First, congratulations to President Obama. Yet, I am sitting watching the election results, feeling a bit “blah.” I see folk on social media talking about shedding tears of joy and cheering. I watch the pandemonium on the television. Yet, I don’t feel any of that emotion. I remember that emotion. I felt it after I voted for President Obama in 2008. I felt in when myself, an ex-wife and two small children (ages 4 & […]
I continue to receive emails from fellow Black Republicans trying to sell me – and others – on support for Mitt Romney. The most recent was from the Chair of a Black Republican organization entitled, “Prominent Black Mormons.” The email (and post) is styled as an attempt to dismiss charges of racism against Mormons. The defense used by the author is that there are Black Mormons. Hence the title: “Prominent Black Mormons.” My response is…SO WHAT? So, […]
A lot of talk has been about “Greatness” and “Exceptionalism,” as we consider the direction for this election. Yet, the passion that will truly make us great is of a different sort. The disciples had to learn this lesson…we must learn it too! The Text is from the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 9. verses 30-37.
With all the talk of American Exceptionalism, we might consider the theme of Greatness through the Gospel and the words of Christ. How would He define greatness, and what would be required of such a “Great” Nation, as America? In these times, the Gospel of Christ calls us to “revision” greatness and what being great demands of us.
“We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property […] and to reduce their persons into perpetual slavery.” – excerpt from Dum Diversas, a papal bull of the Western Church. […]