As a media personality, I believe it is my duty to be a responsible journalist; I strive to avoid glorifying subject matters just because they are trending. However, I believe it is important to stand up and speak out for the edification of our community.
I plead with you to watch Donald Trump’s latest remarks regarding his suggested ban of Muslims; watch this video in its entirety. I don’t care what your political affiliations are or whether you are a fan of Donald Trump; this is supersedes that. I could not help but listen to his recent commentary and instantly think of Hitler, the KKK or plantation slave owners.
We have to stop ignorantly listening to the media: don’t think his views don’t concern you if you are not a Muslim. If he had said black people, Latino people or white people, would that have made you mad or concerned you? Remember, Hitler didn’t start with 100% anti-Semitic, hate filled rhetoric either; it progressed to that over time and increased popularity. The same is true of the KKK and a lot of other hate-filled groups; they initially came out with the angle that they were concerned about our world and wanted to help make it better.
So what does this mean to you? First, and your spiritual life is your business but, this is indicative of why the Jesus said, in Luke 18:1b (KJV) that that “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”. We cannot survive this world, present day and future, without the power of prayer and guidance of God.
Second, be grounded and rooted: we have to stop being so easily swayed by public opinion, media and whatever other distractions and manipulations that are strategically designed to diminish our awareness and take us off focus and mission minded action.
Thirdly, and this is so important, stand up and be accounted for: these are perilous times and action is required; the season of being a shrinking violet or standing up against the wall are OVER! Your world demands that you stand up, know the power of your voice and use it RESPONSIBLY! Don’t buy the hype that you necessarily need to be on a picket line or protest unless that is required for your position of influence.
So, instead of being outraged or just idle chit chat, ask yourself today: how am I using my voice, my life and my testimony to transform my world? If you can’t answer that, pray and seek guidance.
–Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Best Selling Author
CEO, Alesha Brown LLC