Rev. Ralph T. Newell – For The Ebony News Today September 2020 Issue
Listen, listen, God is still on the throne and he still hears our prayers but he expects us to do our part. We must keep kneeling, praying, and voting but God is depending upon us to help make changes. How? We must let our Legislators know what we expect of them and demand that they take action on issues pertaining to Police brutality, injustice, equality, housing, joblessness, all of which is wrapped up in Systemic Racism against Blacks and people of Color.
Listen, listen, when we pray let us remember that God is not a God who is Partisan so don’t try to get him to take sides in politics. He is a God of Righteousness and Justice no matter what the politics or color. I believe God is watching and is putting in position His plan to change the United States of America. There are diverse groups coming together that do not look like the norm but God has often used what did not seem normal to do the extraordinary. He uses those who will follow His call and direction. No, I do not believe the looters and haters are called by him they are distractors but can be used by him.
Listen, Listen, PROPHETICALLY, I know this was written to Israel but it can apply to us at a time like this, read, pray and believe this with me, (Isaiah 43:1-8 NIV) “ But now this is what the Lord say- “who created you, Jacob he who formed you, Israel; Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel, your Savior, I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you, I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to north, give them up! And to the south, do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth- everyone who is called by my name, who I created for my glory, who I formed and made.”
Listen, Listen God speaks to us in America and tells us to keep praying and believing. He did it for Israel and He can and will do it for us who believe and keep the faith. In the midst of this 43rd chapter of Isaiah God reminded the people that only He is God and worthy of all praise and he told them: 43:18-21 “Forget the former thing; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland; the wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”
KNEEL, PRAY, VOTE, HELP MAKE A CHANGE! God has promised to help us in the midst of this turmoil and I agree sometime it looks dismal but THERE IS HOPE. Let us get busy and do our part. We can encourage others to Vote, and help get out the Vote. We can pick up their Votes and take them to the Elections office. Make telephone calls to our Senators, Representatives and other people in office and get them involved.
I am a former Leader and Organizer in the Gamaliel Foundation, Chicago, I have sent texts with a link to over 200 people asking them to send the link to 5 people and those 5 to send to 5, you see if my 200 sent to 5 that equaled 1,000 people. I don’t have that link anymore but there are many ways you can contact person through social media and get involved, so get involved through your church, Sorority, Fraternity etc. just get involved. Facebook viewer Gamaliel friends I will post this on the public site so it can be reposted; Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Georgia, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and all our other great States, Keep the Faith and let’s win again like we did in 2007. I Pray that the Power, Presence, Peace, Protection, Provision, Prosperity and Promises of God remain with each of you, Amen.