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    Posted: Dec 20 2013 at 8:21pm

Radio Host Says “The typical black church is still acting like slaves.”

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So I know many of y’all think I am church hating atheist because I often take the black church to task. For the record, I do believe in GOD, what I don’t believe in is organized religion. Non the less, I recognize that there are many out there that do, and I totally respect their faith. What I don’t respect is some peoples inability to think beyond hallelujah and exercise logic and faith at the same time. I stumbled across an article that that I think is pretty interesting. I’m not going to going to say whether I agree or disagree with the article. However, it does make some compelling points and forces one to scrutinize some of our practices.  Take a look and let me know how you feel.

According to Chris Writes:

The typical black churches style of preaching goes back to the days of slavery. You know, when black folks were slaves? The only hope they had was that one day they’d be free. Now, there was nothing they could do as slaves except get excited about the possibility of God delivering them to freedom (that happened) and all of the spoils that entailed. Notice the key word, “excited”. Every Sunday, the only person who could read (usually, sometimes not), the preacher, delivered a sermon that gave his fellow slaves hope. They had no power. All they had was faith. He didn’t preach about getting an education. He didn’t preach about learning to manage money. He didn’t preach about how to lead a family. He preached about slaves getting what was rightfully theirs, stuff. So most sermons consisted of the preacher hyping up slaves to get excited about…nothing. He used clever words, alliterations, screamed, hollered, jumped around and at the end of every sermon, slaves left the service feeling better about being slaves. Say what! They felt good about waking up one more day and doing master’s bidding, taking his abuse and being regarded as sub-humans. All they left with was false hope, an elevated heart rate and sweaty clothes. They left with nothing of substance. They would leave services with enough joy to get them through Monday and then the misery or reality would set in again.

That is why for years ones salvation has been exclusively tied with going to church because if you didn’t go to church you didn’t get your “fix” and you felt farther from God and thus, farther from your blessing. Hogwash! Meanwhile, the white people were actually learning how to have a proper relationship with God through sound, sit down, shut up and pay attention teaching. They learned about how to be proper stewards of money, land, family and their bodies. While they were getting something out of church, we were getting nothing but a good cardiovascular workout! All of the shouting, speaking in tongues, falling out and showboating and they were still slaves. They were still slaves to their masters, slaves to the system and slaves to a method of ministry that taught people to rely on church, the preacher and not on the power that God instilled in us all.

If you notice, white churches don’t hero worship their pastors like black churches do. This is an age old mechanism. White people go to church, not to a man who holds court in the church. See what I mean? We go to church and God “moves” and we still leave slaves because in a majority of black churches there is not enough sharing of valuable information that translates into something tangible the way God intended it. No, there is only preaching. I applaud some of the preachers I know who buck this trend, yet the paradigm in the people remains the same. Church hasn’t been had unless the preacher hoops, hollers and whips the crowd into a frenzy. This puts all the emphasis on the preacher. Black folks, by and large, don’t want to go to church and listen, take notes and diligently apply what they’ve heard to their moribund lives. Nope. All they want to do is “get up”. It’s not all the preacher’s fault. Most preachers simply cave in to the expectations of the audience. That simply isn’t fair. There are many preachers who are tired, but they find no rest due to a ravenous crowd of over-stimulated people who demand that they runs be made, the keys be struck and the speakers be turned up to 11. And while they’re having a “Holy-Ghost” party, they’re families are still falling apart, they’re still declaring bankruptcy, they’re children are still having babies, wives are still being abused, infidelity and homosexuality are running rampant and nothing that they’ve heard from the preacher (if anything of value) has come to pass in their lives.

We always talk about manifestation. It’s no wonder why most of the prophesied manifestations rarely happen. We aren’t taught how to get it. Belief is not enough. It’s the start. Yes, we should be excited about what we can do through our Creator. But church is like a weekly wedding and honeymoon (among other things). Once those things are over, the real work begins. Sadly, when the work begins, we’re ill equipped to do the job because we’ve had not the training. So it’s back to church every time the doors open so we can run around the church, get loud, mask our short comings and be fed a bunch of B.S. about how God is going to bless us and deliver us from our oppression. Yep, after church it’s right back to being slaves.

Amendment: My brother Anthony G. Green, who is, like me an advocate for the betterment of Black Americans and a Pastor pointed out something to me that I’d like to clear up. His point was that I shouldn’t leave it to the imagination as to whether or not I am disrespecting our ancestors. No, I’m not backing off my initial opinions. However, I want to make it abundantly clear that I am not putting down the way our ancestors had church. I believe that our ancestors did what they had to do and made something very profound of what they had. What they did worked for them and served to empower the people with hope. That is what they needed because that was all they could do. Times are and have been different for many years and our black churches, by and large, have not evolved the way they should. We have not grown past the emotional experience (nothing wrong with excitement) and have not moved to more empowering means of education and the responsible dissemination of information that should have and will in the future cause those who will accept the message the power to be productive and progressive. I respect your opinions and am not afraid to stand on my own, so by all means, respond. Open dialogue is the only way we can begin to accept the truth.

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http://www.funkydineva.com/radio-host-says-the-typical-black-church-is-still-acting-like-slaves/



Edited by tatee - Dec 20 2013 at 8:22pm
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On the sabbath though, Tatee -_____-
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summary please
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SMH @ "The white people learned how to have a proper relationship with God" GTFOH... while we left with just a cardiovascular workout Ermm


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Originally posted by bindy bindy wrote:

summary please


Black churches are of no benefit to the church-goers. White people do church right. Black people don't have a good relationship with God. Pretty much
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Originally posted by Lite Brite Lite Brite wrote:

SMH @ "The white people learned how to have a proper relationship with God" GTFOH... while we left with just a cardiovascular workout Ermm



 idk why this made me laugh so hard LOL
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There's a scene in Goodbye Uncle Tom that highlights what the article is saying. 
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this article is bullsh*t
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well if black people do it then it has to be bad ......right?
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Originally posted by Lite Brite Lite Brite wrote:

SMH @ "The white people learned how to have a proper relationship with God" GTFOH... while we left with just a cardiovascular workout Ermm



LMAO

And the title is enough, no summary needed. I've had my laugh for the day.
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