Ten Major Issues Facing the American Nation Today:

Ten Major Issues Facing the American Nation Today:

1. Lack of civility, integrity, and transparency in the highest governmental offices.

2. Lack of moral decency and purity among church ministers/clergy, and lack of compassion and empathy for the poor and the needy in contemporary American churches.

3. A crisis in gender identity and unfounded alternative sexual preferences and choices.

4. The abandonment of moral absolutes, ethical norms, and intellectual truths.

5. The physical distance and emotional alienation technology and social media have created among people.

6. The problem of historical amnesia and the erasure of historical truths in the nation’s (collective) memory.

7.The rape culture and prevalence of toxic masculinity that we refuse to acknowledge as a national crisis.

8. The corporate silence of Evangelical Churches and Christian ministers concerning social justice issues, race relations in churches, and their inaction towards public policies disenfranchising the nation’s working class people, and the economically-disavantaged black and brown people, as well as poor whites–resulting the legal systematic killing and incarceration of America’s most vulnerable population.

9. The false equation of American prosperity and American supremacy with divine blessings and favoritism, and Biblical Christianity and piety.

10. The tension between obsessive individualism and relational community, leading to inhospitable attitude or treatment toward strangers, the unknown, even family members.

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The Goal of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching!

To my fellow pastors and ministers of the Gospel of God:

The ultimate goal of pastoral ministry and preacging is spelled out by Paul in this verse:

“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!”– Galatians 4:19

That Christ may be fully developed, nurtured, exalted, and honored in the lives of the people of God in your congregation.

Let the followers of Christ in your congregation know that this is your single and unnegotiable passion for them and toward their full spiritual maturity and full human flourishing in Christ Jesus.

On God, Wealth, and Nations!

Prosperity in the so-called First World or developed nations is not a sign of God’s grace or blessing.

In the same way, poverty in the so-called Third World or developing nations is not an indication of divine abandonment or God’s curse upon those nations.

God’s presence is not measured by material blessings nor technological advances in those advanced societies.

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

If you had the power and influence to make changes, mame three things you would like to change in your city/state/our society?
Do provide specific responses!

The three things I would like to change are:

1. Free College Tuition to families whose annual income is under $ 100, 000 and half College tuition to families whose income ranges from $ 100, 000 to $ 150, 000, annually (this is at the state level, folks; I live in Florida.)

2. Give degree-seeking students more options to pursue different degree programs by adding more degrees and majors to our four year state colleges; for example, a student should be able to earn a B.A. in English, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Psychology, etc. (this option is for every state college in the country.)

3. Make it mandatory for every high school student to learn a trade while pursuing simultaneously the high school diploma; the student will graduate both with the high school diploma and the chosen trade (this option is for every high school in the country.)

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

“Let’s talk about change for our country”

If you had the power and influence to make changes, mame three things you would like to change in your city/state/our society?
Do provide specific responses!

The three things I would like to change are:

1. Free College Tuition to families whose annual income is under $ 100, 000 and half College tuition to families whose income ranges from $ 100, 000 to $ 150, 000, annually (this is at the state level, folks; I live in Florida.)

2. Give degree-seeking students more options to pursue different degree programs by adding more degrees and majors to our four year state colleges; for example, a student should be able to earn a B.A. in English, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Psychology, etc. (this option is for every state college in the country.)

3. Make it mandatory for every high school student to learn a trade while pursuing simultaneously the high school diploma; the student will graduate both with the high school diploma and the chosen trade (this option is for every high school in the country.)

“What is God calling you to risk?”

“George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, addresses the killing of Botham Jean and the problem of white churches not speaking up alongside black churches for justice.

“What is God calling you to risk — of your own life, of your own relationships — for the gospel of Jesus Christ?”

“If we want to call ourselves by the name of Jesus, we have to stop defending things he would condemn.”

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I wrote this post two years ago (September 23, 2016) at the height of Police brutality, black deaths in our streets, and white supremacist protests in this wounded nation:

What puzzles me the most is the “intentional silence” of most White Christians and White Evangelical Churches!

1. In the time of slavery and slave trades, most white churches and white Christians in America were silent.

2. In the era of black lynching, most white churches and white Christians in America were silent.

3. In the period of racial segregation, most white churches and white Christians in America were again silent.

4. In contemporary times of Police brutality and black death, American Evangelical White Christians and White Churches still maintain their silence.

When will White Evangelical Churches and White Christians call evil evil?

When will White Evangelical Churches and White Christians call injustice injustice?

When will White Evangelical Churches and White Christians call wrong wrong?

What good are White Evangelical Christianity and White churches in America in this time of national crisis and black death!

“Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of falsehood,
who draw sin as with cart ropes,
who say: “Let him be quick,
let him speed his work
that we may see it;
…Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!
Woe to those who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right!”—Isaiah 5:18-23

I reacted to a question in this manner:

Moreover, this pivotal issue has a lot to do with faith; religion is an important human phenomenon in shaping people’s ethical choices and decisions, worldviews, and social interactions in the world. In particular, I’m addressing “White Evangelical Churches and White Christians” because Christians in general are supposed to be “the light and salt of the world,” according to the Bible. In addition, the greatest commandment besides loving God is to love one’s neighbor, and the call to practice justice, to do good, and walk in solidarity with the weak, the poor, the oppressed, and the disheartened and defend their rights is a central message of the Bible. Finally, I’m speaking both as a human being and christian to my white christian brothers and sisters. Christians are called to live to a higher ethic and an alternative lifestyle in this world.

What do black and brown Christians want from their white (Evangelical) Christians:

We want our white christian brothers and sisters to

1. Fight for social justice–on our behalf;

2. As your brothers and sisters in Christ, we want you to be concerned about our welfare and happiness in this country;

3. Do not ignore us when we’re trying to get your attention about issues that bring suffering, pain, oppression, and death in our lives;

4. Be empathetic and sympathetic toward our pain and suffering;

5. Let the Gospel of grace and love of God be the compass to guide your moral choices and ethical choices, and not your political ideologies and cultural preferences;

6. Do not be in solidarity with white people on the basis of the shared skin color; christian solidarity is grounded on our common faith as Christians and common confession that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

If the Gospel is not good news to radically transform the social, economic, and political order of the day, then it is not a complete Gospel.

God’s vision for the world is not simply his moving action toward the radical transformation of the human heart and the renewing of the mind; his idea of the new creation encompasses everything, including all the wrong doings and oppressive systems and structures free (human) agents have created in this world, through the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s redemptive plan does not simply disrupt spiritual darkness; it interrupts all spheres of life–especially the material world.

The Gospel is a holistic effective story for the global world, for the global people, and for the global order of things. This is what makes the Gospel the good news!

In closing words,

The World As It Is!

Which one of the worlds below would you prefer to live in?

1. one that is guided and controlled by one single God, who is love (loving), compassionate, powerful, relational, and omniscient.

2. one that is guided and controlled by multiple deities, who work together to balance the universe, but are not equal in power, authority, and essence.

3. a world in which God (or the gods are distant) is distant from creation and not a relational Being, and that the deities do not interfere in human affairs; human beings have total freedom over their own lives and sole masters of their future.

4. a world in which there is no God or a world in which no deities exist (a godless cosmos, that is, an atheistic universe) in which human begins are totally sovereign and have total control over their lives.