Historical Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Has Inspired a National Proposal
Damali Binta – Jul 4, 2015
What’s in a Name? (WW, MLK, CLEMENTA....)
Years ago I studied a course, Coding Theory, and another named Geometric Modeling and Pattern Recognition. It took years for me to see the significance of these concepts in the study of world events and in the Word of God. Here are examples of the beauty and depth embedded in God’s creation and in the “naming” of people, places and things.
First, my Lord directed me to humble myself and to go and minister to someone who I had not spoken with for more than 20 years. I did not understand His command to do this, but since I started the journey I have become so much more discerning, as well as I have developed an ability to make connections.
My first example is that the man I was instructed to fellowship with for the purpose of inspiring deeper study of the Word of God has initials WW. During my last visit with him, the legendary Oakland Raider wide receiver with initials WW, I asked him did he read the entire book of Acts, and he said he did. Now, I am reading Acts completely and carefully.
Also, I discovered that the shin, a Hebrew letter, has the shape of a “w” and it represents the name of God, for it is the first letter of Shaddai. I stumbled upon information about the design of the human heart. The heart has two ventricles, and each of them is shaped like a “w.” I made my friend smile for I shared with him on Thursday, June 30, 2015 that his testimony of deliverance, restoration, and redemption should burn in the hearts of those who hear it for God has been forgiving and gracious to WW. WW has benefitted from Amazing Grace, and so have we.
I did not stop. I was inspired to continue thinking about representations, patterns and the intelligent design of all people, places and things.
As the Holy Spirit continues to allow me to discern, decode and to decipher His Word, I began to think of the historical event on June 17, 2015 and how that event inspired national and international discussions of “forgiveness” and eventually of “amazing grace.” The severe persecution in the prayer meeting in South Caroline spurred a discussion that included removing a symbol that in some minds, represents the antithesis of brotherly love. Those murders ushered in a discussion of forgiveness and amazing grace, across the world, and in the media. So, I became curious since I know that God is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent.
I began by inspiration of the Holy Spirit to look up the meaning of the pastor’s name, Clementa. His name is powerful for it means “gracious” and “forgiving.” So all things work together to forward the cause of Jesus Christ. The event that was intended to inspire race wars has, instead, inspired deeper discussions of grace, mercy, forgiveness, love and more. Indeed, God is in control and the parents of the minister, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, named the preacher a name that will ripple throughout American history and world history.
Has this type of picture, or representation, happened before in American History? Yes, it has. I reflected on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. I focused on his initials: M- L- K. While studying my Hebrew book on Exodus, my eyes fell on the word “melekh” which means king. The letters, in Hebrew, that spell “king” are m-l-k. In the Hebrew, they are mem, lamed, and kaf. So, the parents of Martin Luther King, Sr. named him a powerful name. The legacy continued, and the son of the elder named his son, Martin Luther King, Jr. The initials of the civil rights leaders are exactly a part of God’s prophecy and developments in American History for the assassination of MLK, reminds us of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. In the 20th century, the recursion to jog our memories has occurred, again, and it is even present on June 17, 2015.
God is speaking to us and He is repeating his clarion call, over and over again.
I declare that the President of the United States of America who sang Amazing Grace should set forth legislation to assign meaning and historical significance to June 17, 2015, the day nine prayer warriors were martyred (crucified) for who they were and for what they believed. The day should be named National Day of Forgiveness, Mercy and Clemency.
This sermon and proposal is hereby submitted to President Barack Obama, and to Congress for serious consideration at this appointed time.
mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it. charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others. Clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing. Grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions. Leniency implies lack of severity in punishing.
Reverend/Professor Jacqueline Brannon W Giles
The WW House
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