8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[a] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. — Romans 12:8-10 (NIV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
I want to ask a question and I want you to be real honest with your answer and remember that only you and God will know your answer. The question is: “What prevents you from participating in events that build stronger communities, at 100% after you lose?
I know that in sports, when you lose real competitors come back with a vengeance and try their best to win. This seems to be the direct opposite in the fields of politics.
Is it because sports is a team effort? Even individual sports comprises a team effort to win?
Politics continues to morph into politricks, creating this individualism that chokes the life right out of unselfishness.
It doesn’t matter if it’ women’s or men’s sport. They do not quit and go home with their tails between their legs. They return and they return again because they are not self-centered only; they are self-centered for the benefit of the team.
Politicians, at least most of them in our neighborhoods, run away like horses from a barn fire when they lose. It’s as if it were more personal than for the benefit of the entire community.
Don’t take this personal, but we need real champions to stand up and fight for us even when they lose not just those who are in it for their own selfish reasons.
What was it that brought you into the fray of politics in the first place? In the words of the Righteous Brothers, have you lost that “lovin feelin?”
Just because enough people who believed that you could win. However, they did not believe that their vote counted, so they stayed home and you lost. Now, you are disappointed, disillusioned, dissatisfied and utterly disgusted that you have been discounted; therefore you have dissed your community.
You mean you are telling me that you are programed by outside sources not directed by LOVE. Maybe you shouldn’t be in politics in the first place if your reasons are not genuine for helping others. Then you deserved to lose.
In sports when you lose you go back to the drawing board to develop strategies to prepare because you love the game, you respect your teammates for their unpretentious efforts, and you want the competition because great competition makes you better.
NO!! Our leaders have slithered their way into obscurity like snail slime on the underside of a broad leaf plant.
We need you NOW! You were good enough to win our votes through our respect of you. You know what it takes to win so do not take your wealth of knowledge from us. Don’t get mad and take your ball and go home. Bring it back so we all can play.
This is a very dangerous election cycle. People who can make a difference are discounting their own media and placating to others who “just don’t get it!”
Don’t wait until it’s too late and your term has ended, and PLEASE for the sake of unity don’t make your own media call you out. You don’t necessarily believe what they said, “Black people don’t read” do you?
These are not threats- just points to contend with, thoughts to mull over and questions to ask yourself.
Oh yeah by the way, how will you live after your term is up? What will people say about you helping to make their lives better? Did you really improve education, voter registration, police protection, judicial prudence, did you make Black livesmatters? What did you do for Black businesses besides go to the Black barbershops and Black beauty salons and Black funeral because you had to? Honestly, they’re the only ones who could make you look like you are supposed to even in death?
Yes, playing politricks can make you lose out on the ability to love, if you let it. However politics can show how much you really love others if you’re in it for the real reason; to serve others, especially the least of all people.
Dear God, help us to heal from the scars of battle for the work that You have called us to do. Your balm of love is all we need to apply. Thank You Lord. Amen.
WE CAN’T LOSE WHEN GOD CALLS US INTO THE GAME
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