Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
"One of my sisters started to attend and joined this one particular church in the Allison Hill section of the city of Harrisburg, PA. The membership and attendance of young adults were high in numbers. They were “on fire for the Lord”. For some reason this very apparel conscience, conservative congregation really appealed to my sister. The women could not wear pants (she was use to that) no make-up, no jewelry, they could not expose their elbows or toes, they wore these little white laced tapestries on the top of their hair as a covering for their heads. I was 17 or 18 when I attended this church with my sister for approximately over a year.
I enjoyed praising the Lord with so many other young people around my age. The pastor of this church was very charismatic, clever and just a comical individual who really knew and understood people. He made me laugh. I thought that he was very wise. The same man had the ability to charm you and in the same breathe he would prophesy, rebuke and scare the devil out of you. One Friday night he called out these 2 particular guys who were visiting, he had them to come up-front for what I called an “Open Rebuke Session” He told them that God told him that they were homosexuals… the audience gasped and so did I… I knew that I was next. He did not bother me.
Another time he called-out and stood-up each young adult individually and declared that God told him that they all had lustful spirits. The only 2 individuals that he did not call-out were his future son-in-law and I. I just knew that this would be the moment of truth and that I would be exposed of this homosexual spirit that was nagging at me…
I could not figure out and no one could explain to me why was I given this type of cross to bear. I was never molested by anyone; I did not have any homosexual influences from any of my relatives or friends. I had a good relationship with my mother and my father…as a matter of fact they both declared that I was a blessed child and that God would use me.
14, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15, My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17, How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!How vast is the sum of them!
Posted by Samuel Brown at 4:06 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2007
This week's posting features an excerpt from DISSENT AT THE ROCK: A Gospel Musical. The playwright Ajamu is someone of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at one of my book signings in New York City, NY.
I think that you will find this quite interesting.
Does God Condemn or Love Homosexuals???
The answer is contingent on who is answering the question. Normally, their answer is based on what they got from their ministerial or personal interpretation of the Bible. What does the “Good Book” really say???
The Bible really doesn’t really say much about homosexuality. Jesus, Himself, said absolutely nothing- about it- which many unenlightened people would find quite remarkable. The subject of homosexuality is not mentioned in the Ten Commandments and there is no prophetic discourse on the subject. Why does the Bible say so little about homosexuality??? Why is this such a controversial subject???
Regarding the Sodom and Gomorrah story. Sodom was destroyed because of the inhospitality of its citizens, idolatry, and injustice. Jesus, Himself, referred to Sodom’s’ inhospitality in the Gospel of Luke the tenth chapter, verses ten through thirteen. He said absolutely nothing about homosexuality when he commented about Sodom.
Amazingly, many don’t realize that prior to the 1946 Revised Standard of the Bible; the word homosexual was never, I repeat NEVER printed in the Bible until then. In addition, NO word for homosexual ever existed in either Greek or Hebrew languages. In fact, the word for homosexual did not come into existence until around the 19th century. When reading, through Genesis, Leviticus, Romans, First Timothy, and other loosely interpreted scriptures it is VERY important to note NONE of these scriptures address same gender romantic love, affection and unions. However, what’s being addressed are certain sinful behaviors associated with both heterosexuality and homosexuality during that time, but NOT in the context of Same Gender love and affection. The so-called homosexuality in Leviticus is biblically condemned as ritually impure. The key to this is that the word abomination does not usually describe something that is intrinsically evil, such as rape or theft; but ritually impure, like eating pork or engaging intercourse during menstruation. The verse is – if a man lies with a man as with a women, both have committed an abomination and they be put to death, but this is not because it is evil; but because the Gentiles do it, and therefore is ritually impure. These were from the Jewish Holiness Codes; under these codes, adultery, incest, round haircuts, tattoos, consulting mediums, dishonoring one’s parents or not keeping the Sabbath holy were all abominations punishable by death. While Christians ignore most of the Holiness Codes, they cite the codes against so-called homosexuality to support their moral position. One is lead to wonder what’s behind the adoption of this probation and casting others away. It’s like those who used the Bible to justify slavery and the repression of women.
I will close by stating that we must learn to worship God and no church leader and no one else, nothing else. I am not suggesting that we throw our Bibles away, but I an encouraging us to take the time to understand the Bible and to embrace it not worship it or read it in a literal sense. In other words, spiritual Christians study beyond the black and white print of the King James Version. The Bible doesn’t take 21st century minds into account-, which is why 14th and 15th century translations cannot be applied to our everyday lives. The Bible is a product of man, not God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. History never had a definitive version of the book. So worship God not the Bible.
Simply put, it does not matter if you’re rich, poor, young, old, male, female, educated, illiterate, black, white, gay, and lesbian or straight, God sees no difference in us as his children.
Remember: God is Love and Love is for Everyone.
This is an excerpt from my new play - DISSENT AT THE ROCK: A GOSPEL MUSICAL.
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Posted by Samuel Brown at 2:04 PM