Change starts with you and me

Published 10:15 pm Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Suffolk Youth Advisory Council and Suffolk Parks and Recreation put on one of the best Martin Luther King Jr. events in this generation. With only two weeks to prepare they orchestrated an event that demonstrated unity. Great job!

Now, folks, that should have been blasted on the noon news, but sadly we are bombarded with bad news and sad news as Suffolk again has been in the spotlight.

Suffolk has been hit with brawls that led to media coverage and then a young student being fatally shot. When do we say, “Enough talking and more action”? It’s sad but true: Bad news spreads like wildfire, while the good news of our youth is mentioned but not highly exposed.

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Could it be that Amercia has formed a culture that says “Give me more”? Like give me more visuals of sex and drugs, but continue to promote signs and bumper stickers of change?

Come on people. Do you really want change? By now I hope it’s grounded in your brain that “change” was not made by electing the first black president

Nope! History was made, not change. Change will not be made by the verbal commitments that you and I make but never follow through on. By now, I pray that all come to the understanding that change begins with one’s decision to act, not merely with one’s decision to voice an opinion.

Of course everyone is entitled to an opinion, but your opinion is not going to change the fact that we still have issues. Neither will your opinion change the fact that youth want to be youth, and how things were done in your day is just not cutting it today.

Sorry, folks. Get with what’s happening now. Though the Message doesn’t change, our methods must change. You can say “Amen” or not, but it is what it is.

Do something! We all were heart broken when Birdsong Recreation Center was torn down, and we were very outspoken about it and other issues that transpired in this city, but get over it. Why? Because insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Talkers don’t change the world; people of action do. The truth of the matter is that Jesus is the answer for change. Not just through a spiritual lens but a more practical lens as well.

He did not confine himself to the corridors of the church but He went and did something. He formed relationships, established trust, demonstrated love and unified a body of people, though adversity existed. He saw a need and took care of it, while others murmured and complained.

Dr. King said that Sunday is the most segregated day of the week. People, when are we going to change?

Give hope by demonstrating what love is, not what love sounds like.

Blessings! Agape.