Black Pastors Selling Their Congregants…

 

 

 

(#1 in a series.)

I  take the liberty to write on issues I deem topical at any given time, issues which in my humble opinion affect people’s lives on a daily basis.
I do so with the sole intention of effecting change and if at all possible making this world a better place.
Having had the audacity of taking it upon myself to have an opinion on issues of the day has definitely had its highs and lows.
Nevertheless, like hammering away at sold rock each blow brings the person wielding the hammer one step closer to his desired goal.
I write because I see directions those in power take and I know they will only lead to failure and destruction, generally at the tremendous loss of blood and treasure.

Someone asked me some time ago why I write?
I told him why as I stated above, yet I felt the question was curious, does one ask a Rapper why he raps, an actor why he acts, a singer why he sings?
One does not have to be a great rapper, actor, singer, or painter to pursue his chosen passion. Does one have to give an accounting why he chooses writing as a communication vehicle over say dance-hall reggae?
Writing is no different. Many Artistes never lived to see the acclaim their work garnered and that’s okay, as long as someone’s life is enhanced by that work.

The Rev. Darrell Scott, a pastor at Cleveland Heights’ New Spirit Revival Church Ohio and Donald Trump.

On the instances in which I dare to offer an opinion on issues whether its religion, race, politics or the rule of law or whatever,  I find that readers are the least interested in the issue of religion.
Yet despite this, the issue of religion touches our lives in ways we sometimes do not consider, and have larger and farther reaching consequences on our lives than any other subject.
For example, Donald Trump’s recent decision to unilaterally declare Jerusalem the capital of the  Israeli state to satisfy certain local pressures and to appease Benjamin Netanyahu will have far-reaching consequences, not just for the people living in that region but collaterally for the entire world.
Yet there is precious little if any dialogue on this far-reaching and consequential decision which Presidents of both political parties have avoided stepping into.

BIBLICAL PROPHECY SEEM TO BE COMING TO PASS EVEN AS WE MISS EVENTS WHICH BEAR OUT THOSE PROPHECIES

One does not have to be a Bible-thumping ideologue to agree that much of what is written in the Scriptures seem to be happening in front of our eyes today.  The Apostle Paul speaking to the Thessalonians (2) Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition.

Empty pews, churches closing.

Recent events have certainly seemed to be placing the Christian Church in disrepute. Here in the United States, many are looking at the Evangelical movement with increased suspicion and trepidation.
How they ask, can a movement which purports to represent the divine God be a movement which discriminates against others on the basis of race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs etc?
They argue correctly, that Jesus taught the concept of loving all people even when we disagree with them. In fact James 4:12 teaches  There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
Joel 3:12 Let the nations be aroused And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I will sit to judge All the surrounding nations.

According to the (Pewresearch.org), Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity in adulthood.
Several of the respondents in the Pew research poll think religion is too much like a business and others mention clergy sexual abuse scandals as reasons for their stance.
This is not unique to the United States, not only are Christians among young people not adhering to the faiths of their fathers, religious persecution forms a sizeable part of the reason people are shunning the faith.
According to the (guardian.com) The persecution of Christians is at a level we’ve not seen for many, many years and the main impact is the migration of Christian people. There are huge swaths of the world which are now experiencing a very sharp decline in the number of Christians.”
Forced falling away is falling away nonetheless, or is it?

Perhaps most consequential to the conversation is the fact that these are young people who were raised as members of different religious faiths, not just Christianity are now turning their backs on the faiths they previously held.
Is this the falling away of which the Bible speaks, are we there yet?
Like everyone else Christians are entitled to their political beliefs, churches of various faiths are ripe and pliant institutions to be manipulated for political purposes, evangelical congregations are no exceptions.
Let us be reasonable it takes some degree of faith to believe wholeheartedly in someone you have never seen and a thing you cannot prove.
swaying congregations, however, depends on whether you are able to convince the Pastors of those congregations about the validity of your cause, or make some offer which makes it worthwhile for him.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) speaks to the media after meeting with a group of black pastors at his office in the Manhattan borough of New York November 30, 2015.

The tragedy inherent in those deals is that there is precious little in it for the congregants. The Pastors generally do well whenever they attach themselves to campaigns even if money never changes hands.
The press and exposure they receive elevate them within their communities and that generally translates into more money for them usually as they become more sought after to speak to different congregations.
It’s a kind of I wash your back you wash mine which has precious little to do with the interest of their congregations much less the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sadly for many, they are manipulated on the basis of race, come Sunday morning the churches across America are some of the most segregated places where people gather.
How could people who claim to worship the same God be unwilling to coexist as brothers and sisters, children of that same God you ask?
Despite this major discrepancy, some church leaders are willing to sell their flock for a mere photo-op, despite knowing that the cause to which they are selling them is antithetical to their very existence.

This Article is one in a series of several which will be written on this subject.
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