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Standing your Ground


“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And expedience comes along and asks the question, is it political? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular— but one must take it because it’s right,” said Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

The above quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was made by Reverend Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Baptist Church in Redmond, Washington, May of 2012.

Dr. Ken Hutcherson

Dr. Ken Hutcherson

Speaking to his congregation recently after the acquittal of George Zimmerman how African-Americans define themselves by their leaders, the media and anyone of their race without doubt.

His argument stated that it didn’t matter if they were being lied to.  Believe them because it is a betrayal of their heritage to do otherwise.

I wonder if he would come speak at our church.

We all need this lesson.

God’s truth is the truth, no matter what.

Reading the story of Paul yesterday, he was a man placed in the court of public opinion before and after a true judicial bench, just like George Zimmerman.

Paul or Saul was born a Roman citizen but a Jewish Pharisee also. Maneuvering his way through the “sect of the Nazarene’s” to kill anyone who followed this man named “Jesus” he succeeded only to become one himself. It had to be a God, thing.

Yet, his life became a “man on the run” due to his heritage that he betrayed for the Son of God.

Paul’s circle of educated hypocrites couldn’t accept he had forsaken his birthright to follow an imposter of the Messiah.

 

Paul stood in front of his accusers speaking of his lineage as a Pharisee and his hope in the resurrection. (Romans 23:6-8) The next day some of those very Jews plotted to kill him. (Romans 23: 12-15)

 

He was sent to the Governor. He ended up in prison for 2 years waiting to be tried. (Romans 24) Even King Agrippa could not find charges reasonable enough to put him to death.

 

Many today believe loyalty trumps the truth even when it is wrong. Not much different than in Paul’s era.

 

Reverend Ken Hutcherson and the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. got it right. Both men followed the course of action as the Apostle Paul did.

 

They have taken the “Stand your Ground” law to a whole new level of allegiance to the Creator of the Universe instead of the court of public opinion.

 

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Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/black-pastor-speaks-frankly-to-blacks-about-trayvon-martin-100545/#fGox82Key0XOEzGa.99

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We Can Learn a Thing or Two from “The Help”


If you haven’t seen the movie, “The Help” you are missing out on a great flick.

Cover of "The Help"

Cover of The Help

It was so good, I have already watched it twice.

Besides the laughs and teary eyed moments, it is based on a true story.

The movie sets a standard for how black women in particular were treated in the 1960’s.
As young as I was, around 6 or 7 I wasn’t aware of the racial tensions.
Watching the movie opened my eyes to the horrors many placed on innocent people.
Hard working, dedicated Christian black women were considered by many to be “the help” and nothing more.
This was not God’s order at all.

The movie brings to light the conditions in Jackson, Mississippi of white families who hired “maids” to clean, cook, and raise their children.
The movie chronicles one white girl of a very wealthy family who decided to write an anonymous book about their lives.

Without giving away the storyline, if I had been old enough to understand, I would have written the book myself.

Growing up, my family had the dearest, sweetest, most wonderful lady who came to work for us. She was a short, black, round woman who had spunk, and a wit to match. She worked for my mother for many years and eventually was hired by some other members of my family.

However, my family was nothing like the ones in this movie.

She was like one of us. We all loved her and did anything we could for her.

She taught me how to iron men’s cotton dress shirts. I will never forget how she fussed and fumed when I added wrinkles instead of getting them out! We laughed and laughed!

She would always tell my mother,
“You going to run yourself ragged if you don’t slow down.”

We considered her a part of our family. Her life was hard, but she never complained.

When I was in high school and had a job, I found out she needed glasses but didn’t have the money to buy any.
So I paid for her first pair of glasses. She was thrilled and so grateful.
It gave me such joy to give back to her because she had done so much for us.

She has since passed on, but I will never forget her. Her strong, balanced stability made a real impact on my life.
Her Christian faith was her foundation and she lived her life showing it.

The movie shows how it shouldn’t be. How it should never have been.

So, in my opinion we can all learn a thing or two from “The Help.”

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