New Orleans: These street musicians, Tanya and Dorise make more money on the street than they would in a club (they say) and so that’s where they play most of the time. They are incredible!
Years ago I attended From the Heart Church in Maryland. Kathy Myers (now Horry) was the head of the music department with the voice of an angel.
I’ve long since left that church and joined my family’s church…and I’m married now.
Likewise, she left, got married and she is a pastor’s wife. But I’ll never forget this angelic voice.
Check it out
By: Born Again Jerry
“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS” – The Declaration of Independence
Racism has been and is one of the most detrimental social evils ever imposed on the mind of man, and is largely responsible for some of the darkest episodes of human history, from global conflicts to genocidal (ethic cleansing) wars and crimes against humanity; sadly some of the proponents of this have been by men who claim God endorses this ideology as well; as we all know racism is a core belief that one’s skin-tone and ethic background alone makes an individual or group superior and privileged over others that do not share the same pigment and has been used as justification for the oppression, suppression and elimination of cultures other than their own; but for some reason certain people believe the false notion that the “skin they’re born in” makes them superior to others.
Western Europe and America have been particularly guilty in perpetuating and spreading this moral social evil for generations; historically speaking some 17th century Christians while escaping persecution, seeking social justice and religious freedom for themselves and their families have denied these same freedoms to others have brought these racial prejudices to American shores, all the while carrying a bible in their hands because they mistakenly believed the bible says so……
The word of God has been misused to endorse slavery, the mistreatment and murder of minorities, passing anti-marriage laws making it illegal for people to marry “outside their race” and legal discrimination based solely on race. This legislation was sanctioned under the “Jim Crow” era.
But is this biblically based? Do these beliefs draw support from scripture?
And from the church who’s mission in the world is to be “The pillar and ground of the truth” (1Tim 3:15) there is a deafening silence…
Martin Luther King once described Sunday morning church as “the most segregated time in America”….
When God created the first man & woman the scriptures reveal no distinct features of Adam & Eve, what they looked like, height, skin color, eye shape, hair texture, etc.; but they like Jesus are always portrayed as blonde, blue eyed & fair skinned “Ken & Barbie” types. Ten generations after Adam because of the universal wickedness of man God destroyed all surface life in catastrophic global flood, thus “bottle-necking” humanity through Noah and his sons “Shem, Ham & Japheth and from these the whole earth was populated” (Gen 9:18-19)
Case in point, the latest movie to come out of Hollywood “NOAH” depicts him and his family as the sole survivors of the flood having European features. But if that were truly the case all people would have the same Euro-centric traits; but it doesn’t explain the many dark to light skinned shades and distinct features in the worlds population. In contrast, the facts show the majority of the worlds population has a middle brown complexion.
Melanin is a DNA characteristic that determines skin-shade, people of a darker complexion have the AABB gene, middle AaBb gene and lighter the aabb gene (and the other combinations of everything in between) it is far more likely the first humans Adam & Eve had a middle brown complexion, that would account for the many shades of people in the world, therefore their children’s children who later inter-married for the preservation of humanity would range from dark to fair skinned. The only outward “differences” in people is how much Melanin is dominate within your DNA.
“From One blood he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live ” (Acts 17:26) this destroys the erroneous belief of a “Master Race” as we are all inter-related and share a common ancestor.
Prior to the 1800s few people thought in terms of ‘race’ based on skin color, however with the general acceptance of “Darwinian Evolution” has tarnished the American conscience with its pre-occupation of race which has poisoned in the soul of the United States and kept this country from reaching its full potential among the nations.
The theory of Evolution is still an inherently racist philosophy which taught or rather indoctrinated people into having racist attitudes.
The original title to Charles Darwin’s book: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection for the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life” (pub. 1859) – that kind of says it all! (the “Favored Races” has since been dropped due to political correctness)
Even the late evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould admitted “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by magnitudes following the acceptance of Evolutionary theory.”
In 1997 Biological scientist R.L. Hotz stated “the term ‘race’ is a social construct derived mainly from perceptions conditioned by events in history, and has no basic biological reality” he went on to say “…the ideal (of race) comes very close to being of American invention.”
Yes, carnal minded wicked preachers (past and present) ‘in the name of God’ have twisted the scriptures to justify their ingrained racial prejudices being deceived themselves along with self-righteous “white bred” congregations maintained this damnable lie with a “back of the bus” status quo.
I remember reading during Civil war times of preachers who were paid by plantation owners to preach to slaves it was ‘sin’ to runaway from “Massa” preaching from Paul’s letter to Philemon; and ironically during the fledgling years of America, a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian ethics, this injustice went virtually ignored in America’s pulpits! (Abolitionist being the exception)
Brigham Young: “Shall I tell of the law of God concerning the African race? If the white man, the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty under law was death on the spot. This will always be so.” (Journal of Discourses vol. 10 pg. 110)
Joseph Smith 10th president LDS church: “It was always understood by the early elders that the mark of Cain and his posterity was the black skin. The book of Moses informs us that Cain and all his descendants were black.” (The Way to Perfection pg.107)
Watchtower magazine: “The curse upon Canaan by Noah was the origin of the black race” (pg. 702, July 1929)
American preacher Richard Butler (deceased) founder of the Aryan nation taught where the bible says “kind after kind” meant racial segregation & Gods disapproval of “race mixing”.
During its heyday in 1925, the infamous knights of the Klu Klux Klan 50,000 men marched down Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the U.S. capitol to cheering crowds under the banner of Christianity.
Black Hebrew Israelites hold to racist doctrine that “the white man IS the devil and is beyond redemption”…simply for being white.
Genesis 9:18-27 is the primary text misquoted to justify racial prejudices accepted at face-value by some American Christians; ironically few take the time to read it themselves. Canaan was a son of Ham (Egypt is called the land of Ham in psalms 105:23)
after the flood Ham migrated to north Africa and became the progenitor of the Egyptian, Libyan (Put) & Ethiopian people.
Noah did curse Canaan his grandson, because of Ham; Canaan was born a brown skinned man and migrated upward along the Mediterranean coast of the Gaza strip, ancient Phoenicia and Philistine.
The land of Canaan was the Promised land; they were removed from the land because of their godless, immoral wickedness. (Lev 18:25-27)
There was no curse of a black skin!
The “mark” God placed on Cain was a sign (apparently something men could read & interpret) as a prohibition to keep men from killing him for the murder of Abel (Gen 4:14-15) it was Gods attempt to stop on going killing-sprees motivated by revenge. There was nothing racial about it.
According to the ‘book of Moses’ (supposedly written by him to justify racism) Moses’ wife was Zipporah, they had two sons Gershom & Eliezer.
“Miriam & Aaron complained against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he married; for he had married an Ethiopian (black) woman…and the anger of the LORD was aroused against them and He departed in a cloud above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous ‘white as snow’….and she was exiled from the camp seven days (Num.12:1-14)
After the death of Sarah, Abraham bound his servant with an oath to God to find a wife for his son Isaac; not from among the Canaanite women but from his own kinsfolk. (Gen 24:2-4)
Were Abrahams motives racist? the people of God are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers “for when you come into the land of Canaan you shall not take to yourselves their sons or daughters to marry, for they will turn your hearts away from following the Lord your God” (Deut. 7:3-4)
Solomon’s many pagan wives caused him to stray from God and divided Israel (1Kings 11:1-13)
And did not God send the prejudiced Jonah to preach to the gentile city of Nineveh by sparing 120,000 lives “who cannot discern between their right hand or left, and much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11)
In the NT widowed or divorced Christians are advised to remarry another believer (1Cor 7:39) in the eyes of God there are really three types of marriage, believer to believer, believer to unbeliever and unbeliever to unbeliever
Jesus with his disciples traveled thru Samaria and talked to the woman at the well which was considered unclean “because the Jews had no dealings with Samaritans” the city was built by Omri king of Israel 800yrs earlier, they apostatized, married pagans and were corrupted by the worship of Baal.
The Samaritans were social outcasts and considered traitors to Judaism; but prejudice didn’t stop Christ which resulted in the entire city of Sychar hearing the gospel.
Within Jesus’ own family tree were non-Israelites, Rahab the harlot trusted God and hid the spies in Jericho, she later married Salmon, a ancestor of Christ, who was the father of Boaz who married Ruth a Moabite, the great-grandmother of king David. (Matt 1:5-6)
“God is no respecter of persons when it comes to faith, for every nation that works righteousness is accepted by him” (Acts 10:34-35)
Ten years after Pentecost, God showed Peter the vision of a sheet let down from heaven three times concerning the Roman-gentile Cornelius, the apostle got the message “God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28)
I believe the black clergy should preach and teach on this much neglected subject at every opportunity; this would have a positive social impact on a superficial society such as ours, to people who lived in biblical times skin color was a non factor.
Nowhere in scripture was skin color ever equated with being superior or inferior. Racial superiority is nothing more than a modern day fiction.
There is no legitimate grounds for any human being claiming any moral or racial superiority over anyone because we all share this innate
trait common to all, we’re born sinners “there is NONE righteous no, not one” (Rom 3:9-10) and we all come from the same God “Or is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the gentiles also” (Rom 3:29)
Racism of any kind was never in the mind, will or plan of God, and whoever names the name of the Lord who practices it, needs to examine yourself to see if you are truly in the faith “If a man says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1John 4:20)
He decided to die. LOVE You, Lord! Had Jesus come down from that cross….our souls would still be lost!
I love the hear gospel from the Islands:
Go on with your bad self, Mr. 5.0 GPA and 2,100 on the SAT….and accepted to IVY LEAGUES schools….and great at sports….um and plays several instruments!
Let’s keep showing THIS side of the black community!
I recently reported on Kwasi Enin, another young black male who has been accepted to multiple IVY LEAGUE schools. PRESS HERE to read about Kwasi.
These 10 year old twins won scholarships to the American Ballet. You go, girls!
AND….watch these girls go!