Institutional Religion and Racism

And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.   Acts 10:28

After the latest terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, people are once again outrage over how such hate could cause human suffering and death of innocent people.

This time, we learn of one young man using his hate to kill some young people and older adults attending a concert, unaware that this enjoyable event would end in carnage.

No matter how you look at it. Institutional religion and racism has been the central cause of hate throughout the world.

Either a group of religious fanatics believe their religion is superior then another. Or a group of racists believe their race is superior then another.

Nevertheless, institutional religion and racism together has made for turbulent and divisive times throughout history and the world.

One of the biggest problems that continue to feed institutional religion and racism is that rational people refuse to accept that we are continually fueling this evil.

Regardless how one might believe that they could never be bound by religion dogma and racial hate, we lie to ourselves.

Here is what I come to find out about myself and others.

If you believe you could never be filled with such anger to kill someone because of their opposition against your religion. You are wrong.

If you believe you could never be filled with such hate to discriminate against someone because of their race. You are wrong.

You see, we who like to think we are not in any way have institutionalized tendencies are fooling ourselves.

Have you ever been with your religious group and put-down another denomination, for instance, Baptists who say Catholics are not saved. Yep, that’s institutional religious bias.

And what about when you are around people of your same race and you make comments about another race being criminals. Yes, that too is institutional racism.

When we are so busy pointing one finger at what’s wrong with the world.

Remember, four fingers are pointing back at the pointer.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Reaching Your Breaking Point

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

“Stop it! Stop it! If you two don’t stop screaming and yelling in my ears, I’m going to snatch you both out of this place and make you walk home!”

Turning around from the ice cream counter, there stood this middle-aged woman, dress down in her yoga outfit. She was near tears. At her breaking point I assumed. Yet, I could feel this mother’s disgust and disappointment.

As a mother and grandmother, I have had many of breaking points. The kind that made me give serious thought about picking up my car key and pocketbook and just walk. That’s right. Walk out the door and not look back.

But thank God that those breaking points only lasted for a short period of time. No, I never left my family but I on many occasions wanted too.

Reaching your breaking point can involve all facets of one’s life. Marriage, children, family, friends, work and church.

Was the mother out of line in the ice cream shop? I don’t think so. Everyone has a breaking point. It could come anytime and when one least suspects it.

If you have peaked to the point of no return and want to throw in the towel. You are not alone and you are not a bad person. It just proves you are not Jesus.

If you are reading this post right now and know without a doubt that you are at your breaking point, may I suggest to you, to find a quiet place to be alone with the Lord.

Then, do what you might fear will make you look unhinge…scream to the top of your lungs, punch or kick the wall and cry your head off! Better yet, drop everything and go stay overnight at a hotel. Pamper yourself. Then, when you return, don’t answer to anyone.

Your breaking point shouldn’t be taken for granted. You have a right to protect your mental health.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Leah the Woman, Mother, Aunt and Stepmother

Genesis 29”16-18

16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

With Mother’s Day taking place on May 14th of this year, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this post to the women who are adopting moms and step mothers, grandmothers, aunts and guardians to children who are In need of a loving parent.

One woman who comes to mind that took on the role of not only mother but also aunt and stepmother is Leah.

Leah was the first wife of Jacob but she was sadly, a rejected woman by her husband who loved and devoted his attention to Rachel. (Gen 29:31-35)

30 Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years. Genesis 29:30

Leah most likely wanted the same outward affection shown to her younger sister by their husband Jacob. But she was not deemed her husband’s first choice. 

The biblical account of these sisters and their husband Jacob is such a heartfelt story. It reads like a soap opera or even a scripted melodrama.

As with the stories in the Bible, all have a contextual underline warning about our sinful nature and the need to recognize God in His eternal love for mankind.

The story of Leah, Rachel and Jacob comes to a sudden twist, when Rachel dies giving birth and Leah becomes mother to her sister’s two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

Imagine the thought of being rejected for years as Leah had been by her husband and then taking into the role of stepmother and aunt to her youngest sister’s children.

But here is the most unbelievable ending of this story.

In the end, Jacob had requested that Leah be buried with him in the family cave. (Gen 49:31)

What God shows us in the life of Leah is that He is ever-present to hear the cries and prayers of the forsaken. Just as our Lord and Savior Jesus was forsaken…His sacrifice saved the world.

Leah the woman, mother, aunt and stepmother-May the Lord bless you on Mother’s Day.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Artificial Intelligence Is Here

2 Timothy 3:1-5
     But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,  betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.   

Guess what folks…Artificial Intelligence is here!

Okay, I get it. A majority of people probably might have an interest to be the most intelligent and knowledgeable person on earth.

Some even may want to be smarter than God.

The thought of out thinking God has however been on the mind of mankind from the beginning of time…or should I say, was on the mind of man, and that is where we lost.

Right now in the headlines there is news about Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Perhaps, John Q. Public doesn’t give a crap about Artificial Intelligence. But we ought too.

Artificial Intelligence is now a part of our daily lives and some don’t even know it.

I am pretty sure you are aware of the smart phone. But behind that useful little piece of metal, plastic and glass are codes that pretty much dictate the, who, what, why and when, and how of our lives.

Data is continually being stored about who we are and what our likes, dislikes, associations and lifestyle is all about. We have put every little secret into our smart phone and eventually, our smart phone will be smarter than we are.

I don’t have to be convinced any longer that we are living in the present of Artificial Intelligence and there is no turning back.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter.

Mankind has always had a desire to be smarter than God.

We tend not to give God credit for much these days. Even the Bible has become obsolete to people who believe their intelligence can create them a happy life, successful career and for some, attain power and wealth in the world.

Right now, laborers in certain parts of this country have high expectations of seeing their old manufacturing jobs reemerge. They are betting against hope that all is well.

Well, it is not. Not only are general laborers in for a rude awakening.

But anyone who is under the belief that traditional jobs will always exist.

A number of years ago a business professor stated that within a period of twenty-years, America would be a “service” driven nation. In his words, most of the jobs that basically needed physical dexterity would have to give way to automation. He was right. Here we are today depending on Artificial Intelligence to make us happy, comfortable and wise.

Artificial Intelligence is here and is only expanding…my advice to you is to learn as much as you can early on and don’t brush this warning aside.

Eventually, those who believe Artificial Intelligence will be able to save them, will lose.

And at the end.

God will get the glory.

For your reading pleasure. Here are a few current news articles to read concerning Artificial Intelligence and what we can expect in the future. Click on and enjoy your weekend.

Yours In Christ

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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The Fall of the American Empire

2 Thessalonians 1:8   in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are we on the verge of the fall of the American  empire?

President Donald Trump is yet at it again with his rallies and expecting his followers to come praise his accomplishments since becoming their king…oops, my bag.

Anyway, those of us who are thinking more rational and know a little about world history know that Trump is using the playbook of Adolph Hitler, yet, one article compared him to another German leader, the Kaiser.

His divide and conquer seems to be working at this moment in his favor. He realizes that pitting the “right” against the “left” will keep him going for a period of time to fulfill his agenda.

Problem is. Does anyone really know what Donald Trump agenda is? Surely, one should never think that Donald cares one hoot about anyone, except, himself, his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law, Jared.

I am a little wary now about American values and our stand in the world, because the question has to be asked. Are Americans becoming insensitive and neglectful as to what truth is all about? Are we that corrupt in our hearts to trade in the Truth for a liar?

When one reads and listens to President Trump gloat about all his supposedly great accomplishments he has done for Americans within 100 days, we know for a fact, most of these so-called accomplishments has come at the cost of destroying families, communities and institutions built on having a clean and safe environment.

But here we are in the winding days of his first 100 days and Trump is tooting his own horn and blowing away God and Americans who don’t agree with him for his own selfish wants.

The biggest bomb in the world, stripping parents from their children and deporting them to Mexico, removing long-term employees in the Justice, State and EPA departments, denying Planned Parenthood funding, and attempting to change public education into choice vouchers for religious organizations is not in any way something one should be proud about as American citizens.

Yet, we are seeing the beginning of the fall the American Empire.

Now, imagine what the Romans must have felt like when their empire came to an end.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Just the Facts

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

We are living in a rumor and social media bubble of deception every day. Unless we use our God-given brain to stop and question what is thrown in our way as to what is factual and what is not. We tend to follow along with the crowd.

One of my favorite police shows when I was growing up was Dragnet. The star of the show, Jack Webb played the detective, Joe Friday had a deadpan expression and appeared to be unfriendly and unapproachable. Yet, when it came to finding out the truth, he was a determine detective out to prove he was above reproach.

Whenever Webb and his partner would interview a victim or assailant, he would advise them in a low-key way by telling them, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.”

Yet, for many years, Webb has been contributed to using the handle, “Just the facts…” But unfortunately, just like any long going unfounded urban legend, he never spoke those three words.

The truth of the matter is that we have become complicit in being complacent.

One thing we all need to be cautious about is turning our minds over to people, organizations or authorities that don’t have our best interest at hand.

There is too much happening every day for people to surrender unto a false narrative, whether from technology, science or the government.

Just the facts are a nice catchphrase.

But, if we really want to know the truth, we need to look in the Bible. If anyone knows about truth. It is Jesus.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Good Friday but Sad News

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

As I prepare to attend two special services today for Good Friday, I had to stop and reflect on this special day that we Christians recognize as a holy sacrifice for mankind.

Good Friday seems to be quite an unfortunate label to give to the One who we know is the Son of God and died for our sins. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for mankind but there are many today who conceive Christianity as just a fable.

Nevertheless, I will not deny Jesus and that He died for the sins of mankind. That is the good news.

But the sad news is that some Christians today see Jesus’s sacrifice as merely a holiday to take off and enjoy family and friends.

For some Christians, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is no more than part-two of a Christmas holiday filled with Easter bunnies, chocolate candy, new clothing, a feast and let’s go to church today.

Many will read this post and say that God doesn’t have a problem of people getting dressed up in their finery and going out to celebrate His Son’s death. After all, they are still remembering Jesus as they slice that pineapple covered ham and dip into that bowl of potato salad and break-off a section of the hot cross buns.

No. I’m not writing to judge any of these activities.

But what I do worry about is how adults who are Christians continue to peddle outward pleasures to their children and grandchildren.

They push the Easter Bunny and dress to impress on their young ones who don’t understand the whole meaning of why Christ sacrifice His life for us.

I can speak firsthand about this matter because I once lived in darkness about the purpose of Christ dying for me. I used to believe in all the false images about Christianity until God open my eyes to see beyond darkness.

Yes, today is Good Friday but sad news for believers who continue to peddle another gospel.

Go out and share the good news of the gospel…someone is waiting to hear it.

Love in Christ!

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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It’s Friday…But Sunday is Coming!

 

For the Love of Evil

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  Psalm 10:2

If you will search the bible for yourself, oftentimes, you will find scripture that takes one to learn and understand that nothing is new under the sun. Nothing!

Sin never ended and neither do the wicked and evil in the world. We are not an advance society or have a superior nature than our forefathers.

If only man would heed and obey the Word of God.

Human strength, power of the flesh, wealth, intimidation and manipulation can only come to an ultimate destruction. And those who follow blindly behind men who condone and scheme evil in their heart will one day pay for their sin against God.

For the love of evil is ever-present before us.

You may doubt God’s existence. But there are far more who do not.

How can this be you may ask, seeing that evil leaders seem to be flourishing all around us.

What we have is hope in Christ Jesus.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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Psalm 10King James Version (KJV)

10 Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11 He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

News for the Body, Mind and Soul

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”    Isaiah 52:7

If you have been like me, fixated on the current national news and the trump administration, then, I can honestly say, that we have been missing out on some very important news taking place around the world.

Daily Newspaper

So today, I decided to post links to what I believe will be worthwhile websites to your reading pleasure.

News for the Body, Mind and Soul.

Enjoy the rest of your week and take the time to pray and give thanks to the Lord.

Vice News – Variety of latest news stories from around the world

Good Black News   -News about black people doing good things

Futurism  – Stories of the future –health, medicine, energy, technology, science, games, etc.

Black Listed News – Independent critical coverage of world news and beyond

Breaking Christian News  =Current news from around the world and here at home

Global Christian News  -Is a digital news service for the worldwide Church aiming to inform and feed the work of the Church.

Project Censored  -Expose and oppose news censorship. Promotes independent investigative journalism, media literacy and critical thinking

Eater  -Authority of dining and food

Racked Daily shopping resource for the real shopper and also fashion and trending news for millenniums

Heard about fake news of late? Well, if not you must have had your head under the cover. Fake news are constantly being bombarded on social media in the attempt to mislead and cause confusion, even among the most rational of people.

So, to help us be a little more aware of fake news and who is producing it, here are a few links to blogs and sites that will give you a list of fake news websites to be aware of and provide ways to avoid being duped. My suggestion is to bookmark for future reference.

Benzinga.com

ThoughtCo.com

The Daily Dot

Snopes/tag/fake news

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The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

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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