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October 12, 2016

It appears, that the African American male is born with a target on his back. With the many portrayals of the black male in main stream media and television, as rapists, murderers, drug pusher or thieves, it is not hard to figured out why that target remains in constant focus. It has become painfully obvious that America holds the black male in the lowest regard. Any and every crime that has not been solved in what is considered, a timely manner, ultimately has a black man as the prime suspect. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth as a shadow, and continueth not” (Job 14: 1-2)

As Christians we can no longer sit idle and watch evil and wrong doing rule. Evil and racism continue to raise their monster heads in 2016. I was taught and still believe a person should be “innocent until proven guilty”. It is unfortunate, but it appears the opposite is true in the 2016 judicial system; “a black man is guilty until proven innocent”. A prime example is the Georgia courts (see link below) moving Ross Harris’ trial 300 miles away to get a fair trial for leaving his infant son to die in a hot car. Father’s Trial to Begin in Hot Car Death of Georgia Toddler – ABC News

African Americans have fallen prey to more officer involved shootings than any other race of people. Not only that, but there are more arrest and harsher sentences for their crimes compared to their counter race for the same crime committed. When I hear of the acquittal of Zimmerman and others, it makes me pray harder. If I didn’t know that I served a God that sits high and looks low and a God that never slumbers nor sleep; it gives me confidence that God will bring justice to this evil and unjust world. Regardless of how much our heart is torn when we think someone has gotten away with evil, Jesus comforts us with His word; “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God; believe also in Me”. (John 14:1)

We have to remember that we are not fighting against “flesh and blood” but against principalities and wicked powers in high places. Also, we have to live in this world and not be of this world. Jesus has already prayed for us. We will have trials and tribulations, but be of good cheer. “These things I have spoke unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. (John 16:33) We must “let nothing” separate us from the love of Christ. Let nothing deter your faith in God. Regardless of the situation, “we must press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14) When we take our eyes off Jesus, we will surely fail. “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink; he cried, saying, Lord save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him O thou of little fiath, wherefore didst thou doubt”? (Matthew 14:30-31)

Prayer: Father, forgive us of our sins and create in us a clean heart. Renew a right Spirit within us. For we acknowledge that we have done wrong. We have not always walked in Your footsteps but You continue to love us. Thank You for your patience, love and compassion. We thank You and lift You up. We give You all the Honor and Glory, for Your love and mercy endures forever.

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