I just feel like I need to talk to my faith-similar folks for a second.
I’m a life-long Christian and I was raised by a village of protectors and guardians who included my Grandmother, a lover of the Lord (with all her heart and soul). She taught me that being a Christian is more than reading the Bible and wearing a crucifix around your neck. Honestly, it was simple: be a good person and put the energy you want to receive back into the world.
The Bible is a guide but you don’t need to be able to quote scriptures to be a good Christian. How you live is what really speaks of your faith, more than the words you spew. None of what Grandma taught me (and none of what I know is true) said “Use Jesus as your crutch and savior when you do or say something stupid.”
I’m so over these some of you so-called followers of Christ who bring His name up to defend your foolery. There’s countless examples of them, but I’ll just mention three. There’s the people of Westboro Baptist Church, who are committed to showing us that you can build a denomination based on the hate of all people who are different from you. They are the stubborn lice on all our scalps and what they stand for could not be anymore anti-Christ.
Then there’s folks like Antoine Dodson who say they’ve prayed their gay away and will do the same if their kids fall into the same trap. LAWD! Because THE GEIGH is apparently a bacteria and prayer is the antibiotics for it.
Of course, there’s the bride who decided to strap her baby to the back of her wedding dress. When criticized about it, she told us “we do what we want when we want long as Jesus on our side.” How does she know Jesus didn’t cross the street when He saw her coming?
We stay invoking the name of the Lord for our couthless behavior and that ain’t right. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John didn’t evangelize just for us to be out here using God as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. I know Jesus paid for our sins but they didn’t break wonder bread at the Last Supper so we can be lying on Him like this.
A saint is just a sinner who fell down, right? Well some of us sinners fall down, stay there and then use God as the reason why we got on the floor. No ma’ams and sirs. You have free will too.
But you know what? We are being led astray because some of the people we’ve put in positions of authority to speak with God’s authority are liars and cheats. We’re playing “follow the leader” behind folks who are guiding us towards all types of dens of iniquity.
Like Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, who decided to throw “These hoes ain’t loyal” into one of his sermons. If he wants to talk about hoes who ain’t loyal, he better look in the mirror because his ex-wife (who he cheated on) would probably want to buy him a t-shirt with that phrase on it. OOPS. Yes, I went there. Google Maps directed me. If that ain’t the pot calling the kettle disloyal… I wrote about it for TheGrio so check that out.
Chile, I don’t have time. Alls I know is that you can’t represent hate, misogyny, discrimination and lack of common sense while saying you’re acting on behalf of Christ. Get some decorum about your lifespace.
Saints and Aints, let us live life well and good but please leave Sweet Alabaster 6 lb 10 oz Brown Baby Jesus out of your shenanigans. AMEN?? Amen. That is all.
Yours in Fellowship,
P.S. Please give money to the building fund. The ushers need an expanded closet where they will store their gloves and other accessories. See Sister O’Dell after services. We don’t accept check or the Rush Card. Kthx.
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