SPKM JOHNNY JOHNSON You have no choice.  You can forgive them providing that you recognize the fact that as long as you do not forgive them, you have just tied yourself to that person that you don’t like for the rest of your life and that meant, of course, that that person controls your life from now on out.  You get ready to buy a suit of clothes and if you think about that person who is going to criticize your suit, you won’t buy the clothes. If you’re a lady and you want to fix your hair a certain way and you know that person is going to be critical of that, you won’t fix your hair that way even though you like it that way.  So that person from that point on begins to control your life.  And whatever happens to that person happens to you.  If that person goes to hell, you’re going along with them.

SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS But, Johnny, I’ve been discriminated against all my life.  Everyone has called me names all my life and there’s no way for me to get out of this little one-room room that I’m living in.  My children are on dope and they’re out on the streets and I can’t control them and everything has gone wrong, and this is supposed to be a great country but here I am and what can I do about it?

SPKM JOHNNY JOHNSON I’ll tell you what you can do about it.  I always carry a pencil with me and if you take a look at this pencil, you’ll notice there’s something very different about this.

SPRR RICHARD ROBERTS It has two erasers.

SPKM JOHNNY JOHNSON Two erasers, okay.  So if it has two erasers that means that the life of a person that says, “I can’t do anything,” all these things then his life is like this pencil.  There is no point to it.  (APPLAUSE)  And it says here, life without Jesus Christ is like this pencil; there is no point to it.  So that person needs to know Jesus Christ immediately and they will have a point to their life, that he can always come back to that.  And Jesus Christ is love. And if that person cannot find love in his heart for everyone, then he cannot accept himself because most people dislike themselves and they have a guilt feeling over that.  Someone will always say, “Gee, I don’t like the way that I look.”  That’s because of the fact that he’s not accepted what God has given that person.  Always use all the available resources that God has given you and you will have a point in your life if you accept Jesus Christ.  But it doesn’t matter… see, discrimination is not that person discriminate; you discriminate yourself.  If you will say, “I know that person is going to discriminate against me cause I’m black,” you’ve chosen to be discriminated against.  But supposing you say, “I know that that person is not going to discriminate against me cause I’m black and beautiful,” so that person can’t discriminate against you.  I’m too pretty.  (APPLAUSE)  And if you say that to yourself, you’ll believe that and nobody is going to make you feel bad about it because of th fact that someone called you a name or called you black or whatever they may call you. You will look at them and say, “Thanks for the compliment.  I didn’t think you would ever notice.”  And so you’ve moved on from one to the other.  It’s the most beautiful life I’ve ever had in my life.  I even had that when I was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. There was an admiral and he didn’t know that I was black and all of a sudden we landed in my big aircraft and I had four stars on that and always the senior person steps off first.  So I stepped off first and all of these Navy admirals were standing there waiting when I stepped off and they just looked past me.  I said, “Hi,” and they said, “Hi,” and I walked on and I stood over there by myself.  And the next person came off and they kept looking and finally my aide, who was white, he walked off.  So when he walked off of there they said, “I thought the Secretary of the Navy was coming.”  So he said, “He is here.”  And he said, “Well, where is he?  Is he still on the plane?”  He said, “No, that’s the one standing way over there.”  And he looked over and he saw me and he came over and he said, “Sir, I sure don’t want to see my fitness report when you get back to Washington, D.C.”  And I said, “No, I forgive you for just what you’ve done.”  He said, “Can you please forgive me?”  I said, “I forgave you when you did that because, you see, if you had only looked at my spirit and the love that I gave in a handshake, then it wouldn’t have mattered whether I was Assistant Secretary of the Navy or not. You would have greeted me.  So I want to tell you that I forgive you and love you.”  And you know, this guy stood there with tears running down his cheek and said, “What manner of man are you?” (APPLAUSE) And I said, “I love Jesus.”  And he says to me….. so, you see, I could have chosen to be angry.  I could have chosen that and that guy did everything that he possibly could….  that was on Guam at the time…. he had everything laid out for me and he came back to my quarters every hour:  “Is there anything else, Mr.  Secretary? Anything.  Whatever it is..” And then my aide looked at him and said, “Sir, I’d sure hate to be in your shoes.”  He said, “I sure hate to be in my own shoes right now.”  It’s all because of the fact that I treated him that way.  When I got ready to leave, he was the man to stand in front and I got the highest commendation from the United States Navy that has ever been given to a civilian high executive person, and he said, “I want to be the one to present it to him because he’s one of the greatest men that I’ve ever seen.  He really practices the love that he talks about.”  (APPLAUSE)

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