Every fall, my organization Cure, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, hosts its annual national Clergy Policy Summit here in Washington DC, where pastors from all over America convene to examine public policy and principles that will bring health and wealth to our nation's most distressed communities.
What makes this year’s Summit a bit unique is that it is occurring in an extremely intense election year where both Culture and Race are front and center.
This year, our guest speakers include Dr. Jerome Adams, surgeon general of the United States, and Mr. Jack Brewer, a former NFL defensive safety who is now a businessman, college professor and vocal conservative Christian.
Due to Covid19 restrictions, only a very select and few clergy will be here inside the Beltway with us, while many others will participate virtually.
And, with the 2020 backdrop of first, record employment, then an international pandemic, then a national shutdown, then record unemployment, then racial unrest, Cure is set to announce at our Summit, the launch of a new State of Black America project, a partnership with a very prominent conservative policy think tank, the Claremont Institute.
This is a new and innovative venture where, for the first time, black American life will be systematically examined and recommendations will be made for how to break the cycle of poverty through the application of conservative principles.
The late Harry V. Jaffa, the great Claremont Institute scholar, noted that our Constitution's purpose is stated in its preamble — to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
"What is a blessing?" asked Jaffa. It is "what is good in the eyes of God,” he answers his own question.
Jaffa also reminds us that, in the closing paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the signers appealed to "the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions."
It is becoming clearer every day that the moral chaos and the rote meaninglessness that defines what those on the left believe to be freedom, has little to do with the vision of freedom defined by the Christian men and women who founded and built this country.
It is an unfortunate fluke of history that the 1960s, the time when the Civil Rights Movement crystallized and African Americans achieved equal treatment politically, was a time of moral unraveling in our nation.
Christianity and absolute truths were increasingly being seen as barriers to freedom, rather than its source.
Frankly, the lack of crystallized morality is why leaders of the Civil Rights Movement had to appeal to the federal government in the first place.
It was in the 60s that prayer was banished from school. Five years after Dr. King’s death, abortion on demand was legalized and the shedding of innocent blood began to sweep across our country.
But the choice of man is not whether to believe. The only choice is what to believe.
As Christianity was pushed out of the public square, the new religion became government.
Government programs were increasingly seen to be the path to salvation - rather than personal commitment to Eternal Truths.
In 1960, about 25% of the federal budget was payments to individuals. Today, it is 70 percent.
In the 60s, some 75% of white adults and 68% of black adults were married. Today, it is a little less than 50 percent of white, and only 30 percent of black adults that are married.
The popularization of a culture that says your life is somebody else's responsibility has deeply hurt family formation, the baton of freedom.
And particularly this new culture has deeply hurt the families that were the weakest in the 60s: our black families.
This is the discussion we will be having with our pastors convening this month in Washington.
So, I thought we should think about The State of Black America this week (and next week) on Cure America.
I have some very special guests to discuss a few critical questions, like, have our welfare policies helped or hurt family formation?
Or the question of – what should we as a nation be doing to break the cycle of entrenched despair and hopelessness affecting those that dwell in our most distressed zip codes?
Is there a way to fight poverty without government intervention?
These are interesting questions causing much confusion and debate – so we will go deeply into some discussion about the State of Black America this week, and next week to help us sort through the noise of the news to find some truth.
I will begin this very critical discussion with one of my friends, at the White House right after this very important message.
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