Use Your Name for Good

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Today is not just for education, but for action.

Put an End to Modern-day Slavery. That has been the consistent message and desire of advocates. For at least two years, I have been lobbying with the International Justice Mission so Congress would pass the End Modern Day Slavery Initiative (EMSI). Take a look at this video we did:

After a lot of prayers, persistence, and hard work, language from this legislation was recently authorized in December 2016.

With a new legislation and Congress, we now need to ensure that this initiative is fully funded. You can help us in this effort by simply signing your name to a petition. You may think to yourself, “Signing my name won’t make a difference.” I am here to say that you are wrong.

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Presidential Elections and Why Abortion is not the Issue

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.

For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;

Their bodies are healthy and strong.

They are free from the burdens common to man;

They are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

They cloth themselves with violence.

From their callous hearts comes iniquity;

The evil conceits of their minds know no limits.

They scoff, and speak with malice;

Their mouths lay claim to heaven,

And their tongues take possession of the earth.

Therefore their people turn to them

And drink up waters in abundance.

They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”

This is what the wicked are like—

Always carefree, they increase in wealth.

Psalm 73:1-12 NIV

The idea of rich people abusing their power, thinking they know more than God, or having no regard for other people is not lost on the Psalmist. Yes, these people may increase in status, success, and wealth as defined by the world’s standards, but that is not the end of their fate.

This humble reminder is my thought of meditate today. I meditate on these words and share my thoughts not to encourage support of one candidate on another. I have no political alliances.

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Why Pursue Racial Reconciliation? Part 2: The Politics in It All

A Call to ConscienceToday, I am continuing the “Why Pursue Racial Reconciliation?” conversation from last week’s Midday Connection appearance. The focus of today’s post is politics. Let me start by saying, “I hate politics, yet I understand and respect the importance of government.” I would prefer never to discuss politics on this blog or elsewhere for that matter, but since the topic keeps coming up in the racial reconciliation conversations, I feel we must at least address it here. If I simply ignored this issue, I would be doing exactly what I am encouraging my readers not to do. So I’m going to engage. Here it goes…

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