A Common Bond!

I am human. I am black. I am male. I am American. I am Christian.

I am human, not by choice but by chance. I am black, not by choice but by chance. I am male, not by choice but by chance. I am American, not by choice but by chance. I am Christian not by chance, but by choice. I chose to be a Christian.

I chose neither to be human, black, male, or American. It is what it is, and I share a common bond with all other humans. I share a common bond with all other blacks, whether in America, South America, or South Africa. I share a common bond with all other males, where ever they live.

I am an American and, therefore I share a common bond with all other Americans, whatever their affiliation: Democrat, Republican or Independent, or their political persuasion: Liberal, Conservative, or Moderate.

I am a Christian and therefore, I share a common with all other Christians, whatever their denomination: Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, or Church of God in Christ. They are all my brothers and sisters, not because of anything that we did in this century, but what Jesus did for us all in that century. Christ, who is the "Author and finisher"of my faith," died for all men everywhere. It is His blood that makes us brothers and sisters.

We must all hold these truths to be self-evident, 'that all men are created equal, and are endowed with their creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, ad the pursuant of happiness." These rights are neither derived form, nor granted by the state. They are God-given.

We were all born and must all die. Sometime between birth and death, influenced by religion, family, community, friends, or nation, we become what we become. Yes, we were all born and must all die.

The rich man, the poor man,

the beggar and the thief;

the doctor, the lawyer

and the Indian Chief

The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker

and even the undertaker.

We must all die!

We may be in different religious, racial, and denominational boats, but we are all sailing in the same human ocean. And we can either chose to continue to sink each other's boats, or we can all sail toward the love boat, and enjoy a fellowship of unconditional love where these differences make no difference.

In the words of Jesus, if we treat all men as we wish to be treated, wars will cease, poverty will end, and we will enslaved, oppress or segregate no one.

I know not what course others may take, but for the time that I have left on this earth, I intend to treat all men, whatever their race, religion,creed, or sexual orientation, as I wish to be treated, and fight for their right to do the same.

Here I stand. I can do no other.

So, help me God!

Floyd Rose

Senior Servant

Serenity Church

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