My epiphany of racism

As the nation is again faced with an issue that involves death, and trust betrayed, so many have taken to the streets with the cries of ‘racism’ in connection to the tragedies that have befallen so many families who have lost loved ones due to the actions of those entrusted to ‘serve and protect’.

 
I began to ask, what is racism; what is it really? Is the root of it based on hatred of another because of race, gender, sexual preference, religious practices, etc…? Or, is it something else that has been overlooked because of the emotional distresses that come from the latter?
 
The more I delve into the subject, the more I see that racism is primarily about power. Power is something that has fueled the desire of man since the beginning of mans existence; the quest for it, however has been futile, yet it has never lost its ability to control the actions of mankind.
 
Even in the time of Adam, the desire for power is what drove Eve to eat of the fruit. It is what drove Cain to kill Abel, it is what kept the children of Israel in bondage, it is what sparked every war, betrayal, level of suffering and pain that man has devised and endured for generations, and to this day, it is what has spawned the illusion and delusion that skin color, nationality, financial status, sexual preference, spiritual following and any other difference is a sign of weakness and an excuse to hate one another.
 
So, to me, racism is the desire to obtain power over everyone and everything and what we THINK is racism is nothing but the methods used to obtain it. In the struggle of black vs. white within the United States, for example, the black or African American culture has been systematically weakened through mental manipulation that focused on the teaching of inner separation and self-loathing which extended to a lack of self respect and love for not only themselves but anyone that ‘looked’ like them.
 
This was a lifelong process which today has evolved into social, economic, mental, cultural, and spiritual/religious poverty, yet the desire for power still resides. This bleeds into the self destructive practices of drug dealing, physical, emotional, social and sexual assaults, and inner cultural homicides which, in turn, show a de-valuation of the culture as a whole. In any and every form of activity that involves an increase of finance, stature or a possibility to obtain power, the culture is again reminded of its weakness through domestic economic sanctions, an influx of narcotic and weaponized influences in the homes and schools, sub-par educational methodologies aimed at providing information to our youth that will result in further ignorance, tactical blockages from managerial and executive advancements within the workforce, etc….
 
Racism renders ALL OF US socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually impotent; it blinds us to the any form of equality and completely controls all areas of life as we interpret it. Ironically, the weakness that we attempt to exploit in others to gain power is the same weakness that plagues us and since we accept weakness within ourselves, racism will always be the power tool that breaks our spirits as a whole.
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The extent of the word NO.

noThose that are adamant that there is NO God, are usually the same people that believe that there is:

  1. NO HOPE…
  2. NO CHANCE…
  3. NO OPPORTUNITY…
  4. NO REASON…
  5. NO PURPOSE…
  6. NO TIME…
  7. NO ABILITY….
  8. NO IDEA…
  9. NO WAY….
  10. NO SOLUTION…
  11. NO CURE…
  12. NO LOVE…
  13. NO DEAL…
  14. NO OUTCOME…
  15. NO BREAKTHROUGH…
  16. NO JUSTICE…
  17. NO PEACE.

Thank God that I am NO FOOL. (Mark ch.10; v.27)

Epiphany Moment- June 26, 2014

I was sitting at a McDonalds today, trying to kill time before picking up my son when I overheard a conversation from this man who claims to be a pastor, loudly talking to people on the phone, seemingly trying to get others attention in the restaurant.

He speaks of money, how much he is getting through a system that relies upon membership and dues to the membership that are subsequently divided within the company hosting this ‘get rich‘ system and the person who brings in more people.

While the whole thing smells of deception, that’s not what caught me. What caught me is how we as people who say we are ‘of God‘ consistently place the cart before the horse when it comes to God and our wants. We want to live comfortably, we want to be financially well off, we want a great relationship with our spouses, children, relatives and friends, we want great health, and greater things outside of ourselves to prove that we are ‘blessed‘. Yet NOTHING WE WANT WILL PROVE POSITIVE OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.

Here’s the revelation: we must FIRST establish a fully enriched relationship with God before trying to ‘rich up’ our pockets. It expands beyond status, hierarchy, and how much we think we know about God and God’s Word. It goes beyond the place we WERE, the place we think we want to be and dare I say, the place we THINK GOD WANTS US TO BE. Our ‘seeking God FIRST‘ suffers when we limit God to an ATM, a medical professional, a legal advisor, marriage counselor, or personal therapist. Our interactions and ultimate integration with God becomes restricted in light of our confusion of what God IS and what God IS TO US; yeah, they are usually very contrasted.

Unfortunately, those who believe that God has the valuation of a ‘noun‘ can infect others passion for further enlightenment, thus causing a regression of spiritual growth. How do we counteract this growing ‘silent spiritual killer‘? We tame the wanting beast within us and open our mind to what is right in front of us.

An interesting epiphany

I have to thank my eldest son for this one. Many teens his age do not realize that constantly pleading for funds in order to satisfy material gain just to get the approval or stamp from others that he or she are financially well-off or to show off in front of friends is not how those who are ACTUALLY financially well-off operate. In other words,

BALLERS DON’T BEG.