Through God, all things are possible

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to address the citizens of Paulding County Ohio.

I have had the pleasure of being in the ministry since 2005, during that time I ministered to the down trotted and hurting of all nationalities, black, white and Hispanic, through outreach ministry and jail ministry.

I must say that Paulding County and Sheriff Landers should be proud that you are not part of the evil forces that the world is protesting against.

During this time, I have counseled and ministered to countless individuals and never have I heard or witnessed any actions of misconduct or violations of civil or human rights from law enforcement or jail guards. For this I commend you.

My family and I have lived comfortably in this area since 2005, with little or no overt signs of racism, not to say that it does not exist. We are blessed to be in a territory where the love of God reigns. We all have issues that need to be worked on, some more prevalent and immediate than others. This racial crisis affords us the opportunity to look inwardly and make the changes necessary to have a meaningful and peaceful life. We have a spiritual responsibility to God and each other to love one another beyond racial or political affiliations. We all must make an introspective reflection and admit our prejudices and wrongs. Also known as sin.

We must be willing to surrender to God that sin and ask Him to remove it. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9.

As human beings we are inextricably bound to one another. Now is the time that we must rise up and allow God’s love to work through us to maturity. The good work God has begun in you, He will bring to completion.

2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

We are all under trial. It is the perfect law of God that gives freedom to all who are willing to look intently and intensely into the law of God, which is love. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

Some of you may not understand or agree with the outcry exhibited through protest but it is equally unabashed and profound as the outcry of Patrick Henry, “Give me Liberty or give me death.”

I am not in agreement with the mentality of looters, I think it is inexcusable, but I understand where there is smoke there is fire. Now that the smoke has cleared there is an obvious fire that has been burning since the beginning of time.

Moses saw it as a bush on fire that would not burn out, this bush will not burn out until there is liberty and justice for all.

I encourage you and assure you that through the grace of God we shall overcome. God Bless You and God Bless this land of liberty, America the Beautiful.

Brotherly Love,

Pastor Dwayne Richardson House of Love Ministries