“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr
Stress is at the root of many health issues in America. Heart disease, depression, and hypertension are just a few of the many stress-related maladies. Physical health isn’t the only casualty of a stressful lifestyle. In marriages, stress is a leading cause of interpersonal tension and dysfunctional relationships.
John McGraw felt that he was well within his rights when he threw a sucker punch elbow, striking a 28-year-old black man in the face during a Donald Trump rally.
When interviewed by "Inside Edition," McGraw, 78, admitted to assaulting Hakeem Jones, who was being led out of the event by security. After McGraw struck Jones, McGraw calmly sat back down in his seat.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1 NAS).
Recently, republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, was being pressured by his constituents to remain in the presidential race. They encouraged Carson to continue to run even though he was not getting the necessary support or votes. They were motivating him not to quit. “I’m getting a lot of pressure to stay in the race,” the retired neurosurgeon added. "I respect that and I’m not just going to walk away from the millions of people supporting me."
With the current climate of racial tension at recent events and rally's captured on video during the past several days across the country in various US cities and towns has prompted many to demand and even expect a new Civil Rights movement similar to the protests during the 1950s through 1970s.
There are several factors why a repeat of the 1960s Civil Rights movement will be difficult:
This past weekend, a local church in Tuscaloosa, Plum Grove Baptist Church allowed Campus Life, Mindchangers, and the Tuscaloosa Police Department to use their Development and Outreach Center to host a 12 hr., boys only, basketball and video games lock in. Campus Life is a ministry of Youth for Christ, one of the largest youth evangelism ministries in the world. I have served as a Campus Life Director for 6 ½ years. Although we reach both boys and girls, we thought it necessary to create an annual event for boys only. Likewise, Mindchangers is a mentorship program that was founded by a local leader by the name of Rodney Pelt Sr. Mindchangers has leaders who are present every day in several of our Tuscaloosa City Schools. They do everything from teach our youth how to dress for success to assist them with college and career prep and everything in between. They are very present mentors in the lives of hundreds, of youth. They too had been preparing to host a boys’ lock in.
The chaos which greeted Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in Chicago last week has led many writers and political pundits to look at the Election of 1968 for comparison. There are some comparisons, but there are also both major and subtle differences.