Program Success Magazine Spring 2013 - Page 31

PROGRAM SUCCESS – SPRING 2013 PAGE 31 Let’s improve our families – The Black Family. A real battle is waging here. It seems no one cares about your marriage or even that you get married. Our children are raised without encouragement to marry and no incentive to stay married. We must make the family top priority and give it the best of our attention and resources. The best thing a Black man can do for his children is to love their mother. The Black man and woman must start loving one another again. We are all we got. For life to be better, it will only be by us coming together in support and commitment one to the other. Two can make it better than one. Let’ turn off the television and stop allowing it to raise our children. Shame on any mother that allows her child to wear their hair in dreads, dress hip-hop, put gold in their mouth, tattoo their skin, or do any other thing that is counterproductive to that child’s education or becoming gainfully employed. We must prepare our children for a world that is cold and uncaring. A world of survival for only the fittest and the strongest. Our children don’t need any more handicaps. Their inferior high school education must be offset by strong family support and guidance. And lastly, let’s improve The Black Church. Excuse me for having strong feeling in this area. The Black Church, started in slavery, preached a gospel that was strong enough to liberate us as a people. The Black Church unified us to fight economic omission and political injustice in the civil rights movement. The Black Church started and supported Black business. The Black Church founded and built Black colleges and universities. This skeleton of a church I see today in the Black community is a far cry from what it should represent. Today in the Black church we see very little unity, and even less family. We see more money taken in the church today than at any time in church history, yet little to no services being provided by the church. No programs to keep our children off of drugs and out of jail. No human sexuality programs to keep teenage girls from becoming pregnant. No family crisis programs. No relief for the poor. All the church has today is church expense. There is always a struggle just to pay the monthly bills. The Black church today is powerless in the political arena and silent in the court’s halls of justice. And the scandals you hear on the streets about the Church. One pastor sexually involved with multiple women in the church. One pastor impregnation a minor child and the Deacons covering it up. A pastor disassociating and kicking members off the church rolls because they won’t go along with his program. Deacons and Trustees stealing money from the church treasury. The list goes on. When we look at the Black church today, all the problems, division, fussing and fighting, you can’t help but ask yourself the question, “Is the Lord amongst us or not?” We have become a people of tolerance. In our churches today, we have permitted acts that in the past would have been considered criminal. We use to hold our leaders to the highest code of ethics and standards. Now in the name of “we all are human” we turn and look the other way. In turn we are minimizing the standard of God, but only to ourselves… not to God. God will not bless us as a people until we get right and do right. Our prayer to God should be: God send us Preachers that are not afraid to go against the system. Lord send us Christian Leaders that pray and read the Bible. We need Churches that are filled not necessarily with people, but filled with the Holy Spirit. Lord give us eyes to see our problems, feet to go to the problems, and hands to fix our problems. Our theme song for the future should be “Got to be There.” Be there when in the morning, when young teenage children wake up with no hope. We must be there to inspire them against dope. The Church “Got to be There… for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We as members of the Black community have “Got to be There” with our time, talent, treasure… our understanding, our forgiveness, and our love. Whenever there is a problem, wherever there is trouble, in the time of pain, in the mist of sorrow when the world shall ask “Is the Lord amongst us or not?” They will see the Lord, hear the Lord, and touch the Lord by the fruit we bear in the lives we live. Lord give us Hope for a world grown so cold, Hungry for power and greedy for gold. Lord give us Faith to believe within and without, Blameless fear in a world full of doubt. Lord give us Love that is bigger than race and creed, To cover the world and fulfil each need. Lord we need Hope, Faith & Love from above, For only these three can change Man’s hatred into Love.