by Pat Medlock
How did you react to the Kwame Kilpatrick conclusion on Thursday, September 4th? My attention was divided by the fact that September 4 was the anniversary of my father’s death. Now, eight years later, I witness the death of a career that could have rendered so much promise.
Pamela and I lived in Detroit for nearly ten years before our move to Lathrup Village in 1998. So, although I did not get a chance to vote for Kwame either time, I was never a Kwame Kilpatrick fan.
But I am inclined to pray for him with spiritually directed prayers that reflect an appropriate level of rumination about his spiritual state, and that of those around him, and about my spiritual state and those around me.
An awareness of Scripture may help us with the wording of such prayers. Proverbs 24:17-18 puts us in a proper spirit: “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.”.
First John 5:18-20 would have us pray that Mr. Kilpatrick is led, based on this humbling experience, to a true knowledge of God:
“We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ This is the true God and eternal life.”
Such knowledge could lead Mr. Kilpatrick, or any person ensnared in sin, not to just regret misdeeds, but truly be repentant of them (2 Corinthians 7:10-11).
This is not a time for gleeful guile. That is not spiritual.
This is a time for rumination on the trauma our region has gone through. This is a time for self-reflection on our own spiritual state as Christians (Luke 13:3,5).
This is a time for teaching our kids lessons they will not learn from school books, and leveraging these series of incidents to ensure that the lessons stick.
Pray for Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, the other defendant in this case.
Pray for Ken Cockrell, the incoming, interim Mayor.
Pray for our salvation, our kids’ salvation and our continued exercise of wisdom.
Pat ministers with the Northwest church in Detroit, Mich.