From the pastor’s pen

a tale of two cities


It has become very clear that we do not live in a post racial society.  Racial hatred continues to show its ugly presence.  It is alive and well.  We have seen it in isolated incidents through acts of violence in Charleston and a more organized and clearly visible act in Charlottesville.


The notion that we have elected the first black president and it has moved us beyond race in this country is just a notion.  The same country that put Barack Obama in the Oval Office eight years ago is the same country that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office in 2016.


It was not surprising, maybe disappointing that the President of our United States initially did not make an immediate denunciation of such groups promoting and displaying hatred, and disunity in Charlottesville.  Was this a result that these groups were loyalists, and represented his base?


The election and campaign of President Trump did not result in the beginning of these groups which displayed hatred in Charlottesville.  However, his campaign and incendiary remarks have emboldened them.


For those of us who do not share views on racial hatred we must remain vigilant and focus ourselves as in past years on the struggles to overcome hate.  We must educate ourselves to adequately understand the ongoing struggles with race and access how to move beyond this hurdle.


It is heartwarming to see the people of Houston evidencing more caring and loving acts during the disaster of Hurricane Harvey.  The “Haves” reached out to the “Have-Nots”.  It was good to see love broadly demonstrated irrespective of race.  A Tale of Two Cities.


 ‘Please keep the victims of Hurricane Harvey in your prayers’

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Yours in God’s Service,

Pastor James H. Cantrell

Pastor, Zion Baptist Church