Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Gospel of Christ.
You have noticed perhaps that I have refrained from addressing the complex and tragic events of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
I have a son and cannot imagine the agony of Trayvon’s parents. That is why I am going to be careful to be sensitive to their loss and to say that I am praying for them.
The title of this blog suggests its goal. What does the Gospel of Christ have to do with this event that has so completely divided the nation? The answer is EVERYTHING.
I am ghetto raised. My parents worked hard and kept us off of all government subsidies. They modeled self-reliance to 8 children every day. One day I was born again. I immediately followed Jesus and never looked back. I did not know that God was doing two miracles in me. First he took me out of the Ghetto and then He took the Ghetto out of me.
My conversion and infilling of the Holy Spirit gave me an instinctive understanding that the worst drug in the inner city was Government dependency.
Look at the photos of Detroit and Hiroshima. Hiroshima was hit with an atomic bomb explosion. Detroit was hit with another kind of bomb; social programs that sap dignity and the will to become independent. Hiroshima has risen from the ashes not with government handouts but with a pride in the people to rebuild. Billions and Billions of dollars of government aide has gone to Detroit and left it a burned out shell. Now the government wanted to increase the amount that we pour into Detroit.
These pictures prove a point. Liberal social spending is a lie that actually holds minorities down. It is a lie that the political drug dealers who must keep alive. The biggest lie is when you refuse to face facts.
Here is a comment on this post from a native of Detroit: “Being from Detroit myself, I still have the cassettes from when you were here in Feb. thru March 2000 at Detroit World Outreach for a three week revival. (R.I.P. Jack Wallace) The plight in the neighborhoods has gotten worse since you were here as there are more and more vacant homes and the debt of the city of Detroit has increased at an alarming rate as thousands have fled the city. Downtown has made strides in some areas because certain private investors have taken risks to invest millions of dollars, meanwhile there has been a former city council member, Monica Conyers, the wife of U.S.congressman John Conyers already having served a prison sentence, a former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, who is currently in federal prison along with his thug friend, Bobby Ferguson, awaiting sentencing. Detroit is the perfect example of liberal government failure.” -Charles
The other lie that they must foment is that racism is what is killing black young men in America. A 2007 special report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, reveals that approximately 8,000 — and, in certain years, as many as 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are in fact perpetrated by other blacks.
The analysis, supported by FBI records, finds that in 2005 alone, for example, African Americans accounted for 49% of all homicide victims in the US — again, almost exclusively at the hands of other African Americans. None of these killings are sparking riots or demonstrations and for a good reason. The lie must be kept alive. An angry base will ignore continue to blindly follow those who stir their anger.
The images of Detroit and Hiroshima are haunting reminders of the left’s refusal to find real answers to the disaster of the inner city. They will call for demonstrations in 100 cities over one death and ignore the tens of thousands of deaths that have nothing to do with racism or gun control.
Never in my ministry have I resorted to this but it is unavoidable at this point. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton almost make me want to never use the title of Reverend again. They never preach the Gospel that would get black young men out of crime and despair. They never preach the message that can put fathers back in inner city homes. Instead of fomenting racial anger and postponing the hope of people they should be preaching the one message that will end racism, poverty and violence. We can all agree that Trayvon Martin is a tragedy that should never have happened but we will never end poverty and injustice with lies.