I wrote this poem in reflection to watching the video and reading and hearing various comments about the school girl and school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina. While there are a plethora of things to take away from this incident, one thing is certain, we must be ever vigilant to do what is best for our children, our public schools, those in law enforcement, and especially our faith. Enjoy and please share your positive feedback in the comments.
The Seat of Justice
By Lorenzo Neal
She sat in her desk with pain in her heart
Knowing at that moment she didn’t want to fight against her pain
She sat, resisting the call to leave
She sat. Knowing she was willingly disobeying a direct order from authority
She sat and then he came.
He beckoned her to move yet she remained
Her poise had been set. She would not be moved
Her anger had been charged and she felt she had nothing to lose
So she sat and then it happened
She felt the tug of a heavyweight lifter
She resisted more fiercely and his pull and move became swifter
She tugged and he pulled so and the intensity blistered with the sound of pain and gain
He pulled and then pushed her
She rolled like a stuffed doll no longer worth playing with
The encounter brief but now locked into eternity as her classmates captured the pain of her ejection
The video goes viral. The students report the nuisance they felt at the moment
They now are made to all look like thugs, resisting authority for just a bit of history to be made that day
The news reports come and go
The opinions between who was right and who was wrong take center stage yet she remains broken
Not hurt from the scars, the laughs, the reprimands, or the demands for better behavior
She’s burned by the lies of a systemic failure to care for her most basic need.
The need to be wanted and loved
This tragedy will only grow deeper as we neglect the grim reaper tearing apart homes and hearts
Leaving loneliness and anger in its track. The real victim is the truth
Not truth from the media who’s goal is to get greedier as the story gets bigger and badder and the thirst
for black lives and blue lives claim more lives and we all stand idly by wondering why
It’s deeper than the moment we witnessed
This thing has gone enough distance and we must cry out for justice
Not ours but His
We must have righteous anger so that sin will disappear and
When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus instead of just us then we will know who we be
And all will come clean
There’ll be no more pulling or shoving
But plenty of loving our neighbor as ourselves
Until we are all poured out as empty vessels
While I have great and deep respect for Dr. Carson, he is continually brandishing himself by statements such as this as well as attempting to to appeal to an American public that disbelieves his candidacy is good for African Americans or other Americans.
Ben Carson has long believes that the Egyptian pyramids were built not as tombs for the pharaohs but as grain storage.
Just like Kim Davis wanted
There are souls that find it easy to wander
They tend never to stray too far
They follow the leading of a fleeting fantasy,
A lying vanity
A wandering heart restless yet zestful
A yearning for learning how to become the someone they want to be
Shifting and drifting between love and futility
Gleefully escaping in moments of zeal
Copulating in extraterrestrial feelings of Zen
While forgetting moments of definite chronology
Clinging with all hope to the desperation for the terminal
The finality of their soul’s wandering
The sense of existence becoming
The knowledge of themselves revealing
A wandering heart still bleeding yet needing
Rest from the weariness of a journey
defined not by hope but by dread
The wandering heart ceases to be led once again into the pit
September 2015 has is considered as a month to go down in history. There are those who are making deep connections to end time events such as the Rapture of Christians, an asteroid/comet collision with Earth, the rolling out of a global currency, empire, and New World Order, the rise of the Anti-Christ, and at the very least, the destruction of the United States of America as we know it. I have literally watched dozens of hours of videos all seeming to collaborate that between September 21-30, 2015 and early October 2015 that the world as we know it will no longer exist. I must admit some provided some very good arguments, and others were just plain old good fashioned entertainment. I have been amazed at the depth of creativity and research that has gone into many of those YouTube videos. The creators ranged from Evangelical Christian to agnostic anarchistic conspiracy theorists. What they all shared was a common thread of both fear and vigilance.
I will be the first to admit that I am a skeptic. I grew up watching the left behind movies of the 70’s and early 80’s that showed how the world would be in a post-Christian church society. I read the books of Hal Lindsey and others that predicted the great fate of the planet earth. I later followed a pre-millennialist view of end time prophecy that was always dating and naming said events getting every Christian who subscribed to their view rapture ready. I reveled in watching shows like John Van Impe, Perry Stone, and just about any Church of God Prophecy broadcast on television. These persons were clear experts and authorities on all things end times. They marked every new invention, world leader, world event, and anything else as being another sign of the times (with the exception of Prince’s album of the same name). Some had set dates like the infamous October 1988 rapture date. Others simply warned against the use of credit cards with the readable stripes on the back or purchasing groceries from stores that used bar codes. It literally drove many people crazy.
One would think that with all the failed predictions and inaccurate interpretations of scriptures that people would give up trying to predict the end of the world, the rapture, or the return of Christ, but they haven’t. The 2000’s brought the bestselling Left Behind series of books and movies and made some people very wealthy while promoting a misguided sense of urgency for rapture preparation. I witnessed churches showing the movies to youth at lock-ins and conferences. While it brought many people into the church, it also created a warped sense of Christian faith and end time events. It may have also created more problems regarding sinful behaviors among youth and young adults believing that they could sin and still be rapture ready perhaps even without suffering the consequences of that behavior (I’ll sin today and be raptured tomorrow! LOL). The reality has been that The Lord has yet delayed His coming and we must still live with the consequences of our sin and must be in a consistent state of repentance regarding them.
What if September 2015 is the game changing event that leads to a dramatic change in the world, as we know it? Scripture is clear that as believers, we should be prepared as a bride prepared for her bridegroom. We’ve read the story of the 10 virgins, five wise and five foolish, but are we prepared as we need to be? Is there enough controlled chaos in the world that God is ready to end it all just as He did during the days of Noah? Is He ready to create such massive destruction that only He can restore? That has yet to be known, but what is clear is that there is no better time to align oneself with God than at present. There is no better time than now to, as we African Methodists solicit at the call of our sacrament of Holy Communion, “truly and earnestly repent of your sins, walk in love and charity with your neighbor, and intend to lead new life following the commandments of God and walking from henceforth in His holy ways.”
The dates and scenarios may be different, but the message is an unchanging one. There will be an end. It may come with a raptured church. It may come with a one-world government. It may come with a massive extinction level event. It may come with no global disaster at all. It remains that if it does come, will you be ready. It doesn’t matter to me where you are a Christian following end-time prophecy or an agnostic/atheist simply hoping to escape mass extinction, are you prepared for the end?
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