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Tim Scott and The Blessing: The Real Story Is Always Redemption


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I write a lot of negative stuff on this site.

I write about the bleakness of the state of our government, the division in our streets perpetuated by the race-baiting media, and a government that uses race as a weapon.

But today, for a change, I want to write a post about hope.

Tim Scott’s rebuttal to the Presidential speech last night inspired me.

And although the haters have to hate, and although “Uncle Tim” is trending on Twitter, I know, he inspired others as well.

It took courage to do what Tim Scott did last night.

He had to know he would get reviled for it.

But true courage is being able to speak up for what you believe, even when you know what lies ahead.

At the end of his speech, Sen. Scott said this (excerpted from the New York Times)

Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you, the American people. Black, Hispanic, white and Asian. Republican and Democrat. Brave police officers and Black neighborhoods. We are not adversaries. We are family. We are all in this together.

And we get to live in the greatest country on Earth. The country where my grandfather, in his 94 years, saw his family go from cotton to Congress in one lifetime. So I am more than hopeful — I am confident — that our finest hour has yet to come. Original sin is never the end of the story. Not in our souls, and not for our nation. The real story is always redemption.

I am standing here because my mom has prayed me through some really tough times. I believe our nation has succeeded the same way. Because generations of Americans, in their own ways, have asked for grace and God has supplied it. So I will close with a word from a worship song that helped me through this past year of Covid. The music is new, but the words draw from scripture.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May His presence go before you, and behind you and beside you. In your weeping and rejoicing, He is for you. May His favor be upon our nation for a thousand generations, and your family and your children and their children.

Good night, and God bless the United States of America.

“The real story is always redemption.”

As a Christian, I know this to be true. And in Tim Scott, I see a man who has lived that truth. That is the reason why he can still show grace in the face of so much fire from people of his own race.

The song Sen. Scott referred to is called, “The Blessing”.

 

The lyrics of the song come directly from scripture: Numbers 6:24. 25

Journalist M. M. O’ Keefe writes about the impact this song has had especially during the uncertainty of the COVID epidemic:

He writes:

A hymn with more than 100 digitally stitched-together YouTube renditions called The Blessing has spread like a global fire, jumping cities, countries, continents and oceans.

Sometimes called “the Amen song,” The Blessing has empowered people with spiritual hope and unity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Blessing song, first sung at a gathering in North Carolina, has become an unorchestrated global movement that transcends beliefs and boundary lines. It could change history.

In some ways, it already has.

Christianity Today reported on the scope and spread:

“Beyond the U.S. and England, compilations have been made in Australia, Burma, Chile, Canada, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. “The Arab World Blessing” features singers from 16 Arab-speaking countries in the Middle East, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, and South Sudan.”

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It doesn’t matter where you come from in the world, your color, your race, your ethnicity, your politics — there are still some things that most of us can agree on.

That we need the blessing of God over our nation, over our families, over our children.

Tim Scott reminded us last night that in spite of everything that divides us we are still children of God.

And that no matter how far we have turned away from Him, He has made a Way for us to return to Him.

“The real story is always redemption.”

In the midst of all the darkness, this truth still gives me hope.



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