2016: The Year of Tears 

A Sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon

The end of the year is upon us and it is time for us to reflect. We should reflect on what this past year will show for human history and our personal history. What have we, ourselves done personally to change and effect and/or affect our communities. This year should be called the year of tears!

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

 2 Corinthians 1:4

This year we may have seen the worst of human cruelty. We have seen ISIS kill to the point of dipping children in hot oil. Most of these children and families being killed are Christians, and the churches in the United States preachers stood on the pulpit and said do not let them in. The Allopo tragedy was created by the Middle East prejudice. Not just in the US but England and other countries. Those that commit acts of terror where not the ones that tried to escape the war or the destruction from ISIS. 

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 

Romans 12:20

I stand by a statement that we should be dropping bibles over bombs. The Gospel can reach the soul and has, especially in Iraq. The issue with radical Islam is that the idea is so strong to change without Christ.

This year we also seen many deaths that shocked the world of entertainment and politics. We pray for those we lost not just in that case but all of our dearly departed. We pray for those suffering right now and the sick. We also pray for those with harden hearts that they may soften, so that those suffering may get the help they need.

1 Corinthians 12:26

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

We have to back our blue also like, yet we have to address the abuse of minorities by some wearing the badge as well. Also, the prejudices with those with heavy tattoos are in this category. Police need training and better pay to keep the cops that are good that will not abuse the badge. That is the issue with those that are abusing minorities, they have control issues and abuse the badge. In depth psychological exams should be required for every officer during training then yearly afterwards. 

I will say this 2016 was a year of tears. Now as these tears dry I believe that we are knocking on the door of a revival. A revolution to change the heart back toward God and show the real idea of a Christian nation. Not a Trump nation not a Republican or Democrat nation but a Christian nation.


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