Something Different for Monday: The Church & Poverty

Blogged under Religion by Dell on Monday 16 October 2006 at

Although I am not what you say a hardcore practicing Christian anymore, I do still believe in the faith and the church. Here is something I wrote a while back to present to a group. It is a little different but I think is a model that could serve our black communities.

The Church & Poverty: A Big Picture Approach to Serving the Poor & Troubled
By Dell Gines

I. What the Bible has to say about our responsibility to the Poor

Matthew 25:34-46
34) “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35)’For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36) naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37)”Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?… 44)”Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45)”Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46)”These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

2 Corinthians 9:7-14
7) Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 ) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9) as it is written,
“HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”
…12) For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 13) Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all…

It is clear that as believers we have a responsibility to the poor, and this responsibility is serious, and it is evangelical in nature. (more…)

Happy Easter

Blogged under Religion by Dell on Sunday 16 April 2006 at

May God bless those who believe, and give grace to those who don’t.

Thoughts & Feelings on the Muslim Protest

Blogged under Religion by Dell on Tuesday 7 February 2006 at

I was going to post two guest post, but I will put them on later this week. Instead I wanted to get peoples views on the current protest amongst Muslims over the cartoon depiction of Muhammad.

What is your view?
What does it mean for the Western world?
What does this say about grassroots Islam?
What should be done about this?

President Bush, Hamas, And The Set Up

Blogged under Politics, Religion, Social Commentary by Chance on Monday 6 February 2006 at

Chance

Chance writes: Now, that Hamas has won the majority of the Parliament seats in the Palestinian government, there will be no peace between Palestinians and Israel. But some people believe that president Bush, secretively does not want peace in the Middle East. Even though Bush, says he wants peace for the Middle East.

President Bush, Hamas, And The Set Up

By Chance, Chancellorfiles

Chance: GAZA, the terrorist organization Hamas recently won 70 or more out of 132 parliament seats (Palestinian legislative council). Hamas defeats the Fatah political party in Hebron, Gaza, and Nablus; Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and his cabinet resigned Thursday after their party was defeated by Hamas in a parliamentary election. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruling Fatah party confirmed claims from Hamas that it won a majority of the seats in Parliament.

This means there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs why? Because Hamas is a terroist organization that has carried out hundreds of terrorist attacks against Israel. Hamas a sent suicide bombers to blow themselves up killing many Israeli civilians. Hamas has set off bombers in inside the country of Israel and against Israeli community settlements inside of Gaza. (more…)

Let’s Mock The Gays, The Women, The Blacks, & The Muslims

Blogged under Religion, Social Commentary by Dell on Tuesday 24 January 2006 at

Kanye West Rolling Stone

It is amazing. Absolutely amazing. I mean, figure this, in this new land of tolerance and PC speech, the only thing that seems no longer taboo is sex and——————> yep, you guessed it Christianity. The usual suspects are amongst us once again, the so-called progressive ‘music & culture’ prognosticators, in this case Rolling Stone Magazine. This time, Mr. George Bush Hates Black People, Jesus Walks himself, Kangay West posits himself as a pre-crucifix Christ as evidenced by the picture above. Now, I really don’t have much to say about this except for the fact that honestly this is tiring, and no longer offensive, just simply tired.

Imagine the outrage if Kanye was pictured as Muhammad, or a caricatured homosexual, or a caricatured woman, or a caricatured black, ala old school black face mantan. Yet the mockery of Christians and the singular figure of Christiandom, Christ, seems to be rampant in America. (more…)

Blacks, Christianity, And Kwanzaa

Blogged under Religion, Social Commentary by Chance on Friday 13 January 2006 at

Chance Has The Final Say on Kwanzaa - Dell

Chance

Blacks, Christianity, And Kwanzaa
By Chance, Chancellorfiles.com

Chance: The big debate about Kwanzaa keeps manifesting throughout America among blacks, whites, and colored racial groups. Many whites don’t care for Kwanzaa and also many blacks don’t like Kwanzaa in my opinion the reason that many blacks don’t like Kwanzaa is because they are hooked on Christianity. And they fear that if they celebrate Kwanzaa they are not going to be allowed into heaven by God.

Many blacks call Kwanzaa a pagan holiday and claim that Kwanzaa is trying to replace Christmas. But Kwanzaa is not a religion and it is not trying to compete with Christianity some blacks even claim that because the black slaves came from West Africa the descendants of these slaves should not practice Kwanzaa. Why? Because these slaves came from West Africa and the principles that Kwanzaa is built upon are principles and beliefs taken from East Africa. (more…)

A Tale of Two Passions: Gay Cowboys & A Bloody Christ

Blogged under Religion, Social Commentary by Dell on Friday 6 January 2006 at

brokeback mountainMovies are funny business. Movies that are supposed to be ‘the big thing’ sometimes flop, and movies that are supposed to flop sometimes become ‘the big thing’. I was just sitting back reflecting on the Gay Cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain, and that vociferous praise that it has been receiving, being called a powerful movie about the passion of love of two gay cowboys and I thought about the stark contrast with another movie about passion, Mel Gibsons movie, ‘The Passion of the Christ’.

Now, for those of you who have been semi-paying attention to this movie like I have, not because I want to but because it is popping up everywhere, you will notice that Brokeback has received numerous nominations for various awards, and praises from many critics. It is bold they say, it is powerful they say, etc.

So when I was thinking about this phenomenon, I began to reflect on The Passion, and how people did everything possible to slant criticism on this movie. Reviewers called it bloody, discussed how the beating of Jesus over shadowed other aspects of his character (every reviewer suddenly became a theologian) and many other folks even went so far as to bring up Mel Gibsons father and anti-semitism to diminish the allure of the flick. It received no nominations for any significant movie award, and in general was viewed as an aberration, even though as you all know it made well over $300 Million dollars domestic and worldwide. Not only did it make that much money, but I would be willing to argue that in terms of the sheer impact on individuals who happened to see it, that it emotionally engaged more people than anyother movie in history. But again, no awards.

I have no real commentary on that, it was basically just a reflection on the difference between the hype, the criticism, the content, the comparison of two ‘alternative’ movies, and the ‘industry’ embrace of one and the rejection of another.

I wonder if it would have been different though if Mel Gibson would have made Christ Bi-Sexual in a forbidden relationship with the Apostle Peter. Did somebody say Oscar Worthy?

The Scientist and Religionist

Blogged under Religion by Chance on Wednesday 7 December 2005 at

chance writer for chancellorfiles.com
Chance

Chance writes: Science and religion have been separated from each other far too long. They must be reunited; the scientist and the religionist (a religious person) must look for similarities instead of differences only. Nicholas Copernicus united both science and religion and discovered that the earth revolves around the sun.

Category-Religion & Science

The Scientist and Religionist
(Where Does Atheism Come From? Also Nicholas Copernicus the Man Who Combined Science and Religion And proof that God exist)

By Chance, The Chancellorfiles

Chance: Science and religion should be combined to discover truth; Nicholas Copernicus combined science and religion and discovered a truth. Also atheism is another epidemic that secretively seems to be spreading just as fast as religion.

Atheism is spreading more in an undercover way. Atheism comes from weak souls who claim to be religious but have a lot of doubt and uncertainty about whether God exist or not. When a person has not had a mystical experience example seeing an angel, demon or evil spirit, the soul of a dead person, a miracle, travel outside of their physical body consciously, never spoke with some entity that is non-human, talked to an angel etc.

The lack of a mystical experience creates doubt and uncertainty, many people claim to be Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, etc. These people are all religionists who follow their particular religion. What’s a religionist? A religionist is a person who studies a particular religion or religions. (more…)

King David, and Manhood

Blogged under Religion by Dell on Tuesday 6 December 2005 at

I suppose I admire David because he was a moral failure in many ways just like me. Yes. Ironically, people outside of Christianity who don’t know the nature of Christianity presume that it is a religion like theirs is. For example, Islam is a very works driven religion, in which one tries to prove themselves to God and still can never know whether or not they are accepted by the divine. Buddhism and other animistic and pantheistic religions seek an abstract impersonal esoteric harmony with nature or the universe and use an ethereal and subjective sense of peace as their guide to nirvana.

Not the Christian, although unfortunately Christianity has allowed many of these diseased philosophies to infect it, particularly the work for reward mentality as seen in Islam. The core principle of the Christian faith is that YOU ARE NOT worthy of God’s love, nor of the offer of Christ’s salvation, based upon that love. But because God is love and he loves you, that it is you faith in that love, as represented by your faith in the sacrifice of a pure Christ for your sinful and nasty ass that brings God a regard for you. After your act of faith, it is love that moves you towards God, towards righteousness and morality, not that fact that you have to be ultra-moral for God to love and save you. A difference that I hope you understand. This does not mean that there aren’t natural consequences for the Christian when they do negative and immoral behavior, even though they are saved. Consequences for immoral behavior are a universal law, but your immoral behavior is not the basis by which you are held in the hand of God.

Now back to King David. King David was an F* up in many many ways. I feel in many many ways like King David, as I F* constantly in some of the same King David F*’d up. But yet in spite of King David’s immorality at times, his ego at times, and disobedience at times, God still says that David was a, “Man after my own heart”. Let me illuminate on two of David’s major failings that aren’t explored in true depth often in Sunday school, Bathsheba, and David’s numbering of the troops. (more…)

Money As Love

Blogged under Religion by Dell on Friday 2 December 2005 at

A piece for Christians to consider

Acts 4:34 Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought (gave back) the amount received from the sales, 35 And laid it at the feet of the apostles (special messengers). Then distribution was made according as anyone had need.

Today I want to expand that topic of love and discuss love in the context of the modern American church. This will require me to briefly explain the modern American system of capitalism, so let’s go. The modern American system is capitalism, and capitalism at its core is the continued pursuit of profit, IE making more dough. Capitalism isn’t inherently evil, as capitalism has no morality, it is just a tool, and like a tool it can be used for good or for bad. Take a gun for example, a gun can defend you and those you love from harm, it can be used to hunt and secure food for your table, or it can be used to commit foul acts such as murder, intimidation, robberies and so forth. It is not the gun that is doing these acts it is the person who is using the gun, using the tool.

Capitalism is the same way. In our relentless pursuit of profit, if the end goal is simply money, then we become willing in a capitalistic society to do whatever it takes to get that cheddar: rob, lie, cheat, sell things we know are detrimental to our brothers, sisters and even family. Because our moral framework under the rubric of capitalism is not based upon higher principles but materialism, which at its core is a philosophy that we personally need to get all we can through money, the getting of money becomes more important than whom we are morally without money. (more…)

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