“Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men”: Connections (Letter 1)

Pray! Think! Do!

Sir, I am assuming that you are attracted to women, and not to men.

You want to live your life in such a way that God can take you home at any time.

‘Longevity has its place,’ but doing the job that God designed you to do is the ultimate joy.

CONNECTIONS
Letter One

Dear Y.B.M.:

It has been a while since I have written to you. I trust that you are growing spiritually, mentally, and otherwise in your life as a young black man.

Again, I want to thank you for the many kind letters and e-mails that I received from you in response to the book, Letters to Young Black Men: Advice and Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. It was good to hear from you.

As for me, my family and I are doing well. We have had a few challenges since I last wrote to you, but we are doing fine, thank the Lord. Continue reading

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“Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men”: Preface (The Brother’s Keeper)

I thank God for the great success of Letters to Young Black Men as it has now become a perennial national bestseller, an ESSENCE magazine national bestseller, a Dallas Morning News bestseller, and an Amazon.com bestseller for ten years straight.

mltybm-ltybmAllow me to share with you the two main reasons why I wrote Letters to Young Black Men.

The first reason is because the Lord impressed upon my heart the apparent great need among young black men in our community for Godly, loving, fatherly, advice and encouragement while on their journey in this life. I had a burden on my heart for my “kinsmen according to the flesh.”

It disturbed me to see so many young black men messing up their lives so early in life, simply because they were not firmly guided in the right direction. So by the leading of the Lord, I decided to put pen to paper in hopes that God would use Letters to Young Black Men to at least “save some.”

I believe that the written word is still one of the most effective ways to reach people in a more concrete and permanent way. God could have written His Word in the sky, but He chose to record all His Words in a Book—the Bible. Note what author, Bud Gardner, said: “When you speak, your words echo only across the room or down the hall. But when you write, your words echo down the ages.”

The second reason I wrote Letters to Young Black Men is because I am a child of the early sixties — arguably one of the most exciting periods of our American history. Indeed, in the words of Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” For black people, there could be no truer statement. Many agree that while we as a people were making major “strides toward freedom”, freeing ourselves from the awful Jim Crow era, and beginning to take our rightful place in American society, we began to lose some other important things, such as the good old fashioned way of raising our children, which included corporal chastisement for doing wrong, and an emphasis on virtue and doing the right thing. In addition to that, when so many doors to employment opportunities began to open for our parents and grandparents, many naturally took on the mentality: “My children won’t go through what I went through. They will have many of the things I did not have while I was growing up.”

No one can blame them for having that mentality. Coming out of what they came out of, anybody would have done the same. However, the results are still none-the-less damaging, and because of that natural mentality, we have a generation of young people, who, for the most part, lack character, are materialistic, do not carry the values of their forefathers, and do not respect their parents, or anyone else for that matter. Our community has suffered many casualties and losses, and has planted seeds of destruction and pain that are immeasurable, and that will probably take a generation to overcome.

These are the things that motivated me to write Letters to Young Black Men and now, Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men. However, I did not write these books as an end in themselves.

I wrote these books for all young black men, but I wrote them primarily for the young black men who have faced some disadvantages in their young life, for I am convinced that the young life is the most important part of life. I wrote this book for the young black man who has no father, or who has a weak father; for the young black man who has no mother, or who has a mother whose priorities are out of order. I believe that if things are not done right in a person’s childhood, it does not mean that he or she cannot cope with life when he or she gets older. However, there will be gaps in that person’s life, and those gaps will appear under pressure. These books are an attempt to help fill in some of those gaps in the lives of these young men.

I wrote these books to serve as a ramp that can get young black men on the right freeway—the freeway toward greater success and productivity in this life.

Your friend,

—Daniel Whyte III
Fort Worth, TX

Pulling Others Out of the Fire (Letter 7)

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Dear Y.B.M.:

If you have applied what I have shared with you in the previous six letters, you are on the right track to a genuinely successful and fulfilling life. In this letter, I want to talk with you about “pulling others out of the fire.”

Since my first letter to you, God has probably blessed you in some very special ways: you have become a Christian, you have direction in your life, you are communicating with God through prayer and through His Word, and you are seeing things in a different way now. I am sure, even in this short time, that you have realized the value and importance of having God as the center of your life.

Since God has blessed you so, dear friend, He wants you, in turn, to be a blessing to others. Jesus Christ once said to His disciples: “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). Look around you and see the devastation in many of our black communities. Many of our people are presently “in the fire,” so to speak. Some are in the fire of living an absolutely purposeless life. Some are in the fire of drugs and alcohol. Many of our young black men are in the fire of jail and prison. Some of our people are suffering from the fire of the consequences of illicit sexual activities like babies having babies, AIDS and other venereal diseases. But, even sadder, is the fact that many of our people are headed to the fires of hell.

With the light and knowledge you have received already, you can be used of God to help pull our people out of the fire. How can you do that? First, you must understand that it will not be done through social programs alone; it will not be done through education alone; and it will not be done through the government alone. The main solution to the problems that we face in the black community is God Himself and the principles made plain in His Word. If we are to help turn our community around in a very real way, it will only be through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the correct teaching and application of His Word.

Before one can solve his own problems of drugs, alcoholism, illicit sexual behaviour, etc., he must deal with the root problem, and his root problem is the same problem faced by every other man: SIN. The only way that we can solve the sin problem is through Jesus Christ. And the way that we can help rescue our people from the fires of eternal punishment, as well as the fires caused by the sin of our lives, is by sharing with them what is called God’s plan of salvation out of the Bible. Here is how:

First, show them from God’s Word that “We are all sinners.”

Saint Paul said in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, show them that there is a great punishment for sin: that is, eternal separation from God in a place called hell.

Saint Paul said in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…”

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Third, show them that inspite of their sin, God still loves them and wants to save them.

Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Last, show them that all they have to do to be saved is trust in Jesus Christ.

Saint Paul said in Romans 10:9 & 13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Of course, after a person trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, that is only the beginning. After that, he should join a good Bible preaching and teaching church, get baptized and be discipled. And with the plain teaching of the Bible by the pastor and you, and with the working of the Holy Spirit of God in the individual’s life, many of the other fires that may be burning in the new convert’s life will begin to be extinguished.

Pulling Folks Out Of The Fire,

Daniel

Power Thoughts

P.T.: Jim Patrick said, “A Christian must keep the faith, but not to himself.”