I attended my first NAACP banquet this evening. It was an important and inspiring evening. NAACP was founded in 1909 to defeat hate...and it appears quite obviously that 109 years later, its voice and mission is still desperately needed.
Tonight's keynote speaker was Dr. Ivory Torrey Thigpen, son-in-law to our community's Rev. Belinda Creighton-Smith. Dr. Thigpen is a chiropractor, preacher, and current Representative in the South Carolina House.
"The water is receding" was Dr. Thigpen's reoccuring phrase. "There is a strange phenomenon before a tsunami...the water recedes. Coastal waters draw back, and it serves as a warning sign. You suddenly see stuff on the ocean floor that was always there, but it is no longer under water. It's easier to see."
"The water is receding."
Thigpen proceeded to talk about the need for each person to take action.
"We can't sit in comfort and convenience. It will never take care of itself. Don't ignore the overwhelming warning signs. What affects your neighbor will, in fact, ultimately affect you. Those who have survived a tsunami are those who acted. They moved. They didn't stand there watching and waiting. The water is receding."
What action will you and I take to defeat hate?
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.