“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Thank you for following my blog and activities during 2015. Together we explored exciting, tumultuous, often challenging, sometimes hopeful events that rocked our world in 2015.
I especially appreciated your prayers and your comments on the blogs; some encouraging, some critical. You sure keep me on my toes.
There are critical elections coming up in America. Citizens, let’s try to remember that America needs answers and solutions to terrorism, economic peril, sanctity of life and family, education and so much more. There is no time for squabbling and reality show tactics. Let’s be prayerful and serious about electing leaders who truly care about we the people and will hear us and work together with us to rebuild our nation in the days ahead.
Looking forward into 2016, please know that you are in my prayers. Our nation and our world need a brighter future. May we all seek to contribute to making the dream of love, peace and unity a reality in the coming year.
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Meet Abraham’s sons [and daughters].
See how they love one another – “even unto death” words of the Romans watching Christians with awe and growing respect, to the point that brutal civilization which saw Christians as a threat and an abomination to their gods converted their hearts.
This short video needs to be seen and shared. It relates the conversion of a hard core Muslim youth to Christianity (hard core, it would seem) with the catalyst – that Roman quote “even unto death” – put into local and intense action. You will love this! — Its message needs to be multiplied all over the country and the world exponentially!
With the present onslaught of terrorists’ outbreaks in America and around the world comes the urgent reminder of how everywhere people need the Lord.
Now, as we pray for the families who have lost loved ones to terrorism in America and around the world, let’s examine some facts surrounding the terror.
Abraham’s Family Feud
The family feud between Muslims and Jews aka Arabs and Hebrews is ancient. They have the same natural Grandfather, Abraham. For a solution, reconciliation is required. All the bombs and guns in the world won’t do it. Isaac and Ishmael must come together in God’s love and grace. All Arabs and Muslims aren’t evil.
Conflict between the two natural sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”
Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise.” Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.
But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. He promised Hagar that her son would beget twelve princes who would become a great nation. Ishmael then went to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula. He indeed had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.
This jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. In spite of wealth and blessings that God promised and delivers to both Ishmael and Isaac, it is the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, which has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.
The conflict extends even further to challenge the spiritually “adopted” sons of Abraham – the Gentiles who accept Jesus as God’s Son and Savior of Humanity.
“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:29
So the battle wages among humans over spiritual and natural inheritance. Satan would wield weapons if strife, rejection, violence, hatred and a host of evils to divide God’s people. We must resist this present evil.
A world in trouble
Having explained all of this, there is still no excuse for terrorism. ISIS must go. Yet lest we forget, ISIS is not the only threat to our nation and the word. Poverty, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual perversion, abortion and so much more are also rending the moral fabric of our world.
With global threats, looming elections, war talk and the like, we must ask ourselves if human solutions will be enough to sustain our world. Is there more from heavenly corridors?
Social justice begins in the womb.
“We cannot fight credibly against other social and moral evils, including poverty and violence, while we tolerate mass killings by abortion.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Acts 17:26 says we are one blood, one race.
“God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 GW
Now more than ever we must cry out to God for deliverance. Pray for America and our world.
WASHINGTON, DC — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement this morning in advance of the press conference at 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in which he, Janet Morana, Dr. Alveda King (all of Priests for Life) and David Yerushalmi (American Freedom Law Center, representing Priests for Life) will address their challenge to the HHS mandate in the case recently accepted by the Supreme Court:
“As we hold our press conference this morning, I want to point out that seven national organizations comprised of physicians, bioethicists, and other health-care professionals, have filed a friend of the court brief that was accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it granted cert to our case a week and a half ago. The organizations are as follows:
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC BIOETHICS CENTER
ALABAMA PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO LIFE NURSES
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC NURSES
“The brief these organizations have filed provides the medical evidence that some of the ‘services’ that we object to covering in our insurance plan do in fact act in such a way as to end a new human life after it has begun. Moreover, as health-care professionals who regularly have to defend their own rights of conscience, these organizations stand with us to oppose any government coercion we face to violate our own conscience.
“We thank these groups for standing with us, and look forward to victory in this case.”
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.
“When the Guild of Prophets who lived in Bethel came out to greet Elisha, they asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?” “Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”‘ 2 Kings 2:3
THE EARLY YEARS
My Pastor Theo Allen McNair was born in Dillon, South Carolina. His parents were well respected in their community participating in church activities and raising their family. Patterning after his father, who was a successful entrepreneur, Allen embraced the work ethic early. His first wage earning experiences included running a paper route and providing grounds maintenance at a car dealership. Even then, young Theo understood the importance of knowing his goals and applying corresponding actions.
He went on to attend Voorhees College, where his discipline and tenacity on the football field earned him a starting position on the varsity team and a college scholarship. It was during those years that he also married his high school sweetheart, “Lucy” Anna McNair.
CALLED TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE
For the next few years, Allen pursued a career as an accountant and began moving up corporate ladders in management where he experienced vocational success in the career world.
While working in upper management, Allen supervised a group of unusual young people. One day, Allen decided to attend their church service after they continued to prove themselves to be what they appeared to be; they were Christians.During this time, Allen also accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at home in a private time of crying out to God.
During those days, he continued his education at LaSalle College of Business, and later, during ministry years, Zoe University as well as numerous Morris Cerullo Schools of Ministry. He also studied the ministries of such pastors as Dr. Fred Price, Pastor Kenneth Hagin and Pastor Kenneth Copeland.
Allen was also a devoted history buff, often inspired by the works of great leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SO MIGHTILY GREW THE WORD OF GOD
Among his earlier ministry experiences was his time with his young family at New Life Christian Center with Pastor Jim Muncie. There Allen was asked to head up the prayer ministry;and he also became part of the counseling ministry, teaching ministry and led prosperity classes.
He also assisted Pastor Muncie in his outreach, by speaking at events for Pastor Muncie when his schedule would not permit him to go. He became known as Allen McNair, the young Man of God who was receiving training for future service, forged in the fire of the Holy Spirit to become “God’s Battle Axe.”
THE BIRTH OF A MINISTRY
In 1984 Pastor McNair was released from his ministry at New Life Christian Center by a Mandate from God: “I want to you establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations.” Pastor McNair often recalled saying to God: “That sounds like a church. I’m not doing that.”
Well it didn’t take God long to convince His soon to be faithful servant that this Abraham like step of faith would be the best course to take. Allen had to “launch out into the deep,” to “go to a place that he knew not of.” The corporate opportunities that had blessed Mr. McNair during the past few years began to shift.
At the same time, as the McNair family stepped out on faith and acquired their first place of worship to launch BBMOC – Believers’ Bible Ministry Outreach Center, they were blessed to discover that God was faithful to His Word to the Man of God.
By this time, Pastor McNair had become very strong in the Word of God, and was recognized as a “Teacher of Faith.” He was walking by faith and not by sight, using his Bible knowledge to believe God for everything from pairs of shoes, lapel microphones, automobiles, and healings; first for himself and then using his own examples to teach others to walk by faith.
BBMOC soon moved from a rental suite in a community center to a location on Fairburn Road that Pastor McNairaffectionately dubbed “The Shoe Box.” God provided the seed to pay for the “as is” space; and working in the same “spirit of excellence” that Allen had mastered in the corporate world, and in service at New Life Christian Center, the Man of God occupied his “Shoe Box” making it a beautiful home for his growing church family.
There he taught the people Bible principles of faith, healing and miracles. He also taught us the blessing of the tithe and what he called “the Love Walk.” As our church body grew, each visitor and new member crossing our threshold would see our beloved Pastor at the podium and hear the unforgettable strength and love of God pouring forth from the heart of our Pastor in his greeting: “Welcome Home.”
The Word of God grew and prospered mightily in those days. Over the years, faith and miracles abounded and mightily grew the Word of God with members being continually being added to our Ministry.
Word spread far and near that “there was a man on Campbellton Road who was beautifully saved.” People flocked to the Ministry.
Still, God was not through with Pastor McNair. More faith was required. Pastor was led to another building on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta, where he expected to lease another “as is building.” However, during the negotiations, God instructed Pastor to offer what seemed to be an exorbitant amount of money to the potential landlord. The landlord countered with an even higher amount. Pastor was led of the Lord to accept the offer, and the BBMOC family moved into the facility which remains the church home today.
As the ministry grew, God graced His servant with wisdom for projects and programs that blessed the community. The ministry expanded even further, as Pastor was called to the mission field, traveling abroad to Africa and Europe. There he ministered to thousands, under the anointing and calling of God.
In the 1990’s, God expanded His Mandate to Allen McNair, requiring him to add to the vision: “Establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations; and reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Pastor McNair again “launched further out into the deep”, and continued to diligently reach out with a message of deliverance to the nations and Black America.
During this time, Pastor McNair began to write and produce music to inspire and motivate worship and spiritual growth among his members and for the broader body of Christ. His television and radio ministries also expanded during this season.
THE MINISTRY TODAY
Along with Dr. James Muncie, Pastor McNair regarded the Late Dr. Alex Ness and Dr. Morris Cerullo among his respected mentors. With deep appreciation for all that they sowed into his life, during his lifetime, Pastor McNair mentored other pastors and leaders with the same dedication he received from his own mentors. This is remarkable, and now Pastor McNair himself is remembered as a “spiritual father” to many.
Today BBMOC is Believers’ Bible Christian Church. This name change reflects the maturity of the mission, the minstryand the advancement of the call.
The yearly BBCC graduate salutes launch members into higher educational pursuits and positions in their chosen careers where they continue to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are BBCC members in many positions of leadership in the community, the nations and abroad. BBCC members are making a difference in the world as professionals and paraprofessionals as entrepreneurs, educators, evangelists, public health and safety, corporate officials, consultants, musicians, media experts, in real estate, the medical and health care profession, and many other walks of life. These are God’s gifts expressed through the Ministry of Allen McNair.
Through the years, thousands have been healed and set free by the Power of God through Pastor McNair’s faithful and obedient response to God’s call on his life.
Over the years Pastor McNair also partnered with global ministries, traveling extensively building lasting relationships with men and women of faith for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God while fostering Christian fellowship. He established ministry relationships across the globe while bringing a greater awareness to African American pastors as to the importance of respecting the connection between Africa and America.
He founded The African Humanitarian Christian Fellowship with branches in Accra Ghana, Togo, Nairobi Kenya and Ethiopia.
His cherished wife Mrs. Anna McNair and their three beloved adult children, Tim McNair, Theo (Teddy) McNair, Jr. and Angela McNair Mattox and their spouses and children remain active in the ministry. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Pastor McNair considered it a sacred trust to help families to live prosperous, healthy and enjoyable Christian lives.
Programs such as the Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Boys for Christ, and Girls for Jesus Club guided by Mrs. McNair, The Family Enrichment Ministry, outreach through the annual community picnic and fall love festival are just some examples of how the BBCC Ministry blesses the community, nation and the world.
Pastor McNair especially valued the call to mentor youths and young adults; always teaching them the importance of obedience to authority, academic excellence, and victorious Christian living.
“HE WAS A GOOD MAN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND STRONG IN FAITH.”
Pastor T. Allen McNair will be remembered as a beloved and “good man,” a seasoned and respected Man of God whose faith worked by love.
Many note that in several ways, his Christian walk is reflective of men of God in the Bible, such as Father Abraham, Apostle Paul, King David, Elijah the Prophet, Apostle John the Revelator, and Moses the Liberator. His personal ministry walk is best reflected in his dedicated years of service as Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church. His Christ like example of faith and love remains very evident in his willingness and obedience in accepting God’s directive for him to establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to more specifically reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the words of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., a man admired by Pastor McNair, according to a message Daddy King preached at home going services during his lifetime: “Pastor McNair is still in business, just moved upstairs.”
Watch this music video with memories of Pastor McNair and song “HEAVEN COMES TO ME” inspired by a sermon by Pastor McNair.
Atlanta, GA – In a statement regarding a violent carjacking attempt on her mother Mrs. Naomi King, widow of slain civil rights activist Rev. AD King; and death of her mentor of 28 years, Pastor Allen McNair, founder of the prominent Believers’ Bible Christian Church, Alveda King had this to say:
“Last weekend was amazing. My mother, Naomi King, was accosted in a carjack attempt, and my pastor and mentor Allen McNair died. Meanwhile, the should be helpful Million Man Marchers were in DC chanting ‘down with America and the Blue Klux Klan.’ If not for the grace of God and the wisdom and sanity taught by Mother, Pastor McNair, Daddy, Granddaddy and Uncle MLK, I would have given way to despair. Still I encourage everyone to remain prayerful and undaunted.
“In a media release and open letter, Mother writes to her attacker: ‘I love you, I forgive you… You did not scare me… You frustrated me… As a loving mother, when I looked into your eyes, I thought – you have been misguided.’
“Mother went on to say that while there must be justice for the violent attack upon her person and property, we must seek solutions and opportunities for our youth so that others don’t choose this hopeless path that her attacker sought. This is the mission of the AD King foundation founded in her husband’s and my father’s honor.
“I agree with Mother. We must care for the young, the sick, the elderly and downtrodden. This is the loving message of Jesus.
“I was amazed but not surprised when Mother said: “Thinking of the attack, in a way at least what happened to me brings attention those who need a voice. Now we must act.’ This is the message of our family, our King Family Legacy; Christ centered faith, hope and love, translated into powerful nonviolent conflict resolution.”
Finally, as the weekend recedes and the challenges of today emerge, let us be encouraged, overcoming evil with good; forgiving one another and loving God, ourselves and others; learning to live together as brothers and sisters lest we perish as fools.”
Every year I take pause to remember and thank God for causing me to be born into the same family that brought forth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a child, I could never have imagined that I would grow up to follow in his footsteps, and the footsteps of his brother, my father, Rev. A. D. King, and their father and my grandfather, Daddy King.
Having come from a Christian background with strong and faithful men and women of God in my bloodline, I am grateful to remember yet another anniversary of August 28, that historical day when Uncle MLK made his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. My parents were there among the thousands gathered to hear a message of hope.
That dream is still alive today, because it is rooted in the American Dream and in the Word of God. In the midst of the nightmares of violence, anger and hatred all around us, we must still have a dream.
As my Uncle MLK once said: “We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish as fools.” He dreamed of a world where people would live beyond the battles over skin color, religious wars, and all socio-economic differences.
My Uncle and my Daddy dreamed of a “Beloved Community” where all human beings would be loved and respected. Of course, we live in an imperfect world and are born into adversity. Yet we can remember the love of our Creator and look up and move forward towards a better destiny. With humans this will remain impossible. Yet with God, all things are possible.
Pray with me today as we remember the Dream of MLK, that God will grant us the joy of having that dream become reality.
As the scandalous saga of Planned Parenthood‘s harvesting of baby body parts continues, www.bodyparts.com I shudder to think what happened to three of my babies. The issue isn’t only whether these transactions are legal or not. The question of human decency is also key.
As a post abortive mother, I shudder to think of what happened to bodies of three of my babies. My two abortions and a subsequent miscarriage in the 1970s, all due to wrong thinking and misinformation from Planned Parenthood and the anti-life industry at large are all part of a dark season of my life. I write about these experiences in my books KING RULES, HOW CAN THE DREAM SURVIVE and SONS OF THUNDER.
I can remember the hours in the abortion facilities; the pain, the stress and duress of procedures that left my womb empty and my heart broken; having papers pushed before me for signature with minimal if any explanation. Like many women, I was there with conflicting thoughts and feelings. All that time not knowing that my babies would share in my pain.
As one woman explains: “I went for a procedure. Upon arrival, I was given five pills; two antibiotics and three sedatives. As I waited for the pills to take effect, I was given a clipboard of papers to sign. I was distracted and the duress was debilitating. The staff urged me to quickly finish my paperwork so that the procedure could take place.”
This is a common scenario. There is little time to consider what is happening; what will happen to the body of the mother and her baby. This is why a 48 hour waiting period between the consultation and procedure can be so key.
I didn’t have that precious time. And I and my children suffered the consequences. The Silent No More Awareness Campaign shares important details regarding the lack of disclosure a woman experiences during the “procedure” that can result in having her baby’s body parts harvested.
The issue of abortion is being danced around by media as this body part debacle unfolds. As all unravels, we will discover that there are heinous tentacles from a Three Headed Monster that are at the core of the assault on humanity.
It won’t be the media who helps heal the hearts and wombs of women. It will be prayer; as we see in this impassioned plea from a young woman.
Let us pray for strength as truth crushed to earth rises again.
Dear CBC, I am writing to you today because my heart is heavy over the deafening silence coming from you regarding a recent video that has gone viral exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling aborted babies’ body parts.
If they or anyone else had been exposed for harvesting and selling animal body parts, there would be such an outrage from the left and right. “Save the whales! Save the dolphins! Save the doggies and cats!” people would declare. But for some reason it seems to be okay to chop up the unborn babies and harvest their body parts.
It’s been a week since the video that shocked a nation was released and not a word from the CBC.
CBC, I ask you, “Are you so beholding to the abortion lobby that you are totally paralyzed and unable to garner the necessary will to denounce their behavior?”
The National Black Prolife Coalition of which I am a founding member has addressed you before challenging your support of the abortion industry that targets Blacks; those you profess to be protecting and fighting for. You never responded.
But I thought surely this current gruesome behavior on the part of PPH would be the catalyst for change. I thought to myself, “Surely, now the CBC will yank their support of an industry that is involved in the illegal harvesting and selling of body parts of aborted babies. But yet we hear nothing. Your silence is defeating.
My mother Naomi King and I visited the new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. There among the treasured artifacts we read “Secrets of Married Happiness,” Uncle MLK’s handwritten sermon about holy matrimony.
There were many displays throughout the museum, not just about MLK. Yet, like your position of silence, there is nothing there about the helpless mothers and babies who are victims of the abortion mills of our times. Their plight screams of human injustice and human trafficking at their work. Yet you remain silent.
I became suspicious of the motivation behind PPH awards and grants while investigating the so called MLK acceptance speech for the PPH Maggie Award. My Uncle MLK didn’t write the speech, didn’t attend the ceremony, didn’t believe that abortion was a civil right. Like Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Coretta Scott King was prochoice in favor of a woman’s right to choose abortion. She accepted the Maggie Award instead of her husband.
During her lifetime, in her own words, Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger said:
While the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors, they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table… They do not do this with white people and if we can train the Negro doctor at the clinic, he can go among them with enthusiasm and…knowledge, which…will have far-reaching results among the colored people…The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Yes, Sanger and her Federation targeted and sometimes paid Black leaders – doctors, preachers, lawyers, teachers – with grants and scholarships – to convince them to join her. Does this sound like love and compassion?
Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Well, CBC, you cannot serve both Planned Parenthood and your constituents. By serving Planned Parenthood you are not only hating the other or despising the other but your position is helping to kill our people.
It’s not too late to put your constituents first, where they belong. Get behind; no take the lead in the investigations of Planned Parenthood. Take the lead in calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. It time to stand up for truth.
An amazing thing happened in Baltimore this week. Our leadership team was part of an unlikely coalition of leaders where we spoke at two panel discussions/community forums regarding the state of Baltimore, the nation and the world.
While sitting among leaders from the political, law enforcement community, spiritual, economic, and yes the NAACP; I realized my Uncle MLK was on to something when he said that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”
That garment was on us as we met and talked together in Baltimore. A highlight of what turned out to be another leg of my “Peace and Justice Book Tour” was the opportunity to read excerpts from my KING RULES children’s book to school children at a charter school and to another group of children in front of the Billie Holiday Statue on the sometimes controversial and turbulent Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.
There is hope for Baltimore, America and the world. Keep praying.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
After reading recent commentaries regarding Pastor Franklin Graham, we are seeking God in prayer and reaching out to prayer partners regarding this matter. Pastors and politicians alike are scrambling for answers to the problems of the world while ignoring the obvious. All of the killing, the shedding of innocent blood, born and unborn, is a problem. Lack of justice and righteousness in our legal system, and racism are also problematic. The police and law enforcement are all too often ignoring civil and legal restraints built in to protect and to enforce.
Why is the Christian Church in trouble? Why are our governments in decay? Decline of universal church membership? Decline of voters at the polls? Over 55 million voters and potential church members die by abortion before they see the light of day!
Designer sermons which pick and choose which sin to preach against [such as ignoring adultery and fornication while slamming homosexuality] are so hypocritical, misleading and downright confusing. God is not the author of confusion! We all have sinned about something. We all need to repent and come clean.
Also, imbalance of equity regarding African Americans is causing moral, social and financial bankruptcy. It’s time to come clean.
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” Matthew 4:16
May we avoid strife and condemnation at all costs, so that the light of God’s Love and Truth will shine brightly and that the yokes and bonds of oppression may be broken in the power of God’s anointing.
Here is a composite of the prayers and corporate thoughts of friends on the matter of our Christian Brother Franklin Graham’s recent comments:
“U know, I just read the short Charisma article, and I think what Graham said is HIS opinion and, frankly, is being blown up into something it’s not. If he misunderstands one group’s experience, let that group of pastors go and explain it to him calmly and privately (Read MATTHEW 18:15-17). Publicly saying he’s “sinned” and attacking him like this ISN’T Christian. All it does is create an ugly spectacle and give the enemies of Jesus ammunition to use against HIS Church. At least, that’s my opinion. Luv u.” Sister V
“Definitely not a loving Christian approach. Stirs up strife.” Alveda
“Exactly. We’re supposed to luv our brothers and sisters in CHRIST as well as our enemies. We’ve also gotta resist acting out emotionally. Every time I make an emotional decision, I mess up. :-!” Sister V
“Hi Dear Friend, I just finished preaching overseas and came in and read your post.
I think as the white community we are clueless and insensitive on many different levels to what has been and is going on with the pain and inequities that still exist on many different levels.
We have no right to lecture in social media. So sorry, my friend! Love you so much.” Sister C
“Hi Alveda. Just saw this. I read Franklin Graham’s post again. Alveda there is way too much abuse by police. Both black and white police. I have a fear of police because I have a fear for those in authority. So I probably over comply. Having said that, I am white so I have never suffered the kind of abuse that African Americans have. I don’t even have the remotest clue what that kind of abuse and discrimination would feel like. Again there is far too much violence against blacks by white police. I tend think it’s a minority of white police. I hope it’s a small group and not the majority of white police. When I reread Franklin Grahams post he seemed to be calling those shootings unnecessary. That is the word he used. He seemed to be saying that if people complied with a command to submit and not fight or run there would be less shootings. I suppose that might be true in some cases.
I didn’t feel Graham was sinning against any group by his remarks but I can also see how his words could be interpreted in a way that he didn’t mean to have them taken. Nerves on all sides are very, very raw right now. I think Mr. Graham would have deleted his post without sending if he had any clue how his words would be understood from various viewpoints. I know Mr. Graham goes all over the earth giving millions in aid to hurting and suffering minority group. I don’t think he has a prejudiced bone in his body but now I see he should never have posted that. It made things worse. Yikes. Lord, heal our land, end abuse, reconcile our races, restore peace, and get the bad apples out of our police force. Brother S
“I agree with the writers. But sometimes we presume to speak without relationship. Brother Graham should be more ambassadorial in his postings. His heart is in the right place but he appears to not have either compassion or understanding about the race problem.” Brother BH
“Totally agree with you: if he tells us to “obey” he must also tell police to enforce the law in an unbiased and fair manner under the law…they too should obey the law…history is full of cases where blacks obeyed and still were beaten or died or had evidence planted…he should urge a color blind justice system as would Christ.” Clarence McKee, Fellow newsmax.com Insider
“Do you know Dr. Franklin? Your thoughts…? While I agree with Dr. Graham’s authority perspective, there should be a clear line between Romans 13 authority and police abuse and brutality of citizens; especially Black citizens. There are civil rights and there are civil wrongs; on both sides. Please let me know.” Alveda
“Romans 13 is without a question, but what do u do if u believe that u will be mistreated if u obey? There needs to be education on both sides. Through much prayer, God surely will reveal deeply seated lies that each side unconsciously believes that precipitates wrong actions. Then we must turn around and develop basic guidelines in race relations. God is good.” Prophet E
“So while disobedience to a lawful order endangers the life of the officer and the civilian, the officers should have an honest duty of care.” Alveda and Mike