According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between eight and nine thousand African Americans are murdered each year. Of course crimes where a black is murdered by a non-black‚ÄĒas in the slayings of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis‚ÄĒreceive the most media attention.¬† But in fact, more than 90% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks. Unsurprisingly, most killings are related to drugs or gang activity.
As I lead a church and Christian daycare with multiple employees, I am looking carefully at the health benefits we should provide, including the impact of Obamacare. Most people are now willing to admit that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not a perfect law. Maybe any law with well over 11 million words is bound to have some problems. But while most of the attention has understandably gone to the millions of Americans who are losing their health coverage or their doctors, the problem of the ACA‚Äôs assault on religious liberty still looms large.
As someone who is often asked to speak my opinion on radio or television, I know that sound-bites can bring powerful results, either positive or negative. Take for example the words of Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., the chaplain for the New York City sanitation department, which he prayed at the recent inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, ‚ÄúLet the plantation called New York City be the city of God, a city set upon the hill, a light shining in darkness.‚ÄĚ
As I was growing up, my father taught me many lessons about the history of African Americans. These were lessons he had learned first-hand in a racially torn South and in a tolerant, but often ignorant North. He taught my brother and I to value the heritage that had helped define our family. He told us of heroes who made a difference.
I have made no secret about my belief that educational opportunities are essential to help people lift themselves out of poverty. And there is no question that not all schools are created equal. For example, in 2011, Montgomery County Public Schools here in Maryland had a graduation rate of 85.7%. Detroit Public Schools, by comparison, graduated just 62% of their seniors. All of us know anecdotally that students from top performing public schools are taking AP classes, while students at failing public schools are sitting in chaotic classrooms where the teachers may have to spend more time on discipline issues than the lesson plan.
During my decades of pastoring, I have observed firsthand the devastating effect of the decline of marriage, particularly in the black community. I have preached and written often about how redefining marriage to include homosexual relationships is weakening the institution as a whole. But I will also freely admit that it was not homosexual activists who started American marriage on its road to decline.
Thus far, homosexual activists have relied on bullying and on two major deceptions. The first is that all they want out of the redefinition of marriage is rights for loving, committed couples. The second is that homosexual marriage is so incredibly popular that its universal acceptance is inevitable. To be on the ‚Äúright side of history,‚ÄĚ we are told we must get on board now.
How ironic, as Dr. Bernice King points out, that African Americans fought so hard to be respected as equals, only to have so many of us voluntarily degrade ourselves. In his famous I Have a Dream Speech, Dr. King urged, ‚ÄúWe can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: ‚ÄėFor Whites Only.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Yet today, too many of our children are casting their dignity aside.
But I believe that America was born for more than what we have already achieved, and I do not believe our time is up just yet. At the time of our founding, we overthrew the greatest empire in the world to gain our independence. Ordinary men and women risked their lives and fortunes for the opportunity to perform an experiment in liberty: could human beings really govern themselves, instead of living at the whim of a dictator or king?
f you only read the New York Times or the Washington Post, you might think that every evangelical Christian in the country is in favor of ‚Äúcomprehensive immigration reform.‚ÄĚ Major news outlets have reported extensively on so-called ‚Äúpro-reform‚ÄĚ evangelicals and their activities. According to CNN, ‚ÄúIn new ads, Evangelical Immigration Table‚Äď[a] group that has been behind immigration reform on Capitol Hill‚Äďasks people to pray for Boehner and House Republican leadership on immigration reform and urge those leaders to listen to their prayers.‚ÄĚ The article did not mention that Evangelical Immigration Table is funded largely by organizations backed by George Soros, the billionaire who has given hundreds of millions of dollars to far-left causes.