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 Don Lemon kicked off his show by holding a poster with the N-word emblazoned on it. He first showed the confederate battle flag then the sign. He was trying to make a point in a provocative way and he achieved his goal but at what cost. Did he go too far to prove his point? Should his bosses at CNN have approved this display? Share your thoughts.
Churches welcome anybody. You can come dressed up, dressed down, downtrodden, depressed, and stressed. Whosoever will let him come, but do we need to re-think the churches approach to people? On Good Friday my pastor was ministering on stage and a man walked from the back of the auditorium to the stage and attempted to give the pastor a note. No usher stopped his progress. Fortunately, he was harmless, but what if he had an evil agenda? We have got to be more careful. When Dylann Root walked into Emanuel AME church last night did anybody feel uneasy about his presence? We might never know, but what this tells us is we live in dangerous times and we have stop being politically correct. If someone looks odd or out of place we have to stand up boldly and ask some questions. We might offend some, but we can only apologize later if we are alive. Root is still on the loose and people will be asking why? There is no answer, but we have to accept the sad fact there are no safe spaces. So we have to learn to pray with eyes wide open as we worship the Lord and keep an eye on our neighbors.
Matthew 26:41-“Watch and Pray…”
Over the past few weeks the media has been obsessed with the Duggars. We all know that Josh Duggar, the eldest son has admitted inappropriately toughing 5 girls when he was a young teenager. His parents sought counselling and they initially tried to handle this as a family matter. They did finally take him to law enforcement where he received favorable treatment. Josh Duggar’s behavior can not be excused, but is this what is fueling the frenzy? No the media is using this scandal to chastise the Duggars for their beliefs, and not just beliefs, but for having the nerve to share their beliefs on the public stage. Their strict interpretation of the Bible and their strict adherence to the Word is galling to the media. It is funny that free speech is respected and protected as long as you are saying what the new normal agrees with, but it you don’t get out the pitchforks. I don’t agree with the Duggars on a number of issues, but in this country they have a right to verbalize their beliefs. No, they don’t have a right to a television show. The sponsors will sort that out for them, but to see Whoopi Goldberg spelling out how they aren’t Christians is a road too far. Every network has brought out their legal eagles to say the statute of limitations is over so Josh Duggar faces no prosecution, so instead we have the privilege of watching the persecution of the Duggars.
We met Caitlyn Jenner yesterday. Her introduction was met with celebration. Even the president tweeted his support. She is finally living in her own truth, but what happens to the people who were a part of Bruce Jenner’s life? How do his ex-wives feel about his truth? How do his children feel about his truth? Some will say this is none of our business, but Jenner is a part of reality television. He lived his life on camera and in the summer she will be taking us along on her transition journey. So she is living her truth, but another truth is there are people in his past life who are also forced to live it with her.
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Mike Huckabee’s response to Josh Duggar’s confession:
Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.
The one word he did not use was “crime”. Josh Duggar committed a crime and he was not prosecuted for it. We often have heard the phrase”no one is above the law”, but the problem is the law is not applied the same way to everyone. This is not a case of a blood thirsty media. The Duggars over the years have cultivated a brand and that brand is purity, goodness and godliness. They have held themselves up as an example. So when you do something that contradicts that brand you are going to have to take the heat. The Duggars are not the victims in this scenario. They received special treatment. Josh Duggar did make a mistake but this mistake was a crime and I wonder would Huckabee extend this same level of forgiveness to a kid from the southside of Chicago.
Where are the cameras? Where is the outrage? How long will this be considered normal? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Wle often hear people say after every racial incident that we need to have a national conversation on race, but what does that really men? When you have a honest conversation on anything often people get their feelings hurt. Are we mature enough to handle the truth? A Duke professor, Jerry Hough is on leave for posting some racial comments on a NYT article. His comments are his personal opinion. I find them offensive but is racist the right description? Read the linked article and share your thoughts.