Ambassador Apostle Sammy A. David.Ambassador Apostle Sammy A. David, Founder and General Overseer of God’s Family Church International Incorporated in Liberia, West Africa, will be receiving an International Leadership Award at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 during the United States Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Convention by the Caribbean & African Faith-Based Leadership Conference (CAFBLC).He will be the first religious leader in the West African state of Liberia to receive this prestigious award.He will be recognized for his outstanding faith-based leadership, humanitarian services, civic engagement and advocacy for peace in Liberia and his global gospel ministry in Africa, the United States, Europe and Asia.This Awards ceremony will honor the accomplishments of leaders in community development that primarily operate from a faith-based perspective, targeting major issues, including religious liberty, civil rights, humanitarian concerns, social justice and economic development.All members and friends of our African and Caribbean Diaspora are invited to register at www.cafblc.net to attend the international leadership awards, faith-based conference and networking reception from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at the D.C. Renaissance, Marriott Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington D.C, 20001.The CBC Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the leading policy conference in the United States that focuses on issues impacting people of African heritage and the global black community.It brings together approximately 10,000 people who attend 70 public policy forums and other critical events with elected officials and leaders from every spectrum of the black community, including Legislators and concerned citizens to engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and educational issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THERE are some Christian factions that love to criticize J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. References to witchcraft, paganism, curses and hexes make the books easy targets for the defenders of righteousness. It turns out these factions of Christianity miss their mark. Instead of focusing on how things like witchcraft and paganism are anti-Christian themes, they should have been criticizing Rowling’s interpretation of life after death. During her book tour visit to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, a reporter asked Rowling to explain the last time she wrote about Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore dies in the sixth book, but meets Harry in limbo, somewhere between life and death, near the end of “The Deathly Hallows.” Before leaving Harry, Dumbledore is seen crying in grief and shame as he says good-bye and returns to being dead, while Harry goes on living. The reporter wanted to know if Dumbledore spends eternity crying and in pain. Rowling said no, that Dumbledore has a wonderful afterlife, despite the mistakes he made during his life. Then Rowling proceeded to explain her thoughts on the afterlife. “On any given moment, if you asked me (if) I believe in life after death, I think if you polled me regularly through the week, I think I would come down on the side of yes – that I do believe in life after death,” Rowling said. “It’s something that I wrestle with a lot. It preoccupies me a lot, and I think that’s very obvious within the books.” This is what Rowling’s Christian critics should really be angry about. For Rowling, the afterlife is more than a promise. It exists. Without Christ. She has created a world where the dead walk among the living, where the afterlife is for everyone; and in some regards it’s a better place than the living world. Death is not that horrible of an option. For many Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as savior is the only path to an afterlife. Those who don’t are lost, sent to hell, or purgatory, or someplace other than heaven. Rowling doesn’t need Christ. Not in her wizard world. Not in her afterlife. Not anywhere near Harry Potter. That is the reason Christians should be upset with Rowling – not because her child characters perform spells and curses and delve into witchcraft, but because they do not need Christ to have an afterlife. None of us do, in Rowling’s views. In the world of Harry Potter, dying is not something that needs to be feared. Those who are afraid of dying become corrupted, misguided, lost and alone. Dumbledore is the best example of what happens to Rowling’s characters who embrace the thought of an afterlife. They take chances. They challenge authority. Most importantly, they aren’t afraid to fail. Dumbledore turns out to be a failure in many ways, but it doesn’t affect his place in the afterlife. He may have regrets, but he would not trade his afterlife for a chance to return among the living. Harry gets to make that choice – to be dead or alive. In that sense, he is much luckier than any of us will ever be. That moment when Harry gets to decide if he wants to live or die best illustrates Rowling’s struggle with the concept of life after death. “The truth is that, like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes that my faith will return,” Rowling said. “It’s something I struggle with a lot.” Tim Haddock writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, www.insidesocal.com/harrypotter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!