Timely Message From A Real Change Agent!

Things Aren’t Always What They First Appear To Be!

If you haven’t already heard of Joel Patrick, known as “The Legendary Black Redneck”, I’d like to introduce him to you via the ACCESSWIRE article below.

This young man is a true patriot, and a true change agent for racial reconciliation.

I’ve kept this post short on purpose hoping you’ll take the time and listen to his message at the end of this post.


NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 26, 2020 / There are numerous ways a 12-year-old can contribute to society. Raising $15,000 for a charity (a local crisis pregnancy resource center – my insert) is definitely uncommon for someone at such a young age, but that was precisely what Joel Patrick did.

A native of Beavercreek, Ohio, Patrick was exposed and involved with issues in his community early on in his life. He was the third youngest of seven children.

Patrick made his way into the social media scene in the fall of 2017 when Joshua Feuerstein, an American internet personality, shared one of his videos. Since then, Patrick has amassed over 500 million views on different social media platforms and has been a tireless advocate for several issues in America, contributing to the recent discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that aims to uphold fundamental human rights and condemn systemic racism and violence towards black people. This international movement originated from the African-American community. (P.S. It is not my personal view of what the BLM movement “aims to uphold”. I totally disagree that the BLM movement “aims to uphold fundamental human rights and condemn systemic racism and violence towards black people.” If that were true, where is BLM’s outrage and protests in Chicago where the black-on-black murder rate is skyrocketing, and where black children are being murdered at alarming rates? – my insert)

Patrick is quick to point out this movement’s dangerous potential to create unnecessary division amongst people. (I stand in agreement with Joel Patrick – my insert) He expressed in Twitter:

“We can seek justice for #GeorgeFloyd and for #AhmaudAubrey without making it about race…don’t believe me?…look at the color of the investigators that charged both the Officers and the McMichaels.

We must fight injustice together and not needlessly divide.

#lovethyneighbor”

Additionally, he advocates against the term “racist” being an adjective to describe only white people-slamming black supremacy and emphasizing that anyone who believes a particular race is superior to another can, in fact, be considered racist.

Dubbed as “The Legendary Black Redneck,” Patrick exudes courage and commitment towards the betterment of his homeland. He continues to use his platforms to voice out injustices in his community. An up and coming artist himself, Patrick uses his music as an instrument of his beliefs.

Fed up with the constant oppression by the Left towards causes and people he holds dear, Patrick is inspired to use his talents to influence and educate his fellowmen. The young activist hopes to educate anyone, whatever their political stand. He continues to travel across the country to participate as a public speaker in schools and various events. Among the topics he has a passion for are the rights of unborn babies, the suppression of conservatives and Christians in the mainstream media, and the 2nd Amendment.

Liberty Hangout, The White House Brief on The BlazeTV, ABC Nightline, The Epoch Times, Fox News Special Report, The Hodgetwins, Brietbart, and Glen Beck Radio Show are some of the TV shows he has appeared in.

Like many activists, Patrick hopes for America to be great again. He calls out to his fellow Americans to join hands and work towards that. He says on his official website, “I believe that the silent majority will win. I believe that hard work, loving God, and your fellow man and woman is the way to a better, and more fulfilling life. The truth may set you free, but may ruffle some feathers along the way. I won’t apologize for my beliefs, but I will try and speak the truth in love.”


I say “AMEN” to that Joel!

This young man, Joel Patrick, has an urgent message we all need to hear and take to heart in a very serious way! And, please take some time to listen to the song (“That’s Me”) he wrote  and sings at the end of his message.

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Breaking Down Racial Walls

When Will We Ever Learn?

Just when it appears that America is on the downside of the COVID-19 pandemic and many states are cautiously opening back up, on February 23rd an unarmed black man named Ahmaud Arbery was videoed being shot to death by two white men in Brunswick, GA, and several days ago another unarmed handcuffed black man named George Floyd was videoed being brutally murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN.

And even as I write this evening, we are witnessing cities across our nation being looted and burned by rioters who have used these two horrific deaths as opportunities to stoke more racism and unrest at a time when peaceful solutions MUST prevail.

On July 1, 2018 I posted the following blog which is even more appropriate today!


Everywhere you look, on any TV news channel you may watch, there are racial tensions growing to unhealthy levels in America, and all around the world for that matter! It’s an issue we must all take seriously and do our part to bring about racial reconciliation, starting in our own backyard.

To that end, I’ve chosen a book I read over twenty years ago by two individuals I had the pleasure of meeting. Breaking Down Walls was written by two Christian men, Raleigh Washington, an African-American, and Glen Kehrein, a Caucasian, who are the best of friends and walk their talk when it comes to racial reconciliation.

In the preface of their book Raleigh and Glen write, “The racial situation in our nation today cries out for Christians to ‘pick up our cross,’ step out of our comfort zones, and build relationships across cultural barriers—beginning with at least one person, one family, one church—whether it is African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or white.”

Below I have highlighted the eight principles Raleigh and Glen have used in their own lives, and have taught others, to achieve racial reconciliation among themselves and with others.


A Model for Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife

“Principle 1: Commitment to Relationship – Commitment is a combination of attitude and action. Here are three ways to increase your level of commitment to a cross-cultural relationship:

  1. Take risks. You must be willing to reach out to someone who is racially different, even if you risk misunderstanding by that person.
  2. Discover opportunities. Look for people of different backgrounds at your work, in the neighborhood, where you shop.
  3. Move beyond saying hello. When you meet someone, try to initiate a conversation that moves beyond a superficial greeting; take time to know the person. It could be the beginning of a great friendship.

Principle 2: Intentionality – Intentionality is a planned activity; it requires purposeful strategies. Here are some positive activities that can be considered to develop relationships with those of another racial group.

  1. Inviting a church member or neighbor or coworker who is racially different to dinner in your home, adjusting however necessary to make them comfortable.
  2. Developing a continuing friendship with a person of another ethnic group.
  3. Visiting a black church or other ethnic congregation as a family at least four times a year.
  4. Expecting and accepting pain in the early stages of a new cross-cultural relationship.

Principle 3: Sincerity – Whether you are black, white, yellow, or brown, take the initiative to reveal yourself to a friend across the color/ethnic group line. Remember, if you are sincere, you will want to make the first move instead of waiting for the other person to initiate.

  1. Spend time together to develop trust. Remember years of abuse, ignorance, and stereotyping have developed a deep layer of distrust. You will need time to overcome it.
  2. Be willing to open your ‘closets,’ to reveal the hardships and failures in your life. Everyone has failures. Your friend will respect you as a ‘real person’ when you disclose them to him or her.
  3. Be on the alert to recognize your (and others’) involvement in WWB/BBW conversations. Be ready to confront those involved, in love, including yourself. (WWB is short for whites know how to talk to whites about blacks, and BBW is short for blacks know how to talk to blacks about whites.)

Principle 4: Sensitivity – Here are three ways you can increase your sensitivity to other races:

  1. Read literature about and by other racial groups.
  2. Choose to use your growing knowledge to strengthen your preaching, teaching, and outreach cross-culturally.
  3. Do not dismiss unintentional racial insensitivity. Because our comment is unintended, we may think it is unimportant. But it has been heard, and it has an impact. To say it was ‘nothing’ and unintended will be taken as rationalization and justification. Use the opportunity to learn. And if you have offended someone, apologize for the action. Your humility can pull the two of you closer together.

Principle 5: Interdependence – Often you will find new friends of another race by helping in a cross-cultural ministry. Therefore, volunteer some time in an inner-city or cross-cultural ministry. Go with the expectation that you will receive as much as you give.

If you have a cross-cultural relationship (whether a close friendship, an acquaintance, or coworker), specifically identify strengths that the other person brings to your relationship. Then thank that person for that gift to your relationship.

Principle 6: Sacrifice – Sacrifice costs. Yet it is fundamental to building cross-cultural relationships and to achieving racial reconciliation. The principle of sacrifice requires a give and take on both sides.

Principle 7: Empowerment – Empowering someone else to draw closer to you and achieve reconciliation requires repentance (a change of heart and mind) and forgiveness. Depending on our individual experiences, repentance and forgiveness may be difficult. Here are four questions (and suggested responses) to help you prepare for repentance and forgiveness.

  1. Do you find it difficult to enter into expressions of repentance (or forgiveness) for the sin of racism? Identify the thoughts, feelings, and struggles you have.
  2. Have you been wounded in a cross-cultural interaction(s)? If the relationship is still active, what steps can you take toward reconciliation?
  3. If you are black, what changes in your attitude or behavior toward whites would empower them to work side by side with you toward racial reconciliation?
  4. If you are white, what attitudes and behaviors do you need to take responsibility for to help bring down the walls of hostility between the races?

Principle 8: Call – A ‘call’ is God’s way of impressing upon us what He wants from us. Each one of us must open his/her eyes to the brokenness between the races and ethnic groups that make up our own communities and cities, and accept personal responsibility to reach across the racial and cultural barriers to build relationships.”


Raleigh and Glen go into so much more detail on racial reconciliation in their book Breaking Down Walls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested and concerned about building real loving relationships, hopefully leading to long lasting friendships, with individuals and families whose ethnic backgrounds may differ from yours.

Since time began, hate has never resolved any issue with a peaceful outcome. Now, more than ever, America needs the grace, mercy, and peace of God to powerfully move in the hearts of all Americans!

We are all created in God’s image. It would be a beautiful God-honoring way to live if we all remembered that each day and started living out Jesus’ second greatest command to His disciples, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1Peter 4:8 – NIV)

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!

Breaking Down Racial Walls

Everywhere you look, on any TV news channel you may watch, there are racial tensions growing to unhealthy levels in America, and all around the world for that matter! It’s an issue we must all take seriously and do our part to bring about racial reconciliation starting in our own backyard.

To that end, I’ve chosen a book I read over twenty years ago by two individuals I had the pleasure of meeting. Breaking Down Walls was written by two Christian men, Raleigh Washington, an African-American, and Glen Kehrein, a Caucasian, who are best of friends and walk their talk when it comes to racial reconciliation.

In the preface of their book Raleigh and Glen write, “The racial situation in our nation today cries out for Christians to ‘pick up our cross,’ step out of our comfort zones, and build relationships across cultural barriers—beginning with at least one person, one family, one church—whether it is African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or white.”

Below I have highlighted the eight principles Raleigh and Glen have used in their own lives, and have taught others, to achieve racial reconciliation among themselves and with others.


A Model for Reconciliation in an Age of Racial Strife

“Principle 1: Commitment to Relationship – Commitment is a combination of attitude and action. Here are three ways to increase your level of commitment to a cross-cultural relationship:

  1. Take risks. You must be willing to reach out to someone who is racially different, even if you risk misunderstanding by that person.
  2. Discover opportunities. Look for people of different backgrounds at your work, in the neighborhood, where you shop.
  3. Move beyond saying hello. When you meet someone, try to initiate a conversation that moves beyond a superficial greeting; take time to know the person. It could be the beginning of a great friendship.

Principle 2: Intentionality – Intentionality is a planned activity; it requires purposeful strategies. Here are some positive activities that can be considered to develop relationships with those of another racial group.

  1. Inviting a church member or neighbor or coworker who is racially different to dinner in your home, adjusting however necessary to make them comfortable.
  2. Developing a continuing friendship with a person of another ethnic group.
  3. Visiting a black church or other ethnic congregation as a family at least four time a year.
  4. Expecting and accepting pain in the early stages of a new cross-cultural relationship.

Principle 3: Sincerity – Whether you are black, white, yellow, or brown, take the initiative to reveal yourself to a friend across the color/ethnic group line. Remember, if you are sincere, you will want to make the first move instead of waiting for the other person to initiate.

  1. Spend time together to develop trust. Remember years of abuse, ignorance, and stereotyping have developed a deep layer of distrust. You will need time to overcome it.
  2. Be willing to open your ‘closets,’ to reveal the hardships and failures in your life. Everyone has failures. Your friend will respect you as a ‘real person’ when you disclose them to him or her.
  3. Be on the alert to recognize your (and others’) involvement in WWB/BBW conversations. Be ready to confront those involved, in love, including yourself. (WWB is short for whites know how to talk to whites about blacks, and BBW is short for blacks know how to talk to blacks about whites.)

Principle 4: Sensitivity – Here are three ways you can increase your sensitivity to other races:

  1. Read literature about and by other racial groups.
  2. Choose to use your growing knowledge to strengthen your preaching, teaching, and outreach cross-culturally.
  3. Do not dismiss unintentional racial insensitivity. Because our comment is unintended, we may think it is unimportant. But it has been heard, and it has an impact. To say it was ‘nothing’ and unintended will be taken as rationalization and justification. Use the opportunity to learn. And if you have offended someone, apologize for the action. Your humility can pull the two of you closer together.

Principle 5: Interdependence – Often you will find new friends of another race by helping in a cross-cultural ministry. Therefore, volunteer some time in an inner-city or cross-cultural ministry. Go with the expectation that you will receive as much as you give.

If you have a cross-cultural relationship (whether a close friendship, an acquaintance, or coworker), specifically identify strengths that the other person brings to your relationship. Then thank that person for that gift to your relationship.

Principle 6: Sacrifice – Sacrifice costs. Yet it is fundamental to building cross-cultural relationships and to achieving racial reconciliation. The principle of sacrifice requires a give and take on both sides.

Principle 7: Empowerment – Empowering someone else to draw closer to you and achieve reconciliation requires repentance (a change of heart and mind) and forgiveness. Depending on our individual experiences, repentance and forgiveness may be difficult. Here are four questions (and suggested responses) to help you prepare for repentance and forgiveness.

  1. Do you find it difficult to enter into expressions of repentance (or forgiveness) for the sin of racism? Identify the thoughts, feelings, and struggles you have.
  2. Have you been wounded in a cross-cultural interaction(s)? If the relationship is still active, what steps can you take toward reconciliation?
  3. If you are black, what changes in your attitude or behavior toward whites would empower them to work side by side with you toward racial reconciliation?
  4. If you are white, what attitudes and behaviors do you need to take responsibility for to help bring down the walls of hostility between the races?

Principle 8: Call – A ‘call’ is God’s way if impressing upon us what He wants from us. Each one of us must open his/her eyes to the brokenness between the races and ethnic groups that make up our own communities and cities, and accept personal responsibility to reach across the racial and cultural barriers to build relationships.”


Raleigh and Glen go into so much more detail on racial reconciliation in their book Breaking Down Walls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested and concerned about building real relationships with individuals and families of different colors and ethnic backgrounds.

We were all created in God’s image. It would be great if we all took that to heart and started living out Jesus’ second greatest command to His disciples, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!