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Your Views: Prayers are needed, along with values and respect
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Thursday was National Prayer Day. However, we could say it was Worldwide Prayer Day also. Whenever you are reading the newspapers or watching TV, volcano eruptions, discontentment among nations and injustice among different groups of people, worldwide prayer service is in order.

In our prayers we offer to God, we need to ask for the courage of David when he faced Goliath, Abraham’s faith and obedience, the patience of Job, the strength of Sampson and the wisdom of Solomon. I believe Apostle Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

When we as leaders have authority over or with people, there comes a time when we can’t just sit on the sidelines and ignore the wrong and injustice to others without seeking justice. You must take a position like Mordecai told Esther in the Bible. “Don’t think you are safe because you have a position while others are being mistreated. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.”

Demonstrations aren’t done to solve a problem, but to show what the problem is. The home is the most important institution in any civilization because this is a place God created for parents to instruct their children in Him, humanities and respect for them and other people.

The lady who took the responsibility to remove her son from harm’s way in Baltimore demonstrated the duties of how parents should guide their children (without the hitting) to improve situations and values in life. You should teach children values, courtesy skills and responsibilities while they are in their playpen so you don’t have to visit them in the state pen later.

Each one of us as Christians must take the position and take the stand that Joshua took, when he said, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth. If it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day, who you will serve, whether the gods your father served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as far as me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Now that I have stood up and I have spoken up, it’s time to shut up. May God continue to bless and keep you.

Mordecai Wilson
Lula City Councilman

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