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What is the altetnative

Life as we know it makes no sense if we have no choice 
So what is the alternative and do we have a voice ?

The world is spinning out of control with violence and death all around 
And the Republican presidential candidate is a racist media hogging clown
Everything is off kilter and while I sit and contemplate 
What is my alternative and what will be my fate?
How do I sing songs of joy when chaos is on the rise? 
How do I survive a Babylonian society and keep my eyes on God's prize? 
In the midst of perversity and immoral behavior 
My only alternative is to stay  connected to Jesus my Savior 

When I see a white man kill nine African Americans in a church
And after arrested given a bullet proof vest
Yet when an ex-military black man kills five white cops 
He's blown up I feel such unrest 
Over the injustice and the inequality that is occurring every day 
Over 123 black men killed this year what more is there to say 

What is the alternative?  What is it that we need to do? 
What is the alternative? As a nation we need to seek truth 
I don't condone Mr. Johnson's behavior 
but I understand where he's coming from 
Too many young unarmed black brothers 
Killed by white police guns

So what is the alternative? 
What as a nation do we realize? 
That racism is alive and well and killing blacks is on the rise 
What is the alternative? 
How do we bring about true change? 
It's time for white Americans to stop acting like we're deranged 
We are Americans too my people have been here over 400 years 
Yes we were once slaves but let me make this clear
We are no longer your property 
We are no longer your chattel 
Stop killing and slaughtering my people 
Like they're mindless cattle 

So what is the alternative? 
It's time we all develop a true relationship with God 
And hopefully be infused with a Christlike love
And true compassion in out hearts 


Copyright © louise nelson | Year Posted 2016


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