INSPIRING REVIVAL: THE IMPACT OF DONALD STERLING

Posted: May 18, 2014 in Art, Books, Christianity, Education, Encouragement, Faith, Family, History, Hope, Inspiration, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Photography, Politics, Quotes, Success, Travel, Uncategorized

‘In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.’

– 2 Chronicles 34:3 NIV

When I try to make connection to what is written in the Bible and what I encounter in the reality of the world I live in, as I have heard others say, I have wondered  why you don’t see the great miraculous acts of the bible occurring today as they did then. Did you ever actually try to speak to a mountain to see if it would be lifted up and cast into the sea? OK, I’m the only one:-)

Faith has since taught me that miracles occur everyday, though maybe not as grand as the Red Sea, they are no less significant. For the African-American, the nomination of President Barack Obama in 2008 as the first African-American president of the United States was miraculous and the culmination of one man’s dream for the nation proclaimed back in 1963! Going back to what I alluded to earlier about making connection with scripture to real life, what is mentioned about Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34, I imagine to be what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encountered in the United States of America during the Civil Rights movement of the late 50’s – 1960’s.

Josiah’s faith in God and his position as king over Israel put him in a unique position to influence revival for his nation. I see the same context for Dr. King, though his position was not as king, he served, by faith, the King of kings, in influencing revival for the nation. Fast forward to 2008, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America is the fulfillment and culmination of many who sacrificed and invested much (including their lives) that we could be witness to the glory, majesty, and power of God to make such an event occur despite the thoughts and intentions of those who would oppose such an opportunity.

The historical account of both Josiah’s influence on his nation and Dr. King on his, reveals that a change of heart, way of thinking, and way of living had to occur in order for such an influence to occur nationwide. The expanse of their influence alone, suggests that a God-sized ripple effect would had to have been at the epicenter of such a movement of that magnitude and in both instances, sacrifice (denial of self) by the individual and reverential fear (faith in God) was the means by which each movement fueled the cause.

Though some may be outraged by and abhor the words spoken by Donald Sterling, is it understood that such views readily exist today, despite the advancement of many towards acceptance, racial harmony, and equality for all. I wonder if Jesus’ reaction would have been, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ Keep in mind He did mention to the woman to go and sin no more. I just wonder what He would say and whether what we witnessed from the perspective of history, through the lives of Josiah, Dr. King , the events of the Civil Rights Movement, and the election of President Obama, would require of us today?

May God bless you and help you to seek sincerely to invest yourself to being a light for justice, liberty, and God’s glory in making the world around us a better place.

 

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