Pastor Leo taught during Open Forum on Nehemiah 5: 1-12. This passage delineates an economic crisis that had struck before Nehemiah’s arrival. A famine, along with the need to pay taxes, had forced many families into insolvency. Nehemiah’s presence emboldened the dispossessed to cry out for justice. The poor had found a champion for the cause. An exceedingly angry Nehemiah set about to right these wrongs, resulting in the reform of audit polices and the redressing of past experience
This is tantamount with what America is experiencing today. I am not sure if the church understands what we are up against. Has religion caused a static response from the believer, or pronounced a moratorium on our responsible to stay alert and diligently update ourselves with the methodologies of world systems and jurisdictional powers of our nations; most important, multiple intelligences for our youth.
After reading the new report by the Pew Charitable Trust, What does race have to do with achieving the American Dream? Reader, I desperately ask for your dialectical response in this matter.
The reports states the “American Dream” may not be for everyone. The Pew Charitable Trust shows that a family ‘s race, economic background, and neighborhood play a role in economic mobility . The study finds that while 84% of Americans have higher incomes that their parents did at the same age, those born at the top and bottom of the income ladder are likely to stay there.
When it comes to race, African-Americans are less likely to top their parents’s income and wealth than whites are. And blacks are more likely to be stuck at the bottom of the ladder or fall out of the middle. This study could not measure black mobility in the upper income levels, because the number was too small.
Meanwhile, here ‘s another piece of the wealth inequality puzzle:
Recent Census Bureau data show that whites have 22 times more wealth than blacks. Twenty-two times! In 2010, the median household net worth for whites was about $111,000 compared to less $5,000 for blacks.
White Americans also have 15 times more wealth than hispanics. This wealth inequality is due to many factors including the impulsion of the real estate market along with higher unemployment rates among minority groups.
Statistics like these are one of the many reasons why President Obama is such an historical figure. He is America’s first ever African-American president–with a background that certainly wasn’t privileged. But Mr. Obama is the exception, not the rule. And the rule is, if you’re born poor, you’re probably going to stay poor.
2 Timothy 3:7 says, “Ever learning, and never able to come the knowledge of the truth. ” This Scripture connotes to increase one knowledge, to hear, be informed, to learn by use and practice, and to be in the habit of, accustomed to (KJV).
After, hearing these studies– Perfecting Praise Ministries has made a declaration to war in the spirit realm against these declarations and the unbalanced economical system. Our fast has directed us as a Nehemiah, to cry out and ask the Lord to stand up for our help! We have declared to write the vision and make it plain. Where do we start? To answer that question; it must start with our youth by putting into practice what we gain knowledge of. Thereby, our youth to be independent abiding and contributing citizen. It is no longer acceptable for them to be dependent and subjected to governmental program. Conversely, they must be self-sufficient, achieving in the highest level of academia. And in time to come, they must be the resource for their communities.
Pew Charitable Trust News http://phys.org/news/2012-07-movement-economic-ladder.html
Censure Bureau http://www.census.gov/epcd/econ/www/indijun.htm