Is it 2016 or 1966

I hope the title of this blog got your attention. As a child of the 60’s I would have thought we would have been past the days of police brutality, racial prejudicial and violence.  I am from the deep south where Jim Crow was the law of the land as a child.

I was chosen to be part of a group to integrate the schools in 1964 where we were exposed to levels of abuse that many could never image. Today when I turn on the computer or television the news of another black man killed at the hands of police or another black man has become normal in our culture.  This is unfortunate given as a society we have grown accustomed to violence and death; moreover, the first ten minutes of the local news broadcast is mostly devoted to who was killed on the streets of the DC, Maryland, or Virginia (DMV) area.

Too often we hear the cry for more gun control; however, criminals do not abide by the laws of the land. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. In the bible Cain slew his brother Abel and there were no guns around.

You cannot legislate morality; laws cannot change the hearts of the individual that is prejudice or an outright racist. Guns are not the only problem; people are. You may not particularity care for the angle in which I am addressing this issue. As a culture we no longer value life. We have embraced a culture of death and insensitivity to vehemence in our society. Now before you jump to conclusions be advised I am considered by many as a black conservative.

During the fourth of July weekend in the city of Chicago there were over sixty shootings with five deaths. Unfortunately, a majority of these were black men and none were not killed by police but by another black man. My heart was overwhelmed with the events of the past week; however, marches and protests with the mantra that Black Lives Matter can only take us so far regarding awareness to the plight of police violence.

This past year more than 5,000 young black men are killed by other black men. Concurrently, this number is only a fraction of the number of black babies killed through abortion yearly. However, no one is marching in the streets for these souls.

Our country needs a heart change that can only come about with a national awakening of the love of God through his son Jesus Christ. It’s time for the church to not merely have services but to be relevant in today’s society.

My favorite football team, the Atlanta Falcons have a chant that says. “Rise Up.” It’s time for the church to rise up now.

This is the Voice of the Overseer!



About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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