...who may face 25 hours of community service and $180 court fee, reports Sarah Brown from The Daily Tar Heel. What will the head-count be by the end of today? What’s so moral about Moral Mondays? Are Moral Mondays really about morals? Considering the behavior, you decide. The events have been hosted by the local and national NAACP and Unions. I question the real modus operandi behind these marches. At 5pm, Moral Monday will hit Charlotte, NC. I’m sure there is live coverage as I write. Charlotte and Raleigh are already being stomped on. How many more will be arrested in Charlotte and Raleigh by the end of today? What’s the bottom line to these Moral Mondays? Reading from Jim Morrill’s article in the Charlotte Observer, according to the people promoting Moral Mondays, they want to bring back the Civil Rights movement from the 50’s and 60’s…okay that was hmm, 60 years ago. I’d like to bring back the $1 movie tickets, but that’s not going to happen. This is the very thinking that is creating division in our country. Instead of progress, we digress! There has been sixty years of moving forward embracing equal rights…and we want to go back to the dark ages?
The spin on the word “Monday” is “moral”. When “moral” is used as an adjective, it is being concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character. The 1,000 protestors who were arrested during Moral Mondays chose the bad behavior. Was their bad conduct encouraged? Will the NAACP and AFL-CIO pay their fees and do their community service? Other uses of the word “moral” would be to conform to the rules of right conduct and the distinction between right and wrong. It seems Moral Mondays are corrupting at least 1,000 participants to immoral actions. Isn’t this a contradiction to why they gathered? “Immoral” means violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics. These protests are not only causing some to promote inappropriate, immoral behavior but also creating confusion and conflict within our society. Moral Mondays have become Mayhem Mondays.
Kerry Haynie, a political scientist at Duke, promotes going back to the 50’s and 60’s when religious leaders took to the streets to fight for Civil Rights. They fought for Civil Rights because there weren’t Civil Rights. I grant you, the system is not 100% perfect on either side of the coin, but when there is human element involved of any color, it will not be perfect.
NC wants stricter Voting laws. Anyone can walk into the DMV with the proper documentation; people should have or can get this, to get a state-issued photo ID. That’s not discrimination; it is called organization. Many banks, stores, credit card companies, and employers use photo ID’s. People post their faces and body parts all over the social media and that’s not a problem. But don’t ask me to use a photo ID card to vote…that’s immoral. No, it’s called protecting the rights of American citizens allowing our vote to count. Where is the discrimination factor?
NC wants to protect the rights of the unborn, so where does this discriminate? If this is a praying, God-fearing, and God-loving group, where is your love for the unborn considering you are calling this a Christian venue? Where was Moral Monday when it came to closing down abortion clinics? Is fighting abortion too moral for Moral Monday? The ACLU didn’t want to participate in Moral Monday because it was too religious. Where are your morals when it comes to protecting the lives of the unborn? They are discriminated against and these babies come in all colors. Instead, you are fighting against God, promoting abortion. You are discriminating.
The new NC laws are not aimed at one group of people; they are for all people. If NC’s new laws, were directed just to the folks whose last name was xyz123, well that would be discrimination. If that were the case, I’d be protesting with you. The Reverend Rodney Sadler, a professor of Charlotte’s Union Presbyterian Seminary wrote an 18-page lectionary to be distributed to 1,000 clergy making the new NC laws into a religious battle. Moral Mondays are not a religious battle, it’s manmade. He is using the word of God for his personal agenda. I don’t need 18 pages of words when it comes to religion and the government. If the government goes against God, that’s where I draw the line. Even while Christ walked the earth, the poor paid taxes, which made them even poorer. Jesus didn’t promote a Moral Monday to stop the poor from paying taxes.
Jesus http://usccb.org/bible/mark/12 said in Matthew 12: “Bring me a denarius to look at.” They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.
Prayer: Lord God, please help me understand the confusion that surrounds me. Open my ears to hear Your voice and not the static distorting the issues at hand. Amen.