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Hands Up Don’t Spend One Day Will Not Solve the Problem – America, Pick Your Battles Wisely

wpid-img_20141101_125554.jpgPlease forgive me if I may sound a little indifferent or lack compassion in response to what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri but I am having difficulty understanding what purpose will Hands Up Don’t Spend on Black Friday serve?

One day will not solve the problem.  If you’re going to boycott businesses believing it will make an economic impact, instead why not make it more than one day but make it ongoing. Because what I can see happening is business will be forced to hurriedly come up with a new game plan and most likely will change or extend the sale days to appeal to the customer on another day. It may be as close as Saturday. They are already anticipating the loss with news of the proposed boycott, so don’t you think they have met with upper management to put another plan in place? Take a moment and let that sink in.

While I have never been one to participate in Black Friday because of my own personal beliefs, I do not see the benefit in having people not shop this day to make a statement. When in fact it should be more than believing that not giving our money to established businesses “one day” will solve the problem.

Which prompts me to ask, Will it stop the violence? Will it stop the injustices or racial divide we continue to see across America? Will it bring back loved ones lost because of injustice, wrongful death, or anything that we believe brought about the injustice out of our failure to truly understand the real issue at hand?

I believe in order to make a positive impact surrounding race relations, racial divide, or social injustice we need to seriously talk about it and not just be about it. The solution should result in change, not conflict. I also believe what would be of benefit to curve the stigma of social injustice would be to put a plan in action that will directly affect the people responsible for what we clearly believe is contributing to the problem in America.

Believe it or not, it’s not having people not spend their money on what some may feel is an important day to save prior to the holidays or any day for that matter, but it starts with voting or removing those out of office who are perpetuating the problem.

Take a moment and think about how this would be if the tables were reversed and black businesses were boycotted? Do you think this would solve any problems for them? Do you think it would hurt their businesses? Or do you think it makes any sense to choose this plan of action to gain attention or solve a problem I believe has nothing to do with the real problem in America.

In my opinion, I think we should really sit down, think about what it is we as a nation need to do collectively to move forward by creating an effective plan of action, long-term, that will result in change, not in our pockets but in our hearts.

Race has been and always will be an issue in America. It is ongoing. We may believe we have come far but we still have a long ways to go. Yet no matter how racially divided we are, we may not ever be able to come together as a race or as a nation for that matter if we cannot come together peacefully to find resolve.

We must stop using an ineffective thought process to fix a broken system that has been broken forever but instead think rationally, pull from our resources, and meet with government officials and agencies who have the power to make a difference. Be the change you want to see and not the change you are not seeing. Thank you. And I approve this message.

When the climate seems dry, outdated, and your options are all dried up. Change the climate, dance in the rain, and water the dry season. – Signed Me

Be blessed! -JD

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Please Stop the Gun Violence and the Killings – Ferguson and Others, We’re Praying for Healing

wpid-img_20140818_102821.jpgWords cannot explain what I am feeling today. I am going off subject today. As I sit trying to wrap my head around all that I’m seeing and hearing the news surrounding the fatal police shooting resulting in the death of 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri my heart breaks. There are so many questions that seem to have gone unanswered and sadly, everyone is looking for answers.

My heart is heavy as I cannot possibly know what the parents of this 18-year old young man is going through. I’m praying for you. And what disturbs me most is how the media and those that need to be held accountable are using this as a way to dehumanize and destroy the character of the victim instead of taking responsibility for their actions. It should not even matter who you may have been only to characterize your life as a failure to justify injustice. The most important thing is he died unexpectedly at the hands of a person who was supposed to protect him.

While I cannot acknowledge every family that has been affected by incidents similar to what has happened to the Brown family because there are far too many to mention, please don’t take this personal but I couldn’t help but to mention this one.

There’s a family in Avondale, Arizona grieving the death of their daughter Michelle Cusseaux, a mentally-ill woman who was shot and killed by police last Thursday (http://www.azfamily.com/news/Family-celebrates-bday-of-mentally-ill-woman-shot-and-killed-by-police-271616891.html). She would have been 51 years old yesterday, but sadly she has gone on to glory. The family is demanding change because of the way the police handled it. After I read the story, I pray for change and stand in agreement with them. Something has to change. Gun violence is not the answer to America’s pain.

The thing that resonates most is what I keep hearing, “Calm down Black America” “Black-on-Black violence is nothing new” but I ask does that justify why innocent lives are being taken regardless who’s doing it? Injustice is injustice and needs to be addressed. Your background shouldn’t be as important to the injustice that has happened when your life is wrongfully taken.

Then there are those who are angry and speaking out in rage about police killings that are happening in their cities they feel no one is taking notice or they are being ignored. Yet they must understand the issue of race and violence has been an ongoing issue in America for years that has been subtly ignored, but by no means are they being ignored. Sadly, there are so many killings that even when we try to focus on one, we are wrongfully blamed for not focusing enough. America, please…It’s time to stop the violence! Please put away the guns and let’s sit down and have a civil discussion about it.

Too many people are hurting. “Who’s policing the police?” Because it seems like they are not policing themselves, shooting rubber bullets, tear gassing and shooting innocent victims. While I cannot speak for others or justify the lootings and inappropriate things happening in Ferguson most likely out of rage and anger, what is not fair is the citizens of this town are at risk and living in fear faced with danger. Seems like they are going through hell and are helpless. Let’s come together as a nation and pray for their safety. With the hope something changes for the better, so these people can get rest and be at peace with one another.

Every moment I think about it, I can’t help but to pray. Please stand in agreement with me and pray. I know that there are families hurting everywhere. I ask that we please stop the police killings and gun violence, any and everywhere. Violence will not solve anything. Violence upon violence will only exacerbate the condition. It will only make it worse. Peace is what we need that others may hear our voice.

It may seem like we have come a long way in the fight for justice, peace, equality, and in our efforts to end racism but sadly, we still have a long ways to go. It is far from over but I’m hopeful. Take these words from Martin Luther King, Jr. that I am sharing with you today. Pray for peace, justice, strength, and comfort in the wake of what we see happening not just today, but every day.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be blessed! -JD

Romans 14:1919So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (ESV)

 

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Prayer Warriors Please Pray for the Nation. Angels Go To Work on Behalf of the Nation!

wpid-2014-08-11-22-41-07-1515099862.jpegThe nation is hurting. Many have lost a loved one. We may not have known them, but we’re praying for everyone. Prayer warriors, intercede, touch and agree in prayer for the nation. Please come together collectively as prayer intercessors and lift up the nation. There is so much going on in the world today. Every day we hear of a life lost be it by natural causes, unexpectedly, or violence where a life ended tragically.

When I heard the news of Robin Williams, I was devastated. I didn’t need to know what happened. I only needed to send prayers for his family. I immediately began celebrating his life. I prayed and asked God to keep watch over his family and friends who just lost a loved one. I asked God to send healing, comfort, strength, and peace. My final request: My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the family of Robin Williams. America has lost an iconic figure. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

To further exacerbate my feelings of devastation, while reading the things happening in Missouri all week, last night, and right now is breaking my heart. Racism is still alive and well, and sadly seems to have gotten out of hand with an increase in violence. Racial tension is causing division amongst the people in the city of Ferguson. We need to pray for the safety of the people in this community.

Color has no barrier, no body, or no face. We mustn’t let the color of our skin be the cause of division or hate. We should love one another as God loves us. The color of our skin shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t matter to God. We are all God’s children. He doesn’t discriminate. I pray we stop the violence and eliminate spewing hate. God please cover the community of Ferguson, Missouri and the nation with the blood of Jesus. Angels go to work! Send comfort, peace, a solution to the problem of racial tension and division. Father God let there be unity. Bless every family. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. #MikeBrown

Mental illness has no color, gender, or face. It can affect any human being. We never know what a person is going through. Pray for everyone. We all have our own demons we’re fighting and are all going through something. Depression is a silent killer. So many are afraid to seek help because of the stigma and become isolated, only to die as a result. Sadly, Robin Williams was fighting against something we never knew about only to lose the fight to what ailed him inside. I pray he is at peace. Pray for his family.

The world can be so judgmental, cold, and calculating when hearing of news that alleges someone took their life. We must not judge but instead pray and celebrate their life. There’s a struggle inside each of us. God knows our struggles. He’s with us every step of the way. He will never leave us or forsake us. We may look well put together on the outside. We all have a story. No one knows what’s going on inside. What you see on the outside is God’s glory. Be watchful over one another. Pray for others. Lend a helping hand, not looking for anything in return. Do it in love. Do what pleases God.

While prayer is our ultimate source in things that concern us, mental illness is a disease that requires professional help. Pray and also seek help. We can never know what a person is going through. There’s someone fighting a battle harder than you. You never know. God does.  He’s there. Help someone in need. Spread love.

This is my prayer:

Father I come to you with a heavy heart, in prayer. There are people dying senseless, unexplained deaths in other parts of the world. The nation is in a crisis.  We need you now more than ever. Many are hurting. God help them. Some are troubled beyond repair and feel they’re alone with what they’re dealing with. Please watch over every family troubled by something that ails them. Cover those who feel they are not in control of what may be troubling them. Lord, I know you are a healer. I know when we are weak, your grace strengthens us. Where there is pain, Father God send healing. Be a present help. Where there’s doubt, send peace of mind, assurance. Where there is weakness, send strength and comfort. Father, we need your presence. The world is in disarray with many fighting against one another. God, I know many things happen for a reason and there is a time and season for everything. Whatever you’re doing in this season with all that’s going on, please don’t do it without us. We are covered by the blood. Angels go to work and intercede on behalf of the nation. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen and amen.

Be blessed! –JD

Romans 8:26-2726 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

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