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Sunday, June 28, 2015
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
I was like many who saw the ruling of Gay Marriage this week. I have mixed emotions about that due to my believe system but I watched America and others speak their opinions about the issue. I took a few days to listen to the news and passion people talk about it on social media. As I prayed and went on with my days this week. God give me a word about LOVE. Let's face it everyone has opinion about the subject matter good or bad. But in my heart the word LOVE keep coming up this week. So I studied the word more closely. Most people think they know what the word means in its entirely but we really don't. I think as humans we only touch 5% of 100% of the meaning of this word. I researched more on this subject matter to get a matter clean understanding about what it meant and what God was trying to tell me. The dictionary states that Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection ("I love my mother") to pleasure ("I loved that meal"). It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing humankindness, compassion, and affection—"the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another".It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals. The Bible says Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. If you have read the bible you know what it says about love.
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”— James Baldwin
Well, this is were it gets little edgy America has history of hate with various cultures, and races point slavery, Mexicans, Blacks and the list goes on and on. Well to clear the whole world. But the point is that hate has been apart of our culture for generations. Let's be clear that hate and religion has went hand and hand for years but not the base for who God is. As humans we have to understand that the two are different. Most people love to label the two the same when it not. Let's think about it a person that happen to be a christian man or women says something that that are not so kind and other people want to label the whole religion. Stop doing that people. One person does not define a whole race or culture of people. All because one person says one thing does not make it true for me or you. I believe we need to sit our kids down and talk about love and what it means. We talk about about it when it comes to man and women and marriage and mother and father. But what happen when your neighbor hurts your feels or a racist person says something not so nice. Lets face it it is hard to turn the other cheek when someone is doing you wrong. Taking the high road it the hardest thing you can do sometimes in many situations ,but necessary.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
People at the end of the day people can do what they want. That is why State and Church is separate. We do not have to believe in the same thing that your co-worker does thank God or your neighbor. We can all agree to disagree about the subject matter but at the end of the day we need to show love to the LGBT community. God is love but he also set a list of rules for us to follow in life and that is ok if some people do not want to follow those rules. Christians have to understand that everyone is not going to believe in the same God you serve. And that is ok. Even God knows that. He give us free will to choose what road we will take and that is amazing in my eyes. As Humans we are so hard on our selves and others and God is not. He says what he says and mean what he says and that is it. He is love and he gives you a chance to have a relationship with him. He gives you chance to come to him. He is just like a great parent that wants the best for all his children. Some will get it and some will not. But it is our jobs to love people and spread the good news of his gospel.
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”— Morrie Schwartz
As someone that is Christian I did say it, I choose to love and take the stands of (Love). Who you sleep with should not matter at the end of the day or who you marry. I believe in Love the way God does and know I could never understand what that truly means though the eyes of God but I choose to love people and treat them like human beings just like I would want to be treated. I have served some many communities and I know that people just want to be treated with respect and love. As a human and American that happen to be African American women I have to believe in the rights of all people and let the judgement of other sins to my heavenly father. I truly believe if we have a dialogue with each other about why this is a major issue some of us could see each others perceptive. I have core values I believe in that I will not move on and I am sure others do as well. But when hate is in the equation that is a major problem. Chose to love and help your community heal from hunger, homeless, being uneducated, and poverty. It is so many bigger issues that need to be address in the world than who someone marries. This is opinion of one person that have served her community all types of people even the LGBT community and my stands is to love anyone that have a problem that I can solve. I will not turn them away from any resources or given help them better their lives or encourage them. You have to have a love for God's people and that means all people that may not look like us, believe in the same things or eat the same food. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE is the message. Humans need to take a stands of Love and work on themselves, their communities, their relationship with God. We not going to agree on most of the issues in the world but this is opportunity to see what we are made of as humans that serve a higher power which is God. We don't have to change our view points on marriage because the world does but we have to show the world that we serve someone that clearing that is in control of everything. So as God loves so do I. I love everyone person and know that they have very special purpose and place in this world. God is love.
- A Christian Belle
Friday, June 19, 2015
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, said Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist.
Roof, 21, is accused of fatally shooting nine people during a Bible study at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on Wednesday night, ripping out a piece of South Carolina's civic heart and adding to the ever-growing list of America's racial casualties.Joey Meek reconnected with Roof a few weeks ago and said that while they got drunk together on vodka, Roof began complaining that "blacks were taking over the world" and that "someone needed to do something about it for the white race."
Police captured Roof in Shelby, North Carolina, after a motorist spotted him at a traffic light on her way to work. His apprehension ended an intense, hours-long manhunt.
Roof waived extradition and was back in Charleston on Thursday night, authorities said, with a bond hearing pending. On Friday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told NBC's "Today" show the shooter should get the death penalty.
"We will absolutely will want him to have the death penalty," Haley said.
Charleston officials announced a prayer vigil for Friday evening. The city's mayor described the shooting at the church as an act of "pure, pure concentrated evil."
The victims included a state senator who doubled as the church's minister, three other pastors, a regional library manager, a high school coach and speech therapist, a government administrator, a college enrollment counselor and a recent college graduate — six women and three men who felt called to open their church to all.
President Barack Obama called the tragedy yet another example of damage wreaked in America by guns.
NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks said "there is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people." Others bemoaned the loss to a church that has served as a bastion of black power for 200 years, despite efforts by white supremacists to wipe it out.
"Of all cities, in Charleston, to have a horrible hateful person go into the church and kill people there to pray and worship with each other is something that is beyond any comprehension and is not explained," said Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. "We are going to put our arms around that church and that church family."
Surveillance video showed the gunman entering the church Wednesday night, and Charleston County Coroner Rae Wilson said he initially didn't appear threatening.
"The suspect entered the group and was accepted by them, as they believed that he wanted to join them in this Bible study," she said. Then, "he became very aggressive and violent."
Meek called the FBI after recognizing Roof in the surveillance footage, down to the stained sweatshirt he wore while playing Xbox videogames in Meek's home the morning of the attack.
"I didn't THINK it was him. I KNEW it was him," Meek told The Associated Press after being interviewed by investigators.
Meek said during their reunion a few weeks ago, Roof told him that he had used birthday money from his parents to buy a .45-caliber Glock pistol and that he had "a plan." He didn't say what the plan was, but Meek said it scared him enough that he took the gun out of Roof's car and hid it in his house until the next day.
It's not clear whether Roof had any connection to the 16 white supremacist organizations operating in South Carolina, but he appears to be a "disaffected white supremacist," based on his Facebook page, said Richard Cohen, president of Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
On his Facebook page, Roof displayed the flags of defeated white-ruled regimes, posing with a Confederate flags plate on his car and wearing a jacket with stitched-on flag patches from apartheid-era South Africa and Rhodesia, which is now black-led Zimbabwe.
His previous record includes misdemeanor drug and trespassing charges.
Spilling blood inside a black church — especially "Mother Emanuel," founded in 1816 — evoked painful memories nationwide, a reminder that black churches so often have been the targets of racist violence.
A church founder, Denmark Vesey, was hanged after trying to organize a slave revolt in 1822, and white landowners burned the church in revenge, leaving parishioners to worship underground until after the Civil War. The congregation rebuilt and grew stronger, eventually winning campaigns for voting rights and political representation.
Its lead pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney — among the dead — recalled his church's history in a 2013 sermon, saying "we don't see ourselves as just a place where we come to worship, but as a beacon and as a bearer of the culture."
"What the church is all about," Pinckney said, is the "freedom to be fully what God intends us to be and have equality in the sight of God. And sometimes you got to make noise to do that. Sometimes you may have to die like Denmark Vesey to do that."
Pinckney, 41, was a married father of two and a Democrat who spent 19 years in the South Carolina legislature after he was first elected at 23, becoming the youngest member of the House.
The other victims were Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; and the reverends DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49; Sharonda Singleton, 45; and Daniel Simmons Sr., 74.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the attack would be investigated as a hate crime.
Contributors include Alex Sanz, Meg Kinnard and David Goldman in Charleston, South Carolina; Mitch Weiss in Columbia, South Carolina; Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama; Eric Tucker in Washington; and Jacob Jordan in Atlanta.