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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Police, Black Men & Racism. More Evidence

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Sixth Article of the Bill of Rights, otherwise known as The FOURTH Amendment of The United States Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.[HERE]
In my previous post, "Is It Open Season On Black Men?" I pose the question regarding the over the top response by the police to Black people in public settings. I also look at the resultant overstep of law enforcement towards the Black community in general and the Black man in particular. This video is more proof of a very real and ongoing problem.

Taken Jan. 31st in Minneapolis St. Paul, MN. You will NOT find a man with a gun, drugs, cigarette, or a criminal record. You will not find a man running from the police while shooting at them, nor one who has just robbed a store. What you will find is a CITIZEN of the United States of America trying to conduct himself in a manner consistent with his rights granted him under the Constitution of the United States which supposedly also guarantees his personal freedoms. This video, if nothing else, is evidence that for some reason, (race being the issue) was denied the opportunity to live out his freedom.


This is shocking. However, it is all too consistent with how many Black people are confronted by the police either privately or within groups. The young man that was harassed by the police in the video said this:
"All of my charges were dismissed as of July 31st which means everything I did I had a legal right to do so... You can say as much as you want against my case... But the fact that it was already dismissed shows your opinionated predisposition when you comment saying Ignorant things... I was vindicated of all charges already..."
Yes, even though I don't know of anyone who would condone police behavior in this incident, this young man has taken criticism for speaking up and out on the issues and making the point, as it is clear that RACE had everything to do with what we witnessed here. 

To say that race is not an issue as it pertains to community policing and related issues, is to bury one's head in the sand and separate one's self from the historic understanding of not only what racism is, but how the new racism has extended itself within modern society. To confuse this issue with issues of "Black on Black crime" is further ignorance of the real problem. 

The fact is that stereotypes and attitudes against Blacks within society, especially as it pertains to police and issues of freedom, continue to exist...When fellow Americans admit that there is a problem and seek to find solutions to those problems, then we can ALL have a community that we can be proud of. Until then, there is much work to do and all people must be careful and at the same time, demand more from those in authority who have been entrusted to protect ALL citizens of the community. 

Blessed! 

Additional info from Wickipedia:
In certain situations, law enforcement may perform a search when they have a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, even if it falls short of probable cause necessary for an arrest. Under Terry v. Ohio (1968), law enforcement officers are permitted to conduct a limited warrantless search on a level of suspicion less than probable cause under certain circumstances. In Terry, the Supreme Court ruled that when a police officer witnesses "unusual conduct" that leads that officer to reasonably believe "that criminal activity may be afoot", that the suspicious person has a weapon and that the person is presently dangerous to the officer or others, the officer may conduct a "pat-down search" (or "frisk") to determine whether the person is carrying a weapon.[52] This detention and search is known as a Terry stop. To conduct a frisk, officers must be able to point to specific and articulable facts which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant their actions.[53] As established in Florida v. Royer (1983), such a search must be temporary, and questioning must be limited to the purpose of the stop (e.g., officers who stop a person because they have reasonable suspicion to believe that the person was driving a stolen car, cannot, after confirming that it is not stolen, compel the person to answer questions about anything else, such as the possession of contraband).[54][55]
On Probable Cause:
The standards of probable cause differ for an arrest and a search. The government has a probable cause to make an arrest when "the facts and circumstances within their knowledge and of which they had reasonably trustworthy information" would lead a prudent person to believe that the arrested person had committed or was committing a crime.[80] Probable cause to arrest must exist before the arrest is made. Evidence obtained after the arrest may not apply retroactively to justify the arrest.[81]
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Laodicea!...You May be Wealthy, But YOU'RE POOR!!!!

In 2010 I did a post on Tyler Perry's confession to Oprah Winfrey, called "Tyler Perry & The Placed Of Parted Company". In that post I praised Perry for his open confession of the sexual abuse and molestation that he had suffered as a child and stated that I am not willing to throw him under the bus because of what many held to be his speculative sexual past, especially in light of what he had suffered both as a child and young adult. 

I yet praise that confession, because the cesspool of sexual abuse is devastating and no child or person deserves to go through life changing events such as those in any way. However, over time, there has been additional information revealed that I believe adds context to both past and historical events regarding the issue and what we have become to accept as the "Christian "church. 

Follow The Timeline

First, looking back, Tyler, according to his statements during that period of time, was in a relationship with whom I believe we can safely assume was the woman currently carrying his child, Gelila Bekele. I say safely assume, because in a 2011 interview in Ebony Magazine, Tyler did not actually say who it was that he "thought" was pregnant by him even though he claimed that she was "really special" to him. 

In a 2011 recap, THEYBF.COM recorded the August 2011 Ebony article as stating:
"Back in December, when we thought we were having a kid, I got overwhelmed." 
"We" (the interviewer asked) Is there a woman in your life?" 
"Yeah" he responded--smiling yet not elaborating. 
He (Tyler Perry) says, "she is really, really special. It's the longest relationship I've been in, largely because I don't feel any kind of marry-me-now pressure from her".

As you can read, Tyler marveled at how this "girlfriend" was so accommodating and understanding to him and his circumstance and offered no "marry me now" pressure. 


FAST FORWARD To 2014:

Currently, according to BEAUTYWORLDNEWS.COM, citing MediaTakeout, Mr. Perry, at his 45th
birthday celebration, broke the new news that he was expecting a child by Gelila Bekele who Perry claimed was very excited and happy about the child as well. When asked in a subsequent interview how he and his "girlfriend" were doing in light of their expectant child, Tyler said:
"Good, good. We're good. Very happy. She's excited, I'm excited so we're very happy,"~ Tyler Perry via John Carucci The Associated Press 9/26/2014.
However, the previous article claimed that Perry and Bekele were NOT in a relationship other than having a baby, stating that she came to the event with her new boyfriend:
"But the woman who is carrying Perry's child, the 28-year-old Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele, was reportedly at the birthday bash with her boyfriend, who is not the "Madea" mastermind, suggesting that the pregnancy is some sort of arrangement."
So IF the information is accurate, Bekele is NOT his girlfriend, as the questions have been stated, and Tyler is having a baby by someone with whom he is not in relationship with, nor is expecting to be in relationship with. What is really eye-opening, and further drives home the point of my last statement, is that Perry also took the event to make it a "coming out gay" party as well. According to the stated sources:
"MediaTakeOut's insider noted that Perry was enjoying his party with his new beau."Tyler's boyfriend was a muscular lite skinned man,..." the source said. "Tyler wasn't even trying to pretend... they were BOO'D up all night."..."Tyler is very private. I've always HEARD he was gay, but I've never seen him out publicly with a boyfriend," added the eyewitness."
Now, since 2010 Tyler has evidently been in relationship or seeking to expand a relationship with his lover. Whether that lover was male or female is the question. It seems that Tyler has joined the ranks of what are now called "gay-Christians". 

However, someplace in the middle, Tyler firmly established a relationship with Billionaire Oprah Winfrey and gained access to what critics say is arguably the fasting growing individual church in the United States, the Potter House of Dallas, TX., Pastored by Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Jude 1:4 ~ For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Somehow, even in all this confusion done in plain sight, Tyler managed to be hailed for his stage plays as an "instrument of God" in the entertainment industry, partner and associate with the nations most wealthy entertainment entrepreneurs, and become a trusted spokesperson and dispenser of spiritual truth, making sterling proclamations at Whitney Houston's funeral and even laying hands on Bishop Jakes to the point of a spiritual "anointing". I covered that in my 9/2013 article "From Mega Fest To Mega Controversy"

It is clear that money, fame and popularity allowed Tyler to "creep" to the top of what many say is the "Christian world" all without anyone stopping to examine, check, or even ask what was going on. He crept in on the backs of the church's most elite pulpits. I am not saying that Tyler is a devil or that he intends evil, although I do believe that the fruit that he has produced is inconsistent with biblical Christianity. 

So let us examine that fruit for a minute:

The FRUIT...

In the previously mentioned 9/2013 article, I conclude by pointing out that realness of a thing will be determined by the "fruit" that comes from it. That fruit of this complete fiasco is beginning to show. It begins with a clear confession of faith. I only say this because many people contend that Tyler Perry has never said that he was "saved". I beg to differ and offer proof of that below.  

When asked about the role and relationship of faith in Christ in his life Tyler Perry stated:
"It is extremely important. I am a Christian, I am a believer, and I know had I not been a person of faith, I couldn't be here in this place, and I wouldn't be walking the path that I'm on now. And I think the greater good of the path I'm on now is to teach people to learn to forgive and move on, in a way that's done through the healing power of humor." ~ Beliefnet.com (Diary Of A Faithful Black Man)
I don't know how much more clear one can be. I believe that at least Tyler believes that he is a Christian. However, does the fruit of his actions resemble Christianity or Christian behavior in any way? 

In dealing with the current situation only:
  • In October 2010, Tyler confesses to Oprah that he was sexually abused and molested as a child and young adult. Admitting that he has struggled with his sexuality, even sexuality toward men because his body "tricked" him. 
  • Tyler states that prior to his confession, the relationship with this "really special" person was on the rocks, but enjoyed a serious rebound due to his openness on the show and in public.   
  • Aug. 2011 Tyler confessed that by December 2010 he was back in relationship with a "really special" person and believed her to be pregnant.
The Christian world does not say a WORD!
  • In February 2012 Tyler Perry speaks at the Whitney Houston funeral placing her in heaven and, according to many, "preaching" under the anointing in displaying his gospel message. 
  • At Mega Fest 2013 Tyler Perry lays hands on Bishop Jakes at his own conference to which Jakes nearly falls out under the power...
  • Sept 13th, 2014, Perry's birthday, according to sources (as previously stated), Tyler Perry makes a double announcement at his birthday party, that 1- a person is carrying his child that he is not married to. 2- That he is gay and has a gay lover.  
The Christian world does not say a WORD! Further, his fans, many of whom claim to be Christians, defend him and his actions vehemently!

Oh Laodicea!

Revelation 3: 15-22 ~ 15-I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16-So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17-Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18-I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19-As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20-Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21-To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22-He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Now, lets be real for a second. Outside of the material success of this man and many of his associates, does anyone want their children to follow this path of the path of the elite named herein? Why or why not? I would certainly like to know. 

Blessed!  

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Monday, September 29, 2014

"Krisis" Judgement & The New Sexual Morality Of The Church Pt. 1

The church is under much duress. The attack of the enemy from outside of the church is small and even insignificant when it is considered what is being experienced from within the church. We have false and fanatical teachings and doctrines being proliferated and accepted as if all teachings lead to God. We have apostate leaders, who's only mission is politics and catering to political whims. The modern church is struggling with the acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual unions and even homosexuals in the ministry. There are now bishops and pastors, both male and female who have either ordained themselves or manipulated someone into ordaining them who live gay lifestyles and embrace homosexual immorality claiming that the "bible" covers and or endorses their sins.

As if the rise and seeming acceptance of homosexual sin were not bad enough, we also have a new generation of individuals embracing heterosexual sin and pushing it to sad new heights. The advent of the socially oriented church and so called "reality TV" heavily discussed on social media, has afforded us the ability to turn on the plasma to observe fornicators, adulterers, yet professing to be Christians, pursuing sexual impurity as a "choice" within Christian Christian circles. It is as if living immoral, is not really immoral, and that the believer has a "choice" and that the results and penalties of the wrong choice are merely a minimal inconvenience. 

Then if that weren't all, there is little to no teaching on how the church and believers should respond to any of this. To respond to Tyler Perry's out of wedlock baby and supposedly embracing of the homosexual lifestyle by "coming out as gay", is immediately met with jeers of foul-play saying that those who examine and point out such sins have entered into "judgement" and "condemnation" of fellow believers. We are told these things by those who have been unwittingly seduced in many cases to become supporters of unrighteousness, because in essence that's exactly what they are; for them, to "judge" a character or characters by their actions is un-Christian, unrighteous and does not display the "love of Christ". 

So for the benefit of this new generation, and for those who have decided that God doesn't really mean what he says, we must renew this argument and further do what God instructed the holy prophet Habakkuk to do on his behalf:

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. ~ (Hab. 2:2)


In this and a subsequent article, I will examine not only the topic of "judgement" and what it is, but also examine the acceptance and proliferation of sexual immorality within the modern church, and the irreparable damage that such acts and actions have upon the Body of Christ, the local church and the Christian community in general. In doing so, specifically in part 2 of this article, I will point to the current situations of a few of the modern church's more popular individuals, not with an aim to simply criticize them, for their actions speak for themselves, but to examine how the church can better help them and others like them who are evidently weak in the faith and call into question why the church has responded to their sins and to this apparent sexual immorality crisis in such a cavalier fashion. 

Inconsistency 

Now, there is a problem. The problem is that those who demand that the sins of their favorite characters or personalities not be pointed out, fall on their own sword of logical inconsistency and confusion. It is plain and simple, while telling others not to judge, it seems that at the same time, they themselves also make judgments. So, under their own standards and requirements, it becomes a ridiculous proposition for anyone to judge others, while at the same time demanding others not to judge. So time must be given to clearing the air and removing confusion from the issue. 

"Judgement" What Is The Believer's Position & Place?

The problem as I have examined it, is twofold. 1- There are people who worship idols and defend everything their idols do. This is called idolatry which is prevalent within the modern church. All one has to do is sing some songs, make some movies and holla "Jesus!", build a large building or expansive facility, or say some buzz phrase such as "I'm blessed!" and automatically everyone assumes that those of us in Christ, must "accept" and "love" the individual and embrace their sins because they too are a "child of God" in spite of their inconsistencies and in some cases ungodly and even immoral lifestyle. 

Then there is a second issue, that I believe may stem from the aforementioned issue...There is a lack of teaching on what "judgement" really is and how the church and individuals within it are to respond to individuals who's actions are inconsistent with biblical morality and a biblical paradigm. This has led to much confusion over how we are supposed to apply judgement towards those issues which are revealed through the lives of individuals claiming to be Christians, but who yet live inconsistently

In all we will find that the bible message is clear...the Saints of God, are supposed to know and uphold what is right, faithful and true according to God's directives, even if we ourselves are condemned in the process. In other words the standards of agreement, truth and righteousness are not ours. They belong to God and because God is God, and HE is faithful and true we must reconcile every action, including our own according to HIS standards! 

Psalms 15:4 ~ In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

The Acceptance Seeking Church & Believer

It is plain to see that too many churches and ministries have been driven away from dealing with and examining real issues over the enthusiasm they have gained from assessing their own abilities and connections. For some it is about money, popular social appeal, and drawing large crowds and being "accepted" or "relevant" within society. Some would rather be known for their associations with political leaders, than be known for their standards of biblical righteousness.

Its amazing that some churches and leaders have left off preaching the gospel and holiness, only to teach a new and mixed brand of motivational speech coupled with a psychologically based gospel aimed at behavioral modification rather than the promotion of truth. In all the church has become seduced by this brand of less than gospel centered preaching and teaching and have been lulled into believing almost and nearly anything that their most popular teachers believe and espouse as long as they can receive the promise of "blessing" and "abundance" from time to time.  

Upon examination it becomes clear that not all "judgement" is the same. Unfortunately, the new modern and liberal church, willing to accept almost any action, has amalgamated the many definitions of "judgement" into one singular understanding which entails criticism and final displacement. Further, individuals have not been taught our current Christian duty in judgement and as a result have been seduced or shamed into silence, being told that Christians should not address issues in the lives of others, that they should mind their own business and to be interested in the moral and biblical standards of others is unbecoming to Christ, Christians and to salvation.

TOTAL LIE...Nothing Is Further From The Truth! 

Just note that the sentiments I raise above are the same sort of sentiments that produced the Jim Jones to murder over 900 people in Guyana South America. These are the same sort of sentiments that allowed Evangelist Tony Leyva to molest and rape some say over 700 boys in the Southern United States under the auspence of doing ministry. These are the same sentiments that allowed Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh to take a compound of men, women and children to death with him in Waco, Texas in the name of his leadership as messiah.

These were KILLERS and seducers who misused the word of God, shamed anyone who criticized them and who lived immorally in the open daring others to speak against them. These were some of the most apostate leaders claiming that everyone would be condemned for talking about their actions and ways, saying "touch not God's anointed" seeking to silence individuals who both see, examine and proclaim the word of God against their unrighteousness. We must remember lest we forget what we must do to avoid spiritual deception and evil. Only you and your silence give these men and others the license to do what they do: 

2 Tim. 3:13 ~ But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Dealing With Issues In Real Time

In responding to the criticism and "condemnation" that I was wrong for pointing out that the public and openly lauded sins of so called and self proclaimed "pastor" and gospel singer LeAndria Johnson are inconsistent with what she both sings about and is supposed to believe, I was forced to address the issue and my statements somewhat more deeply than I had done previously. For those who don't know, not only did LeAndria have a baby outside of the context of marriage after she had won the Sunday's Best competition, a competition that she showed up to homeless and rejected by family because of her inconsistencies, but she also proclaimed in a widely circulated video promoted by her "ministry" that Jesus didn't care about the outward appearance even offering cigarettes to those to whom she was supposedly witnessing to, offering to light their cigarettes, even smoking herself in effort to proclaim that those things didn't matter to God. 

I wrote the following in response to a direct comment to me on the issue, which I will unpack if not comprehensively, topically. This is what I stated:
"It seems that there has not been enough teaching on this subject or else folk wouldn't be so confused. Fact is that John 7:24 commands us to not judge based on appearance, but on "righteousness" eg: we are to "make a righteous judgement". When Jesus say's "judge not" (Matt. 7:1, Lk. 6:37) and Paul later in 1 Cor. 4:5, they are each referring to a final verdict (Gk: Krino). That final verdict is God's alone to make. However, you and I are DEMANDED to make a judgement (Gk:Krisis) as to how something aligns itself to righteousness (Gk: dikaios) which refers to God's nature, directives and divine standards. THIS is what WE are commanded to do that are saved. This lady's lifestyle, does not match her profession and that is judged by the standards of the profession of Christ. The problem is that those who are weak in the faith think that her actions are somehow sanctioned and acceptable. They are NOT!"

God's Judgement (Gk: Krino)Is The Only Final Judgement

As I stated, God is the only one for whom final judgement and reconciliation of all things is reserved. The Greek word to describe this is "Krino". Once again, this contemplates a final or overarching judgement NOT based on self contrived standards but set standards of what is right and what is wrong. Paul stated, judge "nothing before the time" indicating that we should make no final judgments upon any individual before a final judgement is made by God. Neither you nor I have a final statement of judgement to pronounce upon anyone. However, and please note, this is an issue that is not in debate. Noone examining issues among so called believers within the Christian church claims to be in control of a final court of arbitration.

Secondly, the aspect pf a "krino" judgement, teaches us that we are not to use the dictates of our own minds when making assessments. As stated, to make a final judgement is already an impossibility and only those who have been seduced into believing in their own self-importance believe that they have what is traditionally called a "heaven or hell" to place people in. Only God does that and that he will certainly do. Because of the seriousness and the finality of God's judgement, we are further commanded to pray for individuals caught within its grasp, because when God makes his final judgement, there will be no reversions or amendments or appeals. It is FINAL and there will be nothing that can be offered to persuade God against what he decides and adjudicates! 

So what is our duty as believers? Are we to simply be silent and "lovingly" accept all things that we see with "God is getting the glory in the end" mentality? Further, since we don't have a heaven or hell into which we can place people, what should our posture be as it pertains to the public sins of individuals who have either raised themselves up or exalted themselves as representatives of Christianity and the faith we hold dear? If we do not speak out against unrighteousness, should our silence be interpreted as an endorsement of such terrible conditions of sin? 

These are some complex questions. There is much to say regarding the entire issue from a practical and biblical standpoint. First let us examine the type of judgement that every believer is commanded to embrace. 

The "KRISIS" Judgement


The judgement that WE are to make as believers is a judgement based on God's standards, based on what he wants and the divine standards which he has set and chosen. The Greek word for this contemplation and assessment is "krisis". I believe the sound of that word is apropos to the subject because the church is in a "crisis" for its failure to align its actions to the word of God. The word itself deals with the discernment of the "quality" of whatever is being discussed. This is a weighing in the balance...should this have been done, or should it not, but the standards is always based on the criteria that God has outlined. 

We make a "krisis" based judgement everyday, or at least we should. When a person prays for God's will to be done in their life, they are also praying that the process that they use (krisis) to assess the standards that they embrace and discern to be true are standards that are pleasing to God. The only way a believer knows when they have either been successful or failed is when they examine the alignment of their standards (krisis) with the word of God or when they have been called into accountability of someone who holds a biblical moral value standard based on a "krisis" assessment and examination of the world. 

In other words, if actions and efforts do not align with the standards which God has set forth, we can tell (krisis) whether we have either been pleasing to God or whether we have failed and need adjustment or realignment. It's really that simple. 

Should Believers Apply (krisis) Standards To Others?

As the bible plainly teaches, the "judgement" (krisis) that the believer is commanded to make, is based on the righteousness (dikaios) of God and his divine nature as revealed within scripture and through his word. That righteousness is the objective standard both based on who God is and what HE has commanded. 

Since we don't live alone in the world, we must base all of our judgments (krisis) on the righteousness (dikaios) of God not only for standards by which we judge ourselves and self our individual actions, but for the standards of all them that have the same profession of faith. If certain actions do not align with HIM, HIS nature, HIS word and ultimately HIS righteousness, then we should not embrace, accept or make allowance for such practices no matter who the individual is that accepts or embraces values to the contrary.

This is why the early Pentecostal/Holiness church made those who had publicly sinned state and confess their sins to the church and readmit themselves for accountability. The message many took was one of embarrassment, but the early Saints had it right. Those who refused to openly confess their public sins would gather others who would soon follow and the fear of God would be lost...WELCOME TO 2014! 

The Historically Early Church

History records that the early church, as early as the second century thought that standards in the lives of fellow believers based on God and HIS nature and word should be accepted and applied by each member of the church, and that each member of the church should be committed to each and every believer of the church. That sentiment comes across surprisingly enough in the statements of Pliny the Younger, who was not in any way sympathetic to the church or church members. His job was to use any means necessary to deconvert Christian believers. In his AD 110 report to Roman Emperor Trajan, Pliny the Younger said the following:
"They [the former Christians] assured me that the
sum total of their error consisted in the fact that they regularly assembled on a certain day before daybreak. They recited a hymn antiphonally to Christus as if to a god, and bound themselves with an oath not to commit any crime, but to abstain from theft, robbery, adultery, breach of faith, and embezzlement of property entrusted to them. After this it was their custom to separate, and then to come together again to partake of a meal, but of an ordinary and innocent one."
The early church bound themselves with an oath to CONDUCT themselves appropriately before and in the world in which they lived. They thought it was so important to represent what they believed and held to be true, that they rehearsed the standards to one another when they came together. Sexual purity, by not committing adultery, was one of the standards that they thought to embrace and included in their pledge according to Pliny's accounting. 

The Seduction Of The Modern Church

The modern Christian, through and by weak teaching and in some cases the directives of their own mind, have been seduced in accepting standards of morality based on subjective feelings and other worldly centered connections. Now, all one has to do is claim that they are a Christian, produce a certain amount of money, popularity and fame and its open season for acceptance of all things immoral. 

However, to accept something that God rejects, claiming that he (God) has changed to allow the acceptance of sin, is to reinvent God and his divine command to suit our needs or desires. This is totally unacceptable as a practice and further denigrates God to a second hand authority on issues. In other words, when God says something is either right or wrong, and men offer a reinterpretation of his facts based on what it looks like to them and how men can benefit from the relationship, we can count on the fact that just as men reject God, he will reject them. 

Look at it for a second. This is exactly what deceit, seduction and deception looks like isn't it? It was the nature of first recorded deceit: 

Genesis 3: 4-7 ~ 4-And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5-For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6-And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7-And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

History and tradition records that satan deceived through the serpent by giving an "amendment" to what God had pronounced and proclaimed as truth. He further appealed to the physical senses of the "appearance" of the fruit to make the case. This was the seduction. The fruit "looked" sustainable and appealed to the fleshly assessment. Based on looks, satan appeared to be correct. By means of deceit and seduction the standard was realigned to match human nature and the human experience. In reality such realignment is the standard of men and mankind whereby flesh proliferates its sin and sinfulness, contaminates the church and weakens the commitments of those within the church. 

In the end, failure to raise human standards to the standard of God whereby all things, including people, personalities and their resultant actions are assessed, is nothing short of idolatry. This is the problem and exactly what happened in the first deceit of men and mankind. the desire of man was his idolatry that readily led to his disobedience. All of that stemmed from man's unbelief that God would do what he said that he would do and that he meant what he said he meant.  

Selective Disdain For Sexual Immorality

It is amazing to me that most people do not stand for sexual immorality or hold the sexually immoral in esteem within the church UNLESS, the person or persons associated with such immorality are their favorite singers and or entertainers. In that case. all bets are off. Folk will defend them and their actions almost to violence. Then when immorality is found to be true, in most cases, people come back to the lowest possible value with the claim that since we are all "flesh" that certainly God "understands" and this is to mean that God somehow accepts the actions and behaviors of sexual immorality. In the worst, we are hearing that the "plan of God was to send me into this sin"....Yes, we are hearing that God uses sin as a means to prepare his holy vessels for service even while they are supposedly sanctified and in his service...

In all, these concepts were not foreign to the bible writers or Apostles of the church either.  Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica encouragements for them to continue on the path of holiness and sexual purity by stating:

1 Thess. 4:1-8 ~ 1-Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2-For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3-For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4-That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5-Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6-That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7-For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8-He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

In part 2 we will unpack this scripture and how it applies and examine what a person is really doing when there is unchecked sexual immorality within the church. We will also examine why people like Le'Andria Johnson, Tyler Perry, and Christine Vest should not only publicly repent to the church whom they have defrauded, but also why the silence of the church in addressing such issues only gives license to these people and others like them to embrace immoral lifestyles.
Certainly we are flesh and all flesh is as grass and subject to failure...however the TRUTH that we embrace and love, although far beyond us, is a sustainer of all them that place their trust in him. 

I don't know, but I am yet encouraged to love, trust and continue to take a stand for HIM!

Blessed! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Abuse vs Discipline. Is The Bible Still Right?

Proverbs 23:13-14 ~ 13-Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14-Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Everyone knows the news...The NFL has adopted a new "policy" aimed at deterring its players from proceeding down the path of domestic violence. There are over 4 players who are currently suspended from their NFL jobs for domestic abuse. Of course we all know from the video that it was domestic abuse and even domestic violence when Ray Rice knocked Janay, his now wife, out cold. We all looked on and said, that is a clear case of what should not be acceptable within the NFL, society and within our institutions in general. 

Noone argues that domestic abuse is acceptable. In fact, I have opened an organization, "I Am My Brother's Keeper Christian Advocacy Council" to deal with all forms of church related abuse and misuse which would include domestic abuse and violence as well. I have studied the forms of manipulation that normally lead to abuse of all kinds and we are confident that abuse, in all its forms is deplorable and should be addressed and put down. However, we must examine this cultural trend to claim that all forms of discipline is abuse. As we will see, that is not necessarily the case. 

Child Abuse Or Child Discipline? 
"The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand. The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.” ~Report
Adrian Peterson, arguably, the greatest running back in the current NFL and one of the greatest in NFL history, has been sidelined by his NFL team, Minnesota Vikings, not just once, but twice, for "reckless or negligent injury to a child". Adrian claims that he simply disciplined his 4 year old son with a switch as he was disciplined when he was a child. Of course the headline is that Adrian had "abused" his child to which Adrian responds:
"I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I
discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make."
Adrian, probably will not play for the Vikings again, which seems to be something that would make him happy, as long as he could continue his career. This is where the rubber meets the road. The problem seems to be the public opinion of not only how Adrian disciplined his child, but the age of his child, and the fact that he left cuts and other marks, commonly called wheps, on his son's body which were on his back, buttocks, legs and even his scrotum. It is that combination of things that leads the critical public to call what Adrian did, "abuse" as opposed to "discipline".

In that I would agree that a beating to lacerations or an out of control frenzy, even if supposedly for a "good' reason is abuse. There are many more and more effective ways to get a message across. However, there seems to be something a little more subtle at work as I will discuss.   

In The Peterson Defense

Make no mistake...what Adrian suggests is true. Those of us who enjoined discipline when we were young, at the hands of loving parents, understand the value of what is right, the need for order and the blessings of discipline. We understand loving parents who show the sign of care and loving concern. We also understand that many of the types of discipline experienced back then (in our past) would be considered abuse today wheps or no wheps. Many of us, myself included, make jokes about it all the time. This generation just could not stand the discipline of the old days.

In addition, we also understand the weak nature of modern society and kids, many of whom who've never been disciplined, and who were just given "time outs" and the opportunity to "make the right choice". It is some of those individuals who are now raising a new generation of kids that they can't control, reinforcing the same bad patterns of behavior with what appear to be failed parental skills all in the name of  following the new child psychology that teaches that physical force in discipline is not an allowable method of discipline at all. 

Truth is that many of us were backhanded, beat or hit with extension cords...beat or hit with tree switches...beat or hit with whatever was in hand at the moment...and yes, sometimes wheps were left on the skin and we felt the sting as a reminder of what NEVER to ever do again...but in most cases, the love of the parent was not questioned because the same one that disciplined would give their life to protect us and every effort was made to make the kids safe and secure. Although we weren't made to eat leaves, (as is reported) as Adrian stated, when the alternative to discipline was considered, many of us now understand that without discipline and correction and without "having that butt stung" every now and then, there was a world of bad decisions and horrible judgments available that could have placed many of us 6 feet under before we had a chance to grow 4 feet above. 

You see, for a Black child and for a Black family, the streets don't give a "time out". The only thing that keeps and kept many of us is and was the "fear" of how Mudea, Momma or Daddy would respond if we did the wrong thing. The memory of the wheps, that surely fade, were a stark reminder that "I need to do right". 

The Morality Of The World

Although there is a sharp contrast between what the church views as discipline and what the world views as abuse, let's set the record straight....TRUE discipline and correction is NEVER abuse. In fact, to NOT discipline and correct is the ultimate form of abuse leaving a person to wrong behavior to suffer a tragic defeat and failure. 

With all of that said, it is the style of discipline that is questioned by the world. Through their arm of mind science called "psychology" and "psychiatry" the world would like us to believe that all physical punishment, discipline and correction of children at any age,  is wrong or inappropriate. As stated, many individuals soaked in the worlds brand of morality and psychology, stand in their righteous indignation behind such notions that physical discipline and correction is wrong 100%. Psychology and studies of "emotional well being" are used to support their belief. But before one hums too loudly, don't sing the praises of the psychological and psychiatric community yet...Remember just a short time ago the same group of people stated that homosexuality was a mental illness that could be cured by electroshock and that depression was a physiological defect that could be cured by "bleeding". 

Through psychologists, the world seems to have have come together to condemn Adrian Peterson and corporal punishment in general. I'll not forget listening to ESPN Radio talk show host Colin Cowheard as he suddenly became an expert on the effects of child discipline, citing studies that show that children who are physically disciplined are more susceptible to violent behavior and violent actions in their lifetime and that many of those who are physically disciplined are subject to be less emotionally stable over time and within society. it reminded me of the time that I listened to complete idiots ramble about the dangers of kids watching Buggs Bunny and the Coyote and Roadrunner saying that kids that do were and would be more violent....PLEASE!!!!

Regarding child abuse and child discipline, Dr Alice Swenson of the Midwest Children's Advocacy Center
stated:
"Physical discipline is not the optimal approach. It has unintended long-term consequences. It can make a child more aggressive and does not necessarily accomplish the goal of teaching a child not to (misbehave) again."... "We are mindful of the fact there are a percentage of parents out there who consider it appropriate discipline to spank a child, but when it crosses into lasting bruises, lacerations and broken bones in cases, that is child abuse and our task is to protect the child, advocate for the child and speak for the child."
I certainly agree! However, noone in this case is talking about broken bones and lasting bruises thankfully. It seems that the lacerations are apropos to being whipped by a tree branch. remember extension cords? We cannot simply lump discipline into abuse and say that they are one in the same. 

HOLD THE PHONE...

In truth, just looking at society, I can say for a FACT that the children who have been disciplined and who know that violating the rules brings punishment and discomfort, and who grow into adulthood, are NOT the problem with society. In fact I contend that children who can't and don't understand that there is a such a thing as bad behavior and that bad behavior has a consequence more than just taking a "time out" and that the consequences are not to be desired, are the real problem. When those individuals grow into adults, it is usually them that have no fear of any consequences that rob clients of millions of dollars, commit fraudulent activities for selfish gain and otherwise don't care how anyone else feels in the wake of their evil acts and actions.

It is just that generation, the non disciplined, uncorrected generation, that believes that nothing they do deserves to make them feel uncomfortable and that if others really cared, they would seek to make their lives as easy and carefree as possible.  That generation even believes that stealing is a privilege and that fighting and keeping complete and utter MESS going, is a way of life...Those are they that have NEVER been disciplined out of true love and concern from a parent...Many of them have also been abused and manipulated...Some locked in closets, tied up in chains, fed mush and told to hush, locked under the stairs and in the attic, bounced from foster home to foster home, raped, emotionally damaged, used, and beat up like an unloved stranger. 

It is those individuals by far and large that have sought affirmation from gangs, delved into drugs and premarital sexual relationships and even experimental sexual relationships looking for their identity because their identity has not yet been established...The things that have led them to their path is abuse...A life may not ever heal from that sort of pain...but from the whep of loving discipline, done out of care, and concern for correction there will be a healing.

School Dayzzzz

Many of us remember, that there used to be paddling in school. Some of us remember that it used to be OK to pray in school too. It seems that neither of those things are allowed in modern schools and school settings and rightfully so. Not because the act is necessarily wrong, but because the hand dispensing the discipline cannot necessarily be trusted to exude proper and correct judgement. Then, because sexual perversion is on the rise, who can trust that a school administrator is just not waiting to paddle a child who may be objectified by the perversions of a lustful adult? Sad to say, but it is true and must be considered.

In part, because there is no fear of punishment, many of our schools are akin to war zones. Kids of all ages, cussing out adults and trying to impose their will, in some cases led by parents with the same or similar issues. What is interesting is that many of those children have a totally different demeanor at home. Some are much more calm and able to get along. Why? Because to do some of the things they do in school, and to act out in ways that some act out would get their "butts tore up" from a disciplinary point of view.

You see, sound discipline will go further than ritalin, and one doesn't have to worry about gynochlomastia as many have had to worry after taking risperdal. We are faced with a generation of weak parents, that have bought into the obtuse ramblings of the psychological community, and that have helped foster an out of control generation...And THEY, along with advertisers and sponsors, want us to all agree that a parent physically disciplining their child is wrong.

Like Homey D. Clown said: "I Don't Think So!!!! Homey Don't Play Dat!!!!"

Sorry, with the support and admonition of the TRUE word of God, I will discipline and will discipline with a right mind. Anger does not have to be the well out of which discipline is drawn. Anger in discipline displays a lack of self control. Granted parents must learn how to discipline children and how to do so appropriately, and must also come to understand that every child does not need to experience the same type of discipline for discipline to be effective. However, if direction is needed, which it is in this modern and confused world, let EVERY parent stand up, take their family back from the same social and public institutions and rules that have failed us all, and retrain a new generation of  individuals who will understand that love, correction and responsibility belong in the same sentence and are not contrary, but complimentary to one another.

The alternative as I see it is found in the streets where Black men lay at the hands of one another and even more recently at the hands of criminal elements and even at the hands of the police. It is the streets who dispense an unloving and uncaring brand of discipline that destroys the very fabric of our existence. It is street life, glorified by the masses also marketed by psychologists, that has done the damage not only to every institution that we have within the United States, but to nearly every family, even the Amish, who normally stay away from modern convention.

I won't be duped by the calls for Adrian Peterson's head, although I will strongly support his training as a parent in learning to discipline his child and children more effectively. Certainly, as he admits, he makes and made a mistake. Thankfully his mistake was not one unto death or anything near death of his son, but I agree that he, like many others, must separate anger and sometimes their past from disciplinary correction of their children.

IS The Bible Still Right?

I believe what the bible says and believe that it is right...A loving parent will correct their child, NOT out of anger or blood-lust, but out of love and compassion calling a child to a higher and acceptable standard of behavior. The bible does not endorse that a parent be more evil in discipline than the evil he or she is trying to correct. However, God knows how we are made and how lessons are formed not only in our mind, but also in our spirits. 

As the world examines and criticizes corporal punishment as some anomaly or relic of the past, I believe that the church should examine the word of God and the scope and type of discipline that it calls for and specifies that is most effective. 

A child should not be beat or hit for simply failing a task, but a child who knows to do good and still does evil will either be beat by me, or the one who catches him/her in or after their evil act. As a parent, we can correct and adjust and create a completely new horizon before it's too late. When the correction comes from the streets, it's already too late.

Blessed!     

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hip-Hop, Idolatry & The Church Pt. 23 ~ The G. Craig Lewis Gospel

I haven't mentioned Elder Lewis in quite some time and they say that even a broke clock is right twice a day-LOL!!! Not saying that he is a "broke clock" but ANYWAY, in this interview our dear friend G. Craig Lewis tackles the questions asked by Gospel Truth Magazine regarding the "Gospel music industry" and the problems that he knows that exist as gospel artists have sold themselves into silence against the culture. On THIS issue, I believe brother is certainly on point and I appreciate his work in that area of ministry.



Now he was 100% CORRECT speaking about not allowing homosexuals to serve in ministry, but around 21:57 he says that homosexuals shouldn't even be allowed in the church...I think he should go back to the drawing-board on that one...As he says he asks others, "Where's that at in the bible?" This is where the "broke clock" comes in. I don't believe you'll find that one or anything that says, block the door of the church for any sinner, that hadn't already been condemned and judged by God. Howbeit, (and I render this in hope that I am correct about his intention) I BELIEVE he was referring to the acceptance and perpetuation of homosexual behavior as being the problem...although that's not what he stated. He stated, they shouldn't be in the church period. So I don't know...All I know is Jesus said this: 

Lk. 19:10 ~ For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The CHURCH is the only hope for all sinners. If we have POWER, they should be able to come and be delivered and set free. That's the church and what it's about, whether we're comfortable or uncomfortable with what we have to do to not allow their sin to be embraced by others. We can put boundaries around any ungodly activity in church, including the ungodly activity of homosexuality but let ALL sinners come to Jesus and HIS church! Even if they have to sit until they are set free.... 

Anyway, except for that little misstep, I think there are some good questions that can be raised by his commentary.

Blessed!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Constitutional Protection Of Ferguson Protesters SHOT DOWN!

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon allowed whom he described as "a very few" and "hand full of looters" to trump the Constitutional rights of the thousands gathered together in peaceful protests and assembly in Ferguson, MO. in response to the Michael Brown murder. 


In what was one of the most contentious press conferences that I've ever witnessed, the Governor gave away the Constitutionally protected rights of peaceful citizens to some opportunist crooks under the guise of community "safety". Some, including the Governor, have been duped into believing that this should have been done to settle the crowd down and to place parameters on protest. Only that is a violation of the law for peaceable protest...I and many others say...ARREST those responsible for the crimes, BUT begin with the crime committed by the officer who killed a young man with his hands raised! 

At this time however, there is still no statement from the police as to any potential charges that could be leveled against the officer. "It is still under investigation" is the phrase to wart off any possible demand for acquisition of the individual suspected to have killed Michael Brown. On the other hand, what there has been are pictures and statements that implicate Michael Brown and call his character into question saying that he was a "man on the run" looking to start trouble with the police over cigarillos that he reportedly stole from the store prior to his death. This is said to have placed him in an "offensive" mindset, whereby he would have attacked the police...like a modern day, Al Capone, John Dillinger or Pretty Boy Floyd....We are to believe that Michael Brown was willing to establish a lifelong criminal record over some cigarillos....OK...SURE!!!!


As the family continues their quest for justice, we find that we are following the same path as the highly publicized case of Trayvon Martin's family in their quest for justice. Once again, we wait for anyone to even admit that something was wrong when a person gets shot multiple times from a distance with their hands up in a surrender position. Further, what we have also found out is that Michael was blocked from getting any type of medical care. Yes, there was a RN on site that begged police to allow her to tend to the victim...she was prohibited from doing anything and yet Michael's body lay in the street over 45 minutes.

Then YOU think that citizens, fed up with it all should just, "go home" and "calm down"? R U Serious?   

Citizens of Ferguson WE STAND with you! 

HANDS UP! DON'T SHOOT!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dunamis Word Podcasts Back On Line

Read This New Article: 
Rights, & The Foundation Of Marriage Within Civil Society.

All current podcasts are back up, including all broadcasts discussing sexual abuse.

Click HERE for most recent broadcasts 

Sorry for the inconvenience. We are working to bring you a better and more comprehensive service along with expanded Youtube visibility. 

Thanks for the encouragements.

Blessed!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Is It Open Season On Black Men?

***THIS WAS TOP STORY ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS 8/11/2014***

18 Yr. Old Michael Brown
18 year old, UNARMED, Black youth Michael Brown, was killed by the Police in Ferguson, MO Saturday afternoon Aug. 9th, 2014. According to the police, Michael was a participant in an "altercation" with police when "someone" fired a shot at the police. The policeman, after being pushed into his car, responded by coming up and shooting multiple shots. Reportedly, Michael was hit by most of these multiple shots and killed.

Eyewitnesses however have somewhat of a different version of events which has stirred considerable controversy. One eyewitness, who happens to be the other young man whom the police stopped with Michael, Dorian Johnson, reported that the police initially stopped both the youths without provocation and proceeded to try to place Michael in the squad car forcibly. Michael resisted. The police evidently shot though no shots were fired at him/them. Johnson went on to say this:
“He shot again and once my friend felt that shot he turned around and put his hands in the air and started to get down, and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”...“We wasn’t causing no harm to nobody [sic],”...“We had no weapons on us at all.”
Another witness affirms Johnson's account of the story by saying:
He kicked the door opened trying to hit him with the door. The door flew back and hit his leg. He pulled his gun out and shot inside the car, trying to hit [Mike]. [Mike] got out the car. Dude on his knees like this, “Bruh, don’t shoot me. Don’t shoot me.” Shot him dead in the head and then walked up to his body and shot him four more times. Looked at his eyes, paused for a minute and shot him four more times. They talking about [he] was running from the police. For one, [his] shorts was way down here, he got on flip flops, how the f-ck he running from the police?  
He wasn’t running from the police. The Ferguson market didn’t even call the police. He didn’t steal sh*t. The police just wanted to do the sh*t. He saw a black dude, like 300lbs, 6’4. He’s like f-ck it, I’m not going to fight him. Yeah, suicide type sh*t. My dude was already on his knees like, “Bruh, don’t shoot me.” His hands threw up. What kind of sh*t is that? Yeah a black dude got shot…it ain’t no this dude? He didn’t do [anything] to you. Y’all didn’t get sh*t like that. It’s more than that. Why you messing with no call.

Yet another female witness on NBC nightly News claims and affirms the alternate versions of the story are true. She claimed that Michael, was running away from the Police, stopped at their demand, turned around with his hands up, but was still shot in the head and the chest by the police and fell to the ground. 

In all cases, except for the police version, Michael was not resisting arrest in the end and was still shot to death by a police officer. 

Controversy & Unrest In The Community & Family

Needless to say that this event has sparked considerable outrage particularly from the inner city residents of Ferguson and even from residents of nearby St. Louis. As late as Sunday afternoon, what was slated to be a peaceful vigil in commemoration of Michael ended in multiple arrests, looting, destroyed business establishments, bottles and rocks being thrown at the police and a considerable community riot that continues to the time of this writing. The dissatisfaction has been leveled at the local police who came in riot gear and full force, over some 200 strong, with dogs, in effort to defend the city and bring order.

School, which was scheduled to begin again on Monday Aug. 11th, was cancelled for fear of the ongoing community unrest and violence in the streets. under direction of US Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI has been called in to conduct a concurrent investigation into Michael's death looking for any possible civil rights violations which may have occurred.

According to all reports, the situation on the ground is yet touch and go and there is still yet violence and demonstrations in the streets of Ferguson, MO and STL. Michael's family (Mother & Father) have called for peace, due process and for citizens to let the process of justice work stating:

"The violence needs to stop. The support is needed, but not the violence. The violence needs to stop!" ~ Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's Mother.  

Black Leaders

Referencing the tragedy, Black leaders have all around the country have called for peace from the citizens. In a written statement NAACP President Cornell W. Brooks stated:
"Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child — his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police."..."Even as we call for accountability by those charged with protecting the community, we call on the community to act — collectively and calmly until we secure justice for the family of Michael Brown,"
Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network says that Michael's grandfather has reached out to him asking him:
“to come to St. Louis in light of the police killing of his grandson to assist the family in achieving a fair investigation and justice.”
Esaw Garner & Al Sharpton
One more thing on this, often when Black leaders speak up on issues, conservative Whites criticize them as "taking advantage of people's pain". While some of that may be attributable to the actions of some activists themselves, in many of these cases, including all them discussed in this article, if there was no Black leader or voice bringing things to attention, the ESTABLISHMENT, controlled primarily by White individuals would not give many of these issues the time of day. In most cases, unless we Black people, make it news and bring the issues to the forefront, it will stay in the background all day long. In addition, I see NONE of the critics providing relief for the families affected by these horrible tragedies, wiping the tears of the families or holding
their hands when survivors need relief.




After having performed over 40 community prayer vigils in my community since 2008, in which death by homicide was the cause of the community gathering, I can proudly say, that I am GLAD to be there for every family to speak toward the healing of the community and justice for the affected individuals. Just in case you haven't figured it out, these type of things affect ALL of us. 

So I am THANKFUL for these and other Black Leaders who make and take a stand on issues of national importance. THIS is one such issue among many that we, as a community, both Black and White, must address and overcome.

Open Season On Black Men?

The St. Louis area will certainly never be the same after this event, but there is even more to the whole set of events than meets the eye. This killing along with others in which Black men have lost their lives at the hands of authority in recent times, causes us to continue to question both the motive, motivation and operation of the police departments and authorities in general.

Here's a snippet of the concern:

Social commentor Marc L. Hill notes that a Black man is killed by "authorities" in America on average every 28 hours and in most cases the man being killed is not rioting or inciting community violence. That is alarming all by itself but let me reference some recent examples:   

According to the website Hip-Hop & Politics, between Jan. 1st and March 31st 2012, 28 Black men were killed by police, security officials, or self appointed community "peace keepers". Of the 28 people killed, 18 were unarmed, and 8 were alleged to have been in possession of non-lethal weapons. 7 of them appeared to be emotionally disturbed and 10 of them were engaged in illegal or potentially illegal activity.

One of the more popular murders that occurred during that time (in 3 months) was the murder of Trayvon Martin, who's killer, George Zimmerman was acquitted, but who has also faced considerable legal troubles since.

Although Trayvon Martin was in Florida, there seems to always be problems in New York as well. Recently, Eric Garner, a 43 year old Black man AND FATHER OF 6, was choked to death by police in Staten Island, NY. This was after the police engaged him and AFTER he broke up a fight on the street. Although this murder was caught on video the police initially denied what was clearly obvious to all of us looking on; that they and their strong arm tactics used by the NYPD were the cause of Mr. Garner's death. The whole incident arose from "suspected" sale of individual cigarettes by Mr. Garner to an unnamed  person or individual. The tactics were initiated by police whom Garner knew and claimed that had been otherwise "harassing" him. The police, still yet defending themselves said this:
Eric & Esaw Garner
"We believe, however, that if he (Garner) had not resisted the lawful order of the police officers placing him under arrest, this tragedy would not have occurred." ~ Patrick "Lynch",  President of the City's Patrolman's "Benevolent" Assn. (quotations added)
Even though NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has vowed to retrain all officers in the use of force, he continues to justify the officers use of force by stating that they should continue to uphold policy regarding even minor violations such as selling loose cigarettes.

The fact is that we think so too, but KILLING a man over a cigarette simply isn't a good way to make a difference in the community, unless that difference is intended to terrorize certain segments of the community.

Next? Death over the 17oz drink cup????

Are Black Men Safe At Walmart?

On Tuesday Aug. 5th in Beavercreek, OH a 22 year old Black man, John Crawford,  was considering buying a Crosman MK-177 Air Rifle that was sold at the local Walmart. Evidently Mr. Crawford was not moving quickly enough to purchase, and being Black with a gun was far too dangerous of a combination both for the police and the customers of the store. The Beavercreek police shot and killed Mr. Crawford claiming that he was unresponsive to their demands for him to drop the weapon (which he was purchasing). In the process another customer, 37 year old Angela Williams, died, (probably of a heart attack) as she tried to dodge the incident.

In this case it was a 2 for one deal...the BLACK LIGHT'S OUT SPECIAL! That story and news links can be found HERE

Community Policing & The "Broken Windows" FAILURE!
Many do not know that there are community policing tactics and a community policing philosophy. One of those tactics is the tactic called "Broken Windows" this philosophy seeks to connect public disorder to crime rate and therefore making the case. This is why in every situation, police are not only interested in doing police work, they are also interested in telling people where to stand, go, how to look, what to do and not to do, much of which is well above and beyond typical police duties. Now, go back and look at the video links above and ask yourself why it was more important for the police to control certain individuals in the crown than to give Eric Garner medical care? They told everyone to get back while they themselves stood over the body, flipping Mr. Garner back and forth, claiming that he was breathing although he was clearly unresponsive. 

This FAILURE of a policing philosophy was introduced to the public by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982. The tactic revolves around abject control through the incitement of fear and raising even "petty" offences to a high level, and addressing those offences with overwhelming force. This tactic is used and adopted by communities of all sizes, but is primarily implemented within Urban areas (areas where there are a lot of Black folk or cross racial diversity) and is used as a deterrent to crime by instilling fear in the heart of the criminals (by way of the entire community even their family members) and making those individuals come under subjection by eliminating community "disorder" (as they define it) readily and quickly. 

NY City Mayor de Blasio (lft)
NYPD Police Commissioner Bratton 
When we look at Commissioner Bill Bratton's reluctance to condemn the over-heavy handed actions of his police over a "suspected" single cigarette sale, we shouldn't be surprised. Not only has Bratton's NYPD adopted "Broken Windows" as a community policing tactic, but Bratton has also called one of the co-authors of the tactic, George Kelling, his "intellectual mentor"! Is it any wonder why NYPD has had such an overwhelming record of killing Black men over the years? 

On the other hand, (and THANK GOD that there is more reasonable thinking than that of Bratton and others who have adopted the sorry policy of "broken windows") Ralph B. Taylor in his BOOK, "Breaking Away from Broken Windows: Baltimore Neighborhoods and the Nationwide Fight Against Crime, Grime, Fear, and Decline" [ISBN 0813397588] asserts that if a community is looking to make a long term impact to decrease crime that community leaders should work together to assure the economic futures of the individuals or citizens that live in the affected areas. 

In other words, when it is found that individuals have to sell single cigarettes to live, wouldn't it be more wise to address the economics of the situation? What is the cost of living? Is it too high? Then does this man have a JOB? Is he ill and can't work, or can the community find a way to give him job training so that he can work?  instead of any of these things, we are supposed to believe that it is everyone's "best interest" to kill a man and then say, you simply "followed policy"??? R U SERIOUS???

Conclusion:

As you can see, after a topical examination of the issues, community policing and the seeming state sanctioned murder of Black men is an important issue for not only the Black community, but the entire community. We should ask our police departments, "What is your community policing strategy?" This is vitally important to know and the stability of our entire community hangs in the balance.

How the police engage the community is of necessary and utmost importance. Believe me, we want police work to work in our favor, and no one suggests undermining police authority, but we also want FAIRNESS and JUSTICE, and we want the killing of Black men to stop. 

Maybe, this and other strategies, such as the "war on drugs" is an extension of slavery, when the Black population had to be "controlled" by the established powers. We can only speculate and look at the evidence. What we do know is that when a Black man is confronted by the police, the Constitutional question of "probable cause" and "unlawful search and seizure" does not seem to mean too much.

I have had to tell my son, who is BLACK like me, to not give police anything by which they may have an opportunity to look at you twice. Don't even question, simply take whatever punishment they dish out and handle it later...that is SAD...SAD because, no one payed any attention to Dr. Martin L. King Jr...There is NO ATTENTION paid to the content of one's character...SMH!!!!!!

Blessed!   


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