Probably one of the biggest blessings a person can have are their wonder years; those times in the ‘good ol’ days’ when things were more simple & blissful. You may have made childhood friends that may or may not have lasted a lifetime. Perhaps you had a childhood sweetheart that either stayed or faded out of your life. As I count my blessings, I can honestly say that I have good friends…now. Which leads me to a quick review of T.D Jakes sermon, “Branded”.
I have yet to listen to a single T.D Jakes sermon in which I was not deeply moved. This time however, I watched in sober silence. I watched a man in a snowy sweater speak to a man who is broken on the inside. I listened to the sermon with Shandra, and it was therapeutic for us to listen to a sermon together. For me, I couldn’t help but to listen, feel, and analyze the word of God delivered through Jakes.
A few highlights that ought to be commended about the message:
Confirming the need for critical thinking when examining the text. As many of you know my positions on Biblical issues, there is a pandemic of Biblical assumptions postulated as orthodoxy.
Confirming the dual nature of the mind of Christ. Because although Christ didn’t think of being equal with God something to be grasped, he also didn’t think of himself robbing God of His glory in claiming equality with Him. The significance of this assertion is that this mindset should be adopted by fellow Christians.
Bringing in an inspiring personal testimony. To hear Jakes talk about his personal struggles and learning how to make do obviously resonated with me. To see where God took Him over the course of his career gives me hope. If God can bring abundant blessings in the midst of suffering, why can’t he also do it with me?
Remembering that our story is meant to be shared for edification. There are countless stories of men and women who hit rock bottom only to receive healing, success, and favor. The Christian Testimony is given to show that with God all things are possible. And the more we submit to God’s ways, the more our stories will be effective in outreach.
Hearing an exchange of spiritual truths – from speaking about computers, gates, soup, and chess, I felt heard. And oe of my deepest desires is to feel loved ad accepted. It’s one thing to experience that in Christ, it’s quite another to experience intin the world with people you care about.
Being reminded that our suffering is what qualifies us for royalty. This gives me relief as I can see purpose in hardship. ‘the greater the suffering; the fuller the discipline, the bigger the crown.
Not looking for brownie points in writing this review. Rather this is my attempt to live out the passage in outdoing another in showing honor uncoerced. My most important relationship is between me and God, and after that His people. I dream of one day seeing His Spirit at work in His people in a powerful way.
LORD transform our minds so that we may have a pure conscience; circumspect and forbearing in all circumstances. Let our faith be genuine where we do not downplay our doubts but are vigorous in convictions. Let it be established on truth and not mere fancies. Give us a fervent heart to love others beyond normal compacity. We thank you for those who have labored over us in these dark times. Give us grace to be edifying. – Amen
Please check out my wife’s review on the same sermon entitled, “Emptying Yourself to Receive His Brand”
In a world that is increasingly being filled with nobles and the notorious; it’s becoming more important to control the narrative and preserve the histories laid down before us. One of the primary reasons African traditions and their legacies are lost today is because it’s preservation was primarily oral. But today through Christ, many of those traditions will be restored; the good things that existed in the past shall be redeemed, while what is vile and worthless shall be tossed away. Now although Christ comes to redeem all, everyone will not receive the message. It’s unfortunate to have to cut off people who simply don’t gel well and then get upset afterwards. Whatever you must do, keep away from falsehoods. Don’t let a lie get to your head Alice.
Leaps over walls
Today I’ll talk a little about Alice Augusta Ball; an African American chemist that came with the most effective treatment for leprosy until the 1940’s. Her innovations in using oil extract to inject into the body was way ahead of her time. In the state of Hawaii, she is the archetype being the first African American to receive a Master’s Degree at the University of Hawaii and the first to become a chemistry professor there.
Alice was born to parents James Presley and Laura Louise (Howard) Ball on July 24, 1892 in Seattle, Washington. James was a newspaper editor, photographer, and a lawyer. Her grandfather James Ball Sr., was also a photographer widely remembered for being the first African American to learn a process of printing photographs onto metals called daguerreotype. See what is done here? Common names will often go through Historical cycles. To suggest otherwise goes against common sense.
ME: Alfred am I lying? ALFRED: Nope
likes to move
Now Alice and her family moved to Honolulu as a child. They moved back to Seattle after one year. Apparently, the move was to keep Alice’s grandfather, James healthy. The cold in Seattle agitated his arthritis but he eventually died in Hawaii. Alice would return to school and obtain her bachelor’s in pharmaceutical chemistry at the Universal of Washington. Two years later, she would get a second degree in Pharmacy. After studying about Ether solutions, Alice would move back to Hawaii to get her final degree in Chemistry.
In Hawaii, Alice studied chaulmoogra oil and it’s chemical makeups. After discovering its water soluble form, ester ethyl, she was able to make historical discoveries to cure leprosy. She would later study the chemical properties of Piper methysticum which would be used to treat leprosy from 1866 – 1942. Her greatest advocate at the time was Dr. Harry T. Hollman, who being unsatisfied with the results Chaulmoogra oil provides, consulted Alice Ball for her findings in Piper methysticum. Every form of treatment with Chaulmoogra oil presented problems as it gave mixed results. It was first used as a topical directly from the tree as eastern medicine.
It was first used as a topical directly from the tree as eastern medicine.
Unfortunately, it was found too sticky for a topical and too painful as an injection. If used as an injection, blisters would be formed. If ingested, it would cause vomiting due to it’s putrid taste.
Ball’s wisdom allowed her to develop a technique that made chaulmoogra seeds palatable and absorbable by the body. She did this by isolating ethyl ester compounds from their fatty acids. She called it, “The Ball Method” but died before she was able to publish her findings. Arthur L. Dean picked up after her work and continued research, publishing his findings. He renamed the method, “The Dean Method” without giving Ball credit. Thankfully he would eventually get called out for this. The procedure remained the preferred treatment for leprosy until breakthroughs using sulfonamide drugs appeared in the 1940s.
Alice Augusta Ball died on December 31, 1916 at the age of 24. She became ill during her research and returned to Seattle for treatment a few months before her death. The true cause of her death is unknown as her original death certificate was altered stating that the cause of death is tuberculosis.
This story is to commend a woman who made significant impact on people who suffered from leprosy; and to show how often Black History is treated as lice; what effect of erasure and ignorance has on the psyche, as if leeches are eating away at memories. The Good News is that it doesn’t have to be this way; the spirit of Alice continues on today doesn’t it? And there are sure fire ways now to cure the toughest of diseases; His Word. And as we feast on His Truth like little maggots we’ll find greater freedom, greater knowledge, greater healing than what we are accustomed to.
ME: Isn’t that write Alfred? ALFRED: If God says so.
Did God say so? You see, certain things don’t have to be difficult. It’s simple once you learn how to commune. It’s no secret as to how eager God wants to restore His people. The question is: are we willing to reposition ourselves?
Questions to Consider:
You may not be a chemist, but you are always combining solutions with your thoughts, words, and actions. What formulas could you test to bring about healing in your life and those around you?
How self-sufficient are you? In what ways are you dependent on others?
What ways can you learn to control the narrative in your own life.
In what ways can we ‘write away injustice’? Are the correlations between ‘personal policies’ and politics?
1Here is what God is saying concerning the United States: The colors of your flag are red, white, and blue; why then is your land only red? 2The sounds of violence are within the ear shots of babes; the musician no longer plays their instrument, and the singer has ceased from singing. 3Nations have turned their backs on you; even those who plead to you for their lives, for you have exchanged vitals for vitriol. 4Open your eyes and weep! Feel remorse! For your transgressions have piled up, and you have prized rubies over me.
His Story of Slaves
5I showed belligerence to your fathers; when I punished them with the sword and with whips, my wrath was on display as in a stadium. 6I impoverished them even to the depths of their soul, but my Holy Ones can afford my delight and favor; for the sweetness of my charm has never left my necks. 7They have found their standing in Me, and become my most precious of Messengers. Because of this, they will receive my inheritance. 8Doesn’t my name bring about salvation? Does it not both deliver and destroy? Dare to praise me, and you will find refuge.
The King’s Meme
9For I am the LORD, a consuming fire; Yeshua, the LORD of hosts. I was severed from my brothers as in the days of Joseph. 10And my brothers came to me saying, “Who are you to tell us you’re the King?” And my authority is challenged. 11Therefore I instructed my muses to prepare a drink for me with hyssop; for a libation, but for themselves. Let them pursue pleasure within reason, lest the serpent beguile them. 12I commanded the powers to irrigate the land with dryness; that the country shall thirst with nothing to quench, and the ungodly shall drown in their appetite. 13Those who have respect to my name shall not be in chains, they shall remain untarnished; uninhibited and will escape the grip of the despot. 14Still the sacrilegious shall burn in their corruption; it shall be heaped upon them as coals of fire; yes even as meteors of wormwood. 15Their souls shall be tormented forever; left desolate with no one to restore, for they despised the only hand that could rescue.
A Waning Church
16O Israel, my ministers have become dispassionate; my prophets are apathetic, for their bloodshot eyes have not seen peace. 17And the minds of the wise agonize, they seek knowledge from dusk until morning, and yet no solution is found to cure. 18Because at the end of the Day, they’ve forgotten Me. I am the Day, the Bright Morning Star. The grind that the LORD requires has ceased amongst them. 19Therefore dancing shall cease from the clubs, and skipping from the hearts of the streets. Giddiness shall be known as an ancient relic; 20And the vigor of the strong shall fail; even the fragrances and cosmetics. Let those who keep judgment accept bribes no more!
21Keep the ways of the LORD and he will preserve you; You will continue on Highways that the profane cannot enter. 22You will rest in the loveliest pastures that God has provided. Justice shall be your front and rear shield. For only the pure in heart can enter my presence.
Earlier this morning I had a vision after seeking the LORD and receiving His word.
I had a brief glance of Simpson characters who resembled the likes of Homer and Bart Simpson.
Now there are two ways one can consider the vision.
1.) Idolatry of the heart
“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I consult with them in any way? Ez 14:3 BSB
2) A message from Christ
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Heb 1:1-2 ESV
I did a quick etymology of the last name to discover this:
Simpson means son of Sim(me) which can be traced to Middle English and Hebrew names Simon or Simeon.
Simeon was Leah’s second son, the first wife of Jacob who was loved less. Now Simeon name means ‘heard’ or ‘God has heard’.
And perhaps there are some of us who feel like they have been forgotten; your dreams have taken a back seat and you are finding yourself in not so ideal situations. What you long for looks more and more like it is impossible to have and that there are those around you who are having a grand o’ time. Let this word be a plausible sign to you:
You have been wearied in believing, I will now come to you. Those who have felt unloved and abandoned I will cherish you and carry you under my wings. You shall no longer toil in infertile ground, for I will give you blessings according to My Joy and Pleasure. Years will feel like days to you, and your youthfulness shall be restored. For I alone am the Lord God who removes damnation, let those who believe in Me flow with my breath.
You ever in your younger years enjoyed a past-time that was considered innocent; it could be a form of entertainment, or hanging out with friends; doing some type of activity that when you got older realized how messed up that past-time was? Such epiphanies can be traumatic or eye-opening depending on how socially unacceptable the practice really is. The latter is how I think about Disney movies. Some adaptions of children stories were perhaps not really for children to begin with. Alice in Wonderland is one of those movies that come to mind.
Let me spill the tea on a dark saying in the movie: There’s a certain scene in which Alice interrupts a celebration held by the Mad Hatter and the silly rabbit. The party had to do with un-birthdays; the days of the year that a person wasn’t born. Now while this could give a living person a reason to celebrate every day of the year, this also indirectly speaks to a practice that is shunned in American society. To what extent should we celebrate the lives of the unborn? This is where we begin exploring the text:
And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. Ecc 4:2-3 ESV
It wasn’t until God took the lives of every firstborn including Pharaoh that he decided to let the children of Israel go. Leaving Egypt marked the beginnings of deliverance for Israel with its climax occurring after crossing the Red Sea. Miriam would worship God in celebrating God’s deliverance from the Egyptians. On one hand, there was celebration of the salvation of God. On the other, an entire generation and their future children were destroyed.
Eve O’ Eve
The darkest hours are often the most pivotal. When a new age is dawning, there is a lot more pressure. Either you’ll cave in and give up or you’ll press through to victory. The thing about decisions is that there are always alternative options. The kicker is knowing which course is better and what is best considering the circumstances. Don’t trade what is eternal for what is temporary or sacrifice what is wholesome for what is fleeting. One of the most devasting moment in the story of Redemption is the Fall of Man: after they ate of the tree, Adam would give his wife a name.
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Gen 3:20 ESV Emphasis added.
The scripture is amazing for a number of reasons. Do you realize that that scripture is saying that Eve was a mother BEFORE Cain and Abel was in the picture? Let’s do a thought experiment here: If Eve was a mother of all before she ate of the tree, how many children did Adam and Eve have? Why weren’t we given any names? Perhaps this may be how Cain found a wife out of ‘thin air’? Oh, if only Eve aborted the desire to eat of the fruit, she’d be the glorious mother of all and none of this mess we see in the world would happen.
It was never God’s design for Eve to remain the mother of all living. For by an extreme design, Jesus would enter the world through a Virgin receiving the flesh and bones of Adam. He would then be crucified on the Cross and pierced in His side; and although no bone was broken, the Church would become joined to him as bone and marrow. No wonder then that neither Eve nor Mary’s name is used in Revelations 12 describing the woman who would give birth to the Messiah who rules overall. For this woman is clothed by the sun…
Little ft’s Cross
If we don’t see Christ in all than we’re more prone to make distinctions that are subjective or relative but lacks objectivity. If all things cannot be reconciled to Christ, ultimately giving Him glory and preeminence in everything, then there are things in this world that in no circumstances can be redeemed. Jesus came into the world as one possessing the fullness of Deity, yet as a child appeared to men as one who is helpless; one who is immature and ignorant and dependent on the care of others. Just how knowledgeable and powerful was Jesus when he was in the manger? And if he is the life of all men, to what extent are our children like Him?
2And having summoned a child, He set it in their midst, 3’Truly I tell you’, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
What age was the child brought to the disciples? Teenager? Kid? Toddler? Baby?
What a hidden miracle it would’ve been if Jesus brought before the disciples a living fetus!
Does Jesus require us to become like unborn children? If so, how does this play in the lifestyle of self-denial?
One of the things I’m learning is that sometimes, to receive reinvigoration, you have to let down things that burden you. This life is filled with people and things who will heap concern upon concern on you without ever considering lifting up your load. And there are others, who haven’t climbed any mountain but will insist on telling you to go up higher. It’s difficult for me to imagine the plight many are in right now. You know there are women who were raped and is now with child. Children who have been caught up in trafficking rings are with child after being at the whims of men. There are women who during pregnant are being told that there is a high chance for them dying in giving birth. And yet there are leaders in the church who knowing that God shuts up the wombs and causes miscarriages, will insist that abortion is inherently evil.
You see they’re trying to wash Tsunamis/
With Tabloids and the Paparazzi/
Where’s peace when you have Nazis/
Kamikaze the option when they’re spraying peppers/
Only the brave is grave in the tomb/
Who would’ve thought/
Saviors can bear the cross from the place of the womb/
Like Lara Croft is Sailor Moon/
I’m in the Anna but they cursed the R@00!$%?M/
Too soon to treat the temple trivially/
Children screaming MOO MOO/
Like being silent is being cowardly/
Doo Doo fired from principalities/
Liu Loo we finished him with babalities/
Too smooth to be charged with a crime/
Ten sixths I’m forty cents short of a rhyme/
Subliminally eyeing the line/
God will elevate you when the time’s right/
Mind your six and you won’t get a felly/
When they preach there’s martyrs in the belly/
Might have to drop ‘em. Drop a dime in the piggies/
Kobe Jack Cheese/
JONES IN THE WHALE wail no I’m not yelling/
I’m just telling you what ought to be the norm/
The church consists of the dead, alive, and unborn/
Bbo Right Now
As we get ready to close, we just want to reiterate the idea that its possible our children are smarter and powerful than what we think them to be. By children I’m not merely talking about kids in the flesh, but in the Spirit. This conversation may be a huge contrast to what people are used to hearing and what some leaders have preached their entire careers. And my sincere hope is that after laying down solid arguments, when it comes to issues of giving birth or abortion there will be less judging and more objective studies case by case. Just because someone doubles down and holds an opinion doesn’t make it the ultimate reality. Neither does it mean it should be followed no matter how popular. A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness, and not exclusivity. I hope discrimination on these issues will not continue like the issues of racism, sexism and slavery.
A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness and not exclusivity.
Two trains of thoughts to help center ourselves in redeeming abortion. 1.) Can the child choose to bear the Cross of Christ to death while in the womb? And 2.) If a parent doesn’t want to birth a child into sin and a world of suffering, is that an act of love?
I bring these concerns because truly, truly I tell you, as long as anyone looks to the flesh and the things that are seen, they will ignore the things God has freely given us; the things that come without labor and without cost. May these words serve as the directive to enter into God’s rest and put away the comparisons; the envy and discontent, the low self-esteem and need for approval. For it is in this place a person finds freedom as they enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore,
It gives me great pleasure to remind us who we were so that we can see who we truly are in Christ. You see the work and the worlds that I’m building. I can’t imagine changing our world without you by my side. My love and Mother of our Children, you heard my cries and felt my tears. You saw my scars and kissed me there. Who would’ve thought this tiger could lose his stripes? We will suffer the cross and we will suffer no more. So, here’s a little kiss to remind you how close we are. Although we’ve had sorrows, in Him there’s a greater joy. Let all of God’s children rejoice in the LORD.
I’ll write one more part on this subject for the road. Until then, take care loves.
1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
FOREWARD: I do not speak Punjab and I have little exposure to Hindi. Learning Hindi was practical for me due to the nature of work I had to do in the past. The goal is to find Christ’s Immanence in all text; something that is easier to do within Abrahamic Religions than outside. The path of seeing Christ in all calls out to me as a deep longing I hold. I made this post public to invite those who are intrigued by such notions to join me in this Journey of Discovering Christ.
The following is an excerpt of the first Vaars of Bhai Gurdas ji. Vaars in this context is referring to literature within Sikhism and shouldn’t be conflated with the seven days of week in Hinduism.
Greetings to the Guru, Satnamu, the mantra recited. (2-4-7) The substance of salvation is absorbed out of the abyss. (2-4-7) ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਭੌ ਕਟਿਆ ਸੰਸਾ ਰੋਗ ਵਿਜੋਗ ਮਿਟਾਯਾ॥ (1-7) Sansa, this is the world, suffering in birth and death. (2-4-7) At the feet of the Guru, the Sat Shabad is liberated. (2-4-7) Bhai Bhagat Gurpurab Kar Naam Daan Ishnan Dridhaya. (2-4-7) The seed has borne fruit. (2-4-7) At first, I was breathless, but I could not hear anything. (2-4-7) ਰਕਤ ਬਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਦੇਹ ਰਚ ਪਾਂਚ ਤਤ ਕੀ ਜੜਤ ਜੜਾਈ॥ (2-4-7) The wind and the water merge with the fourth earth without hesitation. (2-4-7) In the Punch, the Creator of the sky is absorbed in the sixth invisible. (1-7) The five elements, twenty-five times the enemy, the friend, the body together. (2-4-7)
NOTE: The numbers after the text looks like they belong to a musical system. There seems to be a common theme of salvation in Eastern Religions. If salvation is in Jesus alone, there needs to be more objective proof in words and deeds. The phrase, ‘In the Punch,’ I believe is more likely to refer to a place in India rather than some juice or action.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
When reconciling foreign cultures, it’s good practice to NOT conflate names and take note of titles. How can we find Jesus in the passage?
What similarities are there with the Vaars and the Bible? What are the differences?
What are the five elements being referred here in the poem? In what ways is such knowledge useful and irrelevant?
Ask, and it will be given you; SIKH, and you shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened to you. Matt 7:7 ESV Eisegesis added
There are certain issues that shouldn’t be addressed as it brings about too much tension. And there are some issues that you have to confront as it’s silent prejudices brings forth subtle separation in society. Abortion is one of those subjects that can be dangerously wielded to bring about unbalanced power and influence. Historically we have seen ethical stigmas attached to such practices as inherently evil and we want to dispel those myths. Hopefully, I won’t have to write several articles defending this case, but for now let’s give a sound Biblical argument which helps level judgments on the matter.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Lu 14:26 BSB [Emphasis Added]
A struggling songwriter once wrote the line,
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
All too often, people are hindered from approaching God due to the systems of teachings that brought undue blemishes to a person’s reputation. Many assumptions were made; that the Bible made clear this practice is wrong or right – and in some cases – that’s true. Unfortunately, many leaders have overstepped Biblical Authority in giving Christian Ethics that were either prescribed practices the Bible was silent on and/or where there were discrepancies. If Christians can understand that righteousness comes from faith in Christ alone, then we would refrain from judging others by what things look or sound like.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Matt 5:29-30 ESV
Three questions about this passage:
How do those Scriptures confine one in its immediate context? What ways does it liberate?
Does the following passage suggest practicing Eisegesis? If so, under what context can we hint at cancelling or overwriting the text?
How could this passage speak to the issue of Abortion? Does it speak in favor or against it? Can it speak in favor of both?
Less of a Sign
Not barking up the wrong tree here but if you frequently drive between lanes, you’re Haagen Daaz. No Jairy you’re a whole anonymousness. I’mma need you to go get some help. It may appear to some that I’m the quintessential con man due to my waywardness in speech. I’ll protest in defense of this ‘froward’ (as some will claim) attitude that is doesn’t stem from a delight in evil. Rather this is the decisive outgrowth of being rooted in Christ. Like how that little man Paul was as he was writing to the Philippians. And we all know how great of a disciple Paul was. He extended an invitation to those who would be of the same family to imitate him and other mature Christians in the faith to sacrifice all for Jesus. Should Christians surrender all to Jesus? Sounds like a simple answer right? Apparently not for pro-lifers, who insist that the birthing of children is immune from all reproach; that unborn children have the right to be born and to strip that away is of utmost wickedness. Like God would never say to a couple expecting, “I know you’re in the middle of pregnancy, but I need you to drop that and follow me.”
Fascinating! For a second there I thought somebody was starting a party. Factions happen when we conveniently skew the facts and omit details. I know some of us have been raised well and have gone to the finest schools and have gotten straight A’s. Notwithstanding an impeccable record, it would become meaningless as one follows the ways of God. How interesting is it to find the most precious of blessings to become the lowest of grades. No I’m talking about children here – including – the unborn child. Because when it comes to one’s life and it’s relationship with Christ, you’ll know the difference between the sheep and the goats by those who said F’ DEM KIDS!!!
Either/Or or Both
Let’s go ahead and clear up somethings before fake news goes out and say that I’m preaching about shirking from responsibility or cruelly damaging others for pleasure. Because we know especially in the context of the Black Community, this narrative has the Monopoly over the Black Man. Are you bored that I insist on talking about Black Issues? I guess things would be more Flava full if I started rapping or talking about our women twerking in the streets. Because at the end of the day, people would rather grift our culture than actually stop the injustices of racism and systematic oppression in our country. There’s another A in the whole anonymousness department.
What is the mathematical formula for the volume of cylinders?
A godly man knows that the worship of God is superlative to all other loves. The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others. A godly man will remove all obstacles in his way to get to the Father, so that in return he may be a father to the fatherless. May this provide some clarity of possibilities to those who were raised in broken homes. Some were scarred by parents who passed away while they were young, others were immature and couldn’t handle the responsibility, and yet others were complete douchebags. It may be difficult for you to find a place in your heart to truly honor your parents, and that’s why God calls you to Himself first. You’re brought to the Father so that not only are you healed in Christ, you also become the child that makes their parents proud – yes even – birth new life into your parents through the resurrecting power of the Spirit.
The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others.
The Black Donnie
No matter how you look at it, if you don’t clothe yourself with the righteousness of Christ, you can forget it. For those who trust in letters will eventually be condemned by them. We missed a mark didn’t we?
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d]— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:9-13
Let’s not search the Scriptures for Eternal Life missing Jesus in the Way. SIDEBAR: You ever wondered what Jesus’ teenage years were like? Like did he have the spoiled brat side of Him that he had to keep in check because he could do a job on a mug. This temptation had to go through his mind at some point – as soon as he saw someone he disliked:
Jesus: OH so you wanna be donkey eh? Let’s see how silly you gonna be once I put you to sleep. Nail you right in that coffee…
***sips tea while chuckling***
***Friend comes in***
Friend: Hey Jesus!
Jesus wakes from his tempting scheme
Jesus: Oh Hi O, didn’t see you there.
Friend: Hey, did you hear about Nimrod? He kicked the bucket while milking Johnny’s cows!
Jesus: WELL HAAGENITY DAAZ, do you know what he died from?
No, in all seriousness though, can you imagine what it would be like to be tempted in every way and yet not make a mistake? To be Lord of all, and yet be disciplined by the rod of correction is a awe filled wonder of the nature of Christ. What weight is lifted in simply trusting and following Him!
The Name’s Connor
As we take further descent into Christology, we’ll close this blog out with a reverberated idea; how absurd is it that Jesus who is the driving force behind the creation of all things, does not properly enter the world until the appointed time! For Jesus is the sower, seed, and soil yet we call Him the Son of David. How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Neva would I think Laughlin/
The bruised esophagus gets cured with Lozenges/
A spoonful of sugar got Mary Poppin/
Stopped the bleed/
Smoked the weed out of hippopotamus/
She came clean on the dialysis/
And called me in the cottage/
Must be a bad day cuz I sensed something was rotten/
Now I’m not a poor man but I begged her pardon/
She said I played a hard rock but I wasn’t James Harden/
Now I’m wondering/
Where is she getting this fantasy?/
Got me feeling like Michael Blackson singing Billie Jean/
Huh? What you mean?/
Got the jitters on 11 shots of Caffeine/
I’m grounded more than an 11-year-old in Quaran(teen)/
Good mornin’ she’s moaning/
Something serious is forming/
I’m thinking is this Black Mirror/
Cuz people are cloning/
I asked her riddle me this/
If I was really out there Roman/
I’d be the Parable of the Sower/
More barbaric than ‘C’Onan/
The point of this poem is to Honor the LORD through song/
And show that He’s the final arbiter of right and wrong/
From D-Troy abortion keeps away the unruly throng/
For God to wait to conceive the Virgin/
His pull out game was strong/
How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Is there more evidence that abortion is not inherently evil?
Well explore next time on the episode of ROD (Reckless Organ Donors).
This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).
1These are the words of James: one of the many servants in the Chi; which he heard regarding Israel during the last days of Trump, and in the days of Joe President of the United States, and Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China, one year before the Great Quake.
2This is what was seen and heard, those who have an ear to hear, let them hear:
“The winds would have guided you,
And the currents would carry along.
The trees have disclosed secrets;
Of the embers to come.
3Had you paid attention,
You would have known of my dangers,
For the LORD’s voice buzzed amongst many flowers,
Now shall he drone bellows below!”
4Thus saith the LORD:
“When Judah and Simeon hung up their bowed instruments,
They were utterly defeated amongst the Caananites;
They were chased away by the sword and robbed and plundered.
I the LORD have humbled them before the nations,
Could you not see this?”
Judgement on washington
5And the LORD said to me:
“Speak in the ears of the rulers who stand by the gates,
‘I have opened the windows of heaven on you,
And blessed you with everything you could desire,
I gave you wisdom and surrounded you with learned men,
But your heart became proud and did not fear me.
6O Obsidian and Leviathan do you see this?
Even the serpent knows that wickedness will not be exalted forever,
Yet these men build towers to oppress my people.
7Therefore what I will do to them shall be a surprise.
Their downfall shall come not from the mighty, but from babes.
Children shall open their mouths – even the children of Jerusalem,
8And their lofts shall fall to the ground quicker than lightning.
Terror shall scatter your wizards and men of knowledge.
You will seek them for counsel, and they will tell you lies.
9For you have deceived my people,
And enriched yourself while perverting their ways.
10The heart of Jacob shall be strengthened,
And Judah shall restore worship in the temple of God.
11It shall occupy the households of Hebron,
And the extended lands shall wither.’”
12Thus saith the LORD:
“ O, Shepherds, mourn for the lost children of Zion.
Knowledge has been despised in the land.
13The men have been emasculated through oppression,
And the women are led to prostitution through poverty.
I know that you have this healthy obsession with me. I know you think that we are competing. You might also think that we’re fighting the same fight. You would be sadly mistaken in all three of those. – Joe Budden
If we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves injuring each other just to get the carrot at the end of the stick. Selfish ambition leads to territorial ethos if we embrace a scarcity mindset and envy breeds bitterness to the senseless soul. With political and social tensions on the rise, now more than ever do we need solutions that go at the root of injustice.
The Beginnings of Social Justice
Without healthy conversations, there can be no true justice. Strategies must be taken to outflank attacks, people should cooperate with others, and effective actions must take place to ensure equity for all. What makes us think we can do this if we’re so quick to wrangle or condemn another? We administer death sentences and illegitimate verbiage yet protest violence. We speak in tones without considering its chord structure and become shocked when dissonance occurs. We can’t be unfair in how we socialize and then cry foul about social injustices. If we must ‘code switch’ let’s do so judiciously. Our words are powerful so let’s treat them as if they really do shape our world. For a man will be disciplined by his own sins while declaring the decrees of God in his defense.
Nuance and the Dangers of Dialect
We live in a complex world as complex humans. As much as we can try to simplify things to make things easier in life, it isn’t helpful when expressing problems that have many moving components. Mere slang or AAE can contribute more problems if Logic isn’t applied to avoid false equivalencies.
A simple way of understanding nuance:
Same ≠ Similar. Similar ≠ Different.
Moreover, it can be used deceptively to hide intentions. This is not to say that you can’t hide intentions using proper grammar – but only that without Logic- we are more prone to fall into a trap.
We can’t be unfair in how we socialize and then cry foul about social injustices.
Racy in Speech
As much as we love to invent and reimagine language, we must not forget importations from the past. As much as we would like to forget History, we must remember origins if we want to avoid causing the same or similar problems in the future. In music, if we hold a note over a bar line, we call it a tie. If we want notes to be played smoothly across, we call it a slur. We can’t expect to improve racial relations if we don’t address how language has played a big role in perspectives. We shouldn’t be surprised if ethnicities become more diabolical as we demonize them. Neither can we find clear solutions if we have obscured language through arbitrary merging or omitting of sounds. Doesn’t matter how cool or relevant we make names, that N-word is problematic. Now this is where I lose my street cred but I don’t care.
Why should we care about the N-word?
Well number one, besides the fact that its casually used by people outside of our own ethnicity, it sounds too much like another N-word, “niggard”; niggard meaning a miserly, parsimonious, or stingy person. Have we been so casual with our slang that we have unwittingly communicated negative stereotypes amongst our own? If our words shape reality, let’s call things that will be useful in truly developing our communities.
Number two, the N-word is not a name we came up with ourselves, it was given to us by those who enslaved us. No matter how we want to do away with it’s etymology, our continuance of using the word amongst ourselves gives are adversaries an advantage. Let’s not give our enemies ample ammunition to keep us in a social prison. Let’s free ourselves through knowledge and prudence on acting upon it. If you don’t mind, I have a name for my Black People from now on that I hope one day will be adopted. I think it’s appropriate as it’s a name that transcends the narrative of merely being descendants of slaves; that gives due respect to the sacredness of the Negro; a term that could be universally appreciated by the Black Liberationist, the Woke Black man, the Black Enthusiast; the Eastern and African American churches, the Yorubas as well as the Hoteps. The Nugah.
There are three ways we can treat the unknown: Fear it, Explore it, or Despise it. Being a fighter doesn’t mean we war indiscriminately. We should know what is truly harmful and what is not. Simply putting bans on foreign neighbors is a lazy approach to protect the integrity of a nation. To shut out foreigners who are looking for sanctuary is at best hypocritical. Change in how we will deal with our neighbors will rise from our willingness to learn about different cultures and invite them into our lives.
However, as long as White Nationalism thrusts its’ power over others, there remains a battle not fought merely in political battlegrounds, but in the heavens itself. The Good News is that this war will not last forever and that great victory awaits those who in humility look to the things those who are proud and lofty take for granted. The image of idols shall be destroyed. Like a melting pot, they shall fade before the presence of the Son.
Lack of sound information not only is dangerous to our psyche, it could destroy our soul and communities in the process. As of right now, sciences are battling each other to come with the correct procedure to counter the pandemic. Private companies and governments are eager to issue vaccines to go back to a state of normalcy. However, misinformation has caused many to mistrust the effectiveness of the vaccine. Moreover, with the loss of jobs, many will struggle just to get basic healthcare, a good hedge if the vaccine were to give side effects.
This is where information overload can be detrimental. When risks are high what do you do? There are three main attitudes one can adopt: 1) If I live I live and if I die I die, 2) Avoid jeopardy at all costs and 3) Trust in God. Let those who are wise see how a Christian would adopt all three. The only information Christians will subscribe to is the Truth; this Truth does not come from the mouths of men but through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Semantics have a way of rushing people’s emotions. Say too much and you might bore. Say too little and you might offend. And when hostile speech translates into actions how is one supposed to defend themselves? Does one continue to fire off shots or find some shield to cover?
We administer death sentences and illegitimate verbiage yet protest violence.
As true circumspection is ignored, the issues of gun violence will not be solved. People who want power and safety will turn to force to acquire it, not considering those who may be in harms way. The time is coming where divine intervention will finally bring peace to warring factions.
He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Is 2:4 ESV
The Ends of Social Justice
If we habitually practice speaking with integrity, we’ll see a healthy world manifesting around us. Listening to understand and act is the order of the day. Arguments over Capitalism and Socialism still command the economic framework of our country. Will we take the time to see the similarities and differences between the systems? Will we also take time to think which systems will work better for the greater good? Whether or not you will consider these questions, I already have my answers and it will benefit myself and all those who are connected to me.
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Gen 12:3
From End to End
In Christ, we have received an inheritance; a treasury of riches untold that cannot fail or be broken into; the birthright to endless domains and the keys to universes. I need Black people to understand this because we have consented to a false narrative; the narrative that we are poor and without generational wealth. While in a physical realm we may be found in straits, this is only a half truth. And a half truth is still a whole _______ . Thank God for molding us into the most blessed state. If we will believe that we are already royalty and prosperous, let us rest in the victory afforded for us.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven.
In Memory of Nipsey Hustle
I needed to nip that in the bud. Please respect the hustle. I whistle while I work. If only we humbled ourselves like children, we would’ve known all that the little people possess. Could there be mysteries hidden in plain sight? Is Snow White just another princess fairy tale or a parable about Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven? Heigh ho! You gotta know my lowly rank you dig? I understand you all are successful entrepreneurs but we can’t be compared. You create businesses, by the grace of God I create universes, we ain’t the same! Heigh ho! Forgive me for talking crazy Yin Yang. This is how someone speaks when they have a heart of gold. Ain’t that right Jew Peter? Tell them Plew Toe! Praise God Almighty, this knee has made it home! I got galaxies waiting at my command and constellations in row. I embody planets, and they orbit as fanatics. Ask me how do I know this happens? Simple! I shoot for the stars, “Big Bang” I planned it.
But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices stedfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth *heavens*. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD. Jer 9:24
The Planned Economy
If we can perceive the correlation between the Central Bank and the human psyche, we may find it more plausible to conclude that income is a matter of the heart. What an amazing gift we have as joint-heirs in Christ. You see how Capitalism could actually work? The validity of Socialism? What about Communism? Under man, these systems would be disastrous, but under the headship of Christ, it is most glorious! Let this thought be our stimulus check as we seek to enrich our world in every way. And Father I pray that you grace us as ambassadors of the Kingdom, that we will reconcile all things to Christ. If God is the source of all good, who can stop His hand from being good to us? I understand how it may look bleak for us now as we are in the middle of a pandemic. Just remember that nothing can keep us from the lovingkindness and tender mercies of God.
Even as times are changing, we can still find hope. As much as we may want things to go back to what it used to be, the shocks the Pandemic caused as well as ignored social issues forced conflicts to arise. Things will not go back to normalcy, instead we should expect the culmination of all events to come to a head.
He nips tunes in the Milky Way/
Vibrates across the Galactical/
Up 3000 decibels/
This ring is from Climate Change/
A rise in temperature/
And heated temperaments/
Uranus I’m sorry your highness/
Plan X wasn’t your finest/
Scheme to keep them from trashing/
Divine Hits and racist tidbits/
Keep cashing like fishing/
They phishing over the Internet/
Using Sat turns with their jargon/
Like no one will Merc them/
I’m curious, can they hang with the fast n furious?/
Mars ain’t the top of the pyramid/
When Black fires their peers are livid/
That ain’t no way for living/
But that don’t end their sentences/
So we have recycled synthesis/
To reduce collateral damage/
There’s clean energy but it won’t stop the famine/
When I first wrote this blog, it was in mixed exposition; a dabble of poetry and verse with prose suitable for talks about social justice. It was written by a man who had lost his way – who forgotten who he was – and took significant time in finding unwavering assurance of his purpose and calling in life. You have read words from a man. Now hear the word of the LORD:
If I have humbled my highest watchmen, will I not also come to you O children of the Hittites? Behold, the flames of reproach were heaped over my servants. I gave them to your possession for they have forsaken Me. And if Esau cries day and night for justice, will I not show pity? The LORD is near those who are circumcised in heart; to those who are made low and declare the LORD is my God. Vinegar shall be exchanged for honey and radish for syrup, and the forsaken spouse shall know Me. Those who have trusted in oppression and have acted niggardly towards my children shall receive recompense. I shall hunt them as a bear out of hibernation, and their prized treasures shall spoil.
Listen to me you rulers of Lakes and gravers of Gulfs. The oil spilt in contempt shall besiege you, in wretchedness shall you be doused. The fangs of the dead shall be your portion and in their toxin you will be tormented. Will I not war against the unjust tyrant? The LORD shall pour his wrath upon the despot, let the nations fear God. O Israel, your children shall not be given to the sword any longer. Behold, I shake the ground and the wrestler chokes your seed no more. For prosperity is the inheritance of the saints; to the godly who suffered bitterness and sore travail.
This is the word of the LORD. God Bless and I love you my n _ _ _ _ _ _.
And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. Matt 24:22 ESV