9.30.2013

An Example of Greater Grace: Despite being rebuked, Minister Farrakhan among those who honored Rep. John Conyers


By Brother Jesse Muhammad 

This morning I received a very inspiring phone call regarding the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s recent visit to Detroit on Sunday, September 29.

The purpose of his return to the Motor City was to join hundreds at Greater Grace Temple in honoring Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers, who has served his constituents for nearly 50 years.

According to one news report, Minister Farrakhan called Rep. Conyers an “angel” who “has wings that God gave him to rise above the negatives of our lives. To rise above the pain of being the voice for the voiceless, to rise above being rebuked and scorned and evil-spoken of…But he kept moving with the dignity and the nobility of his character.”

You might say this is nothing out of the ordinary for Minister Farrakhan to attend and speak so highly of someone at such an event. Why was this so special or newsworthy? Back in May, Minister Farrakhan delivered an electrifying message in that city at Fellowship Chapel. Among those in attendance, seated on the dais, was Rep. Conyers.

At the conclusion of that message, Rep. Conyers told The Nation of Islam’s newspaper, The Final Call, “This was a historic occasion in terms of how we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and really start putting the city and our minds together for moving forward.”

Rep. Conyers was even caught nodding his head in agreement with the Minister during the two-hour broadcasted message. However, Rep. Conyers “magically” took a 180-degree turn that totally contradicted his positive words and body language. Conservative sites and of course the ADL took digital shots at him and others for being in attendance.

Five days later he issued an apology for what he called “anti-Semitic” statements made by Minister Farrakhan during his address at the chapel. “Farrakhan made unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements, which I condemn in the strongest possible terms. It was my expectation that Minister Farrakhan’s speech would focus on the many challenges facing the city of Detroit. In previous days, he had discussed efforts to revitalize our city by purchasing property and investing in blighted neighborhoods. Regrettably, he used this opportunity to promote views that have no place in civilized discourse, “ Conyers reportedly said to the joy of those who hate Minister Farrakhan.

Many took great offense to Rep. Conyers doing this to Minister Farrakhan. I personally saw people, for weeks, tweet their disgust at him. He was called an “Uncle Tom,” “Sell out,” “A Political Puppet of the Synagogue of Satan” and other names I dare not post on my blog.

Rep. John Conyers had now been officially added to the long list of Black leaders forced to denounce Minister Farrakhan. Heck, even Barack Obama had to be “inducted” into that group before he could step foot into the White House. It’s called the Farrakhan Litmus Test.

With all that Rep. Conyers had done, here I was on the phone this morning with brothers who could barely contain themselves talking about what they had witnessed from Minister Farrakhan. He didn't go to the tribute to attack or “clap back” on Rep. Conyers; he went there to exhibit love and admiration for his fellow brother in the struggle. They told me how the sincerity of Minister Farrakhan’s heart radiated in his words and it touched the Conyers family and those in attendance.

How many of us would or could do something like that? Let’s be honest: When our brother or sister does the slightest thing that’s disrespectful in our eyes, we’re ready to argue, hold grudges and even sometimes kill out of revenge.

As one of the NOI brothers on the phone reiterated, Minister Farrakhan is a man who always takes the high road: Love and Grace. Isn’t that what Jesus is known for?

“If we could have an inkling of the love, forgiveness and grace that The Minister exhibits, even to those who rebuke him, we would rise up as a people,” the brother said.

He also spoke about how he’s witnessed Minister Farrakhan even pay for the funerals of some of his enemies when their families couldn’t afford to bury them. “People just don’t know the extent of this man’s love and what he’s done for so many people," he noted.

Another brother who was in attendance echoed that sentiment and emailed some of us, this: “The Minister takes a rebuking and gives back a blessing..but not just an ordinary blessing, He lifts and lifts the rebuker so high that the rebuking changes, and transforms right before our eyes into an honor for the rebuker, and a bigger honor of the rebuked! Truly masterful. The Minister is True Christian Love!” 

Greater Grace was certainly exhibited at Greater Grace Temple by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.

His way and character is something truly marveling and a must study.