I have come a long way in my spiritual journey; there was a time—before homelessness taught me to stop viewing the world through the lens of tribalism—where I judged “white” people and Republicans alike and blamed them for all the evils of this world. I now realize that collective judgement of that sort is immoral and is the exact mindset that leads to injustice and mass-atrocities being committed against people based on their identity or beliefs.
I no longer blame all for the sins of a few, which is the reason why I push back against terms like “white privilege” and speak up for inclusive justice instead of seeking redress for only people who share my complexion or my views. However, I have not stopped judging; it’s just that my condemnations have gone from shotguns that scatter pellets of denunciations at large groups of people to snipers that fire bullets of censure at those who are actually making and dictating economic and social policies that hobble billions of people around the world.
This new outlook is one that I’m struggling with for I am not sure if this approach is right or if we are supposed to give up judgement altogether. My faith informs me that I should leave wrath to God for only He can assess people’s hearts and mete out justice according to their works. But does this mean that if I see someone actively hurting a child that I’m not supposed to intervene and then judge that person to be a monster? In that same way, when I see millionaire politicians who are working for billionaire globalists implementing policies that are actively bleeding humanity, should I not condemn their actions and judge them according to their works?On this Fourth of July, let us remember that unity is what enabled America to defeat the tyranny of King George. Freedom that is not defended will be taken by those who with to indenture us. #DefendOurFreedoms Click To Tweet
I reserve Sundays to discuss matters of faith and share my journey to healing spiritually not as a way to convert others but as a means of testimony. Below is a video that I recorded recently that speaks of judgments, revelations to come and the tribulations that await us. I’ve come a long way from that turbulent time of my life; thanks to God’s grace, I now live in a home, I’m married and have a son who is the light of my world. As difficult as the nearly two year stretch of homelessness was, I am thankful for it all because I learned valuable lessons about our common humanity and the redemptive power of love that inform my writing and my overall social and political outlooks.
On a closing thought, one of the lessons I learned while enduring indigence was that God talks to us through family, friends and strangers alike. So when a friend told me about some eerie things taking place on July 9th, which I wrote about a few days ago, I did not dismiss his concerns but instead decided to start praying. Part of that praying process was asking God to guide me right before I opened up the Bible, which is something that I do when I’m confounded and looking for answers in the midst of uncertainty. I landed on the following verse in the Old Testament:
“In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do ?” ~ Psalm 11:1-4
Though only God knows what is in store, I know that He speaks to us all in different ways as we seek His providence. To that end, I am going to take some much needed R&R starting this Thursday, July 8th. My family and I will go visit the mountains of West Virginia and take in the scenery and experience the beauty of the Mountain State. To reiterate, God speaks to us through people, so take this as a final piece of advice. Avoid large crowds on July 9th and seek the comfort of wide-open spaces. Have a happy Fourth of July and may freedom win out over those who seek to indenture us::
“For you were called to freedom. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” ~ Galatians 5:13
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