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The Teacher As Leader

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20228873_1490840277642799_5385441953393498167_n (1) Omar Liles, D.Min, CDP, Associate Editor

7/1/2018 10:15 PM CST

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The Teacher as Leader

  In this writing I will briefly discuss what a good Christian teacher is and what a Christian teacher is not. Many people who graduate from seminary dream of being a good teacher to advance the knowledge of seminarians, congregations and Disciples of Christ in order to grow the church. I will briefly highlight three point” The Teacher As A Leader, Having Strong Communication And Learning By Demonstration.

                                                A Good Christian Teacher 

A Teacher As A Leader

      A teacher is a leader that is willing to be lead by others. A leader is also a teacher that is willing to demonstrate that they are capable of learning as well. A teacher must take a role in developing, expressing and engaging others.  What makes a Christian educator great? A Christian educator is a person who is willing to give instruction in biblical and theological studies as they live their life as an example for those that are willing to be lead by you through Jesus Christ. The teacher shows confidence within their students as to learning to have confidence for those who is willing to be teachers also.

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 Having Strong Communication

 They must have strong communication skills in order to get their point across so that they can be clear of what they are saying to those who follow them. What I have learned from teaching is that I had a great teacher who taught me well because I understood what he told me.

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Learning By Demonstration

 I also learned by demonstration. The primary focus of teaching is to teach not only what you know but to teach how it can be done. A gymnast can never know how to use a parallel bar unless he or she is taught how to use it effectively. Using a parallel bar without demonstration will be a result of injury.

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                                           A Good Teacher Is Not
 
A good teacher is not an individual who doesn’t study progressively on an ongoing basis.They will use their time to learn and develop a spiritual relationship with Christ. As they continue to grow their lifestyle will reflect what they teach. Teacher does deceive their flock and ought to lead them astray. Your position is to lead followers to Christ. The teacher is not prideful not boastful about how much they know. They are humble and will be an example on display to the world.
 
In my conclusion a teacher must exercise good character because his personal behavior must be of the true sign of what is to be a leader. It is their outward expression of God’s word is one of the sure signs of human behavior and character of a Christian. To achieve this way of life a person who is saved must be a living example of what it means to be a true Christian in the faith. Your personal walk with Christ will demonstrate how much you really love a person whether it’s a family member, friend or relative. As a teacher he or she will present themselves as being a person of integrity. shield-of-faith-clipart-1
 
 

20228873_1490840277642799_5385441953393498167_n (1)Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar Liles graduated with a Master of Religion from New York Divinity School. After he graduated he pursued his Christian education further in 2014 at Andersonville Theological Seminary and graduated with a Doctorate in Ministry in 2018 with a grade point average (Magna Cum Laude, GPA 3.80).  In 2015 he was Certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. In 2016 he became a member of the Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals. Currently he works as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor and Administrator at Exodus Training and Employment Services. He a member of the Ecclesia Scholars Society and a volunteer substitute teacher assistant at New York Divinity School and is a member of The King Movement that is founded by Chris Broussard. Despite these accomplishments Jesus has become the central focus of his life and continues until this day to serve Christ and there is nothing that he could or would of have done without Jesus Christ as the head of his life. Amen

 

 

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A Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Spiritual Warfare Part 2-Can Whole Communities Suffer From Demonic Oppression?

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
 
5/23/2018 9:10 am CST
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Hello in part 1-We have stated in an effort to understand with the battle over demonic spirits we have to understand internal signs to avoid and so on.

Now the task at hand is how we need to acknowledge that we are in a real war with real armies and real weapons of mass destruction. Remember spiritual warfare is a battle that by definition, can involve combat between two persons, between factions, between armies and they consist of any type of “extended contest, struggle, or controversy.” 
 
Now what that being said, the question came up-“can whole communities suffer from demonic possessions?” For reference,my answer to that question would be a very quick, yes! While this is not an effort to scare anyone the fact still exist that we must help people understand that the forces of evil are very real in this world. 
 
For whatever reason, cases of alleged demonic possession have been on the rise in recent years and show no signs of stopping. Religious institutions around the world have been reporting an exponential increase in the amount of exorcisms performed by clergy, and many churches.
 
To prove this point for starters- we must understand that community possession can occur in many ways for example there is a phenomenon called “mob mentality” occurs when demons insert the same evil thought into a mob of people at the same time.  
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A lynching in the early 20th century. The white perpetrators smile and pose with their victims and fellow Klansmen

The Mob Mentality shield-of-faith-clipart-1

The moment the mob is caught up in passion, demons know the power of suggestion can become actionable and when this occurs, the result is a true phenomenon.  It is as though the mob suddenly behaves as if it has “one wicked mind.”  The fruit of demonic behavior is anger, hatred, violence, and destruction and when adrenalin induced anger goes beyond reason, you can be sure demons are present.
 
Lynching in the early 20th century (picture, above) is a perfect example of Mob Mentality-The white perpetrators smile and pose with their victims and fellow Klansmen who have murdered thousands of African American men, women and children then took pictures of the gruesome and evil event. 
 

According to biblical scripture-The “mob mentality”  possibly could apply to the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah (illustration, below) which we understand were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the “cities of the plain” (from Genesis in the Authorized Version), [Gen.13:10]  Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. 

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Neighboring Zoar (Bela) was the only city to be spared. Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as metaphors for vice, sexual perversion, and homosexuality, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect.

On last point that I think it is very important to mention. According to historical research- it was during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, there was an ‘epidemic’ of such possessions. Some of the hundreds of cases that were reported were group possessions in which many people in small, close-knit communities, such as convents and orphanages, displayed the same symptoms. Why?

The question as to why and how demon possession can effect mass groups of people is a good question, but If we use our imagination and possibly some common sense then we can say yes!-that consistent bad habits and filthily living may be a chronic incubator for evil to exist, and demons to feel motivated to work. Examples can be areas where drugs become influences, prostitution, wild parties and sex clubs are largely frequented and so on. 

As a person of faith our response must be a clean healthy lifestyle. Period! shield-of-faith-clipart-1

 

(This Article is Part 2 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare) 

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A Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Spiritual Warfare Part 1-Truths You Must understand!

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
 
5/23/2018 11:00 am CST
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According to a wise and focused minister in evangelism who recently commented  “Everything that occurs in the visible, and physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, and spiritual world.” 

Ultimately the effects of evil that are waging an ongoing war in the unseen world, that manifest itself in the seen world in many ways, including inside of you- For example: Take the barely reported story from CNN about -A small group of nuns and priests that met a tormented woman in the chapel of a house one June evening in 2017. Although it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room.

As the priests began to pray, the woman slipped into a trance — and then snapped to life. She spoke in multiple voices: One was deep, guttural and masculine; another was high-pitched; a third spouted only Latin. When someone secretly sprinkled ordinary water on her, she didn’t react. But when holy water was used, she screamed in pain.
“Leave her alone, you f***ing priests,” the guttural voice shouted. “Stop, you whores. … You’ll be sorry.”
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‘You’ve probably seen this before: a soul corrupted by Satan, a priest waving a crucifix at a snarling woman. Movies and books have mimicked exorcisms so often, they’ve become clichés.
 

While Dr.Richard Gallagher is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia University and New York Medical College. He was surprised about the days events as he was part of the team that tried to help the woman. 

Gallagher knew about biblical accounts of demonic possession but thought they were an ancient culture’s attempt to grapple with mental disorders like epilepsy. He proudly calls himself a “man of science,” but to date Gallagher has become the go-to guy for a sprawling network of exorcists in the United States.

“There was one woman who was like 90 pounds soaking wet. She threw a Lutheran deacon who was about 200 pounds across the room,” he says. “That’s not psychiatry. That’s beyond psychiatry.”

The Book Rite of Exorcism was first published in 1614 by Pope Paul V to quell a trend of laypeople and priests hastily performing exorcisms on people they presumed were possessed, such as victims of the bubonic plague, says the Rev. Mike Driscoll, author of “Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World.”

“A line (in the rite) said that the exorcist should be careful to distinguish between demon possession and melancholy, which was a catchall for mental illness,” Driscoll says. “The church knew back then that there were mental problems. It said the exorcist should not have anything to do with medicine. Leave that to the doctors.”

 

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The Fight against Evil

Scripture tells us in Ephesians 6:10-15 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 

10 Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks. 12 We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. 13 So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. 

While all people who display serious issues of mental illness- they may not be exactly guilty of suffering from demon possession-there must be a certain understanding that wickedness manifest itself in multiple ways, and if we are not careful and have certain trust in the Power of God with a healthy righteous lifestyle then we may fall prey to all forms of demonic evils, from momentary, to ongoing, angers, insecurity, discords, fear and the list goes on to finally eternal. This fact is further illustrated in an a recent article from Psychology Today.

People are not evil because they have done bad things or else we’d all be evil.  As Aristotle maintained, being evil portends a persistent habit of doing bad things.  Moreover, evil people know that what they are doing is bad but choose to do so anyway.  They therefore act with malicious intent.Moreover, evil people typically care little or not at all that what they are doing is or may be harmful to others; and some evil people even derive sadistic pleasure from it. Moreover, some evil people are very cunning and can disguise their evil intentions and lack of regard for others.  These individuals may be con artists or even charming rapists or murderers 

The true debate is that one must understand that there are very real forces of evil that operate in the world, and not take certain acts like rape, murder, and more for granted.

Yes we all believe that madness exist, but additional research, meditation, and prayer must be done to discover the root of the wickedness. 

Again, trust and believe evil exist in this world and the agents of evil can be complex or simple-With that in mind only God can deliver you from any bondage either from the seen or unseen world if you have faith. shield-of-faith-clipart-1

(This Article is Part 1 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare) 

 

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN, Apolitical America, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com.
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Faith and Leadership Commentary: A Believers Faith And Obedience In An Ever Falling World

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87 Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
5/18/2018 11:00 am CST
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Today we see growing wickedness, pain and suffering-manifesting itself in this world as never before. One has only to turn on the TV news and one will find gun violence, terrorism (War), murder, and all forms of wickedness like never before. For many of us as people of Faith, we as believers, these factors are not surprising and of little consequence. 
 
For people who exercise their faith-we have been forewarned of a time when evil grows, and sin is heightened as a response to an ever falling world. In fact scripture tell us in many parables that signs of the end time will come with heightened evil. For our response to be focused correctly-we must understand that with a believers heart and spirit-we are given the tools and resources to shield in the battle against evil, and it is precisely with this exact spirit in mind that we don’t need to wonder about what to do.
An awesome and profound scripture that comes from the Book of Matthew starting with Matthew 12:38 which begins with the Pharisees and teachers of the law who challenged Jesus as they had done many times before, this scripture states:
 

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38)

  
Though Christ was always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not, and are not equipped for the worldly and ungodly challenges of this evil world.
 
Signs were granted to those who desire them to confirm their faith, as Moses,Gideon, and even Jonah could attest; but as Jonah grew (for example) to understand-they are denied to those who demand them to excuse their unbelief. 
 
Jonah in Scripture is often identified as the “Reluctant Prophet”  of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for consistent sinners who are in disbelief. 
 
As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, after which he is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents to repent of their sins or face divine wrath. Instead, Jonah boards a ship to Tarshish. Caught in a storm, he orders the ship’s crew to cast him overboard, whereupon he is swallowed by a giant fish. Three days later, after Jonah agrees to go to Nineveh, the fish vomits him out onto the shore. 
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It was after Jonah had accepted his “biblical Marching Orders.” The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ and we must intern such cares that hinder us, as we must come to Christ and submitt such uncertainties. 
 
This parable represents the case and is applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted. 
 
While,The unclean spirit leaves in you for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; within your daily discipline to the heart sweeps evil inside outward reformation, if not the spirit is garnished by ill preparation to comply with evil, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth.
 
Remember: Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by Faith in Christ.
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So to answer of question of:  How to we combat evil-The more you humble yourself to the will of a righteous God, and you shield and insinuate yourselves from the growing evil as a response to worldly and Ungodly sin.
 
Therefore, we as human beings can take steps to grow in faith minute by minute, day by day-but unless you take steps to move closer to righteousness, then any and all efforts may leave you vulnerable-as you will be placed at the mercy of this world.  shield-of-faith-clipart-1
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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN, Apolitical America, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
 
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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Ending The War Of Hate With Love

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20228873_1490840277642799_5385441953393498167_n (1) Omar Liles, D.Min, CDP, Associate Editor 

5/17/2018 3:14 AM CST

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    As I address the Christian community after giving much thought in the process of wondering about man’s end I couldn’t help but feel dismayed by the violence that is seen in the world. This violence is not only one that is physical, it’s also spiritually violent which is includes the tongue. Violence in the world is the result of the fall. This fall has brought in murder, hate, racism, torn marriages, the great divide between political parties, molestation of innocent children and war. We have seen slavery, the holocaust, and so many intricate factors where sin and evil is exposed. When will it all stop, how will it stop and what will it take for it to stop?

First all as Christians in the faith we have a duty to pray to the very God we believe in because it is the fabric how we should tackle the hidden world that lays behind the veil of realm, it is the invisible place hid from the eyes, it is that which we are unable see. What makes people hate so much? Is it because of jealousy or envy? What makes a husband abuse his wife or a wife to control her husband and do devious things to trouble his heart. This great divide in the comes straight from the powers that are unseen. It is not our government that we are fighting against, it is noted “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12” No Christian is a laymen or woman in this battle, this is not fight, it is more than a war, it is “Armageddon”  not the final war but a war that is bigger than life itself.

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We are to arm ourselves, the scriptures say’s that we are to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil, Ephesians 6:11. The Devil is slick and cunning and able to deceive those can’t discern between right or wrong. He lords himself over all mankind without a crown as king, he acts as if he is the creator when he is the created. The bodies of human beings are tools in his world to hinder the kingdoms growth. However evil cannot permanently reign, somewhere down the line it will come crumbling down.  Babylon came down, Rome came down, Egypt came down and countless others, even empires and kings.

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   When will it all stop? It will stop in the final analysis when Christ comes, “Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him, Even so Amen’, Revelation 1:7. How will it stop and what will it take for it to stop? It will stop when Christ overthrows the beast and all those who follow him that were deceived were cast into the lake of fire and judged, (Rev 20:10-15). God love’s the people and all those in whom sin has brought trouble to save them through his love by sending his Son into the world so that we may have life eternal. Christ wanted to bring an end to sin that haunted us for millenniums since the fall.  God’s love for humanity is the chief end to evil and sin. His heart warming compassion to the weak in spirit down to the soul he saved or rescued from being into the Lake of fire from it’s endless torment.

God will wipe away all tears from our eyes, death and sorrow and even those who suffered from the extreme pains of hate will have a place of rest with the father forever in Christ.  The only way to end this war with hate is with the love of Christ. shield-of-faith-clipart-1

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 

 

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National Faith Weekend May 18-20 ~ “I Am My Brother’s Keeper – The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go. (Op-Ed)

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Dear Religious Leader and Friends:

A coalition of the faith community met in Los Angeles in January 2018 and resolved to call on you and many others throughout the country to participate in a National Faith Weekend May 18-20 ~ “I Am My Brother’s Keeper – The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go.”  We must do this for the future of humanity and the planet.

Recent weeks and months have seen serious developments in the consolidation of the Trump/Pence regime, including:

  • Threats of war – possibly even nuclear war – with Iran and North Korea;
  • The forging of a “war cabinet” consisting of John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel;
  • The unleashing of a comprehensive and major escalation in assaults on Brown and Black immigrants in this country;
  • The mobilization of U.S. National Guard troops on the U.S./Mexico border; and
  • Plans for constructing military concentration camps for refugees.

Millions of young immigrant lives are in jeopardy.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has targeted leaders in the movement for immigrant rights, conducted massive raids against individuals and businesses (such as 7-Eleven) in sanctuary cities, and threatened sanctuary churches.  Additionally, Trump has ended Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for over a quarter of a million people,  and has now ended DACA protections for millions who migrated to the U.S. during their youth. To paraphrase Pastor Martin Niemöller: “First they came for the Muslims, then they came for the immigrants…”  We must say, “Not This Time!” The voice of the religious community – a voice of moral authority – is needed as never before.

AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? The question rings down through the ages. Religious communities have traditionally responded with a resounding “Yes!” Caring for our sisters and brothers is a key component of what it means to be a person of faith and conscience.

  • Judaism: “You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself: I am the SOVEREIGN GOD.” (Leviticus 19:18)
  • Christianity: “Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” (1 John 4:21)
  • Islam: “None of you has faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 13)
  • Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)
  • Buddhism: “In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.” (Dhammapada)
  • Baha’i: “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.” (Epistle to the Son of the Wolf)

It is a consistent message in our world’s great religious traditions that we are indeed our brothers and sisters’ keepers. At its heart, this message minimally means at least two things: 1) that we will do our brothers and sisters no harm; and 2) that we will work fervently and tirelessly for their well-being.

So, what do we, as people of faith, do in a time when the powers of this world – especially the Trump/Pence regime in Washington, DC – seem hell bent on causing harm through:

  • Unjust and immoral immigration policies and practices,
  • legislative efforts to prevent people from accessing health care,
  • assaults against the rights and the integrity of women and LGBTQ persons,
  • attacks on our sisters and brothers in the Muslim community,
  • challenges against people’s rights to peaceful protest,
  • threats to use nuclear weapons against North Korea and Iran,
  • the coddling of white supremacists and the excusing of their racist behaviors, and
  • support for policing policies that inordinately target persons of color with violence and incarceration?

What do we do indeed? We are convinced that we cannot sit idly by and merely hope that everything will turn out right, or that someone else will do this. Too much damage has already been done.

In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, dated 16 April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes these prescient words that are as true for all twenty-first century American religious communities as they were for the predominantly white Christian churches of 1963:

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is especially crucial during this month when we commemorate the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination that we affirm the truth that he articulated elsewhere in this same letter: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” Now is the time when we must work together to build the beloved community of justice and peace about which King spoke and wrote so passionately and eloquently throughout his life.

Religious communities cannot stand on the sidelines in the face of the injustices and atrocities being perpetrated by the Trump/Pence regime. We must stand up and say NO! And, we must join with other people of good will who are rising up to stop the terror that threatens to engulf our nation and world, and to demand that the Trump/Pence regime must go. We refuse to accept the kinds of atrocities that are described above. In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America.

Between May 18–20, religious communities around this country will be observing a Faith Weekend based on the theme: “I Am My Brother’s Keeper ~ The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” We encourage you, as religious leaders, to hold services and preach sermons on this urgent theme at your places of worship. Where possible, join with other religious communities to hold special events, such as ecumenical and interfaith gatherings. In preparation for May 18-20, convene meetings of religious leaders and others in your area to discuss the role of the religious community in the movement to stop the Trump/Pence regime and to make plans for the Faith Weekend.

History has shown what happens when people do not speak out and stand up for each other as injustice and terror are perpetrated by a few against the many. The time to engage is now, before this regime has a chance to fully consolidate its power and oppression. We are our brother’s keeper!

In the hope of justice and peace,

Rev. Frank Wulf, Pastor, Echo Park UMC
Ms. Ernestine Henning, Supervisor (retired), AME Church
Ramona Toliver, Ward AME Church
Rev. Luis Barrios, Pastor, Holyrood Episcopal Church
Rev. Lyda Eddington, Pastor, La Tijera UMC
Myrian V. Monnet-Cisneros, Pastor, La Trinidad UMC

Email the Faith Task Force of Refuse Fascism to sign this call.

 

 


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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary-The Moral Universe-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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5/11/2018 12:00 PM CST

 

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  The arc of the universe bends towards justice as it is said by Martin Luther King, it was basically saying a quotation from the 19th century abolitionist and minister Theodore Parker. Why this quotation? Because everything that Dr. King believed in concerning the civil rights movement on segregation hinged on morality and the mistreatment of the blacks in the south.

Certain things in this world will always be wrong whether it will be 10 to 20 years from now-it will still be wrong because there is good and there is evil no matter if a law was established to run its course to segregate, murder or steal, it will always be wrong to lie or cheat, sooner or later the lie will greatly be discovered and manifested.  There is law of gravitation that whatever goes up must go down, as humans we don’t go running off cliffs because if we fall we will tumble to our very own death.

What a person believes in strongly if it is moral-will persevere and surpass evil, if it is tried against them. The observance of the law did not square with the moral law or the law of God on how they are to treat their neighbors or the words of Jesus. The words of the seventh commandment says, “Do Not Murder,” (See Exodus, O.T)  or “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (St. Mark 12:31 N.T).  There were lynching’s in the deep south and blacks were sent to prison for violating bus laws, for example; sitting in the back of the buses. Where these laws just or unjust? Dr. King puts it this way- “a just law is a man-made code that squares the moral law, or the law of God.”

An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural laws. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust, (see, Letter From Birmingham Jail, Autobiography of Martin Luther King. Jr, by Clayborne, Carson pg 193)”. To treat people in a inhumane manner is unjust and it becomes out of harmony with God’s word to whom God is eternal.

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This is a moral universe and it hinges on a moral foundation from God that brought forth and created everything that is, but it is man who violates it and creates evil by degrading mankind. A knock at  midnight was one of Dr. King’s sermons that he preached about a moral disorder in our world at midnight in the moral order, the psychological order and the social order using the scripture text taken from St. Luke 11:5-6 (See, Strength to Love, A Knock at Midnight, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Chapter six). The moral order concerns our behavior and mistreatment of our fellow brother, the psychological order speaks about our racist irrational ways of thinking and view of man to not treat people as second class citizens, the social order speaks about our ways of being inhospitable and unloving toward our neighbor by not helping them with their social concerns such as their meals, housing and not giving aid to the poor.

To live in a world of order we must do what it is right. Doing what is  right is the set pattern for the moral, psychological and social order.

It is the breath that we must breathe out in the world to make this world a more peaceful place to live. (OL)

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 

 

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