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I was listening to WDIA in the car this morning, not by my choice, but I heard Bobby O’Jay say that some white people try to act black and some black people, when they talk with sense, try to act white. Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought he was kind of special (not in a good way) and this just further proved my point. I mean, why can’t all people just generally be themselves? Just because a white person sag their pants does it mean they are trying to be black? Why can’t they simply just want their pants to sag? And if a black person talk without using slang and Ebonics can’t it simply mean they just know how to talk without it being them trying to act white? God created all of us and in doing so, He created us in His image which means once we get to Heaven there won’t be an issue of race, anyway, right? It just saddens me the way some folks think. There isn’t a black or white way to act but there is simply a right and wrong way to act. Am I acting white because I choose to get a college education? Are white people acting black because they want their hair braided or they eat soul food? What is really going on in our society? Romans 12:4-5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” See, it doesn’t say we are divided by race/nationality but we are all one because when all the crap boils down we all bleed red blood, we have the same organs, we all put one leg in our pants at a time, a shirt over our head and one shoe on at a time. It doesn’t matter that your skin may be lighter than mine because if you need my heart and I’m a match it’ll be placed in your body. If we are Christians, like we are supposed to be, then we are keepers of each other and it shouldn’t matter about how different we look or speak. God didn’t place barriers on the relationships with each other, society did. God’s second commandment says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31) Do you think Jesus was concerned about the difference in the folks that he healed and delivered? No because Matthew 12:50 says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Yea, I know that the world has placed us in the predicament that were in but that doesn’t mean we have to stay there. You won’t go to a certain neighborhood because the news says it is the most dangerous but don’t you know that you can be killed on the streets of Collierville just as easily as you can in North Memphis? Death has no respect of person or place, so stop acting like you can only get killed at night around a certain group of people. When it’s your time to leave from this side, it’ll just be your time. We don’t have to try to be anyone other than who God made us because when we stand before Him at judgment, He’ll be concerned with the work that we’ve done not how we wore our pants or spoke with the proper grammar.
My prayer is for folks to be who God made them and not who the world has turned them into. God didn’t make you meaner than a rattlesnake that’s just how you choose to be because His word says in Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born to help in the time of trouble.” God didn’t make a woman shave her head to look like a man, that was your choice, because the bible says a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Corinthians 11:15). God didn’t say you had to have a certain tie on to worship Him or a certain degree to read His word, society did, because He said in John 15:16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” He didn’t say for whites to pray to Him on Tuesday, blacks on Wednesday, Mexican on Thursday and etc., but He said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Never stop praying;” and Ephesians 6:18, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” You don’t have to be anyone other than who you are because you are created in God’s image and for His purpose. You don’t have to conform to the world around you but let the world conform to you. It doesn’t matter that we look different because you are still my brother, my sister and I’ll pray for you no matter when or where. It shouldn’t be an issue of trying to be like someone else because if we are all living like we are supposed too then you trying to be like me should be you getting your walk with Christ right. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” God made each of us and yes our skin is different, our hair texture is different and the way we eat or dress is different but we are still the same underneath it all. No one has to act a certain way because the color of their skin dictates it but act the way you are supposed to act, the right way. We are all the same because we were all created by the same. “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him; Colossians 1:16.”
It amazes me how judgmental seasoned Christian sinners are. Yea, I said Christian sinners because we are all sinners but some of us play saved. I mean, how can you chastise a young girl for wearing a short skirt when that’s all you wore at her age instead of simply giving her something to put over her legs which may make her think about not wearing it again to church? You say a teenager shouldn’t do this, shouldn’t do that but what were you doing at that age? Didn’t you have to make mistakes in order to learn from them? It’s just mind blowing the rate we are losing our children to the streets and then we act like we don’t know why. Well baby, it’s because of folk who act like they’ve always kept all of God’s commandments when they are still sinning today. How do I know, because we’re human and will make mistakes? With the world today and the rapid rate of our children dying, we’ve got to make a change but we can’t do it pushing them away from God because some of them won’t get the chance to become adults and learn on their own. If every time a young lady or man comes to church and the first thing you do is start in on them about their makeup or clothes, you’re pushing them away. If you always got something to say about them having children out of wedlock, then you’re pushing them away. If you constantly bring them down because you think they should be living like they are 90, you are pushing them away. Don’t you know that God isn’t pleased? 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” However, if you’re judging or talking about them behind their backs instead of trying to teach them then you aren’t doing your Christian duty. We’ve got to get away from that old mentality of do as I say but not as I do because that isn’t working. We need to grab a hold of our children because we are losing too many and I’m tired of it. Instead of telling them how they should look or act in church, get back to the old church days and have a lock in and teach them how they should carry themselves. Why don’t you start fellowshipping with the youth and young adults in order to give them role models to look up too instead of sticking them in front of a TV while you go to bible study? Children now are maturing faster than we even thought possible which means the things that you did at 17-18 are now being done at 12-13. Stop waiting for the right time to have the talk about sex because you’re probably too late. Stop waiting to teach boys and girls how to be respectful young men and young women because the world will do it for you. It’s time out for judging and it’s time out for having topics that cannot be discussed at the church because if I can’t learn the right way from Christian folks then I’ll surely learn the wrong way from the world.
The bible says in 2 Timothy 3:5, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” You know how you shout on Sunday morning and then Sunday by 9:00pm you’ve already cussed 3 people out, you’re a mess! See, if you look like you’re saved but you don’t act like you are, I am supposed to avoid you because you’re what the bible describes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing ( Matthew 7:15) and if I let you get too close you may just attack me. As Christians, we have to understand what our role is which is why I posted the devotional about the Church Covenant which says, “We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.” It isn’t our role to clean up and save worldly folk but it’s our role to bring them in to hear God’s word and through their hearing they’ll want to study for themselves and through their studying, they accept God, confess a belief in him and be baptized. See, you have to study God’s word in order to get an understanding because through your understanding you find faith and faith covers you with God’s favor. It isn’t the water that saves you but it’s your faith in the power of the one who created the water. Matthew 3:11 says, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” It isn’t up to us to save folk because we can’t stamp their ticket to Heaven nor condemn them to hell, so stop acting like it. Show them through God’s light that is shining through you why they should be saved and not through the harsh words that come from your mouth. This is why the bible says in Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Yea, you may have a reputation for telling folks the hard truth and for running folks off from the church but you’re just like the seed that is talked about in Mark 4:14-15 that says, “The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.” Stop allowing how you used to be to affect who you are supposed to be. You have a responsibility to help fellow Christians but you are supposed to do so in a Christian way. And just because you think your way has been working, it doesn’t mean it has been. Why do you think everyone gets so busy when it’s time to work with you? If you don’t know then you need to take a hard look at yourself. We have to get back to doing God’s will before he takes his hands off of us. Let’s commit more to praying, helping and uplifting one another because sometimes you’re all the next person has. Don’t allow church to become a den of mess but allow it to be just what God has ordained it to be, a place of worship where he abides. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”