For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14,15)
A male voice came over the public-address system Sunday evening at a (Walmart) store in Washington Township, in southern New Jersey, and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."
Shoppers in the store at the time said a manager quickly got on the public-address system and apologized for the remark. And while it was unclear whether a rogue patron or an employee was responsible for the comment, many customers expressed their anger to store management.
"I want to know why such statements are being made, because it flies in the face of what we teach our children about tolerance for all," said Sheila Ellington, who was in the store at the time with a friend. "If this was meant to be a prank, there's only one person laughing, and it's not either one of us."
Ellington, of Monroe, and her friend Patricia Covington said they plan to boycott the retailer until they're assured the issue has been addressed so it doesn't happen again.
The pair said they were stunned when they heard the announcement and initially believed they had misheard it. But once the words sank in, they grew angry.
"I depended on Walmart for all my needs, because the store has pretty much everything you could want," Covington said. "But until this issue is addressed in a way I'm comfortable with, I can't walk through those doors again."
My greatest prayer for the black race is that they would learn to forgive. The Bible is clear: Jesus said that if you don't forgive men their trespasses then God will not forgive your trespasses.
As this incident at the Walmart shows, black people are still instantly offended at any perceived racial slight or provocation. Even to lashing out and casting blame at any white person in sight.
They, as a race, would be well on their way to healing if they obeyed the Biblical command to forgive men their trespasses against them.
There are no people alive in this nation today that owned slaves and this nation has done alot of great things to reverse the wrongs that were done to them as a race.
This nation needs healing bad, not that it is going to happen.
Black ministers of the Gospel, instead of leading demonstrations and agitating the black race, should instead lead them down to the alters of their churches to ask the Lord to heal them and forgive the white race for practicing slavery in the past.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:2,3)
"The world has condemned Israel's settlement plans in east Jerusalem," Ban told a news conference after his brief tour. "Let us be clear. All settlement activity is illegal anywhere in occupied territory and must be stopped."
The next step in the process will be US special envoy George Mitchell's arrival in Israel on Sunday in order to prepare the ground for Netanyahu's meetings in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.