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

THE DAY AFTER

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“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.”

This election has been a horrible experience for all Americans.  I was looking on Facebook and many have equated the entire campaign and election to how we as a nation felt on 9/11.  The only thing that is different is the date is now 11/9.   To me 9/11 was a wakeup call for all of us as Americans.  I remember going into work that morning.  Nearly everyone in the office had strange looks on their faces.  My worker said a plane just accidentally flew into one of the twin towers in New York City.  She had a small television in her office and other workers were standing around watching.  I remember going over to her desk.  I looked at the television and saw a second plane fly into the second tower.  I remember saying that is not an accident this act was deliberate. My initial reaction to all of this was fear for my children whom I had just dropped off at school.  Were they in harm’s way? Should I leave work and get them out of school? How much food and water do I have at home? Do I need some dog food for Trixie and Raoul? How much money do I have in the bank? Should I draw it all out and let my bills bounce? How much charcoal do I have at home so that I can cook outdoors if the need arises due to a nationwide energy failure? What about candles or lanterns used for outdoors?  Finally, should I rush out a buy a gun to protect my family although I am fearful of guns? Which is the lesser of the two evils?

I again experienced this same fear and rampant emotionalism on 11/9 the day after the election. Even now I still deep concern.  I have noticed that many in the African American community who voted for this president-elect have had to justify why they cast such a vote knowing the type of person the president-elect appeared to be from his campaign. Many of these have been branded as enemies or betrayers within our ranks. I also found out that the other candidate received the most popular votes; more than the president-elect.  Then, too, we have found out that a large number of votes were suppressed or not counted, and there were threats to voters by many of the hate groups.  Knowing the so-called friendship that this president-elect has with the Russian leader sometimes you wonder did he secretly have them hack our election computer system in his favor.  After all it was stated he made a jester for them to hack our system to find the lost emails of his opponent during his campaign.  It does make you wonder what the real deal is; and where do you go from here or what can you do about this mess.

It is interesting to note that for weeks after 9/11 the churches all over the nation were packed.  Recently on Facebook everyone seemed to be talking about relying on God due to the 11/9 after the election results.  All you saw on Facebook was God is still in control.  It is good that we do know where to turn. Needless, to say there is still so much discouragement and depression in the African American community. When you consider what we have had to face or have been continually subjected to, no matter who’s in office you can understand our deep concern and our vulnerability.

One of the things I love about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is that no matter how hopeless the situation or how desperate the need He will and has always founded a means of deliverance for His people.  In fact when you read about the enslavement of the Jewish people in Egypt God told Abraham this would happen and that He, their God would deliver them.  He also promised to bless those who blessed His people. He is the God of His word no matter what and He has the power to deliver.

Your comments are always welcome.

Lucy

Lucy Payne