Your mother and your father are not simply the ones who gave you birth.

Today, I hear news of another elder care facility here in Washington, DC that is applying to close its doors. With that closure, the City’s capacity to take care of its elderly residents would be less than 8%. “They” will cite many reasons to explain and justify this. But, it’s quite telling and fits with the theme of gentrification…out with the old, in with the new.

I see the plans to change the demographic of this City. It has been majority Black for too long. So, now the push is to bring in younger and Whiter residents. If we cannot tend to our elders, we’ll have to move out to PG County, Maryland (Montgomery County, MD and Northern Virginia are already too expensive). Once that move has occurred, it will make the City more attractive for White folks. The crime will be in PG County.

But, the Lord said to “honor your mother and your father, and it will go well for you.” City leadership – whichever ones of you this applies to – your plans are deceptive, and you may profit in the short run, but it will not go well for you. He sees and knows, and He will hold you accountable…if not today, then at the day of your judgment. I’m keeping my eyes open. May the Lord keep the city, that my watching be not in vain.


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