Shame In the Headlines

Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Earlier this week local, regional and national news kept the Tom Brady shirt-gate going on as if this football jersey was the alleged Shroud of Turin.

The state of Texas even had the Texas Rangers on the case. Enter also, the FBI.

Now, the 5 times all-star, Super Bowl winner’s jersey was found and the alleged thief is in hiding.

The newscasters were ecstatic and declaring that this worn and sweaty football jersey was worth close to a million dollars. It also turned out that another of Brady’s jerseys was also found in the possession of the alleged thief.

With this entire clamor over a stolen football jersey and it making headlines, I could not help to shake my head in disgust because there is more dire human news taking place in the world and a football jersey should never be one of them.

Right now, one of the most horrific tragedies of the making of mankind is that which is happening in South Sudan. A civil war has been going on and the results of this war has brought famine among six million people.

Is Tom Brady responsible for the shirt-gate headlines? No he is not. He is merely a victim of a crime and some news executives are only looking at how they can boost their ratings and increase their earnings.

Shame in the headlines has more to do with the lack of empathy from some news organizations.

America’s mainstream news over the past several years has become nothing more than the dumbing down of Americans.

We have to look within ourselves to determine where our priorities lie when it comes to what we are doing to bring on this detachment from human suffering.

Is a stolen, used and sweaty jersey worn by a wealthy football player more newsworthy than people dying?

To me that is a resounding no. Life is more precious than material things and sports.

Of course, everyone will not agree with me on this matter and that is fine.

But, while the shirt-gate has come to a conclusion the people starving in South Sudan has not ended.

Finally, let us continue to pray for the people in London and to the families who lost loved ones and the injured in yet another senseless terrorist attack.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

The Choice of Health

As promised. I am quiet happy to introduce to you someone I have known for years as a friend and fellow thespian. Kat Robertson.

Kat is a gifted artist and author. But for years, Kat has made healthy living one of her missions to educate others not only about preventative measures to maintain good health but also being involve in keeping the environment safe for the future. Kat loves the Lord and  I look forward to many other contributions from Kat to the Counterfeit Christian blog,

I Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

The Choice of Health
by Kat Robertson

The most valuable thing we each have is our heath. Those who suffer from poor health truly understand the blessing of excellent health in the light of life that has to be fought for. We must decide to make consciously healthy life choices because life is a gift that we cannot afford to take for granite. Poor health resulting from dire life choices only exacerbates the devastating conclusion that no amount of money can replace health once it is lost.

If you didn’t know that there is a conspiracy to take away your health one choice at a time, then it’s time to accept the fact. We represent dollar signs in the eyes of multiple corporations that can and will sell us anything. They encourage addictions to their products and like insects in a spider’s web, we get caught in the lie that we want/need/must have “something”.  Fast food, Bluetooth, wireless technology throughout our homes, etc. are all things we are taught that we cannot live without; serving the purpose of making our lives easier and more convenient. Yet very little is mentioned of the downside, the harmful effects that such addictive conveniences can have on our heath.

The phrase “profits before people” is not only a train of thought reflecting how little life is valued in our society, but it also suggests a larger purpose, that of decreasing the human population on earth.  Only the extremely wealthy could possibly benefit from this. In this scenario we become pawns blindly following the recommendations of our medical professionals and their diagnosis that lead to a dependency on prescription drugs and ultimately evasive medical treatments in an effort to “help” us regain our health.  As we suffer a decrease in our health; these corporations continue to increase their bottom line. Since prescription drugs often carry side effects that are worse than the purpose for taking the drug, one does begin to wonder just how much of this theory is a conspiracy and how much is based upon truth.  Far too many people are actually experiencing a decrease in the quality and longevity of their lives.

I am not suggesting that medicine is evil or doctors are only interested in experimenting and making money from you. To the contrary, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with doctors who were very diligent in their care with me. Obviously there are times when medical attention is crucial. However, the purpose of this series is to encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. You should know more about your health than any medical professional because you live with you. You are aware of the intricacies of your day-to-day routines and the effect they have on your well-being. It’s time to make a decision not to poison your body with anything in excess and minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals and technology. Choose not to have to fight your way back from a devastating cancer diagnosis and instead elect to go for health conscious alternatives.

I will share my stories along with those of others who have learned through experience how to maintain their own optimal health. There is a wealth of information available to us and the internet puts it at our fingertips. Our bodies are to be the temple in which the indwelling Spirit of God can live. It is up to us to be the caretakers we were created to be.

Abundant Health!

Dr. George Carlo EMF Cell Phone Dangers
http://www.emfnews.org/articles.html

Today Is A Day Without A Woman

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

Today, we are recognizing  A Day Without A Woman and International Women’s Day.

No matter where you may stand on this particular day, for or against it, we have got to give credit to God for showing Adam that he needed a help meet.

When I awoke this morning, I didn’t put too much emphasis on this day because it was just, so I was thinking, just another day. My plans were pretty much already set for the “things I have to do” and the “class I plan to attend,” later today.

But, when I turned on my laptop and went to check my email and view the national headlines, there it was. The headlines, A Day Without A Woman rallies will be taking place across America.

This year, so far, has indeed become an exciting time for women who never thought to protest and spearhead groups of vibrant women of all ages, ethnicities and races, to make their voices be heard with their elected officials.

There is a spirit of like-mindedness and unity that is putting some of the most unlikely of women, together. And that is a good thing.

Although, it would be great to see all women taking the day off, it cannot happen for those women who are taking care of their families, working to maintain their household and those women who are making a difference in the lives of those in need of their help (doctors, nurses, missionaries, volunteers, etc).

And although a number of women cannot be out in the streets rallying for a particular cause, today, A Day Without A Woman is still making an impact for our young girls.

Sure, A Day Without A Woman might have seen far-fetch when it was first presented.

But it can’t be ignore…nor should it be.

Regardless of how many women show-up or don’t show-up to their jobs.

A Day Without A Woman is affecting this world and thank God it’s for the good of mankind.

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Woman. I am.

We Are All Refugees

Leviticus 19 33 ‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

A little boy asked his mother why the man standing next to them was calling them nasty names.

The mother pretended not to hear the boy.

Yet, the little boy was very insistent on wanting to know why this stranger was calling them names and making despicable gestures with his finger.

As I watched as this scene played out. I slowly approached the woman and her son and asked if I could be of any help to them.

The woman shook her head and grabbed her son’s hand and walked away.

When I turned to face this ignorant man who was about ready to follow the woman and her son, I stepped in front of him.

“Just what is your problem, sir? Why are you harassing that woman and her child?” I asked in a soft, non-threatening voice.

“She’s a terrorist! And you need to mind your own damn business!” retorted this man to me in a loud voice.

Right away, people nearby heard this man’s reply to me.

“Miss, is this man bothering you?” a gentleman asked across from me.

“He’s crazy” another woman yelled over to us. “He’s always bothering people.”

“Why don’t all of you kiss my…” the man shouted and then rushed out of the store.

A few moments later, the mother and her son showed back up.

“Thank you Miss,” the mother said to me in a heavy accent. “I don’t want any trouble. I just want peace.”

I looked at the woman and reached out to hug her. But she backed away.

“No. Not necessary,” the woman told me. “I know you care. Thank you.”

The woman and her young son exited the store where there was a gentleman waiting near a white van filled with people. As the van slowly drove out of the parking lot, it was evident, she was probably a newly place refugee from a war-torn nation.

Now, imagine how you would feel if America found itself at war and our land was devastated and our way of life was turn upside down. Could anyone of us grapple with the truth that this is a real possibility?

War, disaster and death can happen at any time and in any nation.

That’s why I am dumbfounded that some Americans have taken to outward hate and intolerance without first thinking, “yet but for the grace of God, go I.”

One thing we all need to keep in our thoughts…we are all refugees.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video)

Loving Your LGBT Children

Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

This is a conversation over heard in a restaurant by two gentlemen in their early fifties.

“What time do we have to get back?”

“We got enough time to drink our coffee. So, man…what’s up with you? Still dealing with that son of yours?”

“I am so ashamed. I just don’t know what to say or to do about it.”

“What do you have to be ashamed about? This doesn’t have anything to do with you…right?”

“Well. Yes. It does.”

“Anyway, I wouldn’t put too much into it. These kids nowadays do it all.”

“But, I didn’t see this coming. My son has a good head on his shoulders and just got hired at a large accounting firm…I just can’t figure out why he now wants to tell people that he is gay. It makes no sense to me….none whatsoever.”

“Look at it this way, Josh. Thank God he’s grown…you don’t have to deal with it. Besides, he will eventually get it together.”

“I don’t think so. He and I had a terrible argument last evening and his mother had to pull us apart.”

“Well, maybe you should leave him alone for right now. Sounds like the two of you need some space.”

“I thought about that…but you know…I just love my son so much….and I don’t want to see him get hurt…you know what I mean?”

His friend nodded his head and the two men sat across from each other in total silence.

No matter how much a parent may desire for their child to be perfect, it will not happen. No one is perfect.

So what does a parent do when their children declares they have chosen to live their life that goes against the Word of God?

One thing to be sure is that you don’t stop loving your LGBT children.

You have to love your children. Unconditionally love your child. Pray for your children.

But one thing you must never do is to compromise your belief, nor allow the devil to deter you from doing what the Lord requires us to do.

Finally, for all those Christians who believe that creating and establishing laws and regulations to force someone to be “straight” it is useless.

Loving your LGBT children is the love that a child needs.

Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Homosexuality: A Christian View – Christian Parents with Gay Children

No Mexicans, No Minorities, No Muslims

Acts 17:26 – And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

In the year 2000, there was a play titled, No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. This American work of penmanship was written by playwright John Henry Redwood.

Then in 2014, playwright Tom O’Brien wrote the two-act play, No Blacks, No Dogs, No Poles.

I bring up these two plays because of the racial and social divide that is taking place right here in America in 2017.

As we start off this new week, I am constantly reminded that I am a child of God and that no weapon form against me shall prosper.

Yet, in my heart, I am sadden when I witness crowds of adoring Trump followers bask in his ignorant rants and speeches about building walls, seizing illegal immigrants and deporting them and denying entrance to Muslims because of where they live.

And all his speeches are what can be considered, “dog whistles,” to his voting base.

He has also continually gone after the press by questioning their credibility and labeling certain news outlets as being fake news.

But the greatest of his offenses is that this man is a blatant liar and these are the lies (which he tells continually) that he consistently throws out to the public that all Muslims are terrorists, all Mexicans are bad people and are illegally living here and all Minorities are poor, uneducated, living in urban areas and are dangerous.

To be honest, I have had my filled of Donald Trump and his divisive antics. He has put more toxicity in the atmosphere that it has polluted the hearts and minds of people living outside of America.

But Trump can’t take total responsibility for his irresponsible behavior. His followers are just as guilty for supporting and pushing his agenda…and I might say, with much glee.

A good friend who passed away a few years ago had a saying that resonates today.

“When you point one finger at someone…four fingers are pointing back at you.”

Americans who bear hate and discord will eventually pay a heavy price. I just pray that they abandon their over joy of demeaning and trying to destroy their fellow human-beings before it is too late.

We got to face the truth that hate is the cornerstone of sin.

Will Trump followers abandon this man of lies?

I doubt it. Even when the facts are in front of them they would prefer to believe his lies.

So for those who are not fooled by Donald Trump, I ask you to take time to pray.

And after praying, just think on this title for a few more moments.

No Mexicans, No Minorities, No Muslims.

It will just be a matter of time when the title will change to other races, ethnic groups, genders or those of different religions.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Praying Grandmothers

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 2 Timothy 1:5

Last night I had the privilege to attend a combined community service of churches, government officials. Law enforcement officers and students to pray and celebrate Black History Month.

This was the first time an event of this nature had taken place in our township and it was in part due to our mayor who thought outside of the box to focus on a spiritual awakening in these uncertain times.

Our pastor was one of the individuals involved in the planning of this wonderful event. And when he spoke to those in attendance, there was an instance in which he spoke about, “we all having a praying grandmother.”

Yes, I can remember just as if it was yesterday, my grandmother who spent her waking hours humming Negro spirituals, while she was doing housework, cooking or ironing.

And when my grandmother was sewing and sitting in her favorite chair in her bedroom, she would be listening to gospel music or a sermon on the radio.

But when my grandmother closed her eyes and began rocking back and forth in her chair or on the edge of her bed. I knew my grandmother was praying and I dare not interrupt her.

Momma, as we called my grandmother, believed in the Lord. One of the many things I admired about my grandmother was that even though she knew who Jesus was in her life, she never carried a “beat you over the head with a bible” mentality. No, my grandmother let Christ live through her.

A praying grandmother is a powerful woman. Especially, the grandmother who recognizes that she can move mountains and turn the world upside down, when she pours out her heart and petitions on behalf of others.

I know a few praying grandmothers that are so in-tune and in-touch with the Lord, that if I would go to them and ask for prayer for a person, situation or circumstance, their prayer will be heard and answer.

Praying grandmothers are needed today. Especially, here in America.

A praying grandmother is a sight to behold and a blessing to those who know her.

God bless, praying grandmothers.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Helen Baylor – I Had a Praying Grandmother

Valentine’s Day Christian Style

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2

If you are someone trying your best to avoid all the hoopla over Valentine’s Day, then you are not alone.

Valentine’s Day is supposedly an ancient Roman festival known as Lupercalia (celebrated on February 15th) which purpose was to keep out an evil spirit and secure fertility.

The festival required that two young males would be covered in goat skin. The two young males pretended to be goats and would run around slapping people with goat skin strips. These young males represented the embodiment of sexuality. It was also in honor of Faunus a Roman religion.

Now imagine that.

The Lupercalia festival was around during Christian times and was kept around until the 5th Century.

It was Pope Gelasius I, Saint, who took Lupercalia as a Christian feast day around circa 496 declaring February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day.  One explanation is that three early Christian saints with the same name of Valentine were all to have been martyred on February 14th.

But, whatever one chooses to believe about the celebration of Valentine’s Day, it brings a great deal attention about love.

Funny isn’t it how one day out of the year can bring such splendid and at the same time heartbreak and despair. And we know why. Valentine’s Day is not about the real meaning of love.

Now if we could only celebrate the love of loving like Christ shows to us each day, perhaps we wouldn’t have to wait for a pagan festival to tell us that we ought to show love to those we are close to.

Valentine’s Day Christian style would be a most beautiful day but it doesn’t exist and will never exist. Why?

Valentine’s Day Christian style is pretty much as a pagan festival today as it was in the beginning.

If we only consider overthrowing the commercialism of love and get down to the simple explanation of what Christ has taught us.

We should just live to love.

In Him Alone,

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

In 2016 1.7 Billion was spent on Valentine’s Day

 

We Need to Know

Isaiah 10:1-3

 

Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans. Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?

Trump’s FCC Blocks ISPs from Giving Low-Income Families Web Access

Guess what folks.

We need to know what is taking place everyday that Donald J. Trump is president.

President Trump has been in office now for nearly three weeks and his actions to disrupt Washington, D.C. is affecting we the 99 percent and not the 1 percent.

This president  also had his appointees in federal agencies and bureaus to make major removal of regulations that were set in place during the Obama administration to help the middle and low-income wage earners.

Do you know what is most irritating to date is that mainstream media is too busy focusing on the comedy and not the back end of the joke. And the joke isn’t funny.

If you enjoy using your internet service it may not be so welcoming in the future.

If the FCC Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has anything to do with it. He is slowly dismantling beneficial programs such as Lifeline broadband services and widening the gap of the digital divide for school children in poor school districts. Even the cost of families making calls to their loved ones in prison are faced with rising costs if Pai has his way to look out for his corporate cronies.

As a matter of fact, the newly appointee FCC chairman apparently is all about looking out doing business with business and for business. Mr. Pai is well known for being an opponent of Net-Neutrality.

We need to know the facts of this administration. Donald Trump is no friend of the working class or poor.

So folks, as the old saying goes, “if you don’t ask, you won’t know.” We need to be questioning every detail of President Trump agenda and how it is and will affect all Americans.

We need to know about what is taking place in all the federal agencies and bureaus.

And we need to make calls, send emails and tweets to let Mr. Pai at the FCC be aware about the changes he is attempting to push through will not go unanswered.

Please share this information with your family, neighbors community leaders and school districts.

#ConsumerFirst

FCC  Office of Chairman Ajit Pai: (202) 418-2000
Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC
www.fcc.gov/leadership/ajit-pai

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

We Only Get One

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12

Yesterday I finally got it!

And I now understand why young people don’t put their time to watching television but engage in social media.

This might be the reason.

With all the talented and intelligent young people working their behinds off to break-into the entertainment industry, why is the entertainment and media industry continually hiring the same black entertainers?

And why are these same entertainers and personalities hoarding three and four great spots on television?

Why am I bringing up this matter?

Well, yesterday, there was this big announcement that Oprah Winfrey would now be one of the hosts of 60 Minutes.

I sat back and said to myself. Why? Doesn’t she already have a number of things going on for herself?

Does she believe that she is the only black woman who has a charming personality that makes white folks feel comfortable with having her talk to them?

But here is the answer to my question.

Because she is Oprah and we all know that everyone presumably loves Oprah.

But, as fortunate and wealthy as she is with all her businesses (OWN channel, magazine, Weight Watchers, etc.) has she not thought how selfish she is with pushing aside someone younger who might have their own great personality and the ability to tell stories, even better than she?

Even Steve Harvey has been promoted to be the only talented black man who can host a talk and game show, in addition to beauty pageants.

I even read somewhere online that they were labeling Steve as the black male Oprah Winfrey.

Unfortunately, the old saying that black folks only get one is being proven true.

Truly, this saying has become a fact in our community and it will continue to be so when those in the entertainment and media industry stop trying to group black folks based on what makes them feel comfortable.

I wonder has Oprah or Steve ever stop and think about the opportunities they are hoarding from the young, gifted and talented blacks who are looking to break-into the business but are turned down because of the “we only get one” mentality.

It is time for us older folks to make way for the young. Sacrificing a job to someone who is not a billionaire or millionaire can be a blessing.

So, come on Oprah and Steve, how about sharing and just say “no” and refer a few gigs to our young ones.

With the start of Black History Month (which is twelve months for me) we need to pay more attention to changing the status quo.

How do we do that?

By declaring, ‘we only get one,” is a thing of the past.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord