Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Hallujah!! It's Offering Time
I am not a religious man. I believe in God, but I just do not get organized religion.
My fellow Black brothers and sisters have got to be the most God Fearing, Jesus worshipping, shouting, Holy Ghost having, church every Sunday (after the club)people on the face of the earth.
We are known to fill up a church on Sunday morning.
We are known to praise Jesus whenever something good happens and it must be 'Gods will' when something bad happens.
All of this is all good.
Everyone needs something to believe in, whether it be Jesus, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha whatever those scientilogists believe in or even that big oak tree in Big Mamma's front yard. We all need to have faith that there is something better in our lives. Something that protects us and guides us through bad times.
I damn sure need it.
Anyways my question is....
What the hell has organized religion ever done to benefit Black America?
Why is it that the church is full of millions of Men of God, Women of God, and Child of Gods every Sunday,and sometimes Wednesday,Thursday and Friday nights, and the jails are full of those same Men of God, Women of God and Child of Gods?
Why are our neighborhoods so full of despair and negativity when we walk with the Lord every Sunday?
Why are the preachers of these Churches the only ones in their community that does not live in their community? I am pretty sure that Sister Betty does not live in the same Gated community that the beloved Bishop lives in.
Why do rappers get on stage and pray for God to continue to bless them and right after the Amen they start rapping about Hoes, drugs, killing another Child of God and making fast money?
Why do all those big name preachers leave their flock to try their run at public office?
Doesn't it say in the Constitution that church and state is supposed to be separated?
And we all know that politicians are the most corrupt, lying, cheating motherfuckers to walk the earth. So why do so many 'spreaders of the word' try to join them?
I would bet that besides the neighborhood drug dealers and hustlers, Religion is the most prosperous business in the Black community.
Religion does not do anything but get paid off all our fears.
It exploits the community to give 10% of their pennies to the church every Sunday, while most of the flock in the church is struggling to keep their lights on.
If we don't support the church, we are all doomed to live a pain filled life in hell for eternity.
I don't understand the mentality of my people. It is like we have been beaten up so much in our short time in America that we will grasp onto anyone and anything that hints at something better.
Like I said... I believe in God, I pray everyday for guidance and strength.
I pray for knowledge and I pray for understanding.
I do go to church every now and then, because it does feel good to be around so much positive energy, but I cannot get down with organized religion.
I believe that the bible says all we have to do is accept him and his son, repent our sins, try to treat others in the best way possible and try to live our lives as well as we can.
As far as I can tell there is nothing in there that says I have to be a member of Holy Trinity Brotherhood Episcopal Southern AME Methodist Mega Church to be accepted by him.
Well, the preacher on Sunday did say that I have to have a 'church home' or I was not saved.
Maybe God told him that while he was driving his big bodied Mercedes on the way from his suburban mansion to his Mega Church in the hood.