Wednesday, September 5, 2018


E Stanley Jones used a familiar illustration to make a timely point. While travelling in Panama, Jones approached the Pan-American Airport and saw a “seeing-eye door” by which to enter the facility. The seeing-eye door opens as you approach to come in or go out. However, when Jones tried to go out the door marked “entrance”, nothing happened. The eye did not see him and paid him no attention.

Jones could have responded by getting angry and feeling picked or like he was mistreated. He could have called on God to open the door but nothing would have changed. When he retreated and entered the other aisle, however, the eye saw him. The door opened and Jones walked through and into the facility. When he obeyed the nature of the reality, things began to happen. And so it is, concludes Jones: “When I obeyed the nature of reality, things began to happen. It is so everywhere in everything for everybody

The way of the Bible and of God is not merely the way of salvation; it is that, but it is much more.
Life is made to work in God’s way and only in God’s way. If you try to work it some other way, it works to its own ruin. Jesus is the door, not only to salvation; He is the Door to everything. Everything opens when you come in His Way.

Thus we affirm today this word from Jesus: “I am the Gate; whoever enters by me will be saved, and he will go in and out and find pasture  (John 19:9 Moffatt) In God’s world , we walk with doors flung open as if we were royalty, which in Him we are, and this is

Sunday, September 2, 2018


“The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual’s pass which grants access to the complex.” So writes Omarosa, who happily admits, “I’m eternally grateful that the Secret Service had my back. Thank God they issued that statement, because things were getting crazy!”
             (UNHINGED/Omarosa/Gallery Books/NY/2018)

Describing her surprise call to the Situation Room to meet John Kelly, she found herself in a locked room, not allowed to leave, confronted by lawyers, falsely charged on trumped up charges that were no charges at all and she easily disproves, unequivocally fired, led off the premises without even being allowed to pack up her stuff or receive an explanation—she reports on her firing.

This beautiful young black girl that grew up in the poverty of Youngstown, Ohio’s post-steel era came from a good Baptist family, won a beauty contest and a college scholarship  and earned several degrees in journalism , communication, and business. She followed that by successfully pursuing the glitz and glamour of adult  life and  Reality TV. There she became well acquainted with Donald Trump, she ended up on his team, serving as his Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, after helping elect him.

During this time, this beautiful, sturdy, steady, tough Black lady lost her husband in death and had an encounter in which she felt her Baptist Call to Ministry. I was prepared to like her and not ready to believe a Baptist Preacher would stoop to offer a falsely written book of sensation and intrigue. She had to be well-detailed to provide the story she has written, but I confess my ardor eventually cooled and I learned how controversial she was and how eventual book sales were disappointing.

Now that I have finished my reading;
I am (1) glad I read the book.
I am (2) questioning how she could figuratively prostitute herself, as she obviously did, and close her eyes and sell her shriveling soul to the Devil, then turn about face and reveal (describe) the things she does, many of which are contrary to the person she purposed to be. Her work was sufficiently convincing to get her idol elected to the most powerful office in the world.

 The time came when she could no longer gaze upon her idol and blindly ignore what was so obvious to other discerning individuals. Her turn-around seems to have begun with the Charlottesville struggle with White Supremacy:   “My blind spot was shattered during that press conference, though I could see with my own eyes that Trump had no idea what people were upset about. He just did not grasp it. He was disconnected from reality” (285).

The difference she would conclude, between Trump and world leaders who may be a tad bit narcissistic is  that “he can’t function unless everything is about him. He has to be at the center of everything. If he’s not in the middle of it, he’ll force himself in the middle. So, it’s not that a young woman died in the Charlottesville rioting, “it’s that her mother liked his (Trump’s) tweet” (287).

Most people who read this book are going to take one of two positions:
(1) They’re going to sort out all the anti-Trump and say, “There; I told you so!” This was my greatest temptation; I admit!
(2) Other readers are going to select all the pro-Trump nuances they can find and defend their support of The Donald.
I choose to take a different option by repeating the back cover that suggests While watching that interview, I realized that something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain. His mental decline could not be denied. Many didn’t notice it as keenly as I did because I knew him way back when. They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff. But I knew something wasn’t right.”

This is a statement of perceived fact given by one who arose out of Westlake slums in an impoverished Youngstown neighborhood where she withstood every kind of slight, abuse, and tragedy that a young black Baptist Christian could experience. Her statement comes out of twenty years of political experience where she cultivated a loyalty that blots out, diminishes, and diverts every weapon of imperfection thrown at her or her employer, and always shines the idealized spotlight of perceived perfection and is calculated to win whatever debate or election is at hand, whatever the personal cost.

She had proven her worth and ability already working for both Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Although she leaned to the left side of the political aisle, Donald Trump became her romanticized ideal of economic security when she made it into Reality TV and escaped the poverty she NEVER FORGOT. Mix it all together and you have the sad conclusion of a friend watching a beloved idol slowly diminish into a perceived slowly deteriorating meltdown.

Seeing her idol in this process drove home her own vulnerability, her misguided misdirection, and warped and wasted effort. That is a hard pill to swallow, especially someone that has been raised to honor God, live inclusively, and serve as an uplift in your world. Thus, she reveals much good and much bad about Donald Trump, depending on your political persuasion. She has written tactfully, accurately and correctively as a friend rather than an enemy; modestly without sensation; relieved to be free of the burden. The best of what anti-Trump readers will want to read is found in chapters 13-14.

When I read her take of the characters in Donald’s story, I am neither angry-at, dismayed-for, or disappointed-in, for we are all pretty much just who-and-what we are. That said, the political characters in this narrative are like most of us squirming about under the spotlight of public scrutiny—flawed human beings. 

I believe Omarosa is now in the right service--where she belongs. I don’t believe Donald Trump can pedal his tricycle fast enough to keep up with the Political Drama currently playing on the Washington Beltway stage, or in Moscow, or wherever else. The need is not for more or better politics but more and better “politicians”, people of honesty, integrity, humility, and cooperation. I am reminded of Old Testament Daniel (ch 9) when he hid himself in his place of prayer: “While I was speaking and praying … ‘confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God …’” 

The answer everyone wants is found in neither Republican nor Democrat answers but in putting aside our rights and wrongs and seeking the collective wisdom of the common good that frees all of us to allow “all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32 RSV).

Paul prefaced this with putting away falsehoods and speaking truthfully, being members one of another, giving honest effort and doing “only such as is edifying” i.e. building up one another of whatever color, creed, or culture. The present course of American politics is fundamentally cannibalistic; it is a strain of me-ism that allows only survival of the fittest; it is a suicidal, self-destroying cancer. I personally believe Jesus is the only resolution, but when I pray “Our Father…” I must-and-do allow “for others” into my circle and that includes y-o-u.

I had no idea where I was going when I started Omarosa, but here I am  and this is my take  on Omorosa …

Saturday, September 1, 2018

People, Punishment, and Profitability

I had no more volunteer time until I met Jim! I agreed to listen to his presentation because I appreciated his hard work and the social contribution of his Mennonite denomination. His concepts led me to volunteer and begin working as a Case Worker with Victim and Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) counseling young first-time offenders.

I was soon negotiating contractual agreements between offenders and their victims, bringing restitution between opposing parties. This proved taxing, but satisfying, frequently producing improved relationships, We often found solutions outside the box and beyond the norm, and before long I had several years invested, spending additional time serving with the Board of Directors.      When Michigan changed its state penal code and assimilated our VICTIM AND OFFENDER RECONCILIATION PROGRAM by creating new State for-pay jobs, it added supervision of in-house inmates and instituted a work release program that left VORP and its professional volunteers no option but to dissolve.

I continued my local church ministry and saw a growing Justice System that valued profit more than people. The State Department of Corrections (DOC) began working with young, first-time offenders, but failed to bring reconciliation between offenders and victims as VORP had done. They left no place for restitution and gave no consideration to issues of forgiveness

This new State effort remained void of the character-building moral and ethical qualities VORP had stressed. Area rehabilitation efforts quickly redefined downward while I continued to support President Reagan’s efforts to redefine America’s drug war as “the major problem.”

“Tough on crime” sounded right! Punishing bad behavior reflected accountability. Seeing prevention become secondary, however, raised other issues. I noted well-meaning people duped by a mindset that prioritized “making criminals pay for their crimes.”1

Meanwhile; research was revealing social scientists compounding my questions. Author Hosea Anderson described “the hopelessness and alienation many young inner-city black men … feel, largely as a result of endemic joblessness and persistent racism.” It fueled “the violence they engage in” and resulted in behavior that confirmed for Anderson “the negative feelings many whites and some middle-class blacks harbor toward the ghetto poor.”  It legitimated the code of the street “in the eyes of many young blacks”

Anderson insisted, “attitudes on both sides will become increasingly entrenched, and the violence which claims victims black and white, poor and affluent, will only increase,”2   with each exposing “the depth of racial bias in the system.”

My Church Ministry had taken me into the cavernous depths behind electronic gates of maximum-security facilities where residents did “hard time.” I found working with prisoners was not easy, but. I knew Correctional Professionals were sometimes helpful and other times calloused. Prison Ministry had introduced me to converted murderers and 
multiple offenders. 

As a pastor, I stayed in touch with various prisoners, occasionally reacting to the insulation some churches communicated. I met inmates that were solid “Christians.” Others no longer needed additional punishment. I watched first hand as God’s transforming grace transformed prisoner’s, I felt deep disappointment when prisoners went to their death in spite of compelling evidence to the contrary, their pleas for commutation rejected.

Karla Faye Tucker brought a tidal-wave of public opinion from politicians and citizens alike. Some I found more vindictive than helpful. Politicians offered solutions promising tougher sentencing guidelines and expanded prison space, while cutting funding for preventive rehabilitation. John Q. Public was often overwhelmed and sometimes surrendered to fear, ignorance, and pressure, forgetting that loving God remains the epitome of our faith.

I have never forgotten being “conned” by a brutal sex offender. A lifetime in prison for a former pastoral associate brings bad memories. While Prison serves a useful social function, it is not a “cure all” in every situation. Our Criminal Justice System can be improved.

Author Jerome Miller believed our criminal justice system alienated and socially destabilized our society. He found demands for arrest, jail, conviction, and imprisonment sometimes creating more problems than they solved. Theoretically, we all believe in personal accountability, but that suggests we become as accountable for the economy of human lives as for the criminals we catch and condemns.

Our “get tough” politics of the 1980’s increased federal, state and local expenditures for police 416%, for courts 585%, for prosecution/legal services 1,019%, for legal defense, 1,255%, and for Corrections 990%. It punished more but prevented less.4 Contrary to popular opinion, 76% of illicit drug users came from our white establishment, with only 14% from the Black Community,  and 8% from the Hispanic Community. Yet,, most incarcerated inmates were poor and minority.

The public sector railed against jobless minorities, lazy drug-abusing criminals, and the abuse of sex in making babies paid for by tax dollars. We agreed the Welfare System needed reforming, but most welfare clients were white rather than minority or poor. Since then, welfare has since been reformed, but little else changed.

The Criminal Justice System still criminalizing what it cannot control. It builds more prisons and punishes more than it rehabilitates. It clones criminals, and graduates them magna cum laude in crime. Recidivism shuttles inmates in and out of the revolving doors of  our prison system that protects itself but fails to help inmates build new and better lives.

So when will we quit criminalizing what we cannot control? When will we reform our ineffective system? When will we work as hard at prevention as punishment? When will we value inmate education as much as inmate-incarceration? When will we put people ahead of punishment-and-profit?

Jesus used the cross as his symbol for identifying faith. We reveal our vertical relationship by loving God supremely. We practice the horizontal relationship by loving our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus proclaimed the Good Samaritan as the ideal of our horizontal relationships (Luke 10:27). He focused on prevention rather than punishment and nothing short of providing rehabilitation will correct the crisis in our criminal justice system

Faith supports victim’s rights, but faith balanced consequences without surrendering to “hate hysteria”. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, biblically and pragmatically. Preventive outreach and proactive programming will recycle lives from our cultural trash bins without becoming political.

Economic stewardship and sound gospel call for better balance between punishment and prevention. Calhoun County Michigan boosted its income by up to a thousand dollars a day by introducing the Sheriff to the profits of housing federal prisoners.3

A spokesperson for Michigan’s Department of Management and Budget praised a neighboring city for being five-hundred jobs richer with “good paying jobs” at a local prison facility. The proposal added 2,500 new beds and he concluded, “That’s good for the state and for the taxpayers” (emphasis added).           Simultaneously, a newsman described abused prisoners in a privatized jail in another state, causing officials in that state to stop renting beds from the first state. Making punishment profitable may not be new or unreasonable, but it challenges and warps the purpose of our justice system!

Is our goal punishing people and making money, or rehabilitating people and improving society? We tax payers seem more interested in profit than people, but does punishment and prison fulfill our social obligation? With Michigan State Corrections spending “$130 million a year, employing 2,500 people in one system alone, while adding another $20 million in payroll when the next new multi-security prison opens,” I wonder where does it end?

Whatever we believe, our behavior tells the story. Thus, an alert editor suggested: “We’d like to see the public’s money put to more constructive use, by shaping people’s lives for the better, and providing the same positive choices for everyone.” I say “God bless that editor!”

Our focus on punishment recalls that Frank and Earnest cartoon where Frank announces, “Not only is Ernie going nowhere fast, but he knows a shortcut.” Punishment in prison provides our shortcut to profitability, but it takes us 
owhere fast. It costs more in general and leaves us with poor justice, poor economics, and a poor gospel!

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    1 Jerome G. Miller, Search and Destroy. (Cambridge/N.Y.: Cambridge Press, 1996), p. 81. 
    2 Miller, p. 97.
    3 Karen Motley, Battle Creek, MI. “Enquirer News,” 2-10-98).
    4 Miller, p.2

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Following is a live of several suggestions to “do it anyway” by one Keith Kent, dated 1968. I found this list while going through my departed wife’s lifetime of scrap papers and personal notes. I lived with her for just over seventy years and it sounds so much like her, the lady I once admired as the epitome of God’s amazing and abundant Grace. I see ten seeds here that promise a blessed harvest of abundant living, should someone decide to plant them. 

When I stop and think about how Jesus came as the incarntion of God, and I pause to reflect on that incarnation as God’s expectation for me as a follower of Christ, I discover that I hold in my hand ten seeds for planting God’s Kingdom through my relationships with other people. Let’s see what you think:

1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered;
              Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish and ulterior motives.
              Succeed anyway.
3. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
              Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
              Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
              Be honest and frank anyway.
6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest of men and women with the smallest minds.
              Think big anyway.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
              Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
              Help people anyway.
9. People really need help but l may attack you if you do help them. 
              Help people anyway.
10.. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth.
              Give the world the best you have anyway  (Kent M. Keith/1968).

What I see here are Ten Commandments, if you will, for becoming the exclamation mark in what a Ugandan Pastor’s daughter means when she says, “I am the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence I could ever possibly write” (Nakazibwe Blessing Sandra Generous).

This is yours truly,

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Away at Writers Conference

I attended in 2005 what was probably the last of several Writers Conferences I was privileged to attend through the years. This one took place at the Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN, coincidentally, the same year my wife’s health crashed and I became more confined to home and retirement.Among the host of writers and inspirational speakers in attendance that year were (Dr.) Gloria Gaither from Gaither Music and Dr. Keith Drury, Wesleyan Church Theologian, Author, and popular Indiana Wesleyan University Professor. Gloria was compelling as always. Drury, a new discovery for me, 

Much of what we Chog folk" remember about D. S. Warner was not his pulpit preaching per se, but what I call his "pen preaching," the publishing ministry that did so much in furthering our cause of church reformation Christian unity, and holiness (above is the publishing plant of Warner's era), I found new acquaintance Keith Drury especially interesting for his pithy thoughts that I thought applicable to the everyday Christian writer. Following are several solid punch-lines he delivered that struck home with me. 

Several are what we could call good one-liners and I hope you find them as helpful as I did.

1.  The door to good writing is great reading. This is foundational.
2.  Ideas are the writers’ raw materials; i.e. most writers find themselves managing an idea farm. Were you to visit me in my small retirement home and examine my shoe-box files and my file cabinets of writings, you would understand this immediately. I have a lifetime accumulation of cards, file folders, and notes from which I will mine for the rest of my life and not find the end.

Gloria Gaither reminded conferees that a "fact" is what happened once; a "story" is what always happens.  She called Jesus a "walking story." To the writer, the fact has value only in accord with what you can do with it, and Gloria has long been known for her skill as a story-teller.

3.  Writers need to know something about a subject before writing about that subject.
4.  You are a writer if you have readers.
5.  Writers who can write on demand are in demand.
6. ”I’d give an hour a day to be that good.” Did you ever say that? Did you ever schedule and manage that time in a disciplined manner?
7. Fill your attic before you fill your pockets.
8.  Write 24-7 even if you only type one.
9.  Schedule your inspiration.
10. Mundane routine triggers magical inspiration.
11. A Critic is your best friend coming in the uniform of an enemy. I discovered that an Editor that will take the time to add suggestions to his or her rejection slip is any writer’s truest and best friend. Editors are an overworked lot but there are genuinely interested in helping you produce. I found this especially true of denominational magazine writers.
12. Most great writers are actually great re-writers. Always be willing to re-write. Most often you will be the one with the most gain.
13. Self-publishing is the test of one’s conviction of greatness.
14. The great satisfaction of writing is more than a thing of utility; it is making it a thing of     structured beauty.
15. Writing is like having kids; the hard work comes early but the benefits pay long after you’ve done the labor.

Every writer worth his or her salt quickly learns that a rejection slip seldom means failure. It may be unsuitable to one editor but the very thing another editor desperately needs. That rejection slip may be your first step to success as a writer. I have been utterly astounded in looking back at the evolution of an article as it started out in one direction and after several re-rewrites ended up becoming a totally different article.

And, I would be untrue to the reader if I did not leave you with this word of warning. I have known “good writers, brilliant in their own right who would not let any editor change a single word of their “inspired writing.” One such friend was well published and I found him brilliant. That was his option, but I also watched his vanity cut off his nose to spite his face. Don’t be afraid to defend your ideas, but never fear accepting the exchange that takes place between you and a helpful editor.

Your editor wants you to be successful as badly as you want to succeed. And, in this digital age, be aware that some of our finest works today are self-published. Self-publishing is no longer merely a “vanity” publication. By the way, a good way to personally meet potential editors is to put forth the effort to attend a popular Writer’s Conference.
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Monday, August 20, 2018


I spent much of this week immersed in David Kirkpatrick’s riveting report Into The Hands of the Soldiers, (NY, Viking Press, 2018). David spent six years as NYT Bureau Chief in Cairo, long enough to write a politically neutral, very well researched resource for readers wanting to read an on-the-ground authentic reportof the Arab Spring and the intervening years following Mubarak’s replacement byMr. Morsi and the Military Coup led by Mr. Seisi , roughly 2010-1016. 

Accompanied by his family, David lived in Cairo during the Arab Spring of 2010-15, travelled the region, learned the truth as best it could be told, and told it as honestly as able. For that he was finally reported on State Television as an enemy of the State, his picture posted, and eventual departure made necessary to protect him and his family from danger. 

By the end of the book, I found the chaos and corruption, the gore, the murder and the mayhem “utterly depressing” and retired for a restless night.

Contrary to popular opinion I, as a Christian, discovered THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD had worked vigilantly for a preferred peaceful and non-violent political solution, up through the recent term of Mr. Morsi. I learned that the Palestinian HAMAS is an offshoot of THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD and seeks non-violence and peace, but because they defend themselves against the Israeli’s  they are considered Terrorists by the U. S. 

I also gained insight into some of the dynamic between Egypt and Israel when out of sight of American policy. I came to understand the term “Deep State”, something I had not heard of before. As I understand it, that is a bureaucracy that is so deeply established and entrenched that it cannot, and will not, be displaced and will retain its position, power and prestige at any cost. 

Egypt lives with a Deep State, under Mr Seisi and the Egyptian Military will not be replaced even to allow a free democratic rule of Law. They capitalized on the fear and hatred of THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD and thrive best under Islamic Theocracy so that Mr Seisi betrayed Mr. Morsi as President via a military coup d etat and forthrightly rejected (or prevented) allowing the people time to develop a democratic state. 

I also discovered there was a general consensus of people that prefer the free democratic state and they rose up after Seisi and the coup took place, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Christian Copts, and liberal secularists, who all arose in mass. They established a mass Protest Presence that could not be overlooked. Yet, the U.S. could not acknowledge the military coup without having to withdraw its Military Support from Egypt (a tidy sum).They rationalized  the coup (pronounced without the p) and gave it a different name so as to stay politically correct and keep their political finger in theEgyptian/Middle East pie.

With time, the “DEEP STATE” Military Forces utterly crushed the popular revolt in what is now the largest one-day slaughter of protesters in documented history, and the author gave the figures. As a result, the DEEP STATE is still in control of Egypt and filled with corruption, which he reported in some detail. 

THE US is still sending its Military Support which would have been illegal had they acknowledged the “Coup”. I saw great bi-partisan confusion in our US Administration(s) and unclear policy yet our tax dollars still go to the Deep State Military Institution (a bribe, or black mai in my view), although they militarily crushed the democratically elected President (although he was a Muslim) and refused to give his election a chance to develop and flower simply because he was of the hated Muslim Brotherhood Party, and this in spite of Mr. Morsi’s many attempts to foster and further the needed elements of an inclusive democratic society, including social diversity outside of Islamic theocracy and freedom of women (all documented).

As a result, the Muslim Brotherhood is now terribly diminished politically but also very confused internally. Now; some are turning to violence to rebuild their organization. All the while, the DEEP STATE structure tolerates no diversity, controls ALL policy and social life, and keeps financially solvent with the help of the supportive autocratic Arab States (with the exception of one). The Islamic State develops and grows as does the threat of terrorism.

US financial support remains a primary objective while still being the common enemy and a threat to the autocratic Middle East kingdoms, like the Saudi’s and others who have turned their states into private family kingdoms that they own and operate as such. The support of our State Department provides nothing for the impoverished and vulnerable--just Military weaponry.

As a reader, I felt great empathy for those people protesting for a free democratic state and disgust with our politically correct government. Egyptians live in a very controlled social order where corruption on all sides is sickening. Their prisons are full and filling fuller with political prisoners, being some of the harshest on the globe.

One story related to Mohammed Soltan who returned to assist the Arab Spring, an American citizen and graduate of Ohio State, charged with inciting violence (opposing the system). Soltan had family on both sides of the fracas and spent 21 months in prison, 16 months on a hunger strike that diminished his 272-pound frame by 160 pounds – deported back to the U.S.5/3/15. He said Islamic State jihadists “had been recruiting avidly in the prison. They say, ’These apostates will never respect anything but violent resistence. They only understand the language of weapons.”

Kirkpatrick quotes Soltan as concluding ”The one thing that everybody in the prison had in common  --the ISIS guys, the Muslim Brotherhood guys, the liberals, the guards, the officers—is that they all hate America” (p 297).

I was appalled at the reported comradery between President Trump and Mr. Seisi, as well as the Saudi’s, each recognizing in the other the characteristic ‘Strong Man”  approach of the autocratic (dictator) philosophy of leadership, I also see a strong parallel in the DEEP STATE approach that controls Egypt and is seeding within the current American White House.

I applaud David Kirkpatrick for his splendid reporting; I appreciate our many honest, hard-working journalists, but I not sure I would pay the price he paid to do such an investigative report.  As a Christian believer I will continue to do whatever I can to further our relationships within our human family. I will respect those of different color, creed, and culture and work at being a global family of human beings. 

My Christian faith calls for diversity and difference and it seeks the common good of all. Jesus teaches me to seek first His Kingdom and he suggests therein that I will find life and love and lift. I affirm that and I love God supremely. I will, moreover, love my neighbor as myself. Like no other, Christianity gives that unique lift that brings people together and relates them into a family of non-violence and peaceful harmony.

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