June 9, 2014: Equality – Not an Easy task, but a Godly one

Posted on : Jun 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Still Speaking

As we continue our celebration of Pride Month, it’s important to remember that though we have made great strides toward equality for lesbian and gay people, our journey is not done. There is a lot of hard justice-work yet to do.

It always seems like there is a divide-and-conquer strategy working against full equality and justice for all. In the last couple of years we have seen such advances in marriage equality that it is dizzying. But in this same time period, women’s reproductive rights are being taken away and/or restricted at an alarming rate. And dear God, racism has sure come out of the closet now that we’re in the sixth year of Barak Obama’s presidency. I’ve never seen a President of the United States treated with such indignity as President Obama. I have a strong feeling some of his adversaries are going to explode in rage before his term of office is done.

Justice and equality are never about just me getting my rights and equality. It is always about working to ensure everyone gets their rights and is treated justly and equally.  Working for equality is never an easy task, but it is a Godly one.

In this week’s mediation, Kenneth Samuel, one of our brilliant and dynamic African American pastors writes about Justice and Equality. He says, “The reign of God is a reign that establishes equal value upon the life of every person.”

As we celebrate LGBT equality and pride this month, let’s remember that the justice and equality that we want for ourselves is no different than the justice and equality that everyone else wants and deserves.






June 4, 2014

Justice and Equity
Kenneth L. Samuel

“Mighty King, lover of justice, thou hast established equity . . . ” – Psalm 99:4

One might think that the first order of business for a king would be to protect and preserve the class system of hierarchical nobility that supports his reign. But the reign of God is a reign that establishes equal value upon the life of every person.

Not an easy task, when different values are individually and systemically placed on people according to race, gender, class, religion and sexual orientation all the time. Not an easy task when persons are evaluated by group identity instead of individual character most of the time. Not an easy task by any means, but certainly a godly task.

The quest for equity among different people is difficult and daunting indeed, but it remains at the heart of a truly just society; and it remains in the heart of every godly believer.

Someone wrote that they longed for an America in which a George Zimmerman would offer a hooded Trayvon Martin a ride home in the rain, with no fear or apprehension, and a Trayvon Martin would accept the ride, with no fear or apprehension.

The establishment of “liberty and justice for all” hinges upon our commitment to the realization of dreams like this.

Nelson Mandela said: “It always seems impossible, until it is done.”

Lord God, we are grateful that your sovereignty is expressed through our equity. Now let your reign of justice and equity be established in our hearts and ratified in our public policies. Amen.

Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.



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