For countless Christians, this title refers to a familiar episode in the Bible [St. John 8] wherein a woman was “caught in the act” of adultery. Although VICE is an enlightening exposé of politics, religion, and sexuality, my primary focus in this post is forgiveness. For example, why did a coterie of self-righteous Scribes and Pharisees allow the man to put on his robe and sandals and subsequently escape accountability for his actions? Hypothetically, is it possible, plausible, probable, or preposterous to think that they were in the “red light district” also looking for a trick or a treat? According to Judaic Law, were not both guilty parties to have been taken outside the city’s gate and then stoned to death? Thus, IF 79% – 97% of zealous Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders who vilify others’ “sexual mistakes” do so to project their shame upon others, then are they devout or delusional? Stated differently, rather than the proverbial empty wagon, is it possible that the guilty wagon makes the loudest noise? Explain. When men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., President Clinton, Bill Cosby, President Kennedy, Kobe Bryant, Pastor Bob Coy, Willie Gary, or Pastor Tullian Tchividjian [Billy Graham’s grandson] commit adultery, what spin or spotlight should we put on their “sexual mistakes”? Despite our futile attempts to hide behind fig leaves, probity requires that we concede that there are A’s and F’s on our moral report cards too. Therefore, we can’t cast the first stone…capish?
Any nation that vacates GOD’s commandments, by default, will become more ungodly and more evil. WE hold these truths to be self-evident in nation that has more people behind bars than in any other nation on Earth. Having privatized many prisons, mass incarceration has become one of the most profitable industries in the United States. In stark contrast to Germany’s prisons, the for profit “Prison Culture” in the US is a milieu wherein fights, drugs, solitary confinement, inadequate health care, contraband, and sexual assault are normalized experiences for both juvenile and adult prisoners. Countless innocent citizens, especially men of color, have been falsely convicted via blatant corruption by policemen, prosecutors, and even the courts. In a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, what’s wrong with that picture of justice for all? Having served their sentences, convicted felons find it extremely difficult to secure meaningful employment. What’s wrong with that picture of jurisprudence? Typically, Human Resource managers discount the possibility of penal rehabilitation once that box is checked on any job application. Ergo, VICE’s “Not Guilty Program” challenges men and women to consider becoming self-employed in a number of industries available to them. Several success stories from former felons are presented in this blog. Akin to selling vacuum cleaners, cosmetics, or vitamins, etc., VICE’s business model bypasses the middle man [i.e., Amazon] in order for Independent Agents to maximize their earning potential. Ergo, anyone who studies this unorthodox textbook and believes in its “ministry of sexual healing” can earn $390.00 gross profit per order of ten books sold. However, because I believe they deserve a second chance in life, an additional $200.00 rebate is available to both convicted felons and former foster children — despite what they may have done in the past. Yet, Victor Hugo’s Jean Valjean quintessentially represents the humanity of one’s future. Stated differently, “He who has no sin, cast the first stone.”
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
[I Timothy 6:10 – 12]
White, black, rich, poor, male, or female, etc., with no respect of person, into each life some “rain” must fall. Yet, is it possible, plausible, probable, or preposterous to think that 75% of the rain or problems we face throughout life are a direct consequence of our disobedience to God’s Commandments? IF Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, then might the Prince of Darkness still devour mammon via his perennial game of Trick or Treat? Remember, the treat always is “pleasant to the eye” while the trick is that it separates you from God, resulting in eternity in Hell. Perhaps, IF we were spiritually enlightened, then we could see Lucifer’s hidden agenda. For example, IF the entire Bible consisted of just ten words: “Thou shalt not place thy hand on a hot stove,” then why would millions of Americans still do so, lest they were spiritually blind? Moreover, why do college professors, politicians, pastors, parents, and public servants block, tackle, clip and run anyone out of bounds who dares to admonish America’s Youths against these vices? Despite the persona and public image of being “pleasant to the eye”, is it possible, plausible, probable, or preposterous to think the American idols we call celebrities have taken an oath and consequently have soul ties to Satan? WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it, inconsequential to whatever “it” is. Hypothetically, IF there is a spiritual motive, a sexual motive, or both for virtually everything we do, then is our sexual expression prima facie evidence of which “god” we serve? Explain.