#StopTheMadness – End #Racism NOW! –

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Sadly I find myself coming back to repost these thoughts I’ve echoed SO many times – as the news of the day story shares – Racism is still holding root in America!!!!  It seems like every 6 months (or less) I find myself here again… frustrated again… sickened by the ugliness again…. totally (and maybe I shouldn’t be) surprised that this CANCER still has a hold on our society.  So many of us wanted to believe that electing America’s first President of color signaled the end of a very bad era; even with the countless number of incidents where people of color continued to be victims to violence and hatred – we wanted to believe that things were actually getting better.  Now as that President has come and done his tenure and is gone on to other things in life, it’s almost as if there was a fermenting and boiling up of rebellion against every form of progression toward ending racist supremacism, bias and other forms of segregation that pit races against each other! That boiling up today is spilling into the streets of Virginia – with people claiming they want to “take their country back”! HOW CAN YOU TAKE BACK SOMETHING THAT WASN’T YOURS IN THE FIRST PLACE????  While the high politicians of this country seem to be gearing up for battle with numerous other countries, America is a nation divided – our country is imploding from the inside – because this race wants to claim supremacy over that race and that race hates the other race and by that way, this race over here is divided against itself because half of it doesn’t want to see the other half succeed and they literally judge each other because of their level within the race!!!

But it’s still here… and its absolutely sickening!!!  

Unfortunately, Racism will not go away anytime soon– despite all the efforts from people to proclaim our society as post-racial. We keep seeing examples Of racism and the more people speak against it the more supporters of racist views rear their heads …ugliness… in the national spotlight and right in our own neighborhoods… It shows you just how disrespectful people are today and how low a value is placed on human life just because the race is different! 

A sad truth is that the more these people start to realize the impact of their ugly, bigoted words and actions… The more they just keep USING them; No matter what the extreme, from laughing at or posting a stereotypical joke on social media to committing a hate crime because we have that nagging urge to dislike someone that’s not like us. We were so wrong over the last eight years!!!! Racism is more prevalent today than it ever was and if not for the laws protecting the human rights of the targets of this ugly cancer of society, things would be much worse. The only reason the crimes aren’t any worse is because the fear of retaliation or punitive recourse holds force… for now!

People, we need to go above our horrible base instincts of ignorance and lay off the acts steeped in belittling a culture other than our own. There is NOT ONE justifiable reason for racism to exist!!! There is NO EXCUSE for the ugliness that happens: If “whoever” is good enough for God then they have to be good enough for the “people” of God! Jesus is not looking at the color of someone’s skin but the condition of their heart. Why would God bring the nations and races and souls together in Heaven but keep them separate on Earth? Being “unequally yoked” isn’t about race, it’s about religion. Jesus has interracial marriages in his lineage. Are you better than Him? It doesn’t matter that your ancestors have been this way for generations…. we love to bring up what happened hundreds of years ago as our reason for not liking someone. Half of us don’t understand or even TRY to understand why, we just do it because it’s the way our families or our communities have been all of our lives… and our excuse for staying that way is … HERITAGE!?!?!? No wonder things are so backwards!!! When your family values are rooted in sin, it’s time to change your family values. Nobody’s born a bigot; it’s a learned behavior. This behavior always leads to us treating people how Jesus would never treat people. Hatred, Unforgiveness, Anger, Arrogance, Racism… not liking the person because their skin is a different color, their beliefs and heritages are different, their likes and dislikes don’t match ours… these things are always rooted in ignorance. We need to Stop defending the ignorance…. we really aren’t any better than the next person! Just END IT NOW!!! For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to EVERY man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Rom 12:3-5).

That Grudge You’re Carrying Looks Heavy. #Forgive It Away! –

Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven" (Matt 18:22)~ there we have it– you just keep forgiving– whether the offense against you happened once or it keeps happening- it's not about how many times or who started it, it's time you get over that grudge– that actually does you more damage than the person you carry it against! After all, WHO is the one that's mad? WHO is walking around with an imbalanced temperament? WHOSE blood pressure is up because they're being mad just because they want to be? Stop justifying your selfish anger and get over yourself cause that's what you're doing .. Making it all about YOU! Time to let go and love the unlovable, pardon the unpardonable, believe the unbelievable and hope when everything seems hopeless. YOU need to forgive the petty mess that's going on between you and "them". It's not about who's at fault or who apologizes first. But since you made it about YOU, YOU NEED to forgive. See, others don't need your forgiveness nearly as much as YOU need it yourself. It's YOUR heart that is hard because YOU haven't forgiven; YOU are carrying carry heavy burdens…YOU are weighing yourself down more and more with stress just by holding that grudge! Every excuse you make to justify your anger, grudge and unforgiveness just makes the burden heavier on YOU! There is only one way to lighten this load. ForGIVE it away!!! Every ounce of forGIVEness you dispense to others lifts off the burden that YOU bear. The forgiving heart is the forgiven heart. You can experience the freedom and healing power of forGIVING away the burdens of unforgiveness. Each of us has that one grudge that we haven't let go of…and what is it doing? It's enslaving YOU in burdens of anger and rage…for what?? My friend, life is too precious and too short to stay mad at them over some petty trivial junk whether it happened way back when or yesterday! I lost my brother a few months ago. Until a year before that, we had been in a grudge pattern with each other for over twenty five years. If I heard his name, I immediately went into a belligerent tone. When my mom got sick last year, we all rushed to her side and my brother and I instantly put all of our differences behind us. We didn’t want our mother to see the end of her life with us being at odds with each other. I gave away my grudge and so did he and that was the greatest blessing I’d had with him all of our lives. My little brother is gone but I’m SO glad we had that time and we are sharing that with our family to promote healing across the generations. Fortunately, my mother is still with us and is getting to see this throughout her family! She has even forGIVEN a lifelong grudge of her own! Life is MUCH too short to waste on a grudge! I’ve still got work to do and there are a few other grudges I’ll be forGIVING away. See, holding back forgiveness is like standing in an open cell and refusing to walk out. Stop imprisoning yourself!!! Christ set us free in His forgiveness of our sins for eternity. The prison doors that held you have been opened….but you need to embrace your freedom and walk out into that freedom! Give up that pride and make yourself thankful for mending that tear in that relationship! It's truly liberating!

What Makes YOU Better Than Me? God Didn’t – #Pride –

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The Ground At The Foot Of the Cross is Level…
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Rom 12:3); For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)~ They don’t look like ‘us’ or act like ‘us’ or have the same stuff as ‘us’; they are from here or there; grew up on that side of the tracks; they make choices that are ‘bad’…they are different than ‘we’ are, so they’re … “Broken”! There’s an interesting translation that comes to mind with this thought:  “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.” (Matthew 7:3, The Message). We all can agree that times are more ‘crazy’ than ever. With that, the responsibility we have as the family of God only gets more important! We need to change the way we think about and approach the “different” factor… that brokenness in people; we must recalibrate our approach to it with an absence of judging. If we don’t, we are creating second-class citizens in the society of Jesus’ followers. The shaming of ‘broken’ people is so prevalent in society that those of us who are guilty of having struggles with our own brokenness feel we don’t really belong. Is this really what Jesus wants? It’s the rest of us who feel we are not ‘broken’ who are in the biggest spiritual trouble though. We see ourselves as better, more “moral” and above the others… and that’s dangerous, because wherever human beings have a personal sense of being moral, pride takes over! It’s said that the ground at the foot of the cross is level. That means all of us are on the same footing; all of us are in need of grace, in need of pity. All of us need to be loved. We try to find those things in various ways, but shame and “moral” [self-righteous] living are two ways that don’t work. We can’t be so angry – so self-righteous that we cannot change or make others to be as we wish them to be, especially since we cannot even make ourselves as WE wish to be. What makes YOU better than me? God sure didn’t!!! “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” (John 8:7)

Once Again! When Will We #StopRacism For Good? –

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Sadly I find myself coming back to repost these thoughts I shared a few years ago but with a NEW EXAMPLE – as the CNN story shares – Racism is still holding root in America!!!!  It seems like every 6 months (or less) I find myself here again… frustrated again… sickened by the ugliness again…. totally (and maybe I shouldn’t be) surprised that this CANCER still has a hold on our society.  Over the past eight years, so many of us wanted to believe that electing America’s first President of color signaled the end of a very bad era; even with things like the Trayvon Martin murder, Ferguson and countless other incidents – we wanted to believe that things were actually getting better.  But it’s still here…  The writer begins: “Still? STILL? A baseball player being subjected to racial taunts? A full 70 years after Jackie Robinson endured this kind of despicable behavior while smashing through the sport’s white ceiling, it’s hard to believe, but here we are again. Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles was literally minding his business, manning a position in the outfield Monday night against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, when the N-word came flying at him. Jones heard it, tolerated it best he knew how, then talked about it candidly after the game.”  And like the story says.. our people just .. hear it and tolerate it because we know that to react to it will put us in a worse situation than the heartless one that hurled the insult in the first place.  Absolutely sickening!!!
Unfortunately, Racism will not go away anytime soon– despite all the efforts from people to proclaim our society as post-racial. We keep seeing examples Of racism and the more people speak against it the more supporters of racist views rear their heads …ugliness… in the national spotlight and right in our own neighborhoods… It shows you just how disrespectful people are today and how low a value is placed on human life just because the race is different!
A sad truth is that the more these people start to realize the impact of their ugly, bigoted words and actions… The more they just keep USING them; No matter what the extreme, from laughing at or posting a stereotypical joke on social media to committing a hate crime because we have that nagging urge to dislike someone that’s not like us. We were so wrong over the last eight years!!!! Racism is more prevalent today than it ever was and if not for the laws protecting the human rights of the targets of this ugly cancer of society, things would be much worse. The only reason the crimes aren’t any worse is because the fear of retaliation or punitive recourse holds force… for now!
People, we need to go above our horrible base instincts of ignorance and lay off the acts steeped in belittling a culture other than our own. There is NOT ONE justifiable reason for racism to exist!!! There is NO EXCUSE for the ugliness that happens: If “whoever” is good enough for God then they have to be good enough for the “people” of God! Jesus is not looking at the color of someone’s skin but the condition of their heart. Why would God bring the nations and races and souls together in Heaven but keep them separate on Earth? Being “unequally yoked” isn’t about race, it’s about religion. Jesus has interracial marriages in his lineage. Are you better than Him? It doesn’t matter that your ancestors have been this way for generations…. we love to bring up what happened hundreds of years ago as our reason for not liking someone. Half of us don’t understand or even TRY to understand why, we just do it because it’s the way our families or our communities have been all of our lives…no wonder things are so backwards!!!When your family values are rooted in sin, it’s time to change your family values.Nobody’s born a bigot; it’s a learned behavior. This behavior always leads to us treating people how Jesus would never treat people. Hatred, Unforgiveness, Anger, Arrogance, Racism… not liking the person because their skin is a different color, their beliefs and heritages are different, their likes and dislikes don’t match ours… these things are always rooted in ignorance. We need to Stop defending the ignorance…. we really aren’t any better than the next person! Just END IT NOW!!! For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to EVERY man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Rom 12:3-5).

#Praise The Lord! Why? You’re Breathing Aren’t You? –

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (1 Chr 16:29); O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised The Lord (1 Chr 16:34-36)~ man will throw a party and celebrate just about anything … we will create holidays and let the world know of our galas! If only we put that same effort of excitement into Him that truly sustains us! Let us show our celebration of The Lord! Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to Him may be led to adore Him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God’s name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy and praise. Let us be mindful of His promise and take joy in offering Him praise. Let God’s former mercies to His people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to Him. We have reason to celebrate Him from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known his deeds among the people (1 Chr 16:8). Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. (Ps 150:6)

Want Things to Change? #RiseUp And Make It Happen! –

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk (John 5:8)~ You’ve employed every attempt of desire for whatever it is to be better. You’ve prayed, wished, hoped and believed; but you still seem to be sitting here in this ‘infirmity’. You’ve even reminded God dozens of times how hard this is on you and how much you want things to be better and you wait for His blessing; and you wait and you wait. “I’m just waiting on The Lord” you say… Singing that song to yourself…”They that wait on The Lord shall renew their strength….”; yeah, that’s you! 🙂 God’s response: “Turn and Live!”. See my friend, God has placed everything you need to make things change already in you! You already believe in Him and Jesus already took care of everything else. The problem is, you’ve been “waiting” for eons for something to fall in your lap: that blessing to call on you, that moment to come along, the other thing to happen. You want change, but you’re still being who you always were. You’ve taken so much comfort and pride in being the same old you that YOU have been the reason things haven’t changed for you! And you sit…waiting in that jacked up situation! Turn and live! By the grace of God, His distinguishing grace, this command calls on His already given power in you. To Him be the glory. You honor His glory by doing what He has made you to do! The proof of spiritual cure, is our rising and walking. As Christ has healed our spiritual diseases, let us go wherever He sends us, and take up whatever grace He lays upon us; and walk before Him!

#Forgive and #MoveOn Harbored Hatred Hinders Healing –

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)~ Jesus often talked of what would happen but He loved anyway. As soon as Christ was fastened to the cross, He prayed for those who crucified Him. Although He was in the greatest struggle and agony, He forgave! 

The moral: don’t allow pain to dictate the course of your behavior by crippling your ability to trust or over cautiously holding back caring feelings so not to invest in too much emotional concern (in a fruitless attempt to protect yourself). That unforgiveness is a prison that you’ve chosen to lock yourself in! Someone may have hurt you in the past, but why are you continuing to hurt yourself by carrying unforgiveness? That’s a weight your souls foesnt need to carry. Lay it aside! Stop using an unfair tragedy as an excuse to remain forever broken believing that you have a right to stay that way. Instead of walking around with a chip on your shoulder embracing bitterness to justify yourself, and feeding the pain, LOVE, FORGIVE and embrace FREEDOM! You have a RIGHT to these beautifying things that only come through the dismantling of that fortress of false rights! We cause more hurt to ourselves than the person who inflicted us when we hold on to anger and bitterness. 

Rather than coming back after those who called for His death and inflicting a revenge that no one would have survived, Jesus came back in peace. Yes, He’s God, but aren’t we made in His image? Don’t we bear His likeness? Why is it Jesus can forgive the sins of the world….that He had to pay for in death but we are still holding bitterness for a pain that we can’t half remember just how uncomfortable it was. It’s time to put it down my friend. 

People are quick to say I forgive but I just can’t forget… Forgive and forget doesn’t mean that you lose memory of what happened…that’s just not humanly possible… But the “forget” part is your action to MOVE ON and put down that grudge. Vengeance, vindictiveness and spite are not your right to imply nor inflict…no, the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s! Forgive and Move on! Harbored Hatred Hinders Healing!!!