today’s society, and its complex functions. Let it be universally acknowledged that the contributors’ consistent years of researching and writing this volume are inspired by an ever increasing sense of truth-consciousness!” Dr. John L. Johnson, Publisher, and author of The Black Biblical Heritage, God’s Kingship with Dark Colors, and 500 Questions and Answers on the Black presence in the Bible.

Our Vision: “Uniting the Dream of Civil Rights and Moral Justice for abundant Life”

Our Mission: “Enhancing the lives of people spiritually, intellectually, economically, socially, physically and holistically.”

Our Methods: Through community events, mentoring and educational sessions, workshops, conferences, media awareness campaigns, non-violent political action, lobbying and coalition building of pro-life and pro-family advocacy groups, we challenge the status quo and cultivate collective commitment to principles that uphold the constitutional values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

To order a copy of From Stumbling Blocks To Building Blocks please visit www.xlibris.com. The book is available in paperback and ebook.

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World Congress of Families VI: Update on Mariage and Family

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I just returned from Madrid, spain where I attended and spoke at the World Congress of Families Sixth Annual Conference. The World Congress of Families VI was a great success. Nearly 3,000 registered, and full attendance was the case for pretty much the entire event.

Among all the events was a screening of a new movie opening June 1, 2012 called “For Greater Glory”. this was such an inspiring movie and a must see for everyone. I hope you will go out and see the movie on opening weekend. More on the movie in a leter blog.

At the conference they read The Natural Family: A Manifesto which I’d like to share with you. A very good document and a must read. It’s a bit long but worth the read.

After traveling for the last week, it’s good to sleep in my own bed again.

Please pray for me, Priests for Life. and King for America and the work we are doing and that the Lord touches and changes hearts.

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“MLK was fair and compassionate with Rustin: Christian compassion does not mean endorsing sin,” says Dr. Alveda King

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things, (better than Utopia) will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

The 21st century homosexual lobby likes to point to the professional relationship between my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin, his openly homosexual staffer who left the movement at the height of the campaign. Rustin attempted to convince Uncle M. L. that homosexual rights were equal with civil rights. Uncle M. L. did not agree, and would not attach the homosexual agenda to the 20th century civil rights struggles. So Mr. Rustin resigned. He was a brilliant strategist and was hired by Uncle M. L. not because he was gay, but because he was a capable strategist. He also was not fired, he chose to resign. My uncle was not a bigot, and he didn’t judge people for the color of their skin nor their sexual orientation. Neither do I. As compassionate Christians who won’t be forced to sit on the back of the bus as far as our spiritual commitments are concerned, we can be compassionate without endorsing sin.

As to the relationship between Mrs. Coretta Scott King and the homosexual lobby, Mrs. King was a very compassionate woman. She and I shared conversations regarding misplaced compassion. When her daughter, my cousin Elder Bernice King marched in favor of traditional marriage a few years ago, the homosexual lobby demanded that Mrs. King publicly rebuke her daughter for her stance. Mrs. King did not rebuke her daughter. The issue here is compassion, and how to show compassion in the face of controversy.

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama, known by many as the first “Black” President of the United States of America, also became the first Black President to endorse homosexual marriage. This startling decision came as no surprise to some who already knew him as the “most abortion minded president in the history of America.” A few days after President Obama’s announcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also endorsed homosexual marriage.

Amid the controversy of these seemingly contemporary 21st century policies, the question repeatedly arises: How can we show compassion to those who believe that homosexuality and abortion are civil rights? My now deceased and beloved Aunt Coretta Scott King supported both the homosexual agenda and the abortion agenda. She even accepted the 1966 Planned Parenthood “Maggie” award in her husband’s stead. Uncle M. L. was prolife. Aunt Coretta was the first to ask me the compassion question in the mid-1980’s. Many have since posed the compassion question to me.

As one who is unabashedly unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I must admit that when the question first came to me, I sought for a humanly wise response. I struggled and groped in my finite mind for something my Daddy A. D. King might say; or my uncle M. L. King, or my Granddaddy King. At first, I didn’t even remember their sermons, just thought about what their answers might be from a civil rights perspective. After all, I knew that they all preached the Bible, and like David, did their best to obey God in spite of their human frailties. I knew that they were pro-life and believed in procreative marriage. After all, I’m the one who coined the now popular slogan: “I have a dream, it’s in my genes.”

I wanted to express to the world that my great-grandfather, Dr. A. D. Williams, a Baptist preacher was an original NAACP founder. I wanted to express that my Granddaddy, also a Baptist preacher, was an early NAACP leader. Following in their footsteps, my Daddy A. D. King and Uncle M. L. King founded the 20th century Civil Rights Movement in the Name of Jesus.

Thank goodness my good friend Day Gardner helped me to get back on track quickly. In a joint press release from the African American prolife community regarding President Obama’s decision, Day wrote: “The NAACP was founded by Blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people – pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible, God’s final Word – was very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion. It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children as a civil right. In its decision to please the world, the NAACP has turned its back on the things of GOD and in doing so it has become irrelevant. We must encourage those who know the truth to speak out – to stand firmly on the solid rock – to not look to the right or to the left. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Our lives began to end the day we become silent about things that matter.””

Day’s thoughts lead me to the answer to the compassion question. How can we show compassion for people who want to legitimize sin? If we love them, shouldn’t we try not to hurt their feelings by pointing out that things like abortion and homosexuality are against the Word of God? No matter how many new Bible translations that people come up with, God’s Word isn’t going to change.

My answer came not from what would Daddy do, or Uncle M. L. do, or Granddaddy do? The answer will always be “what would Jesus do?” Living on the edge of a 21st century Babylon with the stench of Sodom and Gomorrah stinging our nostrils, we need to know that the question is relevant and the answer is imperative. Not only what would Jesus do, but what did Jesus do when confronted with sinners? Jesus extended compassion in the form of “ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Right now the anti-procreative marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free. To the contrary, it is the Word of God on these and all human issues that sets people free. As Christians, we must have the compassion of Jesus Christ and tell the truth and shame the devil. We must not allow false compassion to force truth to take a seat on the back of the bus.

As a young woman, sitting in the pews of the congregations of my elders, I must admit that I questioned God and the Bible, seeking inconsistencies in the Word. I wanted to enjoy sin, and was looking for loopholes. My Daddy and Uncle M. L. had similar experiences before they were “transformed” by God’s light and love through Jesus Christ.

I guess the best example of the transformation or born again experiences in my family would be my Uncle M. L.’s conversion testimony which came to him in 1956. As was previously stated, Uncle M. L. belongs to a long line of preachers, and during his early years, he depended on the faith of his fathers. Then, in 1956, King experienced his first personal encounter with God.

On page 59 of BEARING THE CROSS (Garrow), there is an account of the experience. At around midnight on Jan. 27, 1956, at the height of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Uncle M. L. was discouraged by death threats, exhaustion, and the heavy burdens of organizing the community. He also feared for his wife and babies. He was praying at his kitchen table, “It seemed at that moment,” he later told an interviewer, “that I could hear an inner voice saying to me, ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo I will be with you….’ I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on.”

The link between Christian faith and the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement was genuine and indistinguishable, in that you could not have one without the other. It was the vision and reality of Christian love that strengthened the Christian warriors. Uncle M. L. had a love for all humanity, that one race of people created by God. Agape love is not easily attained, but Uncle M. L., my Daddy A. D., Daddy King, our hold family legacy has always embraced Agape. God is Love. The Bible teaches us to walk in love, even as my Uncle M. L. was taught. The Bible was Martin Luther King Jr.’s best textbook, always.

Not long after his conversion, Uncle M. L. wrote the following to a youth seeking advice:

From 1950’s Ebony Advice Column

QUESTION: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?

MLK: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. … You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

Question: About two years ago, I was going with a young lady who became pregnant. I refused to marry her. As a result, I was directly responsible for a crime. It was not until a month later that I realized the awful thing I had done. I begged her to forgive me, to come back, but she has not answered my letters. The thing stays on my mind. What can I do? I have prayed for forgiveness.

MLK: You have made a mistake. … One can never rectify a mistake until he admits that a mistake has been made. Now that you have prayed for forgiveness and acknowledged your mistake, you must turn your vision to the future. … Now that you have repented, don’t concentrate on what you failed to do in the past, but what you are determined to do in the future.

Uncle M. L. showed the compassion and love of Jesus in his letter to this youth. He didn’t help the young man embrace a position contrary to God’s Word, rather he extended God’s loving compassion in his response. We have a sure example of this type of compassion from Jesus Himself:

In the case of “the woman caught in the act,” Jesus said to her accusers: “Ye who are without sin, cast the first stone.” As one by one her accusers dropped their stones, and walked away, Jesus wrote in the dirt. He then asked Mary Magdalene, “woman, where are your accusers?” She realized that her accusers had dispersed. Then, Jesus spoke the startling words of liberation to the woman who would become his first female disciple. “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.”

Yes friends, Jesus acknowledged the woman’s sins, and he still loved her. He set her free, not just from those who would stone her, but from the behavior that bound her. Loving someone who is bound by sin, dismissing their sanctimonious judges and then setting the captives free by showing them a way out of sin is the answer to the compassion question. Show compassion by showing people the liberty and love of This Same Jesus Christ: yesterday, today and forever.

To do this, we must be transparent, admit to and repent of our own sins first, and then be the examples traveling the road of repentance and redemption. There is love, mercy, compassion and grace in what we have to offer. We just have to be bold enough and strong enough to love.

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Blessings or Curses, Life or Death? The Thin Line Between Repentance, Revival and Rebellion

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Can wicked rulers be allied with You, those who frame injustice by statue? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” Psalm 19-22

During a time of meditation, this scripture turned my attention to the current debate regarding abortion, artificial invasive and harmful birth control methods, and the Roe vs Wade decision which legalized the killing of little innocent babies in the womb. I find myself wondering yet again, why does America allow laws that uphold abortion, and use tax dollars to support the abortion agenda?

Often, during the day to day exploits and activities of the pro-life movement, we come into contact with friends and foes. The thin line comes in when we consider that pro-choice today can always become pro-life tomorrow. That’s what happened to me, not quite overnight, but I was once pro-choice and now I am pro-life.

What causes someone to turn from being pro-choice (which includes the agenda of abortion and euthanasia), to becoming pro-life? There are many, many testimonies about women and men who were once pro-choice and are now pro-life.

Abby Johnson
Dr. Philip Ney
Dr. Noreen Johnson and Dr. Haywood Robinson
Dr. Alveda King

How does one turn away from the rebellion of the pro-choice agenda to the repentance and affirmation of the pro-life mission? I would strongly urge us to consider that such a transformation can only occur when there is a “change of heart.” God, by the Power of the Holy Spirit causes us to repent and turn to Him. In turning to God, we realize that the pro-death agenda is just that. Death.

In the scripture above, we read that there are those who frame injustice by statue (law.) Roe vs Wade, the proposed HHS mandate to pay for distribution of harmful “birth control” drugs and devices, millions of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, all are part of the framing of injustice in America. As my uncle once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

My friends, Planned Parenthood has launched a 40 days for abortion prayer campaign. Is this unbelievable or what?

America needs revival. God isn’t playing with us. There can be no revival without repentance. This won’t be the time for pointing fingers at one another, this must be a time of speaking up and out for life, for protection of our religious freedoms, and for repentance. We must love and encourage one another in this battle, and we must also love those of the pro-choice persuasion. We must fight to win them with love and truth. Amen? Amen!

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JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN! HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting Life.” John 3:16

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OCTOBER BABY

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Another great pro-life movie. A must see movie that opens in theatres March 23, 2012. See this movie and get all your friends to see this movie. You’ll laugh and cry. Visit www.octoberbabymovie.net for more information.

“Our world is full of abortion survivors, whether the procedure was attempted on them or not; thanks to OCTOBER BABY, we can begin to understand and minister to this massive wound among our youth. OCTOBER BABY is a major blessing to our movement!” – Father Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

“A great film, with a great message!” – Alex Kendrick, Director, COURAGEOUS

“Powerful, emotionally charged and worthy of every accolade the film industry has to offer. OCTOBER BABY will change you … just open your heart.” – Judie Brown, President, American Life League Author, The Broken Path

“OCTOBER BABY is a powerful witness to the beauty and significance of every life!” – Dr. Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union

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Love Never Fails

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Often, people ask me the most impactful message my Uncle Martin Luther (M.L.) made that touched my life. His message of universal Agape Love has always resonated for me. When I ask people what basic requirements people have to sustain life, generally the answer is food, shelter, water and clothing; not necessarily in that order. When I explain that these basic elements are necessary, there is one essential that is often overlooked: LOVE. Notice that the point here is Agape Love, not eros (sex and romance), not even philia (affection, friendship). Now abides faith, hope and love; the greatest of these is AGAPE (LOVE) – God’s love.

Babies are conceived/fertilized in the process of human acts that bring sperms and eggs together. Sometimes, these are acts involved in expression of romantic love, but not always. Even so – whether eros, philia or agape are involved or not – the babies, once conceived and fertilized, are persons, human beings. Some people even suggest that abortion is an act of love and mercy, because in their minds abortions rescue babies from possible lives of sickness or poverty, etc. Well, the fruit of such thinking can nurture some unexpected outcomes. For example, what about the people who kill people after they are born because they can’t feed them, or clothe them? Where does it ever end?

In the midst of a controversial lecture series recently, I made the point that AGAPE LOVE is the primary human element that is often missing in life. When you get a moment, check out a report from that visit here.

Have a great and blessed week!

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