With the very recent announcement by President Barack Obama that he supports the idea of gay marriage, I began to think about whether civil rights do indeed have limits. Now this is not the easiest subject to write about as I am an African American male who knows about this nation’s sordid history as it concerns its treatment of African Americans and other minorities. But yet I have to ask whether civil rights do indeed have limits? If they don’t, I’m afraid that we are on a very slippery slope as it pertains to individual’s and group “rights.” At what point will we have the political will to deny a group which perceives that it has been discriminated against what they want? I say this because with his announcement for support of gay marriage, has President Obama cracked open the door for more groups to push for what they perceive to be their constitutional rights? For example, what will hinder pedophiles from coming forward and claiming that they too, like the gay community, have been denied their constitutional rights to have free (sexual) access to the children of their choice? You say that the possibility of this is absurd, but to that I respond that if someone had told you not too long ago that the president of the United States would openly advocate for gay marriage, you would have shaken your head in disbelief.
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Herman Cain, a man of God, a man of the church, of Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, GA to be specific, seems to have forgotten the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church, when he, Mr. Cain, made his venomous statement blaming the plight of millions of Americans who are unemployed, homeless, and generally destitute on they themselves. Now we realize that there are those who are in dire straits because they have either failed to prepare themselves for life, because of previous incarceration(s), and for other incidents which might hinder them from being gainfully employed. I myself was recently unemployed for nearly five months due to a mistake that I made on my previous job, and I had to attend several job fairs before I was able, by the grace of the Lord, to once again obtain meaningful employment. But for Mr. Cain or anyone else to claim to love the Lord and then almost with the same tongue and teeth, to make such a blanket statement about why millions are destitute is not only an unfairly blanket generalization but is hurtful and against the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
With the recent catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, South America, a wakeup call has been issued to the inhabitants of this planet. I say this because when Jesus’s disciples asked him what would be the signs of the last days, he emphatically stated that one of those signs would be “earthquakes in divers (many different) places.”
This truth is borne out by the fact that the earth is constantly shifting and changing in its topographic composition, even to the point that we have recently had earthquakes so powerful that they have caused powerful tsunamis (earthquake-driven tidal waves). Think of Bandeh Aceh, Indonesia in 2004, a quake which was so powerful, it affected the earth’s rotation, and the tsunamis which are predicted and are occurring even as I write this blog, as a result of the Chilean earthquake.
But they that strive to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. . . Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.- 1 Timothy 6.9,17
As I watched pro golfer extraordinaire Eldridge (Tiger) Woods give what appeared to be a truly heartfelt apology to the world today, I couldn’t help but think of the apostle Paul’s admonition to his young protege Timothy. By Tiger’s own admission, he had allowed fame and fortune to deceive him into thinking that he was above the laws of nature and man which govern others. While his fall is even greater than that of all-pro quarterback and former dog fighter Michael Vick, both of them suffered from the same malady: PRIDE. At the nadir of their existence both men readily admitted that they thought that they were entitled to exist in a universe apart from the one which morally binds the rest of us.