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Check out this Op-Ed from Pastor Michael McBride, Director of the Lifelines to Healing Campaign.

 

“As we enter the week of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the seminal public expression of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement, stark reminders remain that display the magnitude of our nation’s unfinished business. There has been undeniable progress in policy and access to opportunity for historically disenfranchised communities of color. And yet, poverty, violence, incarceration, immigration reform, racism, economic injustice and political paralysis continue to serve as perpetual obstacles to a fully inclusive society capable of delivering an inter-related social contract that widens the circle of concern. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us all of America’s promissory note of fairness and opportunity being tantamount to a check being returned to its sender marked with insufficient funds. He was right 50 years ago… and he is still right today.

On April 19, 1971, Gil Scott-Heron recorded an iconic song called “The Revolution Will Not BeTelevised.” In an interview during the ’90s, he said, “That song was about your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move… The thing that’s going to change people will be something that no one will ever be able to capture on film. It will just be something you see and all of a sudden you realize ‘I’m on the wrong page.'” This eternal truth is expressed in the Wisdom Literature of scripture when Proverbs 23:7 declares: “As a person thinks in their heart, so are they.” Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, your heart will be there also.” In this context, I understand Jesus saying, “What you value, you will love!”

Read full Op-Ed on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-michael-mcbride/the-next-great-revolution_b_3806635.html