After being rescued by the hand of Jesus Christ from a suicide bed at the age 17, Dr. Ravi Zacharias spent the next 57 years of his life telling as many people that would listen, about his experience on what could have been his death bed.
He read the words of Jesus from the Bible that said because I live you also would live. He believed it. He accepted it. He says that Jesus Christ regenerated him and his life was never the same after that. He became a follower of Jesus Christ, a defender of Christianity, and approached the whole endeavor not just as a matter of faith, but also as an intellectual pursuit. He believed as a follower of Jesus Christ that it is important to engage the mind as much as it was to engage the spirit.
He never avoided the tough issues, in fact he seemed to relish discussion of them. He always gave thoughtful answers to the difficult questions that people enquired of him, and he tackled the objections to Christianity with intellectual rigor and a sharp analytical mind. No one who ever listened to Dr. Zacharias speak ever walked away thinking that the man was an intellectual fraud, or a charlatan.
He espoused a biblical worldview and spoke extensively on the importance of each individual finding purpose and meaning in life. He believed that Jesus Christ was the one who could give to any searching soul a purpose for living. His message that Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life was uncompromising, but he always spoke it in love.
He was a compassionate man who was always respectful toward his audience no matter of whom it was comprised. He understood that his worldview on Jesus Christ being the only way to God conflicted greatly with other popular philosophical outlooks on life, but he was always ready to defend it. He knew that people would disagree with his message. He never took it personally, but he gladly offered the message to all who would receive it.
He once said “in certain strands of evangelicalism, we sometimes think it is necessary to so humiliate someone of a different worldview, that we think unless we destroy everything he holds valuable, we cannot preach to him the gospel of Christ…what I am saying is this, when you are trying to reach someone, please be sensitive to what he holds valuable.”
Ravi Zacharias passed on from this world a couple of days ago, and for some reason his passing feels like a personal loss.
Christianity has lost one of its staunchest defenders and a man who from all indication lived the life he preached.
To anyone who has questions about what Ravi called the basic questions of life “Where do I come from? Why am I here? How should I treat people? Where am I going? Origin, meaning, morality, destiny, then check him out on YouTube to learn more.
Rest in peace Dr. Ravi Zacharias.
See Ravi’s interview with Dave Rubin:
Lebron James: “We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud(Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the….. heavens above to your family!!”
Could you imagine if someone with a powerful voice like Lebron James was to use that voice as a megaphone that encouraged young black men to take more responsibility for their actions and their lives?
What if he was to use that voice to call on more black men to follow his example of dedication, hard work, and commitment for their own lives?
What if Lebron was to assume the posture of a victor and not a victim, and encourage other young black men to do the same?
Could you imagine if Lebron was to use his voice as a voice of reason in situations like these, calling for justice but simultaneously using his very powerful voice as a soothing, healing balm?
There is so much to be admired about Lebron James, but when it comes to this important issue, all he does is add fuel to the fire on the discussion about race in this country…what a shame.
Why is it that the murder of a black man only seems to matter to so many black Americans, and white liberals if the victim was killed by the police or a white person under dubious circumstances? What is the reason for this? The carnage of black men at the hands of other black men never seems to generate an equal outcry like we see when a black man is killed at the hands of a cop (especially a white cop) or white citizen? We are seeing the same nonesense this time with the recent killing of a young man in Georgia by the name of Ahmaud Arbery.
Now, make no mistake, people have the right to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery if he was indeed gunned down like an animal with for no just cause. Even if all the unsavory reports coming out about him are true, and he does indeed have a shady history he should not have lost his life in the manner that he did, and that is a topic worthy of discussion.
What do you say to his family? There are no comforting words to offer his mother or father who will have to carry the grief of losing their son for the rest of their lives. It is a heartbreaking inconsolable loss, but for crying out loud, is it at all possible to seek justice without adding fuel to the fire by turning the whole incident in to an issue about race?
Let’s find out what happened, let’s get to the bottom of it. Let’s hold people accountable, including officials, for any wrong doing they may have committed, but goodness, stop trampling all over this man’s grave to further the victim narrative. This is not about black people being persecuted. This is about the three men involved.
If in the end it does come out that this about race (yes racism does still exist), then let’s confront it, deal with it honestly and make sure that the perpetrators pay the full penalty. Let’s make sure that they do not get to spread their hate any more in society, then keep on moving.
Again, just to reiterate, no one is saying that there is no racism. It is impossible to get rid of racism in an imperfect world, but there is absolutely no need to use this unfortunate incident as a reason for large numbers of black people to turn attention on themselves, and wallow around in the mud of victimhood. The chances of any black man being killed by some random white dude who hates black men jogging in a white neighborhood is really small.
It is difficult to understand why pushing the victim narrative is so important to so many black Americans who seem to relish the death of black man, just to keep pushing the ridiculous idea that black people are under siege in America? Stop using the unfortunate circumstaces of these men’s deaths to push this divisive foolishness.
People should demand that authorities seek the truth and pursue justice, but could we stop pretending tht everything is about race though. It is possible for people to be jerks without them being racist jerks.
How about this, if we must have the discussion about the killing of black men, or murder in general, can we at least have an honest discussion? Does it always have to be so one sided? Can we at least once talk about the fact that black men have to worry more about being killed by other black men more than by anyone else?
When it comes to violent crime, each group suffers at the hands of those in their own group. Whites are mostly the victims of other whites. Asians are victims of other Asians. Hispanics are the victims of other Hispanics etc., but black Americans kill and violently attack more of their own than any other group, in America and the gap is very wide. That is just reality. It is a harsh reality, but reality nevertheless.
Addressing these truths do not mean that black Americans are prone to violence because of their race. It does not mean that blacks are defected or that there is anything intrinsically wrong with the race. Black people are not different than any other group. People are people, but acknowledging these real problems will help to put black American in a winning position when confronting them. The first step to resolving a problem is acknowledging that a problem exists.
Black Americans who continue to use these genuinely awful events as a reason to indulge in group self pity need to stop. Stop getting excited about these “opportunities” to keep crying poor us. Stop turning everything that happens to individual black citizens into an issue about the persecution of the group as a whole.
For anyone interested in a little bush psychology, let’s take a look into the warped mindset of a radical leftist Democrat. While this radical automatically sees everyone who opposes his ideology as evil, this character excuses really bad behavior when carried out by anyone who shares his own views. She herself is wiling to engage in behavior that is often despicable behavior by any measure. She sees herself as virtuous simply because she is. Actions do not mean much to this ideologue, and he is seldom willing to be introspective about the views he hold. He completely lacks any sense of self awareness. Self contradictions and blatant hypocrisy is the norm in the world of this character.
It is because of this overvalued sense of self righteousness that this individual sees nothing wrong in calling recently for the shut down of an organization like Samaritan’s Purse in New York, as Samaritan’s Purse offered a vital service to those affected by the Corona Virus during the time of crisis. The good work that Samaritan’s Purse does is of no consequence to the people who regard themselves as morally superior to those who do not share their views.
Samaritan’s Purse is a stain on society and should be shamed as far as these moral preening, holier that thou lefties are concerned, and so they had no problem rallying for this great charitable organization like Samaritan’s Purse to be ostracized, despite the really great work that the organization contributes to society. The good people on the left would gladly sacrifice the benefits that Samaritan’s purse offers because these leftist radical Democrats have convinced themselves that Samaritans Purse is evil.
The 14-tent, 68-bed emergency field hospital in Central Park New York, staffed by a team of more than 70 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel and relief specialists provided by Samaritan’s Purse matters not to the radical leftist Democrats. Why you may ask were these radical leftist Democrats so opposed to Samaritan’s Purse? Well, you see Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian Organization that asks their employees to sign a statement of faith, and asks it’s volunteers to support the statement of faith. Samaritan’s Purse believes that marriage is between a man and a woman, and they oppose the transgender agenda.
Samaritan’s Purse does not discriminate against anyone, and they offer their services to whoever may need it. For daring to have these religious convictions and believing in the concept of sin, some of the righteous people on the left and the Democrat Party see Samaritan’s Purse as unfit to offer their vital services to the people who desperately need it. The people opposing Samaritans Purse who were calling for them to be shut down included some New York officials, and a special interest group that believes everyone in America must sign on to the LGBT agenda.
For these radicals, Samaritan’s Purse must first believe that a man can be a woman, or a woman can be a man, but not only that. Samaritan’s Purse must first change their beliefs and accept that men having sex with men, women having sex with women and getting married to members of their own gender is a great thing. Then and only then can they be considered as decent members of society.
Imagine that eight Democratic members of New York’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., members of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and the Reclaim Pride Coalition were so against Samaritan’s purse that they were actively working to shut them down.
Let that sink in for a moment!
Keep in mind, as mentioned earlier that though Samaritan’s purpose holds a traditional Christian world view, they do not discriminate against anyone. If fact they make it a point to treat everyone with dignity and respect, but that is not enough for the extreme Democrats and their leftist allies.
As one person put it “imagine hating religious people so much that you would rather see people suffer and possibly even die rather than allow religious doctors to treat them? That’s how it is with these New York City progressives.”
They have convinced themselves that those who oppose their views are nothing more than human scum.
Your Democrat Party ladies and gentlemen!
Who cares though, orange man bad, and that, more than anything is what matters.
Hey black people! Yeah all you with the extra melanin. Michelle Obama is mad at you. She expressed her frustration over you in her soon to be released documentary. Why was Michelle O’ mad at all of you with the dark skinned hue? Well ya didn’t show up and vote Democrat in the last Presidential Elections. Because of you black people, because of you Hillary Clinton is not President of the United States, carrying on the legacy of Barrack Hussein O’ the magnificent (give praise to his name for he is great).
Listen to Bella Michelle, “So the day I left the White House and I write about how painful it was to sit on that stage. A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face.” Got that darkies? By not showing up in droves and voting Democrat, you slapped Mrs. Obama in the face.
Didn’t you get the memo black citizens of these United States? You’d better get yourself in line and get with the program. Whats that…earn your vote? Who do you think you are black man? Who do you think you are black woman? You need to stop acting as though you have a mind of your own…talking about earn your vote. Democrats don’t have to earn your vote. You are black! They don’t have to earn your vote at all. All they have to do is call the other guy or the other gal a racist, and then you go do your duty black dude.
You just get on down to the voting booth and give your vote to whoever the Democrat running for office is. You heard Michelle! Well just in case you didn’t get it, Michelle went on to elaborate. “The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game,” she continued. “It wasn’t just in this election. Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”
Hope you were paying attention to Michelle talk about “our folks.” That’s right. You have already been told, you don’t have your own mind. You don’t get to think and make decisions for yourself. You are their folks and as their folks you just go ahead and vote Democrat.
Forget that the woman that she wanted you to vote for is the grand champion of flooding black neighborhoods with abortion clinics that have helped to keep the black population stagnated for decades, as twenty million black babies have bee denied seeing the light of day.
Yeah black people, do as Michell says and vote for the people who fight for the rights of illegal immigrants over the rights of United States citizens. Vote for the people who stand on the sidelines cheering and promoting the growth of the illegal population from all across Latin America, as the black population is simultaneously artificially pushed down even more as a result. Who cares!?!
Just go ahead and vote for the people who tell you that your daughters have to share locker rooms, and bathrooms with boys who call themselves girls. Vote for the people who enthusiastically, and aggressively defend the rights of boys who call themselves girls to compete against your daughters in sports. Vote for the people who would bring the weight of Government against you to force you to bake a cake for a gay wedding against the deep convictions of your own conscience.
Vote for the people who have been running black inner cities where crime is rampant, poverty is widespread, and education is substandard. Just ignore the fact that the people who send their own children to private schools would deny you the right to do the same, by them consistently coming out against school vouchers that having been key in raising the standard of education for some black children.
No, none of that matters. Pay no attention to their constant race baiting, their insistence on portraying you as victims, or their awful policies. What matters most of all is that you are black. They don’t have to compete for your vote. You owe it to them, although exactly why they can’t tell you, and besides, orange man bad. So there!