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The protests by football players over the past few months has led to a variety of miscommunications by a variety of people. Of course, it began with Colin Kaepernick, who went to one knee during the singing of the national Anthem. He later told NFL Media “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
That may be Kaepernick’s message, but not that of the other NFL players who display varying levels of protest during the singing of the National Anthem. They state explicitly that they do not want to show disrespect to the flag, the country or to the troops fighting for our country; they want to protest police mistreatment of African Americans and stand in unity with them.
However, that message is not heard by the NFL fans. The fans look to NFL players as their heroes: white and black children, as well as adults, look up to the players as their heroes, and become excited to wear their colors and their gear, with no regard as whether the player is black or white or another race. However, the protests during the national Anthem are perceived as disrespecting the flag and the troops – the very opposite of the stated goal of the players. They have pitted themselves as heroes of the football field against the heroes of the battlefield – and they will lose that battle in the minds and hearts of Americans.
Pastor Hamm’s Statement
Pastor Kevin Hamm of First Baptist Church in Gardendale has contributed to the problems of communication by suggesting that the protesting players move to another country. First, that disregards the facts of law: it is not a crime to protest the National Anthem and these are U. S. Citizens who have as much right as he does to remain in America. Assuming that Pastor Hamm is pro-life, there are folks on the political left who would be interested in having him move to another country because they have no legitimate argument against the right to life for the unborn. Removal of the folks with whom we disagree is not any solution. In fact, it brings to mind people who wanted the Civil Rights leaders and anti-war protestors to leave America if they did not love it.
We are Christian and American. Christians are quite diverse among themselves but they share one faith, and one Baptism in Christ Jesus. We need to provide a model of diversity that maintains unity in Christ. We can provide a model for communication with respect and dignity that is absent from unbelievers, especially those of the relativistic type (see Occupy Wallstreet Protests as an example).
Our task is to seek the wisdom, understanding and counsel that are gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3) so as to see more deeply into the crises of our culture and offer a wisdom that exceeds the world’s foolishness. The wisdom that God bestows will help us resolve issues that the worldly raise. This is our call as preachers of the Word of God.
Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, SJ, Ph. D.
The Principles of Unity and Justice: A Response to the Kneelers and Pastor Hamm
Controversy: Pastor Kevin Hamm, First Baptist Gardendale, said of those who kneel during the playing of the National Anthem, “…when that flag is raised, or when they sing or play that national anthem, you owe it to the men and women who have given their life’s blood to protect our freedom to stand in honor of them…you have two options: you can stay here in America and help us get America back to the way God has designed her, or if you don’t like it, you can get on a boat and sail away cause nobody’s making you stay here.” Some African-American pastors and others have condemned this statement as racially insensitive. I, too, see it as racially insensitive, unfortunate, injurious and unacceptable.
The roots of unity are found in the art of problem-solving. A corollary of that is that most division is the result of the inability to resolve conflict. We might say that we solve problems the best and for the most lasting results when we solve them together!
Applying that to the topic of justice, we believe we can best solve important matters such as these by working together. That requires dialogue that is honest and truthful, listening that is not clouded by preconceptions and goals that are mutually satisfying.
Three things are important when we reach the protest level.
Wisdom invites me, instructs me and implores me to know what will happen, who will be offended, who will come to arms, who will be turned off, who will rally and who will resist. Wisdom implores me to know the cost to my cause. Wisdom tells me if I am choosing the most effective venue for my message. Sometimes shock is the right venue when there is no other recourse, but then I shouldn’t be surprised by the anger, misinterpretation and pushback by the hearers.
3. The desired results – I have to ask myself, “Am I accomplishing what I set out to do?” I can say I’m not being offensive, but if people are being offended, then I really am. I need to be honest. If offending people in this manner was my goal, then I’ll continue on. But if my message is being drowned out by the pushback then I’m failing to make the impact I intend.
Let’s look at these principles in the issue of the Kneelers and Pastor Hamm.
Both have a right to express their opinions. They both get a pass for this.
The kneelers appear to be drawing more attention to their actions than to their message – the injustice suffered by the African-American community at the hands of the police. Their message is being drowned out, minimized and lost. They can say they mean no disrespect to the flag, the military or to patriot Americans but the results don’t support their evaluation. This is a fail.
Pastor Hamm’s comment about “getting on a boat and sailing away” may make sense to those of us from the Viet Nam era who heard, “America, Love it or Leave it.” But today, the expression of these few words is offensive and is speaking louder than his overall patriotic plea to love America. He can say he didn’t mean anything racially but the resulting impact tells a louder story. People are offended as it is seen as a racially insensitive remark. This, too, is a fail.
Are these the desired results? Probably not. This, also, is a fail. Both sides need to step away from the passion of the moment and look with a broader vision. Both need to back up and evaluate if there is a better way of achieving their purpose because both expressions have been interpreted beyond their initial intention. And both parties need to not throw more fuel on the fire. The things that divide us destroy us if we let them. The willingness to guard our unity is what brings us together to resolve our issues. As Wendell Phillips said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
As Gatekeepers we strive to live up to the great expressions that are foundational to our nation. The first is the official motto of the United States, “e pluribus unum”, Latin for “out of many, one”. Our motto speaks of diversity expressed in unity. We strive to practice “Unity with diversity in love.” The second is found in the Pledge of Allegiance, “…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” And the third we hold in agreement with Dr. King, expressed from the Declaration of Independence, in his “I Have a Dream” speech when he said he “looked forward to the day that “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” He dreamt of the day when all “would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”
While others seek to divide us in order to protest our differences, we choose to unite us in order to solve our differences. We think we solve our problems better when we do it together!
Pastor Randy W. Williams
Judge who censored undercover Planned Parenthood videos was on pro-abortion group’s board!
CALIFORNIA, June 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is seeking to disqualify the judge who censored its undercover footage of an abortion conference because of his ties to a pro-Planned Parenthood organization that lets the abortion company run a clinic on its premises.
When David Daleiden began releasing his now-famous exposé on the abortion industry’s participation in the baby body parts trade, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) took him to court. Daleiden had undercover recordings of its abortion trade show. NAF succeeded in getting U.S. District Judge William Orrick to issue a gag order preventing the release of this footage.
Last month, Daleiden’s attorneys released the footage. Some of the extended footage had already been leaked by Got News, but the video released by the CMP attorneys was more condensed and contained a compilation of the most shocking statements from abortionists at the conference.
Orrick then ordered Daleiden and his attorneys, Steve Cooley and Brentford J. Ferreira, to appear in court on June 14. They may face contempt of court charges for having released the video.
But CMP is arguing that Orrick should be disqualified from the case because he served on the board of an organization that houses a Planned Parenthood clinic. CMP’s motion to remove Orrick from the case says that Orrick’s affiliation with this organization shows “bias in favor of the plaintiff and prejudice against the defendants.”
Evangelist Alveda King: “Mama Mia” – Mr. Comey, Pre-existing conditions? Heavens to Betsy, what’s next?
As a grateful daughter, mother and grandmother, I’m trying to prepare for “Mothers’ Day”. Yet, as Director of Civil Rights for The Unborn, I can’t help shuddering when I check daily news reports. I do my very best to shore up with prayer and daily scriptures before doing so. Currently God continues doing a great job of draining the swamp even thoughPresident Trump is skillfully walking on a tightrope in the process. Pray for him, his cabinet and all appointees.
Before we can even get ready for Mothers’ Day, or breathe a sigh of relief from getting a POTUS shot of confidence on the religious freedom front, we’re being flooded with education drama, Comey
fire and pre-existing conditions scares, not to mention the Russia “fake news” hoopla. Everyone should know I have a soft spot for evangelism, sanctity of life, biblical marriage and family, education equity and economic justice. The latest firestorm around our HBCUs is a smokescreen. Wonder where the protesting Dream Defenders group is getting funding? Let’s pray for Secretary DeVos’ stand for education equity. She’s on target.
What’s next? Shore up team; keep praying 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG: “… Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live [in peace].”
Good God, we are one blood people; one human race [Acts 17:26], let’s [as Uncle MLK said] learn to live together as brothers and sisters and not perish as fools.
Here’s an excerpt from a revelation from God about health care and pre-existing conditions:
During a time of prayer and meditation this week as I was praying and reading the Bible and listening to some reflective worship music the reality of the pre-existing medical conditions that are bringing so much concern to the people of America while we’re deliberating on our healthcare just loomed in my heart and mind. I believe that I sensed the spirit of the living God saying to me, “Alveda, there’s not enough money, insurance, or medicine to heal all of America’s pre-existing conditions. It will take the blood of My son to do that.”
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Finally, try the “Daniel Principle:” The importance of reading your Bible and holding tight to GOD through daily prayers when things don’t make sense.
1) Make up your mind not to blame GOD
2) Don’t buy the lie that someone is to be blamed. That’s debt collection. Be free!
3) Accept the truth that the Bible never fails.
4) Stop thinking negative, thank GOD; repent where needed and get ready to excel in life!
Daniel 1:8-9; Daniel 6; Isaiah 40:8.
Read an update of what happened in the Alabama Legislature this week.
See & hear what these two candidates have to say why they want to be Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
(Birmingham, AL) — [Breaking Israel News] Several Evangelical ministries in Alabama have joined together in an effort to raise $100,000 to protect the Levite Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Birmingham. The money will go towards improving security at the JCC that has been the target of four bomb threats recently. Each bomb threat results in evacuating the building and a search of the building. Security upgrades are estimated to cost approximately $1 million.
Take a moment before you go to the polls and familiarize yourself with the amendments that you will be voting on in the election Tuesday.
The Gatekeepers, in keeping with its mission to provide knowledge has compiled some information from various sources for your review below:
WHNT Huntsville Video Article
Birmingham City Council’s Position: