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Today I went to my state capital in Springfield IL, where I was joined by a significant number of those that shared my biblical belief in what defines marriage and why it is important as Christians to defend holy matrimony. By some the attendance estimate was 2,000+ persons, but because many were busy lobbying at the legislators offices across the street, and visiting other offices, I would put it at more like 3,000+. Illinois Family Institute sponsored the Defend Marriage day with a great turnout during the middle of a week day of Black Pastors from some of the predominantly Black churches were in attendance bring bus and van loads of members as well as Christian activists and a good showing of media.
Monsignor Kemme of Springfield’s Catholic Diocese stated, marriage is God’s design not man’s. Sen. Kirk Dillard/Governor Candidate, Sen. Bill Brady/Governor Candidate, and Rep. Sen. Jim Oberweis (whom is contemplating a run for the Senate office against democrat Sen. Dick Durbin), spoke as well today to defend traditional marriage that is solely of one man and one woman.
The day started bright and early with a prayer service at the Lincoln Memorial and then moving inside to pick up documents and letters to deliver to your state legislator as well as to lobby and deliver a letter to the House Speaker (D), Michael Madigan, and Minority Leader (R) Jim Durkin. The day wrapped up with a marriage Jericho Prayer Walk around the State Capital.
One of today’s great pleasures was seeing some of my locally active clergy, activist, media and Christians all I am proud to call friend. I have had the great pleasure of working with, and attending previous functions with them. First I want to thank IFI’s Executive Director, Dave Smith, whom did a phenomenal job of coordinating the program. A brief recognition to these fine folks I am proud to call friend, and am thrilled every time I get the chance to meet up with them at such an occasion: Dr. Eric Wallace, Pastor Caesar LeFlore, Stephanie Webber-Trussell, Liz Eihlers, Peter Breen,and Dorothy Chinchilla.
The speeches were invigorating, encouraging, as well as including the word of God. I personally left feeling not just hopeful but prayerful with my trust in God and His will. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.”~Mark 10:6, ”Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”~Mark 10:9
I have put together a snippet of the speeches from the afternoon, they are in no particular order, but they do highlight the diversity of speakers present.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. `I Have A Dream MLK JR.
That speech, the I Have A Dream speech, would become one of the greatest speeches in American history thus far and well into the future, that is if we don’t let those that don’t value the dreams, traditions and principles that are the foundation of this great nation tear them down. America today still struggles with racial harmony, and is in the grips of a decline of traditional family structure unlike any other time in history. Some say that the Black American family thrived better under slavery, I don’t understand that correlation myself knowing how a slave family at any time could be torn and sold apart.
Today we don’t have plantation slavery so to speak we have those that have turned every their predicaments into plantations that keep them chained to destitution, depression and dependency! We have those that don’t have a dream they have a despair dependency with a desperate spirit. They don’t have a dream they have become dependent upon someone else’s dream for how they deem their lives should be to suit their dream to be a leader among the people but not for the people! I have dream, I dream that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s actions as well as his words, his preaching can revitalize the true leaders of the Black American population to mobilize, inspire, and work to rebuild their communities, the families, and as a whole lead a new 21st century Civil Rights Movement toward traditional conservative values!
Yes Conservative values, Blacks/African-American’s are traditionally conservatives in nature. We believed in the two parent household, marriage, raising our children ourselves, responsibility, and personal self garnered success and I know that so many still do! Instead of marching on Washington, we should be marching with a purposeful heart in our neighborhoods and shouting, “enough is enough! We shall over-throw this plague of gang terror and their terrorist, we shall over-throw the attitude and belief that WE are not powerful enough as a community to handle our young, our need for economic empowerment and enrichment, WE SHALL OVER-COME this fugue-state of mind and inertia over letting those of the immoral and unholy prey upon our communities, the organizations that target our wombs, our churches with their false prophesying, and our schools! We shall over-come that mentality that even 50 years later of “us versus them, them versus us” in regards to our Caucasian, Hispanic, and other ethnic brothers and sisters! To have a dream is a beautiful blueprint to build upon but just like Martin Luther King Jr., he didn’t just preach, he took peaceful action!
I have a dream that one day “every valley shall be exalted (Yes), every hill and mountain shall be made low; the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
I have a dream and prayer for the ladies of the Last Civil Rights (Atarah Golden, Kuuleme Stephens, Pastor Shannon Wright and myself) continue to grow in their outreach, to continue to build the bridges with communities and other advocates/activists; and therefore flourish in our spirits led by God, salvation thorough Jesus Christ!