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Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard
By Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard
"If my people who are called by my name, would humble themselves, pray and turn from the wicked ways, then.."
I'm Grateful! Thankful! Appreciative! I have many reasons to rejoice in the Lord this Thanksgiving season.
The Lord has met all of my needs and even blessed me with a few of my wants (just a few). My family and friends are enjoying health and abundant life. But I have to be honest, I am experiencing personal conflict as we approach this Thanksgiving season.
In the wake of the Sandusky scandal, my heart and mind can not gloss over the tragedy that has been allowed to violate innocent young boys, while it appears to me, the Penn State football program footed the bill for evil. Maybe not intentionally, I'm sure, but their failure to thoroughly investigate and respond with swift justice was total injustice; and winked at pedophilia.
So while I'm grateful, thankful, appreciative and have many reasons to rejoice in the Lord this Thanksgiving season, I'm saddened by the lack of care for these young boys and gravely disturbed that the football program took precedents over human rights. And truthfully, fearful that more will come out of the closet as things unfold.
I am clear, this is not a new issue. The sexploitation and sexual abuse of minors is not a new problem. Hundreds of thousands of children daily are sexually abused, molested and raped by people they trust. That's a fact! The Sandusky scandal, simply raises the issue and puts it back in our faces and says, "America, deal with this!"
As a believer, it further underscores why we need the Lord to forgive us our sin and iniquity; why we can't survive without mercy and grace; and why it was so necessary that the Apostles preached the simple but poignant message, "Repent now!"
That's really why this Thanksgiving season, I'm grateful, thankful, appreciative and have many reasons to rejoice in the Lord, because a kingdom system was put into effect, numerous generations ago, for us all to have another chance through the unfailing love of God who allows us to repent, be forgiven, and go on in mercy and grace.
When asked if the Lord would receive His people if they turned back to him, should they fall from grace, the Lord responded in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves, pray and turn from the wicked ways, then...I will hear from heaven and heal their land."
In other words, yes, we can get another chance. If I could write a note to that college town, it would simply read, "Repent Now!"
I'm looking forward to turkey, dressing, sweet potato pie and all that good stuff. But, everyday God gives me another chance, I'm grateful, thankful, appreciative and have many reasons to rejoice in the Lord!