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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Let us remember Dr. King who peacefully fought for everyone’s civil rights. “For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11)

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If a man says, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:20-21)

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15 thoughts on “Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  1. After watching the original release of the 1977 TV miniseries ‘Roots’ at age 10, I can recall how bewildered I’d get just by the concept of Black people being brutalized and told they were not welcome — while they, as a people, had been violently forced to the U.S. from their African home as slaves! And, as a people, there has been little or no reparations or real refuge for them here, since. In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the narrator notes that, like the South, the Civil War era northern states also hated Black people but happened to hate slavery more. …

    After three and a half decades of local, national and international news consumption, I have found that a disturbingly large number of categorized people, however precious their souls, can be considered thus treated as though they’re less-than and disposable, even to an otherwise democratic nation.

    When they take note of this, tragically, they’re vulnerable to begin subconsciously perceiving themselves as beings without value. (I’ve observed this in particular with indigenous-nation people living with substance abuse/addiction related to residential school trauma, including the indigenous children’s unmarked graves in Canada.)

    While the inhuman(e) devaluation of such people is basically based upon race, it still reminds me of an external devaluation, albeit a subconscious one, of the daily civilian lives lost in protractedly devastating war zones and famine-stricken nations. They can eventually receive meagre column inches on the back page in the First World’s daily news.

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    1. I was born, raised and lived in Montgomery, Alabama for 40 years (the cradle of civil rights). There is still much work to do. I was once told Christians should not get into politics; and there lies the problem. If more converted Christians were in positions to make laws perhaps things would be different. However, let us not lose sight of what will get us from earth to glory. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      1. Yes, truly Christ-like Christians would do great, humane things in high office. But I’ve found such Christians to be few, or at least they’d rarely vocally speak-out against the un-Christ-like conduct of institutional Christians — those who have unwittingly created the nature of the Almighty in their own characteristically fallible and angry, vengeful image. Often being the most vocal and covered by mainstream news-media, they make very bad examples of Christ’s fundamental message, especially to the young and impressionable.

        Christ’s own teachings, for example, epitomized the primary component of socialism — do not hoard morbidly superfluous wealth in the midst of poverty. Yet, when a public person openly supports a guaranteed minimum income, many ‘Christians’ reactively presume he/she must therefore be Godless thus evil or, far worse, a socialist. …

        As for what your teacher did to you, it was unquestionably insensitively brutal. I can only imagine how you felt. … While it didn’t involve blatant racism, the first and most formidable authority-figure abuser with whom I was terrifyingly trapped — and by whom I seemed to be deliberately targeted — was my Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Carol, in the early 1970s.

        Although I can’t recall her abuse against me in its entirety, I’ll nevertheless always remember how she had the immoral audacity — and especially the unethical confidence in avoiding any professional repercussions — to blatantly readily aim and fire her knee towards my groin, as I was backed up against the school hall wall. Fortunately, though, she missed her mark, instead hitting the top of my left leg. Though there were other terrible teachers, for me she was uniquely traumatizing, especially when she wore her dark sunglasses when dealing with me.

        I didn’t tell anyone about my ordeal with her. Rather than consciously feel victimized, I felt some misplaced shame. As each grade passed, I increasingly noticed how all recipients of corporeal handling/abuse in my school were boys; and I had reasoned thus normalized to myself that it was because men can take care of themselves and boys are basically little men. …

        I hope that you, at least, felt comfortable enough telling a family member what your teacher did to you.

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      2. I understand Solomon’s statement there is nothing new under the sun and what will be will be until the return of Jesus. My main objective is to make Heaven my home and be free from this troublesome world.

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  2. Amen. I pray the Lord blesses you today and always. May you know and feel the fullness of His power resting on you. I ask the Lord to give you boldness to always speak His word without fear. May you be blessed in your coming and in your going. May His favor be upon you. In Jesus’ name. I continue to seek Him on behalf of your complete healing. He is able this we know.
    Thank You for your dedication to writing. I enjoy your blogs. Sending love across the skies. Your sister in Christ, Donna Marie 🙂

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    1. Donna Marie, I cannot express how much I appreciate your encouragement and prayers. Sometimes I take my eyes off of God and put them on all the ungodliness happening in our world. However, we know from the scriptures there is nothing new under the sun. Therefore, I quickly refocus on God and what is needed to get me from earth to glory. Again, much appreciation for you and your encouragement. Blessings and be safe.

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      1. You are most welcome. We all need encouragement sister. That is what the Lord intended making us all part of His family, so that we can help, encourage, love and bless one another. I believe the world has to see His love in us through our love for one another. The thing is are we willing to drop barriers and allow others to be a part of our lives? We will be spending eternity together so it is probably a good thing to drop our defenses now and let love win. Not just you and me but all Christ followers everywhere. We should all make it our mission to spread His love.
        Hugs. ♡

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      2. Amen. This is why I deleted some of my other social media accounts to focus more on WordPress. We respect everyone and can have open conversations with love and respect.

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      3. Very true. I was going to delete my social media account because there is just so much garbage there, but I use it to post my blogs every day and I am hoping that others will read them and be drawn closer to the Lord through them. The message of salvation (My blog You Never Let Us Go) is included on every blog I write now so that others can click there to know more about Jesus. Oh, that many would turn to Him before it is eternally too late.

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