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A DAY OF REFLECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAGEDY

A DAY OF REFLECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAGEDY

James Holmes Colorado Movie Theater Shooter

12 DEAD AFTER GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN MOVIE THEATER

Tragedy, Tragedy and more Tragedy, it’s happening everywhere and we all are affected by it.  When someone decides to pick up a weapon and walk out into the general public and begins shooting and killing their brothers and sisters for no good reason, that is a tragedy that we all need to reflect upon.

Anytime there is a loss of life in any manner it is a real tragedy.  When we send our children off to school or give them permission to go to a movie theatre, or to the mall, we do so today reluctantly because of the derange minds that now have such ease access to hand guns and other weapons that are designed to do nothing more than to kill people.

Let us all pause and reflect upon the tragedies that took place in Colorado this morning, in Detroit and Chicago yesterday.  Innocent lives were lost; serious injuries were inflicted upon innocent victims.  Families were destroyed, all because of some deranged minded person.  We all as a country are paying a heavy price for the tragedy that is taking place.  Which one of us will be the next victim of such gun violence?  I tell you this one truth, God is not pleased with what is going on, and the long arms of God are going to reach down and change this situation.

Our elected officials in Congress simply refuses to take a stand against the powerful gun lobby, because they themselves are bought and paid for by those that continue to push more and more guns into our communities and into the hands of those who really need them less.  When are we going to open our eyes and realize that this problem is our entire problem, and it is not going to go away until we make it go away?  We as a people must stand up for what is right and stop this non-sense.  We must tell our elected officials, enough is enough.  If they want listen, we have the power to make the change, vote them out and vote someone in that will listen to the people.  Your vote counts, if you make it count by activating  your God given powers and authority by registering and then voting for the person you feel is going to stand up and lead rather than being led by those with enough money to buy their vote.

Yes this is the day, the moment and time to reflect upon the tragedy that is occurring all around us and having a devastating effect on every one of us, and a Nation as a whole.  If we continue to sweep it under the rug, by ignoring it, or saying it wasn’t me or my family members, when will the next bullet from a gun have your name on it or a member of your family’s name on it?  None of us have an answer to that question, so will we just continue to turn on our television, radios and click onto the internet, watch the tragedies unfold and just discuss them among ourselves, are will we use this moment as a moment of reflections and then take the necessary action to change things?  May God’s Blessings cover all the victims of this tragedy as well as bring healing to this great nation of ours in Jesus name. Write me and tell me what you think!  I remain your brother in Chris Jesus, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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TEACHING KIDS TO RESPECT AUTHORITY (PART ONE)

TEACHING KIDS TO RESPECT AUTHORITY (PART ONE)

TEACHING OUR CHILDREN (SHANIA A. BYARS) PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS

What happens when kids grow up disrespecting authority figures? We see the prison system all over the country is over crowded with young children who grew up not knowing what it meant to obey authority.  The grave yards are quickly becoming a place where young children are been sent because people have become so fed up with children robbing, beating, threaten and even murdering their parents and other adults that the public is fighting back and shooting and killing these children when their own lives are threaten.  Here in my city of Detroit, just two weeks ago a sixteen year old boy attempted a carjack, the man he attempted to carjack was armed and after ordering the kid to get out of his car and the kid refused, the man shot and killed the young boy.  This is a tragedy and failure on the parent’s part to teach their son that they must respect authority and not be out robbing, stealing and killing other people.  Prosecutors around the country are putting kids on trial from the age of 10 and up as adults.

Respect for authority begins in the home, if your children are not taught to show respect for their parents are other adults in their home and community, they will most certainly not show respect for the government, such as police, teachers, the courts, all other authority figures and the churchRespect for authority comes through the realization that it is set up to help us and not to control us.  It must begin when the children are young and can understand that they are loved and what is being taught to them is that we love them and how to love others by the love and respect that they are shown.

This does not mean that children obey all adults; they only have to obey those to whom their parents have delegated that authority, such as teachers, coaches, etc. However, there should be a deference given to adults by children because of their age and experience.

Respecting authority is something our children should do without any hesitations; however, before they can do this, they have to be taught the meaning of respect and how and why it has to be a key ingredient in all of our lives. All authority is from God (Romans 13:1). Learning to respect an authority, no matter who the particular authority figure is, is respecting God, and is foundational for our children’s future.

As a young person growing up in my community, we all were taught to refer to all adults by saying “Mr. and Mrs., yes Sir and yes Maim,” this was a sign of respect, and immediately set the adult apart from the child’s friends.  Not understanding the principle involved, many adults will say, “Call me (their first name).” A parent can then explain that using “Mr.” and “Mrs.” and the last name is being done for the child’s sake, to help him to learn to show respect for adults.

Since a baby has no concept of respect, and feels only its own needs when it is first born, I believe that the only successful way to teach a child what respect is is to earn the respect of the child as they slowly grow into a thinking human being.

The way this is done is first of all by attending to the child’s natural needs, such as to be fed and nurtured. As the child grows, his needs change. He has increasingly sophisticated psychological needs. He begins to express his own views, his own preferences, and he has an increasing need for freedom, autonomy and independence. This is when the adults in his life can treat him with increasing respect and thereby earn his respect in return.

Let us understand a very important thing as to respect, and that is age affects children’s respect. Both Children and adults deserve respect at every age. Here is a guideline based on age:

Babies – They are too young to show respect but when you meet their needs, they learn to trust you. This helps as they get older because respect for authority is based on trust.

Toddlers – They are old enough to learn to say “please” and “thank you”.

Preschoolers – This is a good time to teach rules and consequences.

Elementary age – They show the most respect for adults who make fair rules. It helps to let them have a say in the rules that they are expected to follow.

Middle and High Schoolers – Allow them to show independence, such as clothing or hairstyles, but make sure you have guidelines. They will appreciate the respect you are showing them. We respect you and the incredible job that you have, being a parent.

As parents, it’s our responsibility to equip our children to function well in the world, and if we

Picture of me showing love for my Grand Children

neglect that responsibility our children could easily wind up in prison are the graves.  No parent wants this for their child, therefore it is important that we address the needs of our children when they are born and stay with it no matter how difficult the task may become into their adult lives.

One of the most important things you can teach your child is respect. Keep in mind that respect is not the same as obedience. Children might obey because they are afraid. If they respect you, they will obey because they know you want what’s best for them, and the best way to teach respect is to show respect. When a child experiences respect, they know what it feels like and begin to understand how important it is. Keep in mind the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Respect is an attitude. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for peers, authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed. A respectful child takes care of belongings and responsibilities, and a respectful child gets along with peers.  Schools teach children about respect, but parents have the most influence on how respectful children become. Until children show respect at home, it’s unlikely they will show it anywhere else.  Although you may not realize it, your child must also respect herself or himself.
This concludes part one of a two part message.  Please read and study this as the first session of many to come on this message.  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

BLACK FOLKS SPENDING HABITS

AfricanAmericans

Image via Wikipedia

WHY WE ARE STILL TIRED, BROKE AND ENSLAVED

Next time you see that ‘Player of the Year’ flaws in’ in that 2010 Chrysler 300 sitting’ on 26’s while he’s pulling it into a parking stall of a rented apartment, hand him this USA Today article, on “Black Spending Habits”

These are tough economic times, especially for African-Americans, for whom the unemployment rate is more than 10%. Alarmingly, rather than belt-tightening, the response has been to spend more. In many poor neighborhoods, one is likely to notice satellite dishes and expensive new cars.

According to Target Market, a company that tracks Black consumer spending, Black folk spend a significant amount of their income on depreciable products. In 2002, the year the economy nose-dived; we spent $22..9 billion ($22,900,000, 000.00) on clothes, $3.2 billion ($3,200,000, 000.00) on electronics and $11.6 billion (11,600,000, 000.00) on furniture to put into homes that, in many cases, were rented.

Among our favorite purchases are cars and liquor. Blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population yet account for 30% of the country’s Scotch consumption. Detroit, 80% Black, is the world’s No.1 market for Cognac (Pass the Courvoisier)

Detroit is also the number one crime city, in North America. So impressed was Lincoln with the $46.7 billion ($46,000,000, 000) that blacks spent on cars that the automaker commissioned Sean ‘P. Diddy‘ Combs, the entertainment and fashion mogul, to design a limited edition Navigator complete with six plasma screens, three DVD players and a Sony PlayStation2. The only area where Blacks seem to be cutting back on spending is books; total purchases have gone from a high of $356 million in 2000 to $303 million in 2002. This shortsighted behavior, motivated by a desire for instant gratification and social acceptance, comes at the expense of our future.

The National Urban League‘s ‘State of Black America 2004′ report found that fewer than 50% of Black families owned their homes compared with more than 70% of whites. According to published reports, the Ariel Mutual Funds/Charles Schwab, 2003 Black Investor Survey found that when comparing households where Blacks and whites had roughly the same household incomes, whites saved nearly 20% more each month for retirement, and 30% of African-Americans earning $100,000 a year had less than $5,000 in retirement savings.

While 79% of whites invest in the stock market, only 61% of African-Americans do. Certainly, higher rates of unemployment, income disparity and credit discrimination are financial impediments to the economic vitality of Blacks, but so are our consumer tastes. By finding the courage to change our spending habits, we might be surprised at how far the $631 billion
($631,000,000,000.00) we now earn might take us.

We all send thousands of jokes through e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages regarding life-affirming choices, people think twice about sharing.

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