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Ok, at this point, you would have to have lived under a rock not to know that Republican Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, was shot and critically injured over a month ago at the practice for a charity baseball game.  Through various news reports, we are all, more or less, intimately familiar with the specifics of HIS health​ situation.  And, of course, we are also fully aware of Representative John McCain’s recent health crisis where he underwent surgery to alleviate symptoms directly associated with brain cancer.  As I understand it, his situation is particularly dire, to say the least.

But, can I be honest?

All while this is going on, I’m trying hard to force myself to think about or, more importantly, even care about Steve Scalise’s or John McCain’s respective medical conditions.  This saddens me.

I’m usually a caring person.  I don’t like to see anyone or anything hurt.  I’d almost bring an injured feral cat indoors to care for it.  I even feed the neighborhood birds.  However, these days, in these United States, I’m finding it increasingly more difficult to care about individuals who have proven that they are hell-bent on the destruction of others.

Let’s face it, It takes a special kind of evil to leave a hospital bed—against the advice of your doctors, no less—in order to vote in favor of something that is said to have a potentially catastrophic outcome on the poor.  With that said, I don’t know if Scalise’s vote was needed or not since he was released from the hospital with little to no fanfare.  And do you know why I don’t know?  The reason is simple.  I don’t know because I stopped watching.  I simply unplugged.

For all I know he could very well have voted.  Either way wouldn’t surprise me.  But you see, I have decided not to care about any of it.  For clarification, I have made a conscious decision not to worry, stress or entertain strife in my life.  This, I do for my physical and mental health.  And, you know what, I am happy.  Even in this current, politically hostile climate, I have found a way to be content and worry free.

Don’t misunderstand.  I am well aware of politics and the role it plays in people’s lives.  I am well aware of all the ways the world if breaking down and things are becoming worse seemingly every day.  And I am well aware of the things I need to do to protect myself.  But I’ve determined that I will not allow any of this to break me down.

I pray a lot and cannot tell you how much it helps to keep me grounded.  I suggest you try it too.  Pray to whomever you feel is your Creator, Sustainer or Whatever.  Let me tell you, it sure beats taking loads of drugs (prescription and/or otherwise), alcohol and excessive food consumption in an attempt to self medicate.

Fear, stress, worry, strife and dis-ease can open the door to diseases and other major medical conditions you don’t want or need, especially with the state of healthcare/ insurance being up in the air.

I can say that it’s working for me.  In the face of all that is crumbling around me, I have to confess, I’ve never felt better.

Can anybody hear me?

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Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle was lovingly discussed and praised by none other than Joel Osteen, Matt Crouch and Max Lucado himself on TBN earlier this month. With such high praise, I couldn’t wait to see it even though I am not a fan of Christmas films (That, however, is another blog for another time). Alas, The Christmas Candle resembles every old Hollywood film I can remember. Once again, there were no other people on the planet except Caucasians, with no acknowledgment of diversity.

It is disturbing enough to note that all of the so-called “Hollywood Film Classics” showcase other races of people in a subservient (at best) or negative (at worst) light. It is equally disturbing to see that overall progress even in 2016 is still far behind where it should be. However, to have the religious elite green light a film in 2016 that is more befitting of racist Hollywood than people professing the knowledge and love of God says a lot about the current state of religion in these United States.

On some level, I think I appreciate the honesty of Hollywood. It does not purport to love or to be concerned with racial equality. While certain stars here or there have spoken out in protest, the vast majority of roles for blacks remain the same as they always were, name sidekicks, glowering villains, the help or as nonentities. Nowadays, Hollywood seems more concerned about money than anything else. If other races can turn a buck, Hollywood is all over it. Screw realism and diversity, green is what matters most. This, I can understand.

Religion, on the other hand, which has always somehow managed to spew the love of God while maintaining racist points of view, hasn’t changed AT ALL. It continues on its racist merry way even in 2016. Even though the Bible describes Jesus and other peoples of the earth with color, we continue to be bombarded with images of Caucasians everywhere from the covers of Bibles to nativity scenes to television and the big screen, in spite of the fact that the Bible, scientists and historians all agree that, at the very least, other races of people existed and were on the scene. Why?

Here’s the bottom line: If your church is incapable of, not accepting diversity, but rather accepting reality, any more than racist Hollywood, then what’s the point? Why should people of color worship the God of White Supremacy? Can anybody hear me?

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.