Staten Islander interviews Staten Island’s own Bevelyn Beatty, recently made famous for smearing black paint over the Black Lives Matter street murals in Harlem, Brooklyn, and in Midtown Manhattan in front of Trump Tower.
But it’s easy for anyone to get the idea: Words have power and meaning, and Ms. Beatty, in a true act of civil disobedience, went right over those words “Black Lives Matter,” putting a line through the letter and symbolically through the ideas behind those letters.
As Bevelyn and her companions paint-rollered over the word “Black,” what remained was “Lives Matter.” Yes; lives matter. Black, Brown, White, and all other colors. Racist? Try defending that one.
With a prayer and a smile, Ms. Beatty attacked the BLM murals, with black warpaint smeared on her face. Was she angry? Hardly. She didn’t do this with a heavy heart, but rather with a joy that she wishes to share with her fellow Americans, regardless of color or anything else used to divide us.
Ms. Beatty is one of Staten Island’s own, born in the former St. Vincent’s hospital in West Brighton. So, we’re very happy to welcome one of our own.
Staten Islanders, prepare to watch a video that shows Bevelyn in her true form, as always trying her best to Live Scripture. In her eyes, the Bible is a book that can be lived through and lived out in the world.
Her ministry, At the Well, is an international prophetic ministry centered on the Word of Christ. But it doesn’t end there.
Inspired while in jail by a prophetic elder woman who laid it all bare before her, Bevelyn has since been on a quest to fulfill her own Calling.
Ms. Beatty’s efforts include helping feed the homeless, ministering to heroin addicts in the street, protesting at abortion clinics, and more. Her prophetic ministry did not begin with painting over BLM. That’s just the latest act in a long line of meaningful activity centered in Christ, trying her best to express GOD’s love and compassion, but also fierceness and truth.
You may not agree with everything she has to say, but there’s no way you’ll miss that her recent social religious painting activism was by no means a random act of trying to garner some Internet fame, or a fit of temporary insanity, but rather just another step on a long path of facing her fears head on and strongly going forth into the world to bring her Truth.
Bevelyn sees a crisis unfolding, like storm clouds. And, it’s past the horizon, they’re literally overhead. Her answer? Turn to Jesus. Turn to GOD.
But that’s not enough. It can’t be merely reading the Bible or going to church, though Ms. Beatty encourages this. It has to be action, speech, and living that reflects understanding; there can’t be a schizophrenic existence where we have our faith compartmentalized in a neat little box, where it can’t touch our real lives.
We at Staten Islander News Organization know that some of our viewers are Christian. Others are Jewish. Still others are Hindu or Muslim. There are even a good number of atheists among our readership.
Because we’re objective, we draw a diverse audience. Among our readers, there are many viewpoints, many ideas of how one should live a life. But we can be sure that most want to live their lives in a meaningful way. Most want to be decent, moral people. We won’t necessarily agree as to what that means, but each of us wants to be our best. That much is true.
Anyone can come away from hearing this interview with true wisdom and insight. It’s going to be difficult not to. You’ll be forced to ask yourself some difficult questions.
You need not think like Ms. Beatty or share her faith, but it’ll be difficult not to be affected by the fire and love that burn in her heart, her love for her Creator, her love for her fellow human, and her willingness to stand up and stand out, if need be.
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You can find At The Well Prophetic Ministry online at https://www.atthewell.org/. Or, call 626-688-4231 to see how you can help.