Former NFL player Emmanuel Acho penned a very compelling article “The Myth of the Angry Black Man”, in which he lays out a succinct history of its origin and how it was used by the ruling class, after the civil war and reconstruction, to keep Black people powerless and enslaved.
To do this they had to convince the white masses that despite the abolition of slavery, the containment of Blacks as a sub-class was in their best interest. And one of the most persuasive tools is fear. Enter cinematography to permanently etch on the eyelids of mankind a violently aggressive Black male, with uncontrollable sexual urges and a strong penchant for white women.
The portrayal of Black people in general, and the Black man in particular as massively threatening still persists even to this day. Darren Wilson, the 6 feet 4 inches tall, 210 pounds gentile/European officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a 6 feet 4 inches tall, 289 pounds Black teen, said of him that he displayed extraordinary strength. “I felt like a 5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan.” Wilson also said of Brown “he had the most intense aggressive face. It looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.”
Throughout history Black men have not been afforded the same freedom of emotion, especially anger, for the most part, for public perception sake, as their gentile counterpart. And have suppressed a God created expression other races are privileged to feel with impunity. But there is ONE, who is Black, who will not hide his fury so as not to offend. Neither will he attempt to appear less threatening so that none are afraid, oh no. He has a grievance with the races and will provoke them to confrontation. And though they by second amendment take up arms to detain him or use lethal force to force him to obey, he will not be apprehended because he, Jesus that is, “WILL NOT MEET THEE AS A MAN.”
Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon (Gentiles), sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
Establishing His Blackness
“Cancel Culture” a term one can hardly go a day without hearing is politicized by “some” to accuse “the other” of the removal and/or destruction of their sacred historical statutes, monuments and narrative from the archives of American history. I hear it most prominently from evangelical Christians who, since the take-over of the gospel narrative, have been actively involved in a bit of culture cancellation of their own. As the myth of the angry Black man was a grand plot to change the perception of Black men in the eyes of white America, so is the myth of a white Jesus intended to alter the perception of the God of all creation to the whole world.
In Song of Solomon Jesus, a Jew, is described as ruddy, a reddish-brown hue on the color spectrum. The book of Revelation says His feet were like refined copper/bronze. Israel, Jesus’ brethren, is described in Lamentations as having bodies more ruddy than rubies. And it is recorded that David, in 1 Samuel 17, also a Jew and King of Israel 14 generations prior to Jesus’ birth, was likewise, you guessed it, ruddy. So how is it that an entire nation of ruddiness is erased and replaced with a people of pale complexion? It’s simple, cancel culture.
Jesus the Angry God
Many pastors paint a picture of a loving Jesus whose only joy is to fulfill our every wish and command. But while Jesus is the most loving God anyone could ever imagine, who else gave their life to save the world, contrary to popular preaching, his love is reserved for those who love and obey him, Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me. And let’s face it. This ain’t that world.
This isn’t exactly the paradise he had in mind when starting His creation a second time after drowning the first. And that for not loving him the way he wanted to be loved. Corruption, wickedness and violence abounded then as it does now. And just like he didn’t allow it to go unpunished then he will not allow it to go unpunished now. He has a set time when he will return and WOE, (anguish, affliction, distress, despair and tribulation), to everyone whom his anger is aimed.
Gentrification by Elimination
Isaiah 5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
Gentrification is the process of changing the character of a neighborhood by bringing in newer more affluent businesses and people. This “transformation,” however, rarely takes place without elimination of the current usually poorer residents. Urban communities are typically the hunting ground for this redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich. And valuable land in these underdeveloped areas ends up in the hands of rich developers. Natural Raw Ruby The less wealthy residents are then driven from their long-time family homes and communities by rising taxes and equity vultures not seeking to incorporate them into the new landscape but encouraging them to leave. But where shall the poor and not so rich go?
The documentary “70 Acres in Chicago” chronicles the demolition of the Cabrini Green housing projects and is a prime example of the devastation experienced by those being uprooted. In it residents describe the trauma. The sound of the wrecking ball as their homes were being destroyed and the sight of more affluent ones erected in their place. Demolished too and irreplaceable were the relationships, extended family, friends, and sense of community made stronger in the best and worst of times.
Gentrification not only takes place in inner-cities but countries as well. Gentiles seize valuable land in majority black countries, displace the indigenous people and replace them with foreigners. Apartheid, South Africa’s legal system of segregation, under British-immigrant control, that forcibly removed Black South Africans from their fertile land and gave it to white farmers, is a history not soon forgotten and one that, to this day, has left those adversely affected in poverty.
God hates respect of persons – esteeming the rich more highly than the poor when the Lord is maker of them all. Doesn’t the scripture say God has chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom? But at the same time to the rich, they shall hardly make it in who think more highly of themselves or trust in the uncertainty of riches. And those who do trust in riches and not God:
Psalm 52:5 God shall pluck you out of your house and root you out of the land of the living.
Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. 3 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
All Work and Low Wage Makes Jack a Poor Boy
Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against…those that oppress the hireling in his wages, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
In college I was required to read “The Jungle” the 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair, depicting the harsh working conditions of the working poor in the meat packing industry in the nineteenth century. Meat packing was big business and always in need of labor. And for those wanting employment, usually immigrants, it was a place to find it. Crowds of men would show up each day with hopes of being selected. And in the event of a worker shortage due to accidental dismemberment of finger or limb, discarding that worker, at a moment’s notice, for yet another eager and able-body was all in a day’s profits.
The industry paid employees ZERO dollars in healthcare coverage. That unaffordable burden lay solely on the worker whose wages were already inadequate for the cost of living and whose future potential to support himself or his family after an incident was greatly diminished.
Since the pandemic it’s been once again laid bare that the solution of livable wages is still only a talking point. When businesses were mandated to close, the federal government issued COVID relief payments to low wage workers many of whom for the first time were able to make ends meet.
Months later as businesses looked to reopen, they were greeted by a workforce unwilling to choose their low wage, no paid sick leave or benefits jobs, over their current federal subsidies that get the bills paid, even if temporal. And of course there were those in government holding the purse strings who were more than anxious to force the choice by ending the federal credits. Thinking of those who refused to return to a poverty-line existence, a drain on the very system that provides every politician what workers are denied: good wages, healthcare and benefits.
And speaking of a drain on the system, how many were equally as displeased by the 2020 report by the Government Accountability Office, which ranked big companies Walmart and McDonalds among top employers of full-time employees receiving federal assistance due to their low wages. These same companies then claim a significant share of the sales from those utilizing federal programs, rolling those taxpayer dollars back into these big businesses’ profits multiple times.
Jeremiah 22:13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.
Any given Sunday, the first day of the week, many churches gather either in person or virtually in the name of the Lord. The choir sings, the offering is collected and the pastor delivers a spirited word. Only problem that word can’t be confirmed in God’s word – the Bible. And that’s not me talking.
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness Jeremiah 12:10.
In other words, because of many pastors my people have about as much knowledge as a desert has water. Listen to many evangelicals and they speak of abortion as the greatest sin. But the Bible warns of the sin that goes on in church houses more than any other because the blasphemy taught from pulpits, social media, television, and radio each day to multiple countries around the world in the name of Jesus, kills millions more spiritually than abortion ever could.
The spiritually dead are the walking dead in the churches who have sipped on the fine wine of lies and deception until they are now drunk with false doctrine, Isaiah 29:9. Many are unaware of their condition. So I challenge you let us reason together. Let’s put scripture on the table and prove what is true. If our churches are really all we claim them to be, then their teaching should withstand the test of scripture.
1. I started out by saying most churches meet on Sunday, the first day of the week but the Lord’s Sabbath is the seventh day. If this is your church, I challenge you to ask your Pastor why you meet on the first day instead of the Lord’s Sabbath. The explanation will be quite fascinating but I GUARANTEE it won’t be biblical.
2. Legalism – a new-fangled Christian term to mean those who keep God’s commandments to obtain salvation are in bondage and error. And those who don’t keep his commandments are free knowing Jesus did away with the commandments because it was impossible to keep them. BUT, they say, we keep the commandments because we love God. Again, I challenge you to ask your Pastor:
a. If the commandments are abolished, why would you keep laws that no longer exist?
b. If it was impossible to keep the commandments when he commanded, how are we able to keep them because we say we love him?
c. If salvation isn’t earned by keeping the commandments, why did Jesus respond otherwise in Matthew 19:16-19, Proverbs 7:1-2?
3. It is taught that upon belief in Jesus and confession of him as Lord you are NOW saved. I challenge you to ask your Pastor:
a. What scripture says salvation is present tense?
b. Why does all of scripture confirm what is written in 1 Peter 1, salvation is reserved in heaven with Jesus to be revealed when he comes?
Spiritual death is reversible with an infusion of truth, but left unattended will eventually lead to eternal death from which there is no return.
Jeremiah 25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel. 35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape. 36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture.
The Lord is angry and when he returns he’s going to unleash that anger on all who do wickedly starting with the church.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Scripture says in that day the slain of the Lord will be from one end of the earth to the other, Jeremiah 25:33. And in another, he shall judge among the nations, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies, Psalm 110:6; and I alone have trodden the winepress of the people: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in my heart, Isaiah 63:3-4.
There is, however, hope. Until that time he has given each of us time to repent and get on his side by doing exactly what he says. Will you be like those in the days of Noah, who ignored the warning and were among the many drowned instead of the few saved? (P.S. I’m willing to bet those who drowned believed God loved them too and would save them despite). Or like Cain whose wicked thought to give God less than what he required got him cut off forever? You’re much smarter than that. Like the Apostle Paul, I am convinced of better things of you. I believe you’ll use your time wisely.
He that hath an ear let him hear.