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It took the military in Los Angeles to subdue the young warriors with their automatic rifles and flashing knives of death. It could have happened in New York on the very streets where I walked with Bill Wilson and some of my people. It could happen in your city or neighborhood. In one New England town—not a large city — it is estimated that one in fifty children will die before reaching the age of one. Perhaps you are thinking, "Surely you are mistaken, Dr. Sumrall. " Yes, it is true. " So the people become angry.

Neglect of the poor and those in need is one of the oft-repeated biblical signs of disobedience. Matthew 25 speaks plainly about the judgment of those Gentiles who do not obey Jesus' words about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and showing concern and giving care to those needing it. Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it unto Me. And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (v.

I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was a stranger. ' "Jonathan, you write this down. When a child is allowed to die because he has no place to live, what is it? It is murder. " "Why do people pray? I'm going to tell you for a natural fact. We talkin' about me. If you're not born rich and you are my complexion, you know that it's going to be hard and it ain't going to get better. If you have a dream, then you have something you can hold. You may be low. You may be beaten down. "15 A Kingdom of Futility: Immersion in Irrationality Those who have seen the conditions under which the homeless and poor are forced to exist, speak of it as living in "a kingdom of futility".

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