The Election is Over But Our Activism Should Continue

The 2018 midterm elections are behind us (save a few possible run-offs) but our activism should continue. This is my biggest flaw as a citizen. I stay abreast of current affairs. And as elections near I get more deeply engaged. But I have not taken the time to make activism a part of my world. No, everyone will not be on the frontlines. Everyone will not hold a political office. And politicians are not the only ones at fault for the condition of our nation.

Despite their flaws, our founding Fathers placed the onus on the citizen. If we don’t take the time to stay engaged, then we can’t get angry when ineffective and counterproductive policies go forth. The best news of the 2018 election cycle is that voter turnout broke records throughout the country. My prayer is that we all stay engaged in what’s going on. But my deeper prayer is that more of us find ways to stay involved in the process on a more consistent basis. Contact one of the local community leaders you’ve seen on television. Join the party you tend to vote for. Regular people sit on political committees. Why not you? Volunteer at a local school or nursing home. Stay active and involved!

The Year is Not Over Yet

Greetings to you one and all.

As we near the end of October, I want to encourage you to finish the year strong. I recently saw a social media post that said to start working on next year because this year is over. What!?! Now, I agree that it’s good to start thinking about your goals and plans for next year. But to declare the year over with two full months ahead is fool-hearty at best. You have plenty of time to turn this year around.

Today is your day. As the songwriter said, “Yesterday’s gone. And tomorrow may never be mine.” We are too quick to throw away time. Every moment is precious. If we shouldn’t put off for tomorrow what we ought to do today, then we surely shouldn’t put off for next year what we ought to do this year.

Whatever goals you haven’t reached this year can still be attempted. Let’s say your goal was to lose 50 pounds this year. And you’ve only lost 10 so far. Of course, it’s not likely you’ll lose another 40 pounds in two months. But you could lose another 10 before the year ends. What’s better? Staying at just 10 pounds down and waiting for next year to start over. Or ending the year 20-25 pounds down.

Make every minute count. If you defer your dreams until next year, then what are you going to do with all those precious minutes. Waste them? Maybe even move backwards? No dear one. Now is the time. The year is not over yet.

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight, J.D.

On the Kanye West and Donald Trump Whitehouse Meeting

Kanye West and Donald Trump met at the Whitehouse on yesterday (October 11, 2018). Kanye stated that he went to discuss a number of issues, including prison reform. Unfortunately, the meeting became a media spectacle. Some of Kanye’s ideas, or at least the premises behind his ideas, are solid. But he is sadly mistaken if he thinks Trump is the one to enact any type of real social justice reform.

Despite my disagreement with Kanye West, I will not resort to calling him a “coon” as some have. Stop name calling! What is a coon anyway? Coon is just a name that black people call other black people with whom they disagree with. It is a meaningless term. Kanye stated yesterday that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But said he’s not actually bipolar. Well, his eradicate behavior over the last few months, including his two surprise visits to the TMZ studio, prove otherwise. There were periods during the Whitehouse press conference where he was completely incoherent.

Kanye West is not a coon, he is mentally ill. He needs help. His wife needs to step in. His team needs to step in. His family (blood and in-laws) need to step in. Kanye needs an immediate intervention. Call out his behavior—yes. But don’t call him names. Pray for him. Pray that God gives somebody—anybody—that he’ll listen to the words to convince him to seek immediate mental health treatment.

The Blessing of Obedience

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 28:2)

God blessed us with life. The breath of life was breathed into our nostrils at birth. Our primary task is to obey God’s voice. The foundation of our obedience has three parts. The first part is understanding his written word, passed down to us through our ancestors. Along with the written word, the second part is the holy instruction we receive from our righteous leaders. The third part is our moral consciousness that speaks within.

The key to abundance is obedience. As you obey, the blessings will overtake thee. You won’t be able to help but to be blessed. The blessings will overflow in your life. Take the time to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our blessings are dependent on our obedience.

Take Advantage of Good Feelings

Yesterday was the first day, in some months now, that I felt like I could breathe. Nothing special happened that I can think of, to cause this feeling to overshadow me. It can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit. PRAISE HIM! And today, I feel the same freedom of mind. I feel no stress right now, none at all.

Whenever you have a good feeling—take advantage of it. Even for those of us with faith in God, we know our feelings change. Sometimes we just feel bad, down, depressed, etc. One way to combat this spirit is to ride the wave of good feelings. When you feel good—stay there as long as you can. FIGHT for the good feeling. Don’t let it go! Take advantage of good feelings.

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