With dimples, diapers and a smile that could melt the coldest heart, six-month old Jonylah Watkins became the youngest victim of gun violence in this country.
A Daddy's lap should be the safest place in the world for a little girl, but not for Baby Jonylah. While she sat in her daddy's lap, last week, a thug's bullet tore through her little body. They buried Baby Jonylah today in a little silver casket. The African American community has lit candles, printed murdered children on tee shirts and posted heartfelt memorials on Facebook. But sadly the bullets are flying and the gangbangers are still banging.
It is time for the Church to rise up and be the Church for whom Jesus died. It is time to do more to save our children.
While the Church is building buildings and raising funds to build more buildings, our children are being murdered. While politicians are bloviating about budget cuts, Obamacare and gay marriage, our children are being murdered. Gun control is being debated ad nauseam while criminals and nut cases can get a firearm as easy as they can get a metro pass while our children are being murdered.
The Church can no longer be satisfied with just praying for our young people. Our ministries have to do more than promote individuals and pacify self-absorbed Christians. We must go into all of the world and compel men and women to come to Jesus Christ. Since the gangbangers ain’t going to your church anyway, go to their church. Take the Gospel to the street. Go into the highways and the byways and compel these gangbangers to come to Jesus.
We’ve got more bishops today then the projects got roaches and your average mega church could not fill a sanctuary with African American men if their 501c status depended on it.
Yes, we have a Black president, but Jonylah Watkins is still dead. With all of our accomplishments as a people we are losing our children not to the white man or the Ku Klux Klan. We are losing our children because WE are killing them.
We shall overcome; we shall overcome; we shall overcome someday. Deep in my heart, I do believe that we shall overcome someday, but, not today.
Monica C. Holland
Author, Editor & Talk Show Host
Woman of Destiny Magazine Online
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