An idle mind is referred to as the devil’s play thing. Many people have found themselves jobless within the last several years as Detroit struggles to stay afloat. Detroit has struggled with the reality of joblessness for more than a decade permitting a continued exodus out of the city and state in search of better opportunity. As the city becomes more and more idle and the cloud of darkness that is the end of security looms over our heads; the outlook has become grim. I have listened to family and friends discuss what is to come as food benefits and cash assistance are cut for many individuals and families. October 1st is the date which the termination of cash assistance for Michiganders on programs for four or more years will end. There are many debates as to the injustices the poor among us suffer. We are left alone it seems asking “What can the righteous do?”
Times would suggest that love for one’s neighbor is something we hardly can expect these days. However, there are those of us who are fortunate enough to see a glimpse of the glory of God covering this city. Far too long, there have been systems in place causing us to misappropriate our attention, love, devotion and morals to things less deserving. It is an outrage that we have leaders in government who are not struggling with us, as people are being murdered in our streets, children are neglected, lawlessness carries on, and despair is all around us. There has begun to be a murmur in our city and it is high-time we get loud. This is not the first or last struggle economically, socially and spiritually for the survival of our communities, but it must not be a battle we lose because we did not decide to act.
The reality is we are afraid to go out at night in the city. It is more than being streetwise. Women are afraid to be alone at night and have car trouble. Children are afraid to catch the bus to school. These days have proven that doctors, teachers, lawyers, and police officers are among those we cannot trust and depend on along with our civil leadership. This is a call out to all people, not to rebel the order which we do have, but to seek out good. Through prayer, action, and faith we can still change this city. Many people would find it noteworthy that I tend to stay positive in my writing. In truth, I am outraged when I hear about a four year being murdered by their parents, when children have incapable parents, when there is a culture of people who would prefer to buy the latest gear rather than feed their children. I am disgusted by the continued poor decision making of those having multiple children by multiple fathers with no sense of concern for their impact on society. I am appalled at how we disregard those children in our education system because of where they come from. I am crushed that our law enforcement, our doctors, our teachers, our mayor and governor show no apathy to the masses in the most desperate situation. I am disappointed that churches, liquor stores and strip clubs occupy the same city blocks. It is time for a change and groups are getting together to discuss what is left for this city. There are people who care about Detroit, I am one of them. I look forward to seeing where we go from here. Please join me in praying, talking, walking, and helping others.
The luxury of a holiday weekend is a parody to the reality of idle lives due to lack of opportunity. Parents, please get involved in your children, whether you understand the book or not, be a guide and source of encouragement. There are good teachers, doctors, civic workers out there, many. For those of you out there, be encouraged, press on. This is a fight worth having, a fight for our future. Let’s all do something, there’s a place to make an impact. Be it in your own home, on your job, or in your religious organization, you can have an effect on the miracle that is Detroit.
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