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Wake Up Macon!

September 2007



Forget Michael Vick: Letís Look at the Big Picture




By James Wright



This is not an article in defense or opposition of Michael Vick.  But I have some serious concerns about the way Americans think today.  We have gotten away from the church and religious principles and given them our own meaning.


The Bible says ďIf you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love.Ē  John 15:10   This is the measure of oneís love for God.  It also says that we should forgive; how can we expect God to forgive if we donít.


Most form their opinions of others based on their own personal beliefs; therefore we tend to judge others.  The Bible says not to do this; the only One who can judge is God.  ďBut why do you judge your brother?  Or why do you show contempt for your brother?  For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.Ē Romans 14:10


We also want to decide what action should be taken against others for their mistakes.  Who are you to judge anotherís servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brotherís way.  Romans 14: 5,13


As for Vick, there is no excuse for the things that he has confessed to doing.  I am, by no means trying to justify his actions; I would never kill an innocent animal or engage in dog fighting or anything else of that nature.  But I do want to point out that Americans have gotten away from what the Bible teaches us about such cases.  Vick has apologized and asked for forgiveness.  Itís not up to us to forgive or decide what his fate may be.  ďVengeance is mine, saith the Lord.Ē  Romans 12:19    It is up to the courts and ultimately, God.  Therefore, Vick should pay his penalty, and then be allowed to pursue his career and the remainder of his life as he so chooses.


Itís time to let the court decide and move on.  If Vick has found God as he says he has, and only God knows, then this is a good thing.  Sometimes it takes a horrific act for a person to change his ways and turn to God.  If this was the catalyst that caused him to turn to God, this is a good thing. 


I wish all peoples would turn to God, especially my fellow countrymen.


Perhaps something good will come of the Vick case; perhaps it will cause us to focus on other situations that currently, have been, and are still going on in America today.  The Vick story got a high level of publicity because of his being a professional athlete.  But every day in America, there are homeless on the street while the corporate office makes billions and billions of dollars from the poor community while refusing to extend a helping hand.  Every day, there are many who canít go home and bathe or go to bed Ė they have no home or bed; itís a cardboard box.


Every day in America, people canít pay their bills.  Though one of the richest nations in the world, we have millions going hungry who canít afford health insurance, food, or shelter for their families.


Michael Vick was an athlete, engaged in pro football.  This is a rough sport, breaking bones, causing paralysis.  Yet, America continues to idolize the players and condone the violence.  Vick is a part of the system that America has condoned; he just became a scapegoat for what Americans have spent many decades justifying.


In America, we have pro boxing; knocking each other out, brain damage, death.  Yet, we condone this; trying to destroy each other; both men and women watch, eyes wide, bloodthirsty.


Now we have Ultimate Fighting, with bare fists, with the purpose of destroying their opponent.  No holds barred, anywhere on the body, anyway they can.  Yet, Americans condone this behavior.  WHY??


Since the beginning of time, violence has been a part of sports.  It is time for Americans to realize that the Vick situation is merely one aspect of what is wrong with our society today.  It is time to refocus our emphasis back to the righteousness of God. 


Dogfighting has no place in society; nor does cockfighting or boxing; itís a violent world; violence that Americans gamble on.


I, in no way, condone this behavior.  I just want to draw attention to the fact that his case is just one small part of what a violent society we have become.  We need to forgive Vick as the Bible teaches, then move on to the bigger issues that this country faces; homelessness, hunger, lack of healthcare, joblessness; domestic violence, sexual predators on the Internet, lack of education (especially in the AA community), AIDS and other diseases, high murder rates, substandard or no housing, rampant racism and others too numerous to mention.


Election will occur next year.  The citizens of Macon will have the opportunity to continue with the same leadership or elect new leadership.  Therefore, you, as a voter, have an important decision to make.  Who is the person best qualified to represent your city, state, and country? Know who you are voting for; look at their positions on the issues; study each candidate yourself rather than looking to someone else to make the decision for you.


Is the city of Macon, the state of Georgia, or the United States and you as a citizen, better off now than you were four years ago?


If the answer is no, vote in new leadership.  You canít complain about whoís in office if you didnít vote.


Businesses should join together in helping to improve the unacceptable conditions that exist here.  Carpet Express of Macon stands at the forefront of leadership in helping to make the changes needed to make Macon a better community.


It is time for our city, state, and country to invest in our citizenís well- being and not be driven by high profile news stories.  We have only each other.  Isnít it time we concentrate on loving one another to the betterment of the human race?


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