I thought this was rather interesting. I am a resistance soldier all the way, but I do like Darth Vader…
I thought this was rather interesting. I am a resistance soldier all the way, but I do like Darth Vader…
When you think of the United States of America, what do you think of? Do you think of the land of the free? Do you think of the land of opportunity? Do you think of the land with a beacon to shine as an example for other nations? Do you think of good healthcare or gainful employment opportunities? Do you think America is a country of tolerance? Do you think of freedom? Do you think of honesty and truth?
Allow me to tell you a very short story. I have a friend, and I will call her Stephanie to protect her real identity. She was offered a job interview for a very prestigious company through Manpower, a temporary service. This was a direct hire assignment. Stephanie passed the interview questionnaire for Manpower. Manpower set up the interview with the direct hiring company. She completed that interview. This company was due to hire within one week of the interview process. Manpower told Stephanie they will call her regarding the outcome, regardless if she received the position or not. Forty-eight hours went past and no phone call from Manpower. She decided to call Manpower on the third day and they said they will let her know the outcome. Twenty-four hours later, Manpower did not call her. The next day, Stephanie called Manpower and left a voicemail message. According to the hiring company, they were to let Manpower know one way or another within forty-eight hours of the interview. Here it is seventy-two hours later and Manpower still had not called her back regarding the outcome. I told Stephanie to cheer up and it may not be for you to have it. Besides, if Manpower did not have the decency of keeping their word regarding a phone call, why would you want to work for them anyway? The majority of Americans refuse to return a call or a text message because they are afraid of confrontation, or they are afraid of hurting the other person. I thought Americans were supposed to be honest and fair?
I remember a situation in northern Illinois where an unarmed man was shot in the back three times by police officers in a church in front of children. Can you imagine what went thought those kids mind? Regardless if the suspect was black or white, it should not have been done. There are other documented cases of people getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens, as well as the police getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens. These are citizens of the United States of America and they are treated like their lives mean nothing. People who have special needs are killed by police because they cannot comply with their instructions as fast as the police want them to comply. It is a known fact by a study conducted on or around November 27, 2017, twenty-one percent of adults read below a fifth grade level and nineteen percent of high school graduates cannot read at all. Thirty-two million people in the United States cannot read at all and the police expect EVERYONE to follow their instructions? I thought America was a land of tolerance?
Many people talk about pulling the race card. Unless you lived or walked in the shoes of those less fortunate for employment, credit, or other things that are guaranteed by those of European descent, you cannot say someone is pulling a race card. When Obama, a man of mixed race, was running for president, lots of people of European descent said “I want my country back.” Really? I thought America gives opportunities to all citizens? After all, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is an Austrian-born citizen who gain American citizenship and became the Governor of California. It is known that his father was a member of Hitler’s army. If America can forgive the Nazis and elect a person of Austrian descent without saying they want their country back, why was it so hard to understand an American citizen of mixed race to be in office?
A lot of people want to say we came a long way. In some areas, we did and in other areas we have not. Sure, we have Wi-Fi, cellular phones, and many other useful gadgets, but when it comes to race, we can never get over that hump. There are news anchors that have gotten fired for racial comments. There are athletes who have said racial comments. There are owners of professional baseball and basketball teams that had said racial comments. People profile other people as black thugs. Wendy Bell, a Pittsburgh newscaster, said “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know police. They’ve been arrested.” My main question to her would be what about the shootings in Columbine, the killings of church members by Dylann Roof, the Las Vegas massacre by Stephen Paddock; and the many hearts they have broken? What about Dylann Roof who was taken alive and received food from Burger King after his church shootings? Yet, the police had the nerve to make Dylann wear a bullet-proof vest.
It is very sad that citizens of the United States cannot get along with each other, yet we are considered the greatest country on earth? I think my above paragraphs prove my disagreement.
What does it mean to be a Christian? Some may argue being a Christian means to be tolerable. Others may say being a Christian means to be cordial and polite to others. Even others may say being a Christian means not to judge others on their race or those less fortunate. The ways of Christianity are different in today’s language versus the language of yesterday.
We will take a look at a painful history of the United States of America. In the World of God, being a Christian is someone who is baptized in Jesus’ name and allowing His Spirit to gradually work within you, changing thoughts and desires.
I remember a Pastor who owned a real estate agency. I will refer to the Pastor as Pastor Mountain. Pastor Mountain’s closer personal friends and immediate family attended the same church as my friend, who I will refer as Jane. When Jane had a situation and had to find another place of residence, Pastor Mountain said “let’s pray about it.” This was an answer heard often by those who are considered as “outsiders” from his immediate circle of friends. Jane did not have much credit, but the bank approved her with x amount to purchase a home. Pastor Mountain refused to believe that she had the funds to purchase a good home. He proceeded to show her homes that need a lot of work and homes that would make anyone, even his close personal friends and family feel humiliated. Jane received a blessing that no one can even understand, not even me. One day, her friend came to visit her and a couple of the church members gave her friend a ride. Jane’s friend told her that they church members who gave him a ride kept slowing down at homes that were not in good shape.” Once they got to Jane’s home, one of the church members assumed Jane had a lot of money for living in a house in very good condition. They were amazed and in disbelief. They judged her because she is of African descent. How can I say this? She was the only person of African descent in Pastor Mountain’s church. They claimed to be Christians. Pastor Mountain claimed to be a Christian.
Another example would be the Klu Klux Klan. This organization promotes hate and judges others by the color of their skin and natural origin. They also claim to be a Christian, yet they kill and harass others as they disguised their identity by wearing sheets and hoods. This organization is a legal organization, yet other organizations that were made to help others of different races were deemed illegal, such as the Black Panther origination.
Most police officers consider themselves to be Christian, yet some shoot and kill unarmed suspects and plant evidence against others. Jesus Christ said true Christians would be recognized by their fruits (Matthew 7:20). Can anyone say the people used in the above examples acted the way Jesus spoke about regarding Christians? Their harvest bears nothing but hypocrisy. A true Christian imitates God. In order the imitate God, one would have to read the Word of God to understand God.
In my journey and travels, most people who claimed to be a Christian actually prove themselves the opposite. Most women and men in church today shack together instead of doing the correct thing of being married. Most women and men in church use an abundance of profanity, yet will sing praises to God and kiss their mother or significant other with the same mouth. Most women and men in church will participate in gang activities, yet pretend they live innocent lives. Most women and men in church will say Amen, but will participate in pre-marital sex and have children out of wedlock.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not perfect. In moments where my temper flies off the handle, I have been known to use a profane word or two. However, I only called one woman a bitch and that was my ex-wife who cheated on me. I am human and I had participated in pre-marital sex out of love not lust, and I have not fathered any children from this act of love. I am proud to say that I have not participated in pre-marital sex in over ten years. I am not judging anyone, but before others can judge, they must judge their own lives. Before anyone can say they are a true Christian, they must judge their own actions.
In closing, I would not say I am a Christian. There are many beliefs that consider themselves and Christians. Some of these beliefs are Catholics, Non-denominational, Pentecostal, Jehovah Witnesses, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and many more. In today’s world, Christianity has a different meaning. Therefore, I would say I am Spiritual and I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Please, before you do things to other people and call yourself a Christian, do you believe your actions would justify you in being a “true” Christian?
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People say America is truly the greatest nation on earth. When I look at our history, I am not inclined to say so. According to sources, there are 323.1 billion people that live in the United States. That is more than Russia and more than the United Kingdom. From this number, 32 million adults cannot read. About 21 percent of adults read below a 5th grade level and around 19 percent of high school graduates cannot read at all, yet people say we are truly the greatest nation on earth.
When we talk about purge, what are we really talking about? Let’s look what purge is defined as. It can be used as a noun to mean an abrupt or violent removal of a group of people from an organization or place. There are many things that can be considered as purging.
I see commercials daily about giving money to help the poor in other countries, yet we have poor people in America who are suffering. Let’s look at jobs. Jobs are moved from the United States to other countries for the sake of paying a lower wage and increase in price in the interest of making more money. The government gives tax cuts for companies moving their production in different countries. These companies pay those citizens in other countries pennies on the dollar. Meanwhile, American citizens are living hand in mouth due to lack of jobs, lack of opportunities, and lack adequate wages. Most people will contribute funds around the world before helping a fellow American. All contributed fund are tax deductible which means Americans can support other American causes to help each other. My mother has this saying that goes “take care of home first.” How are Americans supposed to feel? How can this be viewed as a purge? As a result of companies moving their businesses out of the country, it decreases the amount of Americans working to provide for their families. This can also cause retaliation or uproar. The effect of this can lead to increased population in jail as well as increased population among the homeless. Walking pneumonia and disease can be adverse effects among the homeless which can cause a slow and painful death. So many Americans look down on the homeless, but homeless people are kinder and more caring than other Americans who are well off.
Trump lifts the ban on big game trophy and now he puts the ban back on. When the ban was lifted there were a lot of Americans calling him a great president. This means we have people in America that want to go to other countries to kill a defenseless animal for the sake of having their head on a trophy. This mean we have people in America that want to go to great lengths to have other animals killed for their own greed and pleasure. There are many species of animals that are near extinction. Currently, there are only three White Rhinos left in the world. Out of a radius of 3,969 miles of earth, only three White Rhinos are left. This radius is larger than both the moon and Mars. The West African Black Rhinos are EXTINCT thanks to mankind. As we go back in time to 1933, King Kong was brought to America for the interest of making money for man and then killed by man because he had gotten loose. Destruction is what mankind is about and now it resorted to the destruction of God’s precious animals. Man choose to call this sport when it is should be called what it is… execution. These animals are NOT property, but living, breathing organisms. It reminds me of slavery when others bought another living, breathing human and called him or her “their property.” How can this be viewed as purging? Americans taking innocent lives for the interest of money and power. Man always wants to show their power, but never want to resort to humbleness. A Godly man is a humble man. It is very interesting how many people say they are Christians, yet can kill an animal to use as a trophy or prize. Since a lot of people want to say they are a Christian, look at their lives and see if they are living the life of a Disciple of Christ.
The police has free reign of abusing their power. Most police officers would kill an unarmed person and claimed they were fearful of their life. Police officers have on a bullet-proof vest and yet afraid of their life if someone has a knife of state statue. The jury acquits the officer which will allow other officers to do the same because they believe they will have the same fate. Now, there is a slogan going around saying “Blue lives matter.” I did not know we had blue people. Not all police uniforms blue. All lives should matter. How can this be viewed as purging? The paragraph speaks for itself.
There are many instances that purging can happen. I believe what others don’t understand are the cause and effects of their decisions. The cause of moving production to other countries affects the well-being of most Americans who try to provide for their families. The cause of senseless killing of wild animals for the sake of a trophy affects the lives of the animal’s offspring and extinction. The cause of police abusing their power and killing unarmed citizens while getting away with it affects the trustworthiness of police officers and possible retaliation. I can bet you most of the people committing these acts call themselves Christians. Do you honestly believe a Christian would behave the way those in the above paragraphs are behaving?
Today was a day of rest and solace as I had the day off. Unfortunately, a police officer died in the line of duty. It is not known if the officer died of his injuries sustained in gunfire or in a high speed car crash after the shooting. I do feel for the victim’s family as I feel for all others that fall victims to senseless criminal activity.
As I continue throughout the day, I see a gentleman holding a sign that reads “officers lives matter.” This area is known for subtle prejudices. I am not talking about a straight in your face being called out of your name or getting attacked verbally for your skin color. This area is known for supporting in-town people and excluding those that are not born in the area. This area is known for believing every outsider is stupid and believes those who are white and poor are better than those who are black and educated. Like most other areas being covered by the media, there are shootings of innocent or unarmed citizens by police officers. This brings me to something my mother always told me… “You reap what you sow.” This is what the Bible says, not what she says. Again, I do feel bad for those whose lives are forever changed by a life-changing event.
When I fixed my eyes on the man with the officer lives matter sign, I was puzzled. Why? When this community voiced their opinions about black lives matter, non-African descent people were saying that’s crazy and called those supporting black lives matter racist. They believed the police officers are doing their jobs by shooting and murdering unarmed people. They look upon the police as the judge. It is very hard to understand how the police get away with murder. It is hard to understand how the police get away with planting contraband and other things.
We have Trump calling the person who murdered twenty-six people mentally ill. This is no surprise because that’s the same others say about those who raided schools and other establishments with bullet holes; leaving behind the wounded and the deceased. Even his former girlfriend would say he, Devin Kelley, is sick in the head. Think about this for a moment. Don’t most people call others sick in the head? Did they murder others? I believe the police are sick in the head for planting evidence and murdering unarmed people, yet they are still patrolling the streets.
Let’s try an experiment. After reading this next paragraph, I would like for you to close your eyes. Imagine someone coming into a building with an automatic weapon and shooting up the place. What would be the first thing that would come to your mind? Is it the safety of ALL citizens; both European and African descent? Is it the race of the person committing this terrible act? Do you think it is a police officer? Do you think it is a citizen who claims to be the perfect model citizen?
The bottom line is all lives matter. It does not matter if the person is African or European descent or a police officer. If we don’t get it together as a country we will all be doomed, which is something I am really afraid of. People losing their jobs overseas due to the power of the all mighty dollar, people are required to have more education for a basic job, the cost of living is going up yet the rate of pay is steadily going down, we have kids in America with no food yet I see commercials of save the kids in other countries, we have animals that are in dire need of the basic necessities of life, and we have people that refuse to date others due to race or color; but we call ourselves Christians. Really?
Do you think it is time us, as a country, reap what we sow? Think about it…