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This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are fighting for legal justice and racial justice across the nation and all of the protesters who are standing up for various issues. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
Jesus Christ said in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
It is easy for us to point fingers at the white police officers who have shot and killed numerous young black men down through the years. It is easy for us to point fingers at an “unfair” justice system as the reason why so many of our young black men are incarcerated. It is easy for us to point fingers at politicians and governmental leaders, both Republican and Democrat, as the reason why many of our communities are run down economically, why many of our people are on welfare, why many do not have jobs, and why many do not have a college education.
It is easy to point the finger and blame other people for the problems that we face. Sometimes, it seems like the “system” is rigged against our success, and it seems like certain people (or groups of people) are out to get us.
Perhaps, in all of this finger-pointing, we have overlooked the real culprit — the devil. Jesus Christ calls the devil a “thief” and says his only purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. Yes, the devil is ultimately behind the high crime rates and low hope rates in our communities. The devil is the real reason why many young people do not pursue an education and do not pursue job opportunities. The devil is the one who makes a young man think that he will be much better off if he opts to sell drugs to make a living and makes a young woman think that she can only make it in life if she turns to prostitution and the selling of her body. And, yes, the devil is behind the senseless deaths of young men of color no matter who it is that pulls the trigger.
When we realize that the devil is the real culprit behind the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, and many others, we will also realize that the solution to the problem must be more than just another march, another protest, another community meeting, or another law being passed. The solution must be deeper than that. The solution must be a spiritual one.
In opposition to the devil’s agenda against the black community (and all communities) is the agenda of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” More than anything else, our community must return to faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ. I am not just talking about church attendance, church membership, baptism, or participation in church activities. I am talking about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The reason why I am where I am at in life today is because at the age of 19, I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and life and began a relationship with Him. Before Jesus Christ, I was on my way to ending up like so many young men today — without a college education, without a purpose in life, and probably dead. Yes, the devil was out to get me like he is out to get young people today.
While we ought to work toward the ending of racial profiling, disenfranchisement, unfair legal processes, and lack of opportunity for our communities, we must not neglect the fact that there is a real spiritual enemy that is out to ruin young lives.
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Now, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.