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Churches are sending out delinquency notices and now I see some are even sending out termination notices. There are so many churches to choose from. If i received this they wouldn’t have to worry about ever seeing me again.
I saw this on (www.theoldblackchurch.blogsspot.com) and I must admit I was taken aback. When did churches start sending collection notices? The pastor of this church is Dr. BR Fulton and the church is located in Tampa Florida. So what do you do when you receive this kind of notice? Answer: find another church. To put it mildly this is nonsense. To put it bluntly this is not how Christians treat other Christians. You need to know the difference between Christians and Church Folks. I love Christians, but I can’t stand Church folks. Some will ask what’s the difference?
Well here’s a list:
Church folks tear down other members.
Christians build up everyone they meet.
Church folks act like they are happy for your successes.
Christians really are actually happy for your success.
Church folks are extremely critical.
Christians will give correction, but they will always do it in love.
Church folks will give big so they can be viewed as big shots.
Christians cheerfully give what they have no matter how much it is.
Church folks worry and fret about what they wear to church.
Christians realize what is in the inside is more important than what is on the outside.
Church folks have a need to be seen doing good things.
Christians simply do good things
Church folks will come and see you when you are sick and tell everybody they did it.
Christians will come and see you, bring you a meal, and clean your house and not tell a soul.
Church folks say they love everybody.
Christians actually show love for everybody.
Marriage Equality advocates are celebrating all over this country. They are free to marry in all 50 states. That’s the law and we are a land governed by laws. The Supreme Court said it and that makes it so, but what if your religious beliefs conflict with this law? Your religious beliefs should not be compromised by this law. You are still free to believe that marriage is between a man and woman, and as a minister you should not be compelled to perform same sex ceremonies. You also have religious freedom and that has to be respected too, but if you have a business that caters to the public you can not use those beliefs as a means to discriminate. I’m not a psychic but I predict the lower courts are going to be very busy as we navigate between the law of the land and God’s law.
Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.
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Last night 9 people were killed at a prayer meeting held at a Charleston, South Carolina church. The shooter a white male in his twenties is still on the loose. He opened fire on people at Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. Right now the goal is to find the killer. We will deal with the why later. It is evil and heartbreaking. Christians are called to forgive but today we are simply called to grieve.
From Franklin Graham’s Facebook page:
Have you ever asked yourself–how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them. At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank. And guess what—we don’t have to shop at Tiffany & Co., there are plenty of other jewelry stores. This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice. Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.
What is Graham saying? He disagrees with the Wells Fargo bank’s stance on same sex relationships. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Franklin is a fundamentalist, strict construction Christian and it should come as no surprise that he would encourage his followers to follow his lead. This morning Whoopi Goldberg of The View took aim at Graham and she went as far as to question his Christianity. She has a right to her opinion just like Graham, but is it possible to disagree without the anger. It is possible to live in a world that respects everyone’s opinion not just the ones that agree with yours. Is this possible or does this thinking only exist in Utopia?
The headline expresses my impression of the show but read the linked story and share your thoughts.
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