I am not a biblical scholar. My only claim to fame regarding the “Good Book” is having read from Genesis to Revelations each year, for three or four years. I should be embarrassed. Each time I read the Bible it feels as if I’m reading it for the first time. Some parts seem familiar, while others, I only know I read because of the notes I made during previous readings. I’m not certain of the names of the individuals I want to reference…or how to pronounce all the names accurately. But I read again and again to gain insight, inspiration, and inner strength.
After I heard of Senator Kamala Harris being selected as vice presidential running mate to past vice president, Joe Biden, I thought of two women in the Bible, Deborah and Jael from the book of Judges. These two women exemplified strength, focus, wisdom and were moved by God to act and lead as He directed. How would these women, guided by God, prepared for their time, be characterized by some of those in power today?
Deborah was: a prophet; the only female judge mentioned in the Old Testament; one who not only inspired the Israelites to a major victory but who was a military leader. Jael, wife of the general Barak, put the final touches on the decisive victory by providing the defeated general, Sisera, shelter, milk and then planting a tent peg in his skull while he slept. How would these women of God, moved by God, be characterized by some of those in power today?
Today, women of substance, character and conviction are being castigated with pejorative terms thrown at them for doing what would be considered admirable if performed by a man.
But what man means for harm, God uses for good. We all know the story of Joseph. His brothers found him too ambitious, his dreams in which the brothers bowed down to him were too much. He was too loved to be allowed to live with them. He was the most beloved by their father, evidenced by Joseph being given the robe of many colors, a manifestation of that love.
The evil done to Joseph actually propelled him into his destiny as God ordained it.
We must prepare for a time such as this. We must call out the evil terms used against those who fight for us…man, woman or child. We must align ourselves with the Ultimate Power. The power of the Lord is here. I feel it in the atmosphere. I am prepared to be called “nasty” or any other despicable term used against those who fight the good fight and get in good trouble. I will vote…by mail, in person, socially distanced, mask on as necessary, or by any means necessary. Do you think I’m a nasty girl?
Don’t forget our children, whether they are early childhood, childhood, adolescent or young adult. We must take them with us. If they are too young to vote, they must walk with us, stand with us as we vote. They must witness us doing the right thing. We must help to prepare all of our young people to be proactive, not only in the streets, but through the ballot box. We must prepare them for a time such as this, for the multiple ways in which we must continue to fight the good fight. What they mean for ill shall propel us to God’s will. And as we insist that our young people fight via the ballot box, we must also value their approaches to righteous indignation. Not either or…but together we stand. Together we win. Together…we shall overcome…TODAY!!
Love and realness,