I haven’t completely figured out the official cutoffs, but it’s generally accepted that I am a late Generation X’er. There are many things that differentiate us from other generations but I believe one of the greatest differences is that we are a passion driven generation. Before us, the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generations were all focused on potential. To this day, Boomers are concerned that their grandchildren live up to their potential by pushing  education and getting a good job. Think about the civil rights movements, feminism, and the space programs of the sixties and early seventies, and you will see how much that generation wanted to maximize the capacity of what they could do. I was raised and educated by that generation, and they are still watching me to make sure I live up to my potential. (more…)

 

Have you ever heard the saying “too heavenly minded, that you’re no earthly good”? Well clichés are cliches for a reason, because this is a true statement. One of the greatest criticisms of the Christian faith is our preoccupation with heaven and what happens after we die. This fascination is particularly prevalent in the African-American church, because historically black slaves were taught that we should only expect our reward in heaven, and that teaching just remained a fundamental philosophical fixture. In fact, I can not recall a funeral, in a black church, that I did not hear the song, “Going Up Yonder”. It doesn’t stop there. The church at large sings “I’ll Fly Away”, “Sweet By And By”, and “When We All Get To Heaven” with a seemingly greater fervor than others.  (more…)

So here we are AGAIN and unfortunately, lessons have still not been learned, and more black men and women are dead at the hands of police. Now add to that police are also dead at the hands of angry people. I wrote a piece called, Not Like This, back on December 1, 2014, and it is both sad and scary how this message is so relevant today; seeing as though this will be the 3rd time in less than 2 years we are back in the same place [also see (Still) Not Like This]. So here it is again with a few more names and details changed, because this is the same problem on a different day … (more…)

 

Let’s just face it. We live in a generation that has serious trust issues. With a majority of us born, or brought up in single parent households, or slit families, we have come accustomed to broken promises. Not only that, but the things that had become bedrock, such as the government or the economy, have shifted quickly to sand. All of us, no matter where we are from, have been let down by something or someone who should have held us up; so we live on guard. And people wonder why Donald Trump’s “wall” is so popular; it is because we are so used to insulating ourselves and shutting others out. Everybody’s played the fool, and no one wants to be a fool again.

It’s no wonder why people look cynically at believers in Christ. Especially, when we ourselves fail to live up to our own standard, people find it hard to believe that Jesus can be trusted. We, who are believers, tell them that Jesus doesn’t fail, and they struggle to accept it, because everything else has failed around them. It’s easy to judge others when they lose faith, but if we are honest, even the most devout has questioned, if this faith walk is all worth it. It takes courage, to make yourself self vulnerable to anyone, especially someone you can’t see; because no one wants to be a fool.

If you’re someone who struggles with trusting the Lord, I understand. For real. I get it. But let me encourage you to give Him time, and watch Him work. There will be moments that you will feel let down, but if you continue on with Him. You will see how He used that for your good. There will be situations where you will wonder if it’s all worth it, but keep trusting Him, and He will make it all worth the while. If you don’t want to be a fool, put your trust in Him!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8, New International Version

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“Don’t Want To Be A Fool” was written and produced by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller. Performed by Luther Vandross. Released 1991.

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