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Good Reasons to Take Pause and Pray in 2020

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 04:31 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As I write this message, I’m on my way to Washington, D.C. with Angela Stanton-King to join others for a special African American History observance at the White House.

It’s also Leap Year. So, as I go, I pray for "a leap of faith."

Just a few hours ago, I was in the Georgia Mountains at a prayer breakfast. In D.C., along with the acknowledgement of Black History, we will be praying and networking.

President Trump has said, "We don’t worship government. We worship God."

When peripherals collide, convergence is imminent.

It’s no coincidence that this leap year we find ourselves on a precipice overlooking a quagmire of American controversy in many areas of life; spiritual, emotional, financial, social and political.

There are so many soft edges, unclear murky gray and smeared boundary lines.

It is during times like these, prayer and reflection are appropriate.

This year, I’m praying that America will do three things:

  1. Repent for our sins and turn to God.
  2. Embrace the sanctity of all human life.
  3. Reject the socially engineered concept of separate races and the socially engineered lies and divisive scars of racism.

We are all one human race. Our skin color does not define our race; our One Blood does. We may be different ethnicities; our skin color may be different hues; our cultures may be different. But we are still just one race, human. "Racism," "racial tension," ‘interracial,’ "race relations," and the like are all human constructs serving to divide us.

This socially engineered system defies religion, science, and biology.

It's a macabre construct of separate races promulgating the lie of racism; the lie that we humans are of different races. This is a lie that the enemy has been spreading for decades and centuries. We need to change our whole perspective and way of thinking and see each other as God sees us, as valuable, living children of God created in his image— and as one human family.

"We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish together as fools." – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February is Black History Month in America.

This national observance was established by noted American historian Carter Godwin Woodson. As a respected author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, he was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.

Dr. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution, with the hopes that black Americans would one day be fully embraced in America’s historical accounts — not separately, but inclusively.

This year, African Americans have new reasons to celebrate, and many are saluting President Trump for measurable gains in our black communities.

Thus, we are grateful.

Leaping ahead through all that 2020 will bring, let’s pray for America, holding on to love and truth.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is 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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