llTimothy 1:7 says: For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. So who spreads the spirit of fear? The enemy of God... the devil. The devil is the author of fear and the devil is a LIAR. We are witnessing the proclamation of fear through this nation's political discourse being stoked and giving rise to the spirit of hatred that has always meandered as a fog throughout America. Words are life. Eventually they bring about a tangible manifestation. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit." (Proverbs 18:21) That means that faith and fear are in the power of the tongue. What consumes the heart is what is spoken. "A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart." (Luke 6:45 NLT).
Fear is being consumed and fear is being proliferated. It matters not if it's political-based fear, theological-based fear, or socially-based fear, it's not of God and it must be stopped. Eleven Jewish sisters and brothers are dead today not just because of their faith, they were killed by a evil gunman because of the actions of their faith. Last week the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) sponsored a National Refugee Shabbat. The shooter, Robert Bowers' social media account had the following comment on his (gab.com account): "HIAS likes to bring in invaders that kill our people. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I'm going in." You may remember that political-speak concerning U.S. immigration has gone from immigrants to illegals to invaders. President Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed "nationalist" has been addressing this notion of foreign "invaders" in his rallies and press briefings. He discussed sending more troops to the U.S. Southern border to stop thousands of migrants from approaching America to request asylum. Hatred is infested with fear and it is spreading throughout America.
There is a racist-based fear of a browning of America. What is being spoken is being released into the spirit of America and we are seeing the tangible results of that evil speak giving progressively greater license to the immoral acts of bigotted-based murder. On Wednesday of this week, a white Kentucky man, Gregory A. Bush shot and killed two blacks -- Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones -- at a Kroger gocery store. Bush had allegedly attempted to enter a black church whose doors were locked. There were approximately 70 members in the chuch one hour prior to Bush arriving to bang on the doors. When he couldn't gain entry, he went to the Kroger in search of blacks to kill. People of Faith, we must rise in this moment. A spirit of fear is being proclaimed. We must stand in the power and love and the soundnest of the mind of the prophetic tradition and take down fear by our faith. We must pray with our mouths, our feet, and our hands. We have to combat the proliferation of evil with a kinetic ethic of love. We have the faith to conquer evil. Let's do it! For such is the Kingdom of Good.
On January 21, 2000, Reverend Shanan E. Jones was licensed to preach the Gospel at the historic Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts before moving back to Atlanta. In August of 2000, Reverend Jones was not only hired as the Pastor for Public Relations/Political Liaison to the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and its Bishop, but also re-licensed as a Baptist Minister by this house of worship on January 23, 2001. Reverend Jones also served faithfully as the Executive Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church from April of 2006 until December 31, 2017. He was instrumental in building important political, as well as national and international business, relationships for thousands of members and national acclaimed pastors for several years. Reverend Jones coordinated official trips of countless heads of state, international governmental representatives, senators, congresspersons, governors, and mayors who traveled to this Church as guests.