Monday, May 11, 2009

Crosses Burned in Shamokin

The Coal Region has a rich history of hard work, sacrifice and perseverance. There is also a historic melding of many cultures. Immigrants from as many as 26 distinct people groups came together in the Anthracite region to work as hard as any people have ever worked to make a life for themselves, and they did it with a high degree of acceptance and cooperation against all odds.
That heritage is being threatened, if the most recent reports of cross burnings prove true. The recent influx of African-Americans and Latinos has caused anxiety, and some appear to be taking matters into their own hands. That has never worked too well here in America, as we continue to live down our history of lynchings, the KKK shenanigans, Jim Crow laws and more. We had a short spell of skinhead activity in our area in the late 90's that produced nothing good.
This should be a wakeup call especially for the church. It was crosses that they burned! That is an affront to God and to His church. We are in a battle for our community. If we fail to be salt and light then the darkness will prevail, whether it is coming from intruding gang members, or from an angry native populace. We must be vigilant in prayer as well as good works and vocal opposition to evil.
The church must break loose from the paralyzing delusion that nothing has changed. Many churches continue to function as they did 50 years ago without recognizing that the local culture has been in a death spiral. If we do not actively engage everyone who will listen with the life changing message of Jesus Christ then the church in this community will become more and more irrelevant with each passing year.
It is plain...
Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)
"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

2 comments:

loribear7 said...

i love this blog. thank you for speaking out on this! many people are overlooking it and i agree that it needs to be addressed and more importantly prayed about!

erinsxybtch said...

Dear Sir,
I have come from the big city to get away from the primal behavior of others. I assure you that these so called gangs aka drug dealers fear no God no religion. They prey only on the weakness of others. Crosses being burnt is a fear tactic at best. These are people that kill their own for the love of money. Your prayers will go unheard as they infest your neighborhood and poison your children and the Community. Affirmative action is all they understand. Perhaps our divine police may use tactics of their own to maybe make it a little less accessible for the people to sell their poison by simple stopping them and asking them for ID and if they act nervous search them. They are forming on the corners with no fear. They are intimidating others with no consequence. What will become of this little town when the shooting starts? When will action be taken and who will be held accountable after it is to late? Your local Realtors advertise in big cities about the cost of living What do you expect to happen? I have come here to make a new life and that I did. I won't condone the actions of others, but i assure you i will protect my own at any cost's. Pray for the one who afflict's my family. Pray for me that i can retain my own self-control.