In editorial writings, telling the “truth” must always be the primary objective. It’s not the story, but the TRUTH. Without a doubt, the “TRUTH” belongs to God. And, it is written: “All scripture is given for inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Any individual that reports on the truth should not create the circumstances or conditions for reporting the truth. Hence, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” (Psalm 68:11). Moreover, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1). Any man can challenge another man, but no man should ever be foolish enough to challenge GOD (ULTIMATE-TRUTH). Of course, “There is no wisdom nor understanding against the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30). Of course, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12).
This editorial writer’s style evolved and is a reflection of both professional training in theology as well as sociology. My graduate training (Syracuse University) was in the field of sociology, which in turn, became my profession (i.e., means of earning a living for my family). But, my “labor-of-love” training in theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School represents my “heart and soul.”
We know that LIFE has many twists and turns as well as ups and downs. Sociology is the study of society that is individuals learning to live in peace and harmony with each other in “urban-concrete-asphalt” jungles. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mark 12:31). But, our theology ought to be an expression of our spiritual-desire for eternal life with God (TRUTH)! The TRUTH is God’s word: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17). No doubt about it, God is love. This is why we are commanded to: “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:” (Mark 12:30). Now, what was once in the “closet” is openly being expressed in a “bold-sinful-manner” from Christian Right Evangelical Church Pulpits, to family-dinner-room-tables, to schoolhouse playgrounds, and even to The White House. Discussions in all of these instances have American society in spiritual-conflict with GOD! God hates SIN. Moreover, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11). America, know full well, “Thus saith the Lord; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departed from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17: 5). Therefore, beware of those among us who believe that it is alright for civilians to have military style weaponry, especially as spiritually confused as American society is presently. America is a democratic-multicultural-society which, in turn, is governed primarily by White males who do not have the spiritual will or the moral courage to protect their own children from “military-style-weapons” in our public schools and churches. Obviously, it is not minorities utilizing military-style-weapons to commit “mass” murder! Think about it! Black Americans, as well as other permanent-tan-minorities, know full well that White men do not give a “damn” about your children. However, their children give a “damn” about themselves as well as other children. Moreover, just maybe, these young people will inspire their fathers and mothers toward a higher spiritual understanding that they are under siege! More importantly, their parents will begin to vote for politicians who have the “spiritual-moral-conscience” to enact an assault weapons “ban” as well as vote against the “vulgar-monetary” interests of the “NRA.” The children of Parkland, Florida are publicly demonstrating to the world community that they in fact have more “spiritual-common-sense” than their parents as well as most public officials who are proponents of American citizens possessing military-style-weapons as though they are in a military unit.
The election of Donald J. Trump to the U. S. Presidency has brought to the forefront the most “dreadful-shameful-sin” of American history: Institutional Racism, as well as the issue of permanent-tan-minorities as second-class-citizens. We now know that the Russians did interfere with the 2016 Presidential election, but the voters had everything to do with the election of an “immoral-man.” Those Christian Right Evangelicals and Republican Party loyalists who voted for President Trump after him telling the world about his spiritual-moral-character, and what he was going to do if elected, should now ask God for forgiveness. President Trump is many things, but we all know that he is a “chronic-habitual-liar” and “Six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17). Now, especially after the goodness of God to America (Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free) those who voted for President Trump ought to be ashamed of themselves for their complicity in the destruction of America’s democratic institutions. After making such a horrific spiritual-moral-ungodly choice, in conjunction with President Trump, just maybe you can spiritually redeem yourselves by protecting our children from “military-style-weapons:” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Question: What does one individual killing another individual really accomplish, even in capital crimes? For, we all know: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). It is written, “Thou shalt not kill.” And, without a doubt, “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.” (Proverbs 14:11) The Republican Party in conjunction with Christian Right Evangelicals corrupted the “spiritual-moral-meaning” of what America truly represents: The “Free-Will” Rights of Others! Sin is sin. God hates all sins, and that is a fact! Moreover, we should forever remember that the “eternal” Supreme Court is in Heaven with God, Jesus the Righteous One, and The Holy Spirit, not in Washington, D.C.
Therefore, because of the perpetration of extreme “military-style-gun-violence” in public schools and Houses of Worship, America’s children are beginning to walk “righteously and boldly” in the spiritual light of God. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7). President Trump, Christian Right Evangelicals, Republican Party Loyalists, and spiritually confused minds about military-style “GUNS” in the hands of civilians get on board, the train is coming, because: “Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.” (Jude 1: 11). However, our children are not willing to be victimized by the “Spirit of Cain” (KILLING), therefore: “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” (Psalms 8:2).