In The Heat of The Night
July 7, 2020
One day, somewhere around mid-morning, I had the occasion to find myself at home not doing much of anything. That doesn’t happen often, so I turned on the TV and found myself half watching an episode of “In the Heat of the Night.” Maybe you remember the show. I watched it primarily because of Carrol O’Conner who played the character of Chief Gillespie, Chief of the Sparta Police Department. I mainly watched because I had been a fan of Archie Bunker (O’Conner) in the groundbreaking TV show, All in the Family. But I digress….
Anyway, as I watched In the Heat of the Night, the episode closed with Chief Gillespie, Bubba, and members of the Sparta Police Department celebrating Christmas at the home of Virgil and Althea Tibbs. The episode ending with everyone singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” around the Christmas Tree.
Maybe because this is was stuff that I grew up with, or maybe, I am hopelessly hopeful, I could not help but contrast this orchestrated scene against the current backdrop of humanity and inhumanity.
Fast forward, July 2020. We do not live in Sparta. Chief Gillespie is not the chief of police in my town, or yours, and we are not reading our lines from a script. Our experiences are real. There is real hate and real racism. And the powers that be are not always working for the good of all. Sadly, this is our reality. While it may be nice to take a trip to Sparta, or Hooterville, or even to visit George and Weezie (The Jeffersons) in their deluxe apartment in the sky, we must recognize the fact that our world needs every man and woman to get onboard and to engage in the betterment of our society. It will take everyone to help turn the tide of this present age. To push back against the darkness. Do not forget, Hate can be overcome by Love. Kindness trumps nastiness every time, and Jesus is still the answer for the world today.
And by the way, if you are not registered to vote, what are you waiting for?
June 2, 2020
I’m not sure if it’s my love of music or the fact that music has been so much of my life, even as a child, that causes me to convert everything in my head to a song. My mother and father both loved music, (like myself, not always gospel music) but I can’t deny that I am a product of the 70’s. The music of that decade, in my opinion, is the best of all time. We were the generation that was encouraged by song stylist like Curtis Mayfield and of course the father of Funk, George Clinton!!! (Scary huh?) But growing in grace, (and gray hairs), I find my spirit drawn most often to the music of the master. Ohio players were replaced by Walter Hawkins, and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes were replaced by Andre Crouch and Kirk Franklin and too many others to name in this space. But I must confess, my all time favorite, right or wrong, is James Cleveland. It is James Cleveland that prompted this month’s word of encouragement. SUBSCRIBE TO READ MORE
Forward In Faith
May 1, 2020
Most of us don’t think of ourselves as being part of a bible story. We read the stories, we study the experiences, we apply the principles, but we almost never see our reality as part of the unfolding story.
Well, the truth of the matter is that while we may not be like Moses, or Abraham or even Esther or Ruth, we are a part of a greater story and our pages are being written every day.
I recently read a little commentary from Arnie Cole, who is a writer for a daily publication called “Back to the Bible”. Mr. Cole wrote that we are now completing nearly 40 days (give or take) of quarantine due to the Coronavirus. SUBSCRIBE TO READ MORE