Why Christians Shouldn’t Ignore #BlackLivesMatter

I started this blog, not for high ratings from people but rather to share my heart and the love of God with others instead of staying silent. In recent events, the news has been pouring out horrid details of the ruthless deaths of so many young black men and women. Although this has been occurring for years, many have believed that racism ended with the Civil War or when the Jim Crow Laws were abolished. Yet that is not true. Instead, the heat has been raised even higher than before whether we want to believe it or not. It took l_shutterstock_multiracial_1200x675the news stations the longest to help expose what was happening in our black communities and it was not until so civilians used social media to pour out the sad details before the nation would adhere to the truth.

Racism still haunts our nation today. Even in many of our churches are still segregated. And we as Christians should not ignore that. The #BlackLivesMatter was not started to say that only black lives matter, but for so long black lives did not matter to the world. It forced people to finally realize that we are still fighting racism in our nation and made many to look at their own actions.

Instead of debating whether #BlackLivesMatter or not, we as the Body of Christ should the forerunners in aiding our fellow brothers and sisters who have been hurting for so long. Instead of debating whether a person deserved to be executed or not, we need to remember that there is a mother crying for the lost of her chilblack-and-white-love-people-Favim.com-413552.jpgd. A son or daughter just lost their father or mother on the streets. Instead of debating we need to be praying. Instead of judging we need to be loving one another. Do not pray to see who is right or wrong but that as the Body of Christ that we can finally come together.

So why should Christians not ignore #BlackLivesMatter or the crises erupting in our nation? Because our fellow brothers and sisters are hurting too. When one part of the body is hurting doesn’t the whole body feel the pain?

“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV

Even if we do not understand our brother’s and sister’s pain, we should not ignore it or turn a blind eye to the problem. We should be praying. We should be coming together. We as Christians should be the front runners against injustice. During the Civil Rights Movement, the church was the head of the movement. People met at the church to plan how to fight injustice in their neighborhoods. But why are so many churches silent now?

It is not a black vs. white issue but a right vs. wrong issue. I should not have to worry about my family members being stopped just for appearing like a suspect on the news or because they just seem suspicious. I don’t want to see a family member of mine becoming a hashtag on social media due to injustice. I don’t want to see hatred towards law enforcement due to a few bad apples in the bunch. I am not saying that everyone should join the Black Lives Matter organization, but at least try understand the message behind it and why so many of us are upset and on our knees praying even harder like never before. It is also not being opposed to or hating law enforcement but against the injustice placed upon many innocent people every day.

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But we can counterattack all of the hate, unforgiveness, and anger with love!

We can show acts of love and kindness with our brothers and sisters in Christ and with the world. We as the church shouldn’t be the last ones responding to the times or look to the world to make a response. We need to be the ones changing the climate and be examples of what to do during tragedies. Even when our nation seems divided as ever, especially in the church, I know that God can restore us. Even when it seems that no one is listening to your cries, I know God hears (Psalm 34:17).

So instead of just picking sides or arguing whether Black Lives Matter or not, let us stand together like never before. Let’s pray. Pray for those in law enforcement, pray for those whose lost their loved ones through violence, pray for our nation. And again, we shouldn’t have to wait when tragedy hits to pray but the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. I know many people are saying that we should do more than just pray, however, prayer can do more than what our words can do. Sometimes our actions are not enough because we are attempting to work miracles in our own strength. But when we allow God to work through us, so much can happen, yet that can only happen through prayer! So let us love like never before because that is what Jesus would want us to do.

“16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

1 John 3:16-18 NIV

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When Tragedy Hits

6359886843103041521281763892_cover3.jpgSo much is going on in our world today that, sadly, it almost seems normal when tragedy hits. We see so much on the news that it feels terrifying to even leave the house not knowing what will happen next. In recent events, the murder of young men in the hands of police, the Christina Grimm murder, the Orlando and Dallas shootings has caused many to question life.  It is all shocking and unsettling at the same time. So many people are losing their lives in moments. So many families losing their loved ones in just a few days. So many lives lost. So many hurt and confused.

In these times of tragedies, we have to remember that as a body of Christ these are the perfect opportunities to show the light in the midst of so much darkness. Only God during these times can strengthen us and pull us back together when we feel torn apart. It also reminds us that life is truly like a vapor.

We also need to remember to not just pray for tragedies in our nation, but everyone across the world who are hurting from their own tragedies. Not every shooting is posted on the news and not everyone’s pain is posted on social media. I know  you may feel helpless by “just”praying, but prayer is the best thing we ever do in times like these especially with so many people are dying without knowing the Lord. Yet we shouldn’t wait when disaster hits to begin turning and praying to God. He is always there and patiently waiting for us to come to Him. I still believe that despite all of the heartache and pain in our world today that God is still a comforter and will bring those who are hurting through as it says in 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 NASB.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Reblog: What Single Women/Girls can Learn from August Alsina.

I found this article on an online Christian Women website named EEW Magazine. It has great resources for young, single women as well.

Article By Sandra Holton:: EEW MAGAZINE Sex & SINGLES

Too many WOMEN have wife aspirations with side-chick ways.

22-year-old Def Jam R&B singer August Alsina—whose MUSIC EEW Magazine in no way endorses (*neither does HisGirl!) —made it clear why women need to clean up their act and image.

In a discussion on Power 105.1 FM’s “The Breakfast Club,” Alsina, who is OPEN about his hit-it-and-quit-it ways, shared with DJ Envy, Charlamagne tha God and Angela Yee his thoughts on why he often treats women as sex objects—both in life and on records.

“This is what you want. This is what you show me as a lady. So this is what you want. This is what you put on Instagram,” he explained of women who sexually tease men with seductive photos and essentially campaign for the side-chick or on-the-road-groupie position.

During his candid RADIO interview, Alsina let listeners inside his world, speaking about women that happily give their bodies up with no strings attached.

August Alsina stops by Power 105.1 FM’s “The Breakfast Club”

Although he did not lecture anyone or attempt to convert their BEHAVIORS in any way, Alsina’s incidental thought-provoking candor should not be ignored.

Ladies, more and more, are posting freaky images online, hoping to snag a man. While they may, in some cases, get the guy alright, it likely won’t be the right kind of guy.

The men who troll the Internet for some action, typically have no plans to take that woman HOME to momma, or put a ring on it. And if he does “wife her,” chances of him being faithful are slim to none.

“This is who you present yourself to be,” Alsina CONTINUED, “so no I’m not singing, ‘I want to love you baby!’—no, I don’t!”

He does, however, want to have sex with you and then move on.

But is that what women want nowadays? Most will verbally, with their mouths, say no, all the while visually, with their IMAGE, saying yes.

Alsina’s comments are a strong reminder of what Lincoln UNIVERSITY President Robert R. Jennings said this summer.

“Men treat you, treat women, the way women allow us to treat them. And let me let you in on another little secret. We WILL use you up if you allow us to use you up,” he pointed out.

When it comes time for us to make that final decision, we’re going to go down the hall and marry that girl with the long DRESS on.julianne-hough-phone-sex That’s the one we’re going to take home to Mom,” he said.
The lesson to be learned? Don’t use your sexuality as bait, because what you wind up reeling in probably won’t be what you really want.

So what did you think about this article? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any other thoughts about this subject? Comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts.

“It Gets Better: Lizzie Velasquez”

Bullying has been a very sensitive yet serious topic in today’s society. Though it is not anything new as more and more teens are being affected by this. I have already posted a post about Lizzie Velasquez, but I wanted you to hear about her perspective about bullying. She has always been a target for heinous harassment all because of how she looked yet, Lizzie did not allow others dull her shinning spirit.  How did she do it?