We are called by God to share the gift that has shaped all humanity. That gift is love. Our purpose is to express this love with one another. Take a moment to reflect on Ephesians chapter Four today. After reading the chapter, read a major newspaper, or watch a cable news program. See if you can locate the awesome gift of God in our national discourse. Do we see humility, gentleness, patience, allowances being made for others...??? Do you feel the Love of God in our nation?
As we make our way to the voting booth for the midterm elections (hopefully early!), please pray much for America. Also, make a decision to be more active in our public witness beyond the church building's walls. We're needed. Let's see... Human dignity is being denigrated. Billion dollar military contracts are valued more than human rights. Evil speech is expansively proliferating throughout the American political lexicon. The president proclaims that he is a "nationalist." Bombs are being mailed. Thousands of migrants are marching towards the southern U.S. border. Megyn Kelly -- host NBC's Megyn Kelly Today, who once said on Fox News air that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were White -- defends Black face costumes on her top rated morning show. Children across America are strangely developing debilitating illnesses in the wake of Affordable Care Act restrictions being loosened, and comprehensive health care diminishing. This is just this week's news.
People of Faith, our nation needs you front and center. Do not become marginalized. Lift up your voices. Bring your praise and your protest to the center and make sanctuary on the the intersection where Church meets society. Godliness is missing from our nation's discourse, and it's our calling to bring God's message to the forefront.
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.