Dr. Ben Carson has accepted what turns out to be another unconventional cabinet position offer from President-elect Donald Trump; that of HUD Secretary.
Dr. Carson wants to “make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are in need.” He has said: “We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”
In light of all of this, I’m still watching, thinking and praying… At age 65 I’ve been dreaming of retirement. In the midst of that dream, I’m now considering that the President-elect and many of his silver haired appointees must have been dreaming of resting too at some point. Many of them have lived on this earth at least six or seven decades. Yet, they threw their hats in the ring with bigger dreams for a better world, a better quality of life for everyone [born and unborn].
Moses and Aaron were 80 and 83 when God sent them before Pharaoh. Apostle Paul was also no spring chicken at the height of his ministry…
Click image to enlarge
If there’s anything to be learned in these history making moments, it’s that age is relative in the spiritual theme of things. God uses the young and old for His Divine Plans.
My dad, Rev. AD King, and my uncle, Rev. MLK, were both 39 when they were martyred in the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. Lord Jesus was around 33 at the time of His sacrificial crucifixion and resurrection. Yet as it’s already been pointed out, God also uses the aged in the “Big Picture.”
There’s an old song… We’ll Understand It Better By and By…
Honestly, many of us don’t know what’s around the corner [although God’s genuine prophets have some divine insight; and even the soothsayers are trying to understand].
While Christian leaders are still taking sides in the current elections there is yet a non-partisan place in the spirit where we can speak justice and mercy to all, including to all candidates.
Open letters are useful from various vantage points. I’ve signed a few myself.
We need help.
Consider Vashti and Esther:
Two women, living in a system of female oppression in a harem. When married to the king, they responded to a crisis from two vantage points. We learn from Vashti that indignation without prayer ends in short-circuited justice. Vashti responded with emotions. Esther prayed and sought divine solutions, and won justice for herself and her people.
Consider Sarah and Hagar:
A wife and concubine in competition started the longest family feud in history. While both of their sons by Abraham received God’s blessing, the battle over being the bloodline for the earthly entry of the Messiah has caused a rift that needs the healing power of Agape.
A Civil Rights Lens:
Consider Michelle and Hillary:
As the daughter of former slaves and a daughter of former slave owners, they embrace the pro- abortion agenda. It’s no coincidence that they are married to two of America’s most powerful icons.
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” MLK (sons and daughters/humanhood – One Blood/Acts 17:26)
Yet how can the dream survive if we murder the children? As we connect the dots, racism, reproductive genocide, poverty and sexual perversion are common enemies that must be defeated.
In this election cycle we are coming full circle, facing a deep wound in the wombs of the women of America. The Barren and Post-Abortive Woman, Vashti and Hagar must be healed; and Queen Esther and Sarah must fast and pray as America returns to God.
“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. – Isaiah 54
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called… Isaiah 54
The struggle now is to rise above the emotional fray and pray according to this excerpt from Charisma Magazine:
[We as] “Christians are not given the option of letting their [our] disagreement with their [our] political leaders prevent [us] them from praying for those leaders. The apostle Peter wrote that believers are to “submit yourselves to every human authority for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king, as supreme, or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and to praise those who do right. … Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:13-14, 17).
Similarly, Paul wrote to Timothy, “Therefore I exhort first of all that you make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1-3).
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Easter 4:14
Where are the prophetic voices that rise above politics? The generations now and ahead are hanging in the balance:
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.” Isaiah 54
The struggle continues. With repentance; forgiveness one to another and for ourselves; and faith, Agape Love, we shall overcome. Pray for America.
Today, as the first round of the U. S. general election presidential debates approaches, two parties will be represented on stage tonight. Which party will champion all human life from the womb to the tomb?
As the candidates go through their preparation regiments for tonight’s battle, we need to prepare to listen without having our feelings prevent us from hearing truth.
This cannot be a personality contest or an emotional who owes us an apology exercise. We can’t afford to be distracted by division.
We, the Acts 17:26 “One Blood, One Human Race” family must unite in prayer so that God will heal our nation!
“We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is now time to consider the platforms. Which candidate will promote justice, safety, and human dignity for all Americans, in the womb, after birth and throughout their lives?
Mrs. Naomi King, wife of Rev. A.D. King, sister-in-law of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and mother of Evangelist Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, was recently vandalized at her senior citizens’ residence in Atlanta, GA. Along with Mrs. Naomi King’s, cars of other residents were vandalized, with windows bashed in, and possessions rifled in the car. On October 9, 2015 Mrs. King experienced a similar attack where a teenager approached her car, demanded her keys, and punched her in the face repeatedly when she refused to get out of the car or give up the vehicle.
Mrs. King is a voice for civil rights and justice. She loves Jesus Christ. Today, she and her daughter Alveda are advocates for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. They agree that a disregard for the sanctity of human life is at the core of America’s violent crime crisis.
Quoting Saint Mother Teresa, Alveda explains: “What is taking place in America is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
In 1951 Mrs. Naomi was faced with an unexpected pregnancy. She was offered a “choice” by the then “Birth Control League” that would become “Planned Parenthood.” The offer was for a “procedure for a mysterious female ailment,” a D&C which would have eliminated everything in Naomi’s womb.
Naomi went to her future father-in-law, Martin Luther King, Sr., who prophetically described the baby he’d seen in a dream three years prior. Naomi didn’t abort that baby; Alveda. As a result, Evangelist Alveda King is a voice for life today.
Paraphrasing words from her brother-in-law, Mrs. Naomi says: “When we do not value the human personality then our society is in trouble.” She also urges in an open letter: “Our God, who is loving and merciful gave you life and gifts. Are you thankful?”
Naomi’s love of God, grace and beauty, earned for her the title “The Butterfly Queen. “I’m so glad I chose life for my angel daughter Alveda,” she said.
Evangelist Alveda loves her mother and is grateful for her life. She prays for a “cease fire” in America’s abortions, crime and violence; and concludes urging everyone: “Pray for America and vote pro-life.
Dear President Obama, my prayers are with you as I write this letter today. I’m praying that the heart of this message breaks through all political filters to that secret place that even Presidents go in times of need.
Sir, you recently tweeted: “If there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save—we’ve got an obligation to try.” Your appeal seemed to be directed at gun control. Yet, the one life chord is vibrating on a frequency that embraces not just victims of gun violence, but even reaching the innocent lives in the womb.
Many people often try to marginalize the sanctity of life voice. Yet, I would appeal to you to consider that death by forceps or bullets is death all the same:
““I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.”” – Matthew 27:4 ESV
Sir, we are trying to “see to it,” to see an end to senseless violence in every corridor.
Dear President Obama, in the Bible there have been great kings and rulers. Some served God, some did not. In many cases some of these rulers came to know and serve God because of prayerful people within their courts and cabinets. I’m sure you have such voices around you.
In your recent gun control speech you spoke of Zaevion, a high school student, and his heroism as he dove on top of three girls to shield them from the bullets. And he was shot in the head. And the girls were spared. He gave his life to save theirs. You also rightly quoted John 15:16, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” To lay down one’s life for a friend takes an extremely selfless act, something we don’t hear about too often.
You said, “Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns — 30,000. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability, or learned to live without the love of their life.”
Violence is defined in Merriam-Webster as “the use of physical force so to harm someone, to damage property, etc.”
Violence can take many forms. Gun violence is one of those forms. Knife violence is another. Fist violence another; and word violence too. Bomb violence is another. And abortion violence is yet another.
As you spoke and began to tear up, I could see the compassion you have for those who are senselessly killed by guns. I believe that many Americans feel the same way you do, not only for gun violence but for any type of violence. Americans mourned the lives lost to the Boston bombers. We mourned those killed at the twin towers on 9/11.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2013 there were a total of 41,149 deaths by suicide of which 21,175 were by guns. That means that 19,974 suicides occurred by other means such as suffocation, poisoning, etc. Additionally, in 2011 there were 836,000 emergency department visits for self-inflicted injuries. Although not broken down by types of injuries, I would venture to say that many of them were not due to gun shots.
Although we do need certain legislation regarding gun sales and safety the focus needs to be more on violence control and not excessive gun control.
Violence is due to hatred, or malice people may have towards others for whatever reason. It could be due to skin color, or someone having something that someone else has, or someone not believing what we believe. Whatever the reason the solution is the same: LOVE.
We must change the dialogue from “we’re against something” to “we’re for something.” In this case we must be for love – love of our fellow human being, love of life, love of self!
The Bible advises and teaches us that we should never rail against rulers and leaders in authority; rather we are to pray for our leaders, which I do. There are many words you have spoken over the years of your presidency; some which ring with compassion.
As you may know, I am a pro-life activist. I am concerned about all human lives. I write to you today because, like you and so many other Americans, I am concerned over the growing violence in America. But I am also concerned over the millions of lives lost to the violence of abortion.
Mother Teresa once said, “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”
I’m writing today to appeal to your compassion for those lost to violent acts and I ask you to consider that what our world needs is not just gun control but violence control. We need to turn to LOVE for the answer.
I do not want to politicize the issue of guns or abortion and that’s why I’m inviting you to step out of the political arena and invite you to step into the arena of principles and moral values. The arena where we can change the world through LOVE and PEACE!
You gave life voice
To sing sweet psalms.
Life sings of degradation.
You gave life ears to hear
Life listens to pagan drums.
Life has many voices Lord.
We need to only listen.
During reflections and prayers for our nation and our world, in the midst of all the domestic and global upheaval, we need to remember that God’s love and natural law trumps human nature and common law. #Godslovematters.
“Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me.” For thus says the Lord: “If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink.” – Jeremiah 49:11-12 ESV
In the midst of Planned Parenthood scandals, Black Lives Matter furor, global religious wars and unrest, and so much turmoil everywhere, let’s turn to Acts 17:26 – of one blood we are one human race, and as such should love each other as brothers and sisters.
Please view links after reading MLK words below. For present day relevance please include [persons] wherever “men” are noted. Thank you.
“In the spirit of the founding fathers of our nation and in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, I would like to use as a subject from which to preach: “The American Dream.”” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. July 4, 1965
“It wouldn’t take us long to discover the substance of that dream. It is found in those majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, words lifted to cosmic proportions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by God, Creator, with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is a dream. It’s a great dream.
“The first saying we notice in this dream is an amazing universalism. It doesn’t say “some men,” it says “all men.” It doesn’t say “all white men,” it says “all men,” which includes black men. It does not say “all Gentiles,” it says “all men,” [persons] which includes Jews. It doesn’t say “all Protestants,” it says “all men,” which includes Catholics. (Yes, sir) It doesn’t even say “all theists and believers,” it says “all men,” which includes humanists and agnostics.
“Then that dream goes on to say another thing that ultimately distinguishes our nation and our form of government from any totalitarian system in the world. It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state. In order to discover where they came from, it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity. They are God-given, gifts from His hands. Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent, and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality. The American dream reminds us, and we should think about it anew on this Independence Day, that every man [person] is an heir of the legacy of dignity and worth.”
You might also enjoy this tribute to my Mother, Mrs. Naomi King.
And finally, “Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful at the report heard in the land, when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, and ruler is against ruler.” – Jeremiah 51:46 ESV
Have you ever noticed that when people go to a restaurant and they get bad service they are all too willing to make a complaint? But when they get good, or even great service, they say nothing. The same is true with most services that people receive. Sure there is the occasional exception to the rule. But for the most part that’s just human nature.
That seems to be the case with news and current events. The media is all too happy to report all the chaos going on in our world but are not so quick to report on the good going on in everyday life. I guess the good news doesn’t bring in the ratings. As the saying goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.”
With everything that is going on in the world today, good is rising in the hearts of humanity. For every bad deed, there are two, although unreported, blessings to outshine them. For example, prime time TV is flooded with hyper themes of sexual temptation and violence these days. At the same time movies like WAR ROOM and WOODLAWN are receiving rave reviews.
In the music world, where many, and usually the most popular ones, songs seem to contain such graphic material, both sexual and violence, that warning labels must be printed on the cover of the albums, a less well known song, PRAY for AMERICA is resonating across the country.
A classic favorite, THIS IS MY BODY, reemerged at the World Meeting of Families. Tears flowed as hearts were recommitted for life.
The coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia and his much needed message of unity brought hope to many in times of many trials.
At times we are so bombarded by the evils of the world that we feel as though we, as a single individual, are helpless to do anything about it.
But, besides what is going on in the world at large, we all live in a smaller sphere in which each one of us has an influence on those around us. If we treat each other with agape love, we can change the world one person at a time. You may be the hope for that someone you run into today.
As I travel around the country speaking at various events, I sometimes like to get the audience’s participation as we sing, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE. It reminds us that, as Matthew 5:14 says, “You [all of us] are the light of the world..” You and I are called to be a light to those around us. And together we can light up the world and darkness will have nowhere to hide.
It is said that every cloud has a silver lining. The battle for life is raging, yet we are winning.
Dear friends, as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, please allow me to say, “be encouraged as you continue to preserve true human rights and fundamental freedoms; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Today we gather at the World Meeting of Families to proclaim that the family is a cornerstone of our society. Yet as we gather together, that cornerstone is being chipped away by forces that want to destroy our communities; that want to destroy our families and our very lives.
Yes, today we are witnessing attempts to distort the meaning of human rights in order to advance an evil agenda; one that is authored by the father of confusion and lies.
This agenda destroys life, family and communities.
We must resist this agenda with all our might. We must not fall for the deceptions of the anti-procreation agenda; rather we must continue to expose their lies and affirm the truth that God made us all equal as human beings; understanding that all behaviors do not have equivalent worth and outcomes.
It is urgent that we stand as a united people in defending the beauty and future of the natural family and the beauty and innocence of all our children. Too many young lives have been lost to child abuse, abortion and the sickening trade of selling aborted baby parts. Please do not participate in this evil and risk the Lord’s great and coming wrath.
I urge you to defend the integrity of just laws and remember as my Uncle Rev. MLK said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
My Uncle ML, my father Rev. AD King, and my grandfather Daddy King were all prolife during their lifetimes. They didn’t believe that abortion was a civil right. They would never have agreed that abortion and carcinogenic birth control methods are health care. They never discovered the hidden agenda of death birthed by Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. They also refused to associate the anti- natural life and marriage agenda with the civil rights movement.
We have always been a strong family. Granddaddy convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. Abortion was illegal back then. Two decades later, after the deaths of my Daddy and Uncle, when abortion was becoming legal in America, I suffered two secret abortions and s miscarriage. In the mid 1970’s, Granddaddy once again stepped in and convinced me not to abort another baby. I once was blind and now I see.
My family bloodline has had a Christian world view for generations. As an example of this, Uncle ML clung to the scriptures and refused to acknowledge human sexuality and abortion rights as issues that needed to be addressed on the public platform where the battle for skin color equity was being engaged.
Whereas on the other hand, today I’m sure that they would agree that the sanctity of life is part of the civil rights public platform because LIFE is a human right. And as such, we must fight to protect all lives because God’s love matters.
In my recent open letter welcoming Pope Francis to America, I asked if the lion can lie down with the lamb? I believe this can happen when as my uncle Rev. MLK said, we must all “learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” Yet we have a ways to go before we get there.
I work towards this goal at Priests for Life, in my work with AAO, informing, educating and activating the Black community, spreading the message that abortion ends a human life. Abortion is harmful to the mother, father, the family and the community. This truth is paramount because many do not know that Blacks are being aborted at disproportionate rates compared with all other people groups.
Further, as a global spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, I share how the loss of my two aborted babies and a miscarriage caused by abortion related damages to my body has affected me. My children lost three siblings to abortion. My mother has three less grandchildren to love. Society has lost three contributions to the fields of maybe medicine, or science, or education and business, or perhaps even the next great president. Only God knows for sure.
Yet faith, hope and love remain. At Rachel’s Vineyard, where I received my own post abortion healing, offers God’s love and forgiveness to all who repent and ask for his mercy. No one needs to suffer alone. With over 55 million abortions since 1973, Rachel’s Vineyard has thousands of men and women to heal from abortion’s scars.
Abortion shockwaves have been felt across every area of our lives. Abortion has touched many families in one way or another. Abortion is not just a choice between a mother and her doctor but a choice that affects all families and society as a whole.
In the 20th century my uncle said that “America will not reject racism until America sees racism.” In the 21st century Fr. Frank Pavone says that “America will not reject abortion until America see abortion.” I agree.
We know that America is beginning to see abortion in all it’s evils. Thanks to the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s and other human harvesting agents’ horrific atrocities against the most innocent, vulnerable members of our human family, the time is right to stand up for life, to demand accountability, and to demand that our governments stop supporting abortion and its byproducts.
My friends all human beings are born into a world of sin. Yet, we can all be transformed by being born again. Yes, we are in challenging times, and difficulties still lie ahead but we have a sovereign Lord who is the victor and is Truth.
Dear friends, as we wage this battle to uphold the safety and sustainability of the human family, I urge you to stand for God’s truth, to live by God’s truth and pursue this Truth in all areas of life.
I hope that you enjoyed the trailer for my latest book, King Rules, which you saw in the beginning. I now want you to enjoy a preview of a song I co-produced, PRAY for AMERICA. As you watch, I encourage you to sing along and to remember to pray for our leaders, pray for those fighting to preserve the lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the human family as God designed it. Pray for our nation, our people and our world.