THE OBAMA LEGACY!

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.  – II Samuel 23:3

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Since I retired, I try not to listen to the news or focus on the many issues facing our world. My favorite programs are the classic westerns, GUNSMOKE, CHEYENNE, and THE LONE RANGER.  I do listen to a lot of the religious programs and that about sums it up. I call myself living stress free.  However, after retiring from State of Michigan in 2002 I landed a position as a Housing Addiction Counselor for the DETROIT RESCUE MISSION in 2005. It is strange how God moves. For 37 years I worked with women and children in poverty.  Afterwards I started working with men in poverty and degradation.

It was during this time that I got my first glimpse of Senator Barack Obama. I believe I was at the doctor’s office and the news on the television showed the Senator making a speech in Germany. Tens of thousands of people all over Germany and Europe came to see him and welcomed him as though he had already won the American election. They seemed to already embrace him as the leader of the free world and its allies.  I was truly amazed.  While at the Ministry we had numerous discussions about him during his campaign. During our motivational sessions I noticed that even then Senator Obama became an overwhelming inspiration to the residents especially the African American male; as he encouraged them to work harder on their own personal lives for the betterment.  Most of the residents came to us for a letter showing they lived in the neighborhood so that they could vote and be a part of the making of history i.e. the election of a black man to the highest position in the world. Before his inauguration it seemed like the whole world was holding its breath looking to him as the savior of the world coming to set up his earthly kingdom as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures.

During the Hilary campaign President Obama encouraged all voters, mainly African Americans to cast their vote for Hilary Rodman Clinton.  He implied that she was the best candidate and that she would continue what he had accomplished during his eight-year tenure. His passage of the Affordable Care Act making medical available to all, and his continuation of women’s rights over their own bodies, also what he termed marriage equality, then his tolerant policy, and immigration, etc. was what he emphasized as his legacy to be continued for the betterment of America. 

In my opinion, President Obama was treated in a most disrespectful manner throughout his eight-year tenure. During many of his speeches he was called a liar, etc. He was disrespected by the evangelicals who blamed the abortion issue on him. He was referred to as the most immoral President.  Many church leaders refused to even pray for him in their service because they did not like him from his inception as president. Many people in other countries could not believe the way he was treated. They said their rulers would have the guilty parties killed, no questions asked. Many top military people refused to serve under him and he had to dismiss them.  Some just retired from active duty rather than have a black man as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This is also true of people he put in special cabinet positions— they too would find some way to turn on him. It has been said that his life has been threatened more than any other presidents. His family has been ridiculed and insulted. It is my understanding that his wife as first lady had to handle problems with staff in the White House so as to maintain the highest standards in concert with the highest political office in the world.

During his first years in office he had more of a democratic congress making it possible for him to get the affordable medical program started.  He was also instrumental in continuing the abortion issue for women and the marriage equality and the tolerant issues. The mid-elections proved disastrous for the democratic congress. Many lost their jobs because they supported the President.  He was now faced with a republican congress. But, this did not deter him from doing his job.  He continued to make decisions and do his job as he saw it. President Obama received continued criticism to the point that it became apparent to all other countries that the citizens of the United States racial status were off the chain although he was highly respected in many other countries. During all of this, President Obama never used or complained about racial discrimination.  He continuously made it his business to do his job no matter what. He used his position’s authority wisely. In an effort to stop him from doing his job other branches of government refused to do what they were supposed to do under the Constitution. They began to break the law in order to stop him from operating within the framework of the law. His racist haters under the slogan of making America great again in the eyes of other nations around the world sullied our country’s image. However, they have almost immortalized him as the one and only President of the United States of America.

In my opinion the Obama Legacy centers on the way he handled himself during his two terms in office. He kept his family intact. There were no scandals. Coming into the presidency his slate was clean and wholesome.  He did his homework by properly educating himself.  He was strictly a married family man. His wife was equally educated and exemplified virtue. President Obama did not saddle himself with a lot of youthful cumbersome baggage while preparing for success. He had a goal.

To me he was and will always be an example to our African American young generation.

Presidents have come and presidents will go but there will be only one President of the United States— Barack H. Obama.

It should be noted that our African American enslavement made a President Barack Obama possible. Although he is not a descendant of our enslavement, like so many he is a product.

 

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THIS IS THE OBAMA LEGACY.

Your comments are welcome

 

Lucy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

I Samuel 30:6

 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalms 43:5

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can be a very hard and trying time. While it is good to know that you have been granted another year on God’s calendar, it can render you severely depressed if you have had a very hard and trying year prior to the new one.  So many times you just cannot see yourself enduring another year or you just do not have strength of mind to proceed further.

2016 was a very trying time for the American people as a whole because it was a presidential election year.  In my opinion all of the candidates were substandard and did not have answers to the problems that we as a nation are facing. Ultimately, and in my opinion, we had to make a choice between the lowest form of political filth and greed. Voters had to take courage and choose between the lesser of two evils.  Many decided not to participate at all. All are wondering what the next four years will produce under this new administration.  This concern on top of any other personal burdens is enough to bring about a deep depression.

I remember some time ago when I felt overwhelmed and I happened to mentioned it in a passing conversation.  I will never forget the response I received because the person knew that I believed in Jesus and had shared my faith and testimony openly. I was severely raked over the coals. What’s wrong with the faith that you say you have in Jesus. You say you are born again and have the Holy Ghost. You say Jesus can take care of you. Well what’s wrong now? Being depressed and now having to deal with this lack of compassion brings about a deep feeling of guilt and failure as a Christian on top of your depression. I believe that is why we have so many passive Christians. Instead of making disciples of all nations we keep our Savior personal.

Anyway for New Year’s I decided to reflect on all the positives that happened in 2016. This made me feel a little better. I then began to think of some goals that I wanted to accomplish for 2017. I started to come up with a plan in order to accomplish these goals. During this time two scriptures came to mind about facing depression. David and his men came back home and found that their wives and children had been carried off by the enemy. They had just come from fighting one battle and were too severely exhausted to go any further. David’s men wanted to kill him because of this situation. The scripture pointed out that DAVID DID NOT LOOK TO ANY MAN FOR HELP BUT HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD. HE ENQUIRED OF GOD FOR COUNSEL AS TO A PLAN OF ACTION. Following God’s leading David took as many men that he could and they were empowered to get all their families back and more. David not only returned everything to each man but he also shared equally all that was gained. He experienced depression and anxiety but instead of relying on man he embraced God even more than before.

As I meditated on these two scriptures and started to read the Bible I began to take heart. I began to think about the verse of scripture that I have been so passionate about: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3). This passage contains a Godly promise that I believe holds the answer to many of the problems we as African Americans face in this country.  Just as David encouraged himself in God and obtained the victory needed. I believe this promise makes this same God available to us for victory. Happy New Year!

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN RETROSPECT

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

~~Luke 2:10-11

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By the time Christmas 2016 came I found myself in a much better spirit.  The more I meditate on this scripture it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that we need the Savior.  Even when we have done our best in life there is always a feeling of insufficiency or lack. Something always seems to be missing. There is an emptiness that seems to stay with you. At least this is my experience.

I was very young when I reached out to Jesus for His salvation. I believe I was about 8 or 9 years old.  Anyway, putting my childlike faith and trust in the fact that Jesus came into this world to be my Savior I came to the front of my church and accepted Jesus as my own personal Savior from my sin nature and also the fact that I found myself practicing sin as a result. I asked Him to become the Lord or Boss of my entire life. I know this does not mean that I am a perfect Christian; but I am trusting in Jesus’ righteousness and His perfection.

Even now 60 years later as I look back on my life I can say Jesus has been faithful to me, for me, and through me. I am thankful that I committed my life to Him at a young age. He has kept me out of the many pitfalls that so many young people get trapped in and as a result mess up their lives.

I enjoyed this Christmas because I spent a lot of time reflecting on what I was able to accomplish because of the Lord Jesus Christ. I especially thank Him because I still have hope for my life in Him. In essence Jesus was born to save me from my sin and give me a future hope.

This is why that promise He made to Abraham means so much to me. We as African Americans have a lively hope in this one promise.

Your comments are welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne

THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY IN RETROSPECT

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“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

(I Thessalonians 5:18)

 “…neither were [they] thankful…”

(Romans 1:21)

This year my Thanksgiving celebration seemed very hard and trying.  I went through the motions of holiday preparation but my spirit was very heavy and full of deep future concerns. When I looked on Facebook and other social medias I could tell that I was not the only one feeling this way.

Cares comes to all of us especially in the African American community.  It seems like before you can take care of one thing successfully another pops up.  We as a community can never really exhale.  We seem to function on continual shortness of breath. Yes, somehow we continue to survive.  I don’t know about you but I am tired of just surviving.  In the midst of it all I desire to be victorious even if everything is against me. Let me be for myself by doing what is necessary to keep an atmosphere of success mentally and emotionally regardless of the situation.

The above scripture is something that God pointed out to me. “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God…”  Many times I find myself saying “Thank you” anyway. It’s not easy; and it does not mean your situation changes immediately. But it seems to put some control back in my hands or it may give me a thought on how to pray about my situation.

Many times I reflect on just how the slaves were able to endure over four hundred years of rigor. They had to create their own hope mentally and emotionally with some type of positive expectation.  If they could do this we should be able to be overcomers. I am sure God has granted us this ability also. I still see this one promise as our avenue of blessing.  We must learn the proper way of drawing from this account, which God has already prepared for the African American community.  He is a God who keeps His word. So, let’s cheer up!

Your comments are welcome

Lucy Payne

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