It has been almost two months since I shared a blog post.
Too much sadness.
Too many tears.
Too many empty conversations.
Too much lack.
Too much of the same thing over and over again.
Someone. Make. It. Stop.
I started thinking about my blog’s theme, When You Don’t Know What to Do, and wonder how many of you may find yourself in the same space as me.
I have said it one too many times over the last several weeks. I’m exhausted. I am tired. Yet, I cannot quit. In the words of the late Congressman, activist, and advocate John Lewis, let me “get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” Congressman John Lewis – A tweet from June 2018
Twelve weeks ago, I started News in Motion, which is online news. Each morning on my Facebook page, I go live at 7:25 am eastern for about twenty or so minutes talking about news highlights and give some thought on what to do and how we can do it. I share resources and end with an inspirational message if I have not already weaved inspiration throughout the news.
For twelve weeks, more and more people view the live videos I upload to my YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/GailDudley, and I am finding that people are taking action.
As many of you know, prayer is my calling, and politics are my passion. The combination of people, prayer, and politics has become the intersection that I find myself.
I guess you can say that I have found my voice.
I had to come face-to-face because I may lose some friends and followers due to my becoming very vocal about who I am and what I believe.
I am a Christian, and I believe in Jesus. My statement of faith is as follows:
We believe that one God, existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the loving Creator of all that is, eternal and good, knowing all things, having all power, and desiring and inviting covenant relationship with humanity (Heb. 1:1-3; 9:14).
We claim the complete truth, authority and relevance of every promise, provision, right and responsibility revealed in the divinely inspired, unchanging and infallible Word of God. God’s story of love and redemption (2 Peter 1:19-21).
We confess the absolute lordship and leadership of the risen Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God and God the Son, and our soon returning King (Col. 1:15-20).
We accept the grace of God through faith alone the finished work of Jesus on the cross as victory for eternal and abundant life, and we maintain spiritual sonship and citizenship in the present and future Kingdom of God (Eph. 2:4-9).
The Holy Spirit
We receive the abiding presence, peace, and power of the Holy Spirit in every believer as sufficient and necessary for normal Christian living (Rom. 8:9-30).
We celebrate the sacredness and uniqueness of every person as wonderfully created in the image of God and according to God’s sovereign will, called to live of Christ-likeness through personal holiness, honor and humility (Hebrew 2:6-12).
Sin and Evil
We acknowledge our sin and brokenness but refute anything that seeks to deny, discourage, or destroy the life that Jesus offers to all believers (2 Cor. 4:1-18).
We value the fellowship of Christian believers in loving community, gifted service, mutual encouragement and with godly leadership as representative of the presence of Christ on earth to meet the real needs of people (Acts 2:41-47).
We affirm that every person is called to glorify the living God completely, freely and passionately by giving their lives in authentic relationship, their resources in responsible stewardship and their devotion in faithful discipleship (Jn. 4:23-24).
With this said…
I will raise my voice and share through news, a platform at the intersection of people, prayer, and politics.
I will not be silent.
If I see something,
I will say something.
I will expose false narratives such as a person who may vote Democrat is not Christian.
That’s a lie. Please stop spreading that narrative. It creates division within the body of Christ.
I will defend good police. I will talk about the injustices of our Black and brown people, especially males, at the hands of bad police.
I will pray and talk about elected officials from local to state to our federal government.
What better time than now.
No longer will I be afraid to speak up for fear of offending people who call me friend or who may follow my work, so that they can feel good during this time of unrest. I have committed to getting in good trouble, necessary trouble for the land of the free.
Here’s the latest News in Motion segment on my YouTube channel.
https://youtu.be/YlSbh6CsyE8 while you are there, consider subscribing.
Available to be a poll worker? The US still needs about 250,000 poll workers. You know what will happen if they do not get them, right? The voting locations in the marginalized and impoverished communities will close and it will be difficult to get the individuals in those communities out to vote. You can become a poll worker by visiting www.eac.gov or www.pollhero.org or www.PowerThePolls.org or www.CivicAlliance.com
Yes, I am READY!
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