~All men ARE created equal~
On a day when we celebrate equality in this great country of ours I thought it appropriate to also celebrate the opening of my blog. For those of you who know me, know that I’ve got a lot to say and only a lifetime to say it. I’ll preface this initial commentary in saying that you may not agree with me on all things. In fact, I can guarantee you won’t.
Now, for those who do not know me and have stumbled across this by accident or on purpose. I invite you to read my bio https://marcuspcannon.wordpress.com/about/
The short version can be found here: I’m a Mid 30’s, Southern Born, Southern Bred Country Boy from Conyers, Georgia. I’m highly opinionated, yet open-minded as well as tolerant to new ideas and welcome them. I don’t follow rules well and I do “My own thang”. If you’re a grammar queen then you’re going to be irritated constantly. 2 reasons: I’m awful at it and most of the people I surround myself with are too. So, if you’re new to me stick around a while and become “Marcus P, Cannonized” .
I’m going to try my best to make sure this blog is fun, informative, challenging, convicting and growing for us all. This will be a place where I’ll express my Christianity, political views as well as my humor. So if you’re offended at anytime then send your complaints via prayer to the Big Man upstairs, via letter or email to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C. or you can simply respond to my postings. We’ll talk a lot about cooking, art, music, The Bible, Ups and Downs and countless other things that don’t amount to much more than a hill of beans in the grand scheme of life.
In any event I would like to start by posting something that I struggle with: Equality. This is a posting I felt it necessary to share on Facebook and would like to reiterate and expound on it just a bit.
“Over the course of time we, humanity, has fallen short and we’ve most certainly failed at the most important gift we’ve been divinely given. That’s loving one another. Each person – Black, White, Latino, Asian, Arabic and all those in between have been designed to harbor a genuine respect, to honor, to cherish and to Love without apprehension those around us and those we’ll never lay eyes on.
As a younger man I didn’t carry that respect for those of different nationalities, cultures and colors out of bigotry. Not bigotry of a personal nature because I’ve always had friends of different colors and creeds. But bigotry of generalizations. If I’m transparent I still harbor those today and I can say that I’m not proud of that. My prayer is to be more tolerant and understanding as well as less generalizing.
On this day when we remember a man who stood for fair chances and equalization of all humanity I’d like to pray this prayer: Father God, please soften the hearts of those who struggle with bigotry, hatred and prejudgment of character…Including me. You didn’t call us to only reach the white, the rich, the straight, the Jews, the idolatrous or the non believers. You called us to reach the world. Lead and guide me to do just that, Father. We’re all Your children and You love us all just the same….Please breed into me the same ideal that I am to love those all over the world the same and as Your children. In Your Holy Name I pray.
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
God Bless You All My Brothers and Sisters.”
Having grown up in the south the culture has always been that of separatism. The whole “There goes the neighborhood” is still a prevalent term, sadly. I’ve used it, SADLY. Today in this age there are equal amounts of blame to go around. Bigotry, hatred and non-acceptance are prevalent everywhere. Not just in white communities but in black, Asian, Latino and other ethnic communities as well. I wasn’t alive in the 60’s so I can’t speak for those times but it appears in ways that our country isn’t growing in a positive light on the matter of equality.
If we follow the example Christ set forth on how to treat people then the “issue” of equality wouldn’t be an issue at all. Even for you none believers out there. I’d just like to ask each of you on this day to remember that we’re different no matter the color of our skin. God branded us uniquely in his image. So the white person sitting next to the white person are two totally different people…Same as the black person sitting next to the black person and on down the line.
In any event my prayers today are for quality here, there and around the world.
Until the next slip of the tongue, Thank you for visiting “Gullible’s Travels”
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