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Lately, I have noticed a growing trend among black televangelists who are preaching a ministry of prosperity.  They emphasize that “nothing and/or no one can stop you” when you are in sync with this “holy” way of thinking.  They cite grace and faith as guarantees for success… right along with the following disclaimer:  If it’s not working for you, you are to blame.

Perhaps your faith is not strong enough.  Perhaps a monetary seed is needed.  Perhaps you’re too sinful.

In any event, YOU are to blame.  Oh wait, there is something else you should know.

You see, there is an enemy and that “the enemy” is prepared to thwart your blessings, if you are not careful.  This enemy moves through your life and seeks only to cause harm, and demonstrate its power over this world.

Nevertheless, this “enemy” is never clearly identified, nor is there any mention made of very real external forces that may contribute to your failure.

Of course, Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub and even Abaddon are all honorably mentioned (or dishonorably, as the case may be), but as for anything tangible, that’s never really discussed.  The problem is that this leaves most people with the idea that a ghost or, even worse, a red devil with a pitchfork is all that needs to be avoided to have a good life.  If you can do that, you can successfully navigate this thing called existence.   Avoiding that spectacle shouldn’t be too difficult!  I mean, how could you possibly miss a seven foot tall being with horns?

However, the elephant in the room remains largely unmolested… as it has since days of old.  It’s not mysticism, it’s people, and a particular group at that, that stand in the way.  But that little detail is left out– that is, until white televangelists takes center stage.  You see, they can discuss it.  The question becomes, will they?

Now, this is no slight to black televangelists.  The truth is, they cannot fully discuss the elephant in the room.  If they do, they are accused of whining, complaining, living in the past, displaying a lack of forgiveness (which is unbecoming of a man of the cloth) or, worse of all, race baiting.

But the fact remains that, in order to have this particular “enemy” (the one that has destroyed more lives than any red devil with a pitchfork) addressed, it is up to white televangelists to champion the cause!

As such, I’m calling loudly on white televangelists to publicly, openly and honestly discuss racism and its vestiges with their congregations!

I am calling upon white televangelists to speak the truth and no longer ignore or allow their congregants to merely be Sunday Christians who go on to terrorize their employees, coworkers, neighbors, etc. on Mondays.  No amount of “Hail Mary’s” should exonerate so-called Christians from their obligation to love, honor and respect fellow human beings (as it has done so in the past).

If churches and other religious institutions continue to ignore this elephant in the room, the church will continue to decrease in influence and importance in the ever decaying world we now live in.

I mean, why attend church, synagogue, mosque at all if you experience the same mistreatment there that goes unchecked in secular society?  What’s the point?

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According to Revelation 2:9 (taken from the KJV Bible) which reads in part, “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan,” there ARE people known as Jews who “ARE NOT.”  This would imply quite logically that there must be people—others—who are NOT known as Jews but who ARE, in fact, Jews.

To put it simply, there are real Jews (i.e. the children of Israel) as well as fake Jews in existence on the planet today.  Discovering which is which will not only solve the mystery of the century but, at the same time, has to reveal a deceptive campaign deliberately aimed at keeping real Jews in darkness.

Now, I know there are people reading this who will see this as hateful or prejudiced.  This is not true.  This is not anti-Semitism, this is bible study.  The text says what it says.  It is no more prejudicial or discriminatory to ask this question than it is to prosecute someone who bore false witness against another.

If we go no further than the United States, we can clearly identify individuals who proudly and loudly call themselves Jews and yet are among the wealthiest citizens…in clear defiance of biblical prophecy.  Nowhere does the bible say the lost children of Israel will own, control or even participate in all avenues of commerce in America from Hollywood to Harlem.

Let us suppose for one moment that these same wealthy individuals are in any way related to the Ashkenazi Jews of Russia who live in astounding poverty.  The question then becomes: Why do the obviously wealthy Jews in America allow their family members in Russia to live in abject poverty, especially since proper Jewish teaching indicates that the sanctity of life takes precedence over everything else?

If you research more than a handful of today’s A-list actors, (honorable mention to bankers, scientists, etc.), you will find that most of them are direct descendants of Ashkenazi Jews.  These wealthy actors are living in the lap of luxury while their relatives are struggling for bread!

According to Genesis 15:13-16, “Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.  But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.  You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.  In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.””

To imply that the referenced text in any way is indicative of the lives of the people presently known as Jews (especially in America) is preposterous.  Clearly, present day Jews in America are not people who require God’s assistance with punishing or righting any wrongs supposedly perpetrated against them since it is black, brown and red people in the United States who find themselves on the bottom.  Is it possible therefore, if not probable that at least some of these same Jews must be representative of the “synagogue of Satan” referenced in the Bible, since they lay claim to the title of Jew exclusively?

If the Bible is the book that is revered in the United States and abroad, then ALL of its teachings must either be respected or rejected.  Even if your loyalties are in alignment with the Torah only, you cannot deny that present days Jews do not fit the description of a people oppressed in all nations and sinking lower and lower, to where only the Father can uplift them.

There is however, a group of people alive today who fit the individuals described in the Bible like a glove.  These same people were not only taken from their homeland and brought to a strange land to be beaten, mistreated and, serve as slaves but, they continue to suffer at the hands of those in power in the nation that captured them.  Is it not equally possible some of these are the real Jews that the Bible speaks of?

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Political Correctness…

What does it mean?

According to Wikipedia, political correctness in modern usage is terminology that is used to describe language, policies, or measures which are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society.

This sounds innocent enough but, what does it really do?

For me, political correctness is a destructive, unnecessary muzzle on the mouth of truth.  It inhibits anyone from speaking the truth to anyone else (regardless of substance) for fear of repercussion/ostracism.  Furthermore, it actually leads to the sort of resentment and disgust that mark the language it’s trying to curtail.

Think about it for a moment.

Does it promote education to be more tolerant of others?  No.  Does it teach the history behind the abuse or mistreatment of certain groups and explain WHY the statements are wrong?  No.  So what does it do?

It forces us to pretend and, if that isn’t enough, to provide fake comments/responses in all areas of our lives under the guise of not being offensive to others.  However, in the process, we offend ourselves and our beliefs.

Now, I’m not advocating that we have a free for all.  I’m not suggesting that we impose our personal truths, beliefs and choices upon everyone under the guise of freedom of speech.  To be clear:  Everyone has the right to govern their own personal truths, beliefs and choices.

Nevertheless, when these personal truths, beliefs and choices become the norm or mainstream, we have a problem.  And what’s worse is that if you don’t get on board with this madness, you become the problem.  YOU become the anti-social malady that needs to be removed.

When a country such as the United States purports that it is built on Christian principles and provides the Bible as the foundation on which it stands only to modify the teachings thereof to suit personal truths, beliefs and choices, this is not a sign of progress.  This is a mistake and “not” correct politically or otherwise.

Either the Bible is the Book that governs the lives of Christians or it isn’t.  You cannot have it both ways.  You cannot rewrite it for your convenience or to suit your lifestyle.

Don’t get me wrong.  Other religions and religious beliefs have a right to be.  The individuals who profess these other religions are tasked to adhere to the rules thereof just as individuals professing Christianity are tasked to adhere to the rules of Christianity.

Love them or hate them but, The Ten Commandments, from the Bible on which this country claims it stands, are clearly stated regardless of race, creed or color.  If you state that you are a Christian, you are tasked to abide by the rules.  Period.

Now, I’m not discussing things like smoking or drinking even though the drinking of strong drink/alcohol consumption is addressed therein.  Let your conscience be your guide.

I’m not even going to discuss racism and the vestiges thereof.  I am not going to bring up the murder of African-American citizens in the streets of the United States at the hands of law enforcement and any other citizens who deem them inferior to themselves. I’m not even going to discuss sexism at all.

That’s because there are other behaviors mentioned in the Bible that are clearly condemned and deemed an abomination.  One such behavior is homosexuality.

Oddly enough, no matter what these religions agree or disagree on, they all seem solidified on that subject.  To me, that implies something.  The idea that religions that are, in many cases, literally at war with one another can agree on this and other things speaks volumes.

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Though I have already touched on how people blame God for their living conditions in a previous blog “Born This Way,” I still have a few valid questions and/or comments. Why is it that African-Americans (more than any other Americans) are expected to understand and/or agree with Gay and Lesbian chosen lifestyles or else be considered a homophobe or even worse, somehow deserving of the racist treatment they receive at the hands of white America?

While we’re on the subject, why is the Gay Rights Movement compared to the Civil Rights Movement where blacks were being treated as sub-human and where human rights were being denied? Did I miss something? Are gays and lesbians being denied basic human rights? Freedom from imprisonment? Maybe that’s part of the confusion. We called it the Civil Rights Movement when it was actually a HUMAN rights movement.

I’m not saying that Gays and Lesbians should be denied the right to marry. That is a State decision and, quite frankly, people’s religious beliefs are just not relevant. But, I submit to you that being denied the right to marry and being denied the right to education, voting, careers, and even life itself at times is nowhere near comparable. I’m not saying that Gays and Lesbians should have to deny their lifestyles. They shouldn’t. But, the simple fact is, they could. Can blacks hide their blackness?

In other news, why are Gays and Lesbians given a pass to break the rules of the same Bible that was taught and referenced as the Book that this country is supposedly built on? Why are they given a pass to cite God as the blame for their situation as opposed to having to confess their sinful behavior as it is described in the Bible? They need to be treated just like the rest of us and ask for forgiveness and then change their ways to be in agreement with what the Bible dictates. Okay, you can argue that everyone does not adhere to the Bible. That is a matter of choice. However, if we are going to cite this book as sacred, then we need to cite it. We can’t keep citing it halfway, which is what we as a culture seem to do. In the United States, this book, the Bible, is considered sacred…except when it comes to homosexuality.

In fact, every other sin (murdering, lying, stealing, coveting, fornication, adultery, etc.) is held up to the light in the Church. Yes, I used the word “sin” since homosexuality is shunned in the Bible and called an abomination. So, if homosexuals are given a pass than every other sin mentioned in the Bible should be excused as well. Does that make sense? Well, it shouldn’t!!

What kind of world can we expect to live in if individuals who don’t wish to change their chosen lifestyles are encouraged as Gays and Lesbians are encouraged?   What if every sinner committing all manner of sin received encouragement? What if every sinner used God as their defense? Can’t you just hear it now: I can’t help but commit murder? I should not go to jail because God made me this way? It’s not my fault? The same could be said for thieves, liars, etc. In fact, every sinner would have an excuse not to change, not to be born again, citing God as the blame. Given this excuse, why should anyone change their ways or have to pay any penance since God supposedly made them this way? My point, either follow the Bible or don’t but don’t change the religion or redefine the text to conform to the opinions of a few. It either IS the basis or it ISN’T.

What do you think would happen if the terms, “Christian” or “Christianity” were mentioned every time a crime was committed in the United States. by an everyday, church going American citizen?  For example, the “Christian Rapist” or the “Christian Bomber” committed this crime today.  I mean, this is what happens when a Muslim or someone from a non-European country who falls outside of the Christian faith commits a crime.

For example, whenever a terroristic act occurs, we frequently hear that the perpetrator was Islamic or a Muslim terrorist or an Islamic extremist.  This is often followed by a litany of well-chosen words designed to instill fear in the listener.  If this treatment was the same in all cases, how do you think Christianity would be viewed?  Might it be viewed in the same vein that Islam is today?  With that in mind, we have to ask ourselves if there a campaign to give Islam a bad name while preserving the name of Christianity?

Let’s face it; a lot of our understanding of our society is largely shaped by television and other mass media.  Our views are framed by what we have been told.  Whether you admit it or not, when you are on the train or on a bus and someone of Middle Eastern descent boards, you instantly feel nervous, especially after 9-11.  If the Middle Easterner has the audacity to be wearing a backpack, he could clear off the entire front row if he just pretends to be even slightly agitated!

Nevertheless, when it is a homegrown terrorist, such as Timothy McVeigh, religion often does not come into play.  Why not?  Timothy McVeigh was labeled a lone devil and Christianity got to maintain its good name even while its members continue to commit egregious crimes and horrible social offenses in the United States on a daily basis.  Somehow, Christianity is never discussed when any crimes occur.  So, when a crime is committed by a good old, Sunday-going Christian, their religious background is simply left out.  We may hear that the offender was “slightly off” or “bored” or “socially disaffected/awkward” or simply “wealthy” with nothing better to do then to construct a bomb and use it in a crowded arena.  The one thing we won’t hear is whether the criminal was Baptist, Catholic etc.  No, we won’t hear that.

Can anybody hear me?