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Who is God’s Candidate

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 Many years ago I ran for a city council seat in Charlotte, NC -The sad fact of the matter was, as a person of faith-I felt conflicted by some of the items that were on the agenda to be voted on. As the election progressed-I was challenged on most days to come away knowing how to make votes count where it counts most: This is in God’s eyes! My guess the vital question of the hour is how should Christians approach elections when there is no nominee to feel good about?—when all the options seem bad, and the best many us can do is choose the least bad of the bunch?

While this is a lesson- I won’t tell you how to vote, I will show you attributes to look for in leaders, making connections between public officeholders and the Bible that may surprise you. It’s biblical truth about the character qualities God blesses in government officials—truth that citizens and their leaders mostly ignore at their own peril. 

God Candidate Quality 1-Have Faith!

 Simply put, the “elect of God” are those whom God has predestined to salvation. They are called the “elect” because that word denotes the concept of choosing. Every four years in the U.S., we “elect” a President—i.e., we choose who will serve in that office. The same goes for God and those who will be saved; God chooses those who will be saved. These are the elect of God.

The second main view is the Augustinian view, which essentially teaches that God not only divinely elects those who have faith in Christ, but God also divinely elects to grant to these individuals who have the faith to believe. In other words, God’s election unto salvation is not based on an individual’s foreknowledge, but it is based on how strong is an individual’s desire for salvation is. The ultimate winner of this election is the free, sovereign grace of Almighty God and in time people will come to understand faith in Christ because most will understand God has elected them.

God Candidate Quality 2-Our Motivation is focused 

The ultimate question that we are presented with- What is our motivation focused on; God or man? In the first view (the prescient view), man has total control; man’s free will is sovereign and becomes the determining factor in earthly matters such as a political election. If we provide a God centered factor, then we understand in the end God can provide the way of making salvation real. Ultimately, this view enhances the biblical understanding of God’s true sovereignty. This view puts the Creator’s provision of salvation at the mercy of the creature; the reality of this view if God wants people in heaven, He has to hope that man will freely choose His way of salvation. In reality, the prescient view of election is no view of election at all, because God is not really choosing—He is only confirming. But, it is man who is the ultimate chooser.

God Candidate Quality 3-Solidarity with Principle

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 “The Ballot or the Bullet -1964 (below), Minister Malcolm X advocates fighting for racial, economic, and social justice on all fronts, and he does not want religion to stand in the way of justice.  He noted that many preachers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are most known for their work for justice—not their religious vocations.  X contends that Islam is his personal business.  He finds that religious differences can hinder solidarity.  X calls for keeping religion private: it should be between the person and his or her God. 

It is obvious that-The speech champions Black nationalism as the key to Black economic and social progression.

Malcolm X encourages Black people to join churches and organizations that promote Black uplift, and he warns them about Black churches and organizations that promote White nationalism. Churches and organizations employing separatism can be recognized by their espousal of things counterproductive to Black uplift and solidarity. The main point of X’s speech is most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy-this includes the direction of those we elect.

While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand how the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.  

Who is God’s candidate-Bringing it home

If were are to answer the question who are “Urban Christian leaders,” or “God’s elected,” then many agree with the statement, when we say-they must be determined to demonstrate their engagement in the community and how to lead their people in essential ‘hope messages,’ in order to secure the word of truth in the presence of hardship.
At first, that may mean slower faith extension, but at some point the very declaration of the church is promoting a true community in the midst of tribalism, which may be the spiritual indication of God in which renders hope for the dying urban city.

What you and I should want (need) the people at home to think about during this  election season is that when times are tough ,and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may feel like a remedy. This does not necessarily work in the real world. Definitely, what works in the real world is cooperation. Tomorrows Urban Christian Leaders must understand with clarity that what works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities all the same. Our communities lack collaboration, and teamwork-to the level that only ‘true leadership” can bring.

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We have to inspire a New American Citizen in urban communities who believes with no doubt that we can build the “American Dream,” with real opportunities accompanied by fundamental fairness for all and even for poor folks to work their way into it. The first order must be of principle and zeal for anyone God elected, but it has to begin and end by seeking the will of God not man. With that in mind good luck with this election season. In any case we are calling people of faith to stand up and be accountable to yourself, the secular world, and ultimately God! When the faithful stand up-then we all will instantly see the change because we now have amidst us God’s elected working on our behalf.  (glg)

Peace, and Honor!

 

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Peace Vigil outside of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office in Honor of Laquan McDonald

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Activist still believe-To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is simply disturbing and they have absolutely no doubt that this video did rip open the hearts of all Chicagoans.” Many have argued the video alone is enough to determine that Van Dyke “acted inappropriately” when he fatally shot McDonald, though most who view it describe the footage as “graphic and violent” and “difficult to watch.”

For those who live in Chicagoland and surrounding communities-official efforts to change the underlying conditions on the two year anniversary of Laquan’s death have not changed. The violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods continues to grow have and official efforts have largely failed as we now reach and surpass historical levels of homicides. A group of community leaders and activist will hold a press conference tomorrow at Chicago City Hall because they still believe the officials all the way up to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel are still responsible for the cover up of the murder of Laquan Mcdonald- More specifically-they want to send a clear message, that simple says, “we still haven’t forgotten.”

 Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Black Lives Matter along with a growing list others.

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Recent – Demand Justice, Request Mayor to resign and community to get involved two years after the shooting.

Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the political system.

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Official Effort to Prevent Community Violence on the Anniversary of LaQuan McDonald 

WHERE: City Hall (5th Floor) • 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60602

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Black Lives Matters, Freedom First International

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / police violence

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598 or gregggreer72@gmail.com

What do Blacks and Hispanics have to Loose? May we present- The housing discrimination case against minorities by The Trumps.United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc.

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NEW YORK  On July in 1972- when a black woman “undercover,” asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by Donald Trump’s real estate company, she said she was told that nothing was available. A few days afterward a white woman “undercover,” who made the same request was invited to choose between two available apartments. At the time civil rights organizations such as the Urban League began to send testers to Trump properties.

In October 1973, the Justice Department filed a Federal civil rights case that accused the Trump firm, whose complexes contained 14,000 apartments, of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968. A lawsuit came after a government sting where the U.S. government-sanctioned investigations at properties across Brooklyn and Queens which determined whether Trump Management Inc. discriminated against minorities seeking housing. The case was one of the biggest federal housing discrimination suits to be brought during that time, put a spotlight on the family empire led by its 27-year-old president, Donald Trump, and his father, Fred Trump, the chair. According to the The account which gained notice in a 1979 Village Voice investigation was based on a review of more than 1,000 pages of court records, including hearing transcripts and affidavits that have received little attention in the decades since the case, as well as interviews with people involved in the case. Also details were shared in a recent  a Daily Beast story.  The legal battle which lasted 20-months marked the very first time Trump became a regular presence on national newspaper front pages.

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Working from offices in Washington and New York, Justice Department lawyers decided to file a case: United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc. Details of the case would show Trump employees had selected and  marked the applications of Blacks and Hispanics with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to federal investigators who gathered the evidence according to interview accounts presented and filed in federal district court. The employees allegedly directed Blacks and Puerto Ricans away from buildings with mostly white tenants, and steered them toward properties that had many minorities. A white woman who went undercover in 1973 named Phyllis Spiro, told investigators how at a Trump property a building superintendent acknowledged to her “that he followed a racially discriminatory rental policy at the direction of his superiors, and that there were only very few ‘colored’ tenants” at the complex, according to court records.

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According to government filings one black woman, for example, was turned away at a heavily white complex but told that she should “try to obtain an apartment at Patio Gardens,” where “a black judge had recently become a tenant,” according to government filings.

At the time the suit was filed, Trump had been thinking about veering away from his father’s ­focus on providing housing for ­lower- and middle-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens, and envisioning his future as a developer of luxury buildings for the rich in Manhattan.

But now the first thing most people were hearing about Trump was that he was being accused of discrimination-Later Trump would say, “The idea of settling drove me crazy,” he wrote in “The Art of the Deal.”

“What we didn’t do was rent to welfare cases, white or black,” Trump wrote in his 1987 autobiography. “I’d rather fight than fold, because as soon as you fold once, you get the reputation of being a folder.” The federal case ended when Trump negotiated a consent degree with the DOJ, requiring him to advertise vacancies in minority papers and list them with the Urban League. The Justice Department said “racially discriminatory conduct by Trump agents has occurred with such frequency that it has created a substantial impediment to the full enjoyment of equal opportunity.” GLG 

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Lessons from the Heart: A Ring Box Christian.

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(Lessons from the Heart: A Ring Box Christian-Part 1 of a 15 part series)

Marriage is an institution that solidifies the symbol of a union between a man and woman, it starts when a person gives an engagement ring which is a precious piece of jewelry-and we might add that it can be passed down through generations — if you take proper care of it.

Of course, most people will never open their ring box and expect something ugly inside, but if there were ever a circumstance where a young man got on one knee and pulled out the ring box to give it to a young lady and she responded by saying, what a “beautiful box, it’s what I’ve always wanted, throw away what’s inside, I’m the happiest women on earth.” Then most people would probably say, this is a comedy skit of some type.

In reality, the ring on the inside is always the main attraction of the moment, the box solely exist to make the ring look good-Mostly you would see features like black or white satin or velvet aligning the box to make the ring stand out and shine.

But if we are to follow the Apostle Paul-who uses jars of Clay to make the same reference in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31- Paul simply declares, that we are ordinary people -in ordinary packages not ornate glass vases. Paul then urges us to not live in a way that draws attention to ourselves-instead we seek to showcase the brilliance and beauty of the spiritual being inside of us. In an age in which we see preachers wear diamond watches, ask for “new” jets planes-to replace the older model that works perfectly fine, arrive in a motorcade of limousines and highlight the reaching influence in their community of the national ministries. 

The Prophets of Biblical age probably wouldn’t have been impressed by the new age “money earning” preachers in our modern time. They (Prophets) by all historical doctrine were humble men of humble beginnings. If we are to be “true,” people of faith, acknowledge that humility is vital to discipleship, which requires that we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). All that is inside of us. 

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That means the truly “ring box,” outside will never replace the shining diamond on the inside of you, as Paul would suggest-we simply have to understand, the diamond treasure inside of you shines brightest, only when you polish your soul. Inside of you is the brightest, biggest diamond that man has ever seen. So forget about the wonderful outside, work on the diamond inside of you. glg

 

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For Immediate Release: Press Conference-Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality

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Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
(Press Conference at CPD Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Chicago)

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A Press Conference is scheduled in Chicago on Friday 8-5-16 at CPD Headquarters Station on 3510 South Michigan in Chicago at 8:00 am. Expect announcements. Members of The Midwest Coalition for Social Justice and Peace Freedom First International, including The Violence Interrupters, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Chicago and others.

Locally: The group also plans to address opinions concerning the most recent the Police Brutality Case=where community outrage is currently growing after Chicago police shot an 18-year-old man, Paul O’Neal, as he was in a car that drove away from a traffic stop. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that O’Neal was shot in the back. Also for local Mention will be the growing community violence statistics. As well as ongoing issues with CPD reform. We also plan to touch base on the local effort to fight against the recently proposed Chicago Blue Lives Matters Ordinance.

Nationally: In Chicago, Atlanta and Texas and a growing list other cities_on Saturday August 6, 2016 staring 12:00 Noon-people in various communities will find a Department of Justice or a police station or other option. To issue a National Day of Action where (organizations) are saying the Justice Department has to admit that it’s experiment in refusal to prosecute the “Bad Cops’” who have killed innocent civilians is leading to a National crisis. The Department of Justice better known as the D.O.J has failed. In the Aftermath-The results equal the death of accountability, of justice, and of deterrence. The result is a wave of crime against civilians in which these murderers continue to harm the public and further inaction from the D.O.J will only increase these crimes.

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Many believe, The U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and the courts cannot continue to ignore the fact that we (community) need policy emphasizing efforts to prosecute bad cops and the refusal is causing a national epidemic. So on August 6, 2016 from 11:00 am until (most locations will do a moment of silence) – coalition members and the public will take matters into our own hands. We move! We Break Every Chain! Police Brutality, Department of Justice, Political and any source of oppression to our people.

Members included are: Freedom First International, The Violence Interrupters, and members of Southern Christian Leadership Conference as well as multiple organizations and groups abroad will be present to stand up and insist on changing the landscape of our civil rights around our country-How it works is simple- On August 6-7, Find a D.O.J Office, meeting place, and a Police Station in your area and stand in solidarity!

Chicago: Break Every Chain Location: TBA-To be announced at Press Conference

Atlanta: Break Every Chain Location: Rev. Lionel Gantt (Atlanta)

U. S. Department of Justice–Atlanta Office –104 Marietta Street — Atlanta, GA Saturday, August 6 at 12 PM – 3 PM in EDT

Rev. Lionel Gantt of the SCLC Stop the Violence and Incarceration campaign will speak on “Justice or Just Us”. For all who wish to speak at the press conference on behalf of your Peace, Justice, etc. group, please Contact Rev. Gantt: https://www.facebook.com/ganttlionelpastor. This is a 100% Peacebuilding and Non-violence public event.

to share this event, please visit:https://www.facebook.com/events/518339691702061/.

Texas: Break Every Chain Location: Reverend Kyev Tatum (Fort Worth)

Knights of Columbus 2625 S. Cooper St. Arlington TX 76015-Justice for Christian Taylor

“From 2009 to 2015, 6 Black Men Killed by Law Enforcement In 6 Years And All 6 Were Unarmed,” says Reverend Kyev Tatum, White House Ally for the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge:https://northtexan.unt.edu/content/my-brothers-keeper

Michael Jacobs, Kelvin Goldston, Christian Taylor, Charal Thomas, Jermaine Dardin and Jonathan Paul are the six African American men named in a Federal complaint.

According to Reverend Kyev Tatum, “This is the worst case of gross law enforcement negligence I’ve worked on in over three decades
The ongoing protests in communities around the country have ignited a national conversation about the persistent and widespread pattern of racially discriminatory treatment by police across the United States, including unjustified stops and searches, ill treatment and excessive, and sometimes lethal, use of force.

According to an ongoing petition from Amnesty International:

The U.S. government must do more to ensure policing practices nationwide are brought into line with international human rights standards, including the use of lethal force, and to address systemic racial discrimination. The Department of Justice has failed to collect accurate, comprehensive national data on police use of force, including the numbers of people killed or injured through police shootings or other types of force.
Again-Thus far locations to be announced include Chicago, Atlanta, Texas_Thus far.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Issue with City Policy, ect

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Community Social Justice on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others Due to unfair Community Policing Policies

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Break Every Chain, Blue Lives Matters Ordinance, Police Brutality

WHERE: Chicago Police Headquarters-3510 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

WHEN: Press Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

WHO: Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer-President of the Freedom First International (SCLC), Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman-President of Violence Interrupters, and others.

WHY: “Negative Violence is an issue that needs change.”

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights activist groups standing against the Bad Police Policy, both locally and nationally.

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights / City Policy /Criminal Justice Law / Social Justice

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor-321 355-0598 or gregggreer72@gmail.com

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The Fight within-A Faith Commentary

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When I worked in corporate America, I seem to remember many days traveling from area to area on the highways for meetings. I remember many days listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show and the many funny stories that I heard. One story-was about a young man who started, taking karate lessons due to a bully who would take his lunch money everyday. This young man was smaller than the “big stocky bully.” The karate teacher soon told the young man that he would need to pay five dollars per lesson ($5.00). So the young man decided to pay the bully-due to the fact that it would be cheaper-that way.

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Well, I must say-isn’t that like may of us? We believe like this young man did- that it’s easier to pay the bully then to learn how to defeat him. Sadly, for many of us-we continue to allow those of the world and the unfaithful to instill an unjust system of beliefs on us that we know are not for us, rather than to stand up and fight! We would continue to live while suffering, rather then to live while standing up for something we believe in-and that something is us!
 
Many of us may say-what’s the difference-they don’t really care about us! but the question is do you care about yourself, and your love ones?
 
Ok, here’s the major question, How can we win the battle, and defeat those in the world-who oppress us?  Honestly, we can’t defeat these folks. We alone do not have in our possession-neither the strength or fortitude to defeat the wicked. If we want to win in this battle we must become a collective, and connect the dots, wickedness can be conquered-but if we attempt to face it alone we are lost. 
 
For those of us who are oppressed by worldly power-we must discipline ourselves to call on Godly power, and use physical, psychological and ultimately spiritual power. We will win! Lastly-Paul reminds us that we battle not against flesh and blood, but principalities-spiritual wickedness in high places. Only then will we possibly make real the creed, “one nation-under God indivisible-with liberty and justice for all.
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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

(Press Conference at City Hall 2nd Floor, July 22, 2016)

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This afternoon-Friday July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon-The Freedom First International (SCLC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Chicago), Violence Interrupters, along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct Press Conference at City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together in a effort to stop the blue lives matters ordinance. The group also plans to give Alderman Burkes office a demand letter to request that further plans to produce this “unfavorable”  ordinance immediately stop.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke wants the justice system to treat attacks against police officers and firefighters like “hate crimes.” Which is routinely an instant felony

Burke proposed his “Blue Lives Matter” ordinance last month. It would give harsher penalties and fines for offenses committed against current or past police officers, firefighters, and emergency first responders.

The coalition of activists say that’s an attack on their First Amendment rights. We also say it’s a distraction from the real problem -specifically when it comes to abusive police officers.

While the City of Chicago is in the midst of reform and a Department of Justice investigation- this is bad for the City’s and CPD’s public image and further degrades public trust. It time to put these issues away because they are anti-community. Shame on Burke and anyone who supports this ordinance-the group intends to send Alderman Burke and members of the City Council a clear message. NO BLUE LIVES MATTER!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Issue with City Policy, ect

Community Social Justice  on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others Due to unfair Community Policing Policies  

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Proposed Blue Lives Matters Ordinance 

WHERE: Chicago City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60602-2nd Floor

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, 

WHY: “Negative of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights activist groups standing against the Bad Police Policy, both locally and nationally. Citizens looking for Reform

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights / City Policy /Criminal Justice Law

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor-321 355-0598  or  gregggreer72@gmail.com