For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares.
— Jeremiah 9:21 NLT
America, not only do our children not play in the streets, they shoot each other in the classrooms. Don't think that anyone is safe just because some of us can afford gated mansions, armored cars, private schools and the like. None of us are exempt from the times, including the looming shut down.
Tragically, some of our government leaders are using scare tactics to numb our consciences, to instill fear in us and turn our hearts away from genuine justice.
Make no mistake — the government shutdown is about the HHS mandate, which could force contraceptives and easy access to abortion. Generations will be affected.
The Obamacare showdown is about some members of Congress wanting to further empower and enable Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider.
Sadly, many members of Congress haven't read the entire document.
America must stand up against forced healthcare programs. We must let our elected leaders do their job by opposing this harmful legislation.
Why can't we have health care that provides healthy bodies for our families without the death and destruction offered by harmful contraceptives and abortions? Children need a good education, healthy meals, decent homes, and healthy morals and values. How will they look back on previous generations if we do not stand up against this atrocity?
Learn lessons from our past— stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord.
He commanded our ancestors to "teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors — stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God" (Psalms 78:2-8 NLT).
In his 1967 Christmas sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words: "The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life . . . Man is a child of God, made in his image, and therefore must be respected as such . . . And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won't exploit people, we won't trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won't kill anybody."
America, it is time to stand up for truth. Time to demand justice and righteousness.
It's about having done all to stand, standing in the full armor of God!
America, we don't have to fall for just anything. We're better than that.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.
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