Monday, February 20, 2012

The Book of H&T (Chapter 16)

Hello America,

I am giving up my morning mediation time to write early this morning.........

We are in the midst of black history month, and everything but respect of what our ancestors as they belong to all of us did for us is being disrespected for hate, politics, and bitterness and it is time to stop.

There was a new preacher yesterday, not new but in regards to the message that we have been receiving.

I am going through a bit of turmoil myself, couldn't even walk down the aisle yesterday to tithe because my feet are swollen.  My blood pressure is up, there are some legal issues looming in my life that I am going to have make a decision on.  I am not in any trouble, for this time I am in the victim and because of political reasons...... the case is starting to pick up momentum.

So I wasn't in the best mood when I went to church, but as always I am glad that I am.  We have been learning through our television shows different lessons.....

standing up and fighting every day.

the damndest things bring us together.

So why not continue.......

I can't watch the Whitney Houson funeral for it represents more than just a singer to me, that woman resonated to me on so many levels.  And musically.......

It hurts and the only other person I mourn for is Gerald Levert.  I can't hear no songs, although I heard Stevie's set..... couldn't do R. Kelly, nothing personal, just it was already too much by then.

However, early Saturday as it was going on, I did hear Kevin Costner's speech.  Me and God have a dysfunctional relationship like that.... No matter what I don't plan on hearing, he finds a way for me to hear what I need as I was literally on break from work and had to eat.  I'm at my parents house, every television in the house watching the memorial.

Kevin Coster is one of my favorite actors, he reminds of Clarence L. Williams in regards to his acting skills.  Not the cutest, but his subtleties are just bananas.

My favorite movie from him is with Cheech and I can't remember her name, but the lady who played Riggs' girlfriend on the last two Lethal Weapons..... Tin Cup.

A story about never giving up, a story about redemption.......which I think is Kevin Costner.

As he talked, he based his story on what he and Whitney had in common: faith and the baptist church.

Kind of odd, for two hollywood celebrities in their own right.........

He talked about how he held out for Whitney Houston to do the movie The Bodyguard.  I don't think he did it because he is some super smart movie genius.

I think he did because he prayed upon it..........

And when God speaks to your heart and you grow up in the church, the older you get, the more you understand the importance of adhering to his words.......

Mr. Costner made the remark that he was scared that God was going to make him a preacher...and that he was going to miss all the "fun" lol........  Amen brother, Amen.....

But the question I ask Mr. Costner, is the same I ask of you, whose to say he wasn't?

For all bs aside, a lot more people learned about God and the ties of the church Saturday afternoon that haven't been in church in a long time.....

Just b/c your congregation sits in their home and your pulpit is inside hollywood don't mean you ain't preaching, if you speaking God's truth.

The preacher yesterday resonates to me differently for personal reasons... Just as much as he has seen me grow up literally, I have seen him grow in his faith, grow into his singing voice, grow into his truth....

And because of that, his words hit me a little differently because I can't look at him at times, without my mind going back to where I used to be.  I wasn't always where I am at now.

And the text is below and it is about the rich man and lazarus, and the message of the sermon was about what goes around comes around.....

and as we celebrate black history month, we have achieved the ultimate turnaround by the election of Barack Obama, and how the importance of water thoroughout the bible is reflective of the church...

But I prayed on that message, and I did something I rarely do, I prayed on the text, I didn't write any notes so let's so see where it goes from here.

Monday Morning, no edit, no notes, no themes.

I chose to focus on verse 31 which is highlight and in italics.

 19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
 30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
 31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead

Basically, the rich man lived his life, didn't apologize for it, did what he did, asked for a favor and God told him nah son, you had yours then.  If you had thrown a little kindness to Lazarus, I wouldn't be throwing you shade right now.  The rich man says allright I can dig it, I ain't cool with it, but I can respect it, I did...... do me, and I did it well.  But on the cool, go tell my brothers, because all bs aside, I don't want them down here.

God is the same God he is then, that he is now.  So God replies like for what?  And waste my time, they got prophets, the word is there.......

And the rich man says, they hardheaded, they think like me they need to see something special or hear from Lazarus, or Luke, Paul, Saul, somebody themselves, you need to make it personal.........

And God says......
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead

What does that mean?

God is basically saying if your brothers can't believe after I have sent Jesus down here, rose from the dead, with these Romans, all these prophets, and feeding folk then I ain't got s*** else for ya bruh...

The preacher made an excellent point about the reference to water throughout the bible, but historically water represents emotion, whether it is faith or courage, it represents the basic act to emote, to draw some visceral from a non-physical source if you will.

I think some of us because we don't like all that God does, don't give him credit.

God is a powerful God. 

God is an omnipotent God.

But God is also an honest God.

He knows why he creates what he creates for a reason.

Let me just state this.

The act of slavery originated in Africa.  Wasn't no white man there, it was a way to pay off debts, in some societies you were born in it.

When the African and some of the Irish slaves were brought over here, it wasn't no catching folk in the jungle like some damn possums..... that is for the TV.

Some slaves were openly bought, with the invention of firearms, some slaves just do like we all do, saw the gun, saw somebody get shot and was like for all this I WILL get on the bus.

Was it cruel? Hell yes, but please the lies of thinking it was just the evil white man has to stop...

Slavery got turned into something else, because the men in power did not honor the honorable principles it was founded on..

We especially as black people need to realize that blacks outnumbered whites especially in the south, sometimes a ratio to 20 to 1.  If black men were creating filaments, and designing cities and all of this type of stuff Black inventors, learn how much Black folk have contributed OUTSIDE OF SPORTS AND MUSIC.

check out the link......

Then some of us need to ask the question, why in the hell as they were in "hell" didn't they build a boat to go home?

Not being an ass, this morning, I want some of us to think, as some of us are growing in power and influence especially amongst these children and as the last verse pointed out, God and I and some of us recognize, some folk you can't tell s*** to, they don't want to hear the truth, they prefer they lies.......

But our children are something else......

You know why they didn't build a boat and go home, because despite all the bull, despite all of the hell, our forefathers here had an idea, if we help build a great nation, then maybe we will be part of this nation.

And in hindsight, they were, Thomas Jefferson's family reunion shows that jungle fever started way before Spike Lee made a movie about it.

But the black legacy in politics and government DID NOT START WITH BARACK OBAMA, NOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

Harriet Tubman was a soldier in the army for a Republican President.

Frederick Douglas was the first black senator, not damn Barack........

and before some of you all raise your mouth to say they was just fooled, they was just this.........

THEY LIVED SLAVERY, YOU DIDN'T AND TRUST IT WASN'T NO CRUEL MESS THAT WAS GOING ON WITH THEM, THAT WASN'T GOING ON IN THE 60's.  The difference was that in the 60's in the 1900s, there was less honor and respect that it was of the 60's in the 1800s.

They helped join and build a party that was built on creating the opportunity for all parties.

If anyone had a reason and a right to use the race card, they did, but they had the audacity to wanted to be judged by the content of their character LONG BEFORE MLK had a dream, a winkling, a thought.

We use words like Uncle Tom, not knowing that Uncle Tom was actually a slave and a former slave that was a pillar to his community.

I don't know what all happened in the 60's, I can only speak of what is now.  My generation is different, we violent........

That's not a good thing, that's not a bad thing.  That's a if you call me that in my face, or let's some dogs loose on me and my family, we coming with more than a march thing.......

So a lot of things we didn't experience, however, there are things that are common in life to all of us.

As Mr. Costner pointed out, in a baptist church, White, Black, Korean, it don't matter.....a lot of us feet didn't hit the ground......when we acted a fool.

A lot of folk don't like Barack because he's black, why I don't know because he is the first to tell you when he is NOT campaigning in front of black folk, he ain't all the way black.  And no black people, it is not what you see him as that is important, can't you learn from the verse, it is what he sees himself as.

His daddy's daddy wasn't no cotton picker, his people on his black side were proud Africans with a legacy he can trace, he wasn't from no Chicken Georges, and no Aunt Kizzy's......

A lot of folk stand by Barack because he is black when black unemployment ESPECIALLY FOR OUR YOUTH, have skyrocketed to numbers not seen in 40s years.

I know Bush is powerful, but damn.........  I would like to think if he had all that power, he would found Bin Laden ;) slapped him around on WWF with the Rock or something ;)

As this verse tells us....... as the preacher told us yesterday, as Kevin Costner told us the other day, you never know what drops of water you may need, and where they may come from.  Whether it is from tears of laughter shared between a brother and sister in Christ about childhood memories, or whether is is from the drops from the tears of pride watching someone find his "Daddy" in his sermon, whether it is drops of truth from a verse.

The Republican Party was started in most part because of black people and their struggle for equality and it is suffered because the descendants of those ancestors that had the audacity to fight blindly for a future that knew that they would never see......... ain't where they supposed to.

And the black church in particular.........is a big reason for that.

Ain't saying what needed to be done in the past wasn't needed.......

I am saying is that its time to let some things go.......

Trust me it's hard.......

I was mislabeled a felon for 13 years, with a college education designed for a career without, got beat so bad I can never have children when all I ever wanted to do is have a family, still going through identity theft that started from family and friends thinking I'm just a child, I need to do my part to empower someone's bull......

I got reasons to be bitter to be to this nation, my state, my community every day........

But I remember that my struggle ain't no better than nobody's elses......

I remember that last verse, and I don't want God to tell me, Tiffani, I can't do s*** else for you.

So I get up everyday, and have the audacity to let the past go, the best I can........

It would be the nice for some of us to do the same.

Ain't easy, I fail in someway every single.

Tears flowing from the beginning of the song, I am going to use today.

But for the future of this nation, b/c the past is gone, the present is fleeting.......

For these babies,

I have to keep fighting.......

To Barack Obama.....  it ain't by missed that while you blaming Muslims trying to start a Christian vs Muslims war, that the country that has been empowered by your bull more than anyone is Russia and China second..........

For Mr. Obama and these Russians

 Эти дети оказываются перед будущим. Все эти американские дети, всех цветов, и ничто ничего, что вы и ваши товарищи придумали уничтожить этот народ. У Бога есть план для каждого из нас, так что считайте меня Анджелина Джоли в соль, и Бог позволил мне выпрыгнуть из вертолета, что и я иду до Потомака ..........

He live in Chicago.........somebody will translate.......

Hunger, Crime, living don't have no color requirement just a life requirement.

And to the GOP, when Michelle Bachmann and Tiffani Mims, and other females are pushed to the side for Mitt to lose again to Obama, and Rick......, it is the truth,

we are a sexist party,

we are a racist party,

because the founders were kicked out b/c we let JFK feed them some racist, socialist bull and we let these social conservatives fill their place and until we get the courage to use this month and every month after to remember our roots........

we deserve to lose......

 "Fabulous"


Drug case got caught up in some s***,
parole fees, rehab can't buy no more rims,
  they say I gotta get a job,
but I gotta check drug felony next to my name

Young girl she sees her crush has grown just enough,
so she learned the difference between love and some lust
because she let him bust.....charge that to the game


and the rest I'll post tomorrow...........because this post will stand until Tuesday......  It is Jahiem's Fabulous, from one of my alltime favorite albums Still Ghetto, produced by Divine Mills, owned by Queen Latifah....

just for those who need a connect to popular culture....

I'll finish up this evening.

Some of us need to decide if versus 31 is what God is going to tell us, that despite it all, THIS IS THE BEST DAMN COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AIN'T IT AIN'T GOING TO GET NO BETTER.
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