LORD, MY CHILD IS GOING TO DIE BEHIND BARS!
How many countries, apart from the United States, sentence children and teenagers to life in prison for crimes they committed as minors? Your correct answer should be “none” or “zero”. As Don King often said, “Only in America!” Nearly five years ago, I read Prison Profiteers by Tara Herivel and Paul Wright, which further opened my eyes regarding the misnomer of “criminal justice” in the United States. Not only is justice not blind; it does not even exist whenever you privatize prisons, mental hospitals, orphanages, or juvenile correctional facilities. Akin to Plato’s Utopia, is “justice” merely an apparition of an idealized world? Explain. One of the obvious incentives for mass incarceration of both children and adults is that private prisons have become an ineffably profitable industry. To my chagrin, the former president of a prestigious HBCU was on the board of directors of one such company that profiteers from mass incarceration of minorities. What’s wrong with that picture? IF the accumulation of wealth is the measure of one’s success, then nothing is wrong. IF the love of money is inextricable from life, liberty, and the pursuit of personal happiness, then nothing is wrong. Welcome to the real world of greedy capitalism at its worst. Would society benefit more IF the CEO converted a private prison into a “homeless shelter” that mandated each “inmate” worked eight hours a day, studied the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, or the Tripitaka one hour a day, and matriculated four hours a day until he or she earned a college degree or alternative certification requisite for “work release” back into society? In conjunction with other holistic, court appointed requirements for restitution and rehabilitation, is it possible, probable, plausible, or preposterous to think such a model of jurisprudence could work? Explain.
It’s undeniable that an overwhelming majority of those children and teenagers who are incarcerated for life are African American. However, IF African Americans genuinely are incensed by this injustice, then shouldn’t we consider how to mitigate this madness of the New Jim Crow? Stated differently, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Perhaps, one reason I am a perpetual persona non grata within my Village is that I relentlessly remind us of the extent to which we are culpable for being marginalized, maligned, molested, and murdered by the Criminal Justice System. Notwithstanding the reality of being victims of police brutality and racism, VICE’s mantra, “WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it,” is as applicable to this problem as it is to incest and child molestation. Yet, whenever I challenge ex-prisoners, executive directors, parents, pastors, professors, and Village Elders, etc., to inculcate a concrete list of holistic behaviors [see VICE’s blog “God’s Gym: Workout # 1“], the silence is deafening as we run to the rocks to hide our face. As a nation, the same generalization could describe White Americans, Hispanic Americans, and other identity groups. Collectively, WE the People of the United States have turned our backs on Godly principles. As long as we continue being politically correct, we will continue being “cursed” or separated from God’s sublime provision and protection. “Why are private prisons so profitable?” The root of it all lies in human nature itself. Ergo, the paradigm of private prisons, albeit unjust, will continue to provide
a good …. an excellent return on investment! IF the deck already is stacked against any identity group, then should the comportment of that identity group be irreproachable in every respect? I rest my case.
Lift E’vry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou, who hast brought us thus far on our way.
Thou, who hast by Thy might led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places our GOD where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee…
AMERICA, GET RIGHT OR GET READY TO ROAST!
Concomitant with President Barack Obama having embraced what he called the “human rights” of members of the GLBT Community to serve openly in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard, did he also open Pandora’s Box of sexual deviance and immorality? For example, with the stroke of a pen did our Commander In Chief give his approval of not only same sex relationships, but also copulation with animals? Rather than to respond via your emotions, do the research…fair enough? Ergo, the anti-Christian GLBT agenda now has been codified into local, state, and federal law. Yet, despite the US Supreme Court’s most recent decisions on this moral issue, ultimately GOD’s Supreme Court will pronounce a life sentence of eternity in Hell for all lesbians and sodomites. Stated differently, a “politically correct” sexual identity is another one of Satan’s tricks and treats employed to separate you from God. One of the fallacious defenses gays proffer regarding m4m perversion and promiscuity is that God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for the ubiquity of homosexuality. In response, Christian zealots often condemn homosexuals and lesbians without inviting them to repent and be born again of the blood and the spirit of Christ Jesus. IF we have the love of Jesus Christ dwelling within us, then should healing the leprosy or exterminating the leper be our evangelistic focus? Albeit countless members of the GLBT community are pugnacious, the Body of Christ still should manifest the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Spirit rather than acrimony when we minister to those who are spiritually blind. Ergo, VICE entreats born again Christians to continue to preach, teach, reprove, rebuke, admonish, and exhort sinners to repentance. As children of God, let us minister in love rather than self-righteously stoning any sinner to death. Remember, love covers a multitude of faults, lest we forget when we too had leprosy.
Lastly, this prophetic video by David Wilkerson was recorded in 1973. I challenge every American [Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, and atheists, etc.] to watch this movie. This is a warning, America, to get right or get ready to roast!
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
[Revelation 9:1- 21]
ADOLESCENT CONFUSION ABOUT SEXUAL MORALITY
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” [Romans 1:16 – 32]
Any nation that vacates GOD’s commandments, by default, will become more ungodly and more evil. We hold these truths to be self-evident after Pres. Obama pronounced his approbation of the GLBT agenda, as if homosexuality, lesbianism, and sex change operations were “human rights” issues. Is having been born with beautiful black, mocha, or brown skin a sin? Ergo, is the Gay Movement even absurdly comparable to the Civil Rights Movement? I rest my case.
In a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it printed, America’s Youths are floundering in confusion about sexual morality. For example, many trans-gendered youths regretted their sex change and attempted to commit suicide within the first year after their “gender reassignment”. Never before in our nation’s history has the US government vilified or terminated teachers and other employees who express religious and moral objections to the proliferation of gay marriage, lesbianism, pegging, and homosexuality. Until recently, the American Medical Association classified homosexuality as a mental illness. Now, many members of the AMA pontificate that homosexuality is congenital and encourage psychologists and psychiatrists to help patients embrace this perverted sexual identity. GOD’s Word still classifies sodomy, fornication, adultery, bestiality, and lesbianism as sexual sins. Yet, devout Christians now are being sued for refusing to provide products and services for gay and lesbian marriages. What’s wrong with this picture? IF you have read the entire Bible [why haven’t you] at least seven times, then you are not surprised or shocked by the fulfillment of prophecy. Despite God’s admonition, apostate American churches are ordaining bisexual, lesbian, and homosexual ministers as pastors. Is it possible, probable, plausible, or preposterous to think that such a church soon may permit homosexual, lesbian, and trans-gendered “marriages” in the sanctuary? Explain. How comfortable would you be IF your six-year old son had a trans-gendered scout leader, Sunday School teacher, or pastor? Biblically speaking, are these so-called “marriages” and “mutations” still abominations in God’s sight or did He change His mind? Explain. IF therapists, teachers, preachers, politicians, and parents, etc. are “luke warm” or obsequious on this important issue, then will adolescent confusion about sexual morality abate or abound? I rest my case.
YE SHALL BE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away….Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” [II Timothy 3:1 – 13]
“And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” [Luke 21:7 – 33]
THE CANCER OF VIOLENT EXTREMISTS
One of the most profound “Life Lessons” my mother taught me was to believe little of what a person says; but believe everything that person does. Notwithstanding Pres. Obama’s eloquence, virtually all US Presidents since WW II have used his mantra or canard of “protecting our freedom” to obfuscate imperial interests. Imagine Adolph Hitler saying, “The world must reject the cancer of violent extremism,” two weeks prior to Germany invading Poland. Would not such a speech be disingenuous? Speculate or imagine how the world views our warmongering Pre. Obama’s extremism as he relentlessly dispatches drones rather than diplomats throughout the Middle East. Akin to the blitzkrieg’s element of surprise, drone strikes virtually eliminate any defense, thus killing innocent people who are no threat, whatsoever, to our national security. Lamentably, US foreign policy has metastasized into hegemonic global cancer. The Pentagon’s oncologists, however, indicated that there is no remission in sight for the Novus Ordo Seclorum. When GOD finally declares, “Enough is enough,” there will be retribution, weeping, and gnashing of teeth in the lake…and I don’t mean Lake Titicaca. Get right, America, or get ready to roast!
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the Earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the Earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on the Earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the Earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
[Revelation 13:1 – 18]
THE NEW WORLD ORDER
Is this an Obama or a Bush totalitarian model for One World Order? To which President can we attribute credit for the prototype of a New World Order that even exceeds House of Medici expectations? Or does credit for today’s Machiavellian Prince rightfully belong to the CFR, the “Committee of 299 Plus One”, the “Carl I’ll Group” or the “Build a Burger Group”? Eureka! MIT’s Noam Chomsky was right all along. In the context of hegemony or survival, didn’t Pharaoh’s Army find out the hard way there is a GOD? Ergo, in a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, how soon will history repeat itself? Explain. It won’t be water but fire next time.
“Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Soco, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Soco and Azekah, in Ephes–dammim. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? Am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth–lehem–judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Beth–lehem. And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.”
[I Samuel 17:1 – 51]