Cantando en la Iglesia “New Vision”
Existieron tiempos en donde los hombre no decían malas palabras delante de las damas, especialmente cuando dicha dama era casada.
Me acuerdo ver peleas formarse porque hombres indecentes se atrevieron a expresar vulgaridades delante de señoras casadas. También existieron tiempos en donde no se usaban expresiones vulgares delante de los niños ni de los ancianos.
Lamentablemente, hoy día se ha perdido mucho de ese respeto tan precioso en nuestra cultura. Vemos groserías en la música, en los juegos de videos, en películas, en la escuela, en el trabajo, en los restaurantes, en la parada de carros púbicos, en nuestras propias casas y en fin… en todas partes.
En mis tiempos antes de ser Cristiano yo decía muchas malas palabras. Luego aprendí Inglés y decía malas palabras en Inglés y en Español. Dios me ha ayudado mucho en esa área.
La pregunta debe ser, ¿Qué nos dice la Biblia sobre las malas palabras? Considera y medita en lo que nos dice la Biblia en Santiago 3:10,
“De una misma boca proceden bendición y maldición. Hermanos míos, esto no debe ser así.” (Reina Valera 1995)
La Biblia, no yo, nos dice que “…esto no debe se así.” En Facebook se ve mucho esta insistencia de maldecir y bendecir. Muchas veces leo mensajes Cristocéntricos, los cuales son edificantes y cargados de mucha inspiración. Mas luego, esa misma persona, escribe vulgaridades de las más bajas. Hermanos, “…esto no debe se así.”
Para mi, los versos Bíblicos que más me impactaron se encuentran en Efesios 4:29-30,
Ninguna palabra corrompida salga de vuestra boca, sino la que sea buena para la necesaria edificación, a fin de dar gracia a los oyentes. 30 Y no entristezcáis al Espíritu Santo de Dios, con el cual fuisteis sellados para el día de la redención. (reina Valera 1995)
Esas palabras corrompidas son las malas palabras y las palabras que hablamos para destruir y herir a otros. Las malas palabras entristecen al Espíritu Santo. ¿Quieres entristecer al Espíritu de Dios? Cada ves que hablas asquerosamente lo entristeces.
There is deep racism in the Body of Christ; it can’t be camouflaged, it can’t be sugarcoated and it can’t continue to be swept under the carpet. It is a serious issue and it must be sincerely addressed.
The spirit of racism is rooted in the very foundation of this nation’s history as our greatest hypocrisy. It is expected from the world, but the church must be severely confronted with this sickness. I keep hearing the Lord telling me that He demands multiculturalism from this nation’s church.
Racism has and continues to express itself in different levels. Racism fights integration; racism refuses to see the other side as equals; the other side is always looked down. These are some of the levels of racism I have seen in our churches:
1. White Churches where blacks and minorities, in general, are not allowed, period: Here there is no concern for the souls of minorities. In a way, minorities are not even considered humans.
2. White Churches where minorities are allowed, but must sit in the back, separated from the white brothers and sisters: Here they like to reach out to minorities for Jesus, but continue to establish segregation.
3. White Churches where whites are reaching out to minorities and helping them build their own buildings apart from the mother church: Here it is ok to have a black pastor, black elders, etc. but only among their own kind. Whatever government is established in the minority churches is always subject to the mother church. It is an outreach that appeases the white man’s guilt, but it still refuses to integrate.
Remember racism will come against integration and loosing power.
4. White Churches where minorities are welcomed as part of the congregation, but they are nowhere to be found in the church’s body of elders or leadership: Here you see what many like to call a multicultural church, but it is only by appearance. After the service is over, everyone returns to live their lives and pursue fellowship with their own kind. At their birthday parties and personal celebrations, you only see people that look like them.
5. White Churches where they are integrating by enjoying multicultural fellowship outside of the church walls: Here, they are coming together to fellowship in each other’s homes, but they are not giving up power. The Elders continue to be all white.
6. White Churches where they enjoy multicultural fellowship and, minorities are also a part of the Body of Elders: This is closer from what God wants for the American Church to look like; but the Senior Pastor continues to be white. To a degree, they are still holding on to power.
In the American Church today it is hard to find the first and second levels. However, make no mistake about it, they do exist. Open racism is no longer politically, socially or morally acceptable if whites do it, but I see plenty of racism in our black churches and even in our Hispanic Churches in America against whites. There is nothing in the Word of God that justifies racism just because you were or are a victim of racism.
The point here is that the spirit of racism that flows out of our, particularly, white brothers, must find sneaky ways to manifest itself.
The most tragic thing in levels three to six is that those in leadership think that they have arrived. They are really fooling themselves! When we think we have arrived, God always has a way of stretching us further.
So what is it that God wants? The Lord gave me a Word some time back where I explained in detail some of the things the Lord shared with me concerning what the Lord will do in the American church. The article is entitled: The Shocking Work That Will Take Place In The Church
The church that I see coming for America will be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost. People will walk in true love and fellowship with one another, without any concern for race, color or languages. However, African-American apostles will lead this church.
I see Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Orientals, Europeans, etc. coming together in marriage, in friendship and as an example of love and unity to the world. This church will be a window of heaven on earth. Does that mean that whites will never be Senior Pastors, Apostles, etc.? Absolutely not! God will exalt the humble regardless of their race, but this new leadership will be birthed out of a true unity in the Spirit among our black leaders specifically.
We will see miracles, signs, wonders and emotional healing. This church will be the continuation of what the Lord started at the Azusa Street Revival. God will eradicate our greatest hypocrisy; we will be united.
I am always thinking and trying to find the life lessons God shows us out of our daily lives. Some times I can see those lessons from a mile away; but at times they are pointed out to me by a friend, a child and some times by my own wife who looks at me like: “You idiot that is what I was trying to tell you last week.” She does not actually call me idiot out of her great respect and admiration for me… but you can tell she is thinking alone those lines. Well, moving on! Proverbs 22:6 tells us,
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” NKJV
What an amazing proverb this is for us parents! When I see the start of this verse “Train Up” It reminds me that every responsible parent desire for his/her children to be the best they can be in life. We don’t train them to be less, we train them to be higher…we train them up, not down.
Then this verse tells us, “…in the way he should go.” It reminds me that not all of our children are the same. Even as we have general rules that applied to all of us; each person has his own identity, purpose and destiny in life. As parents we must connect our children to their identity, purpose and destiny. What a job that is!
The verse closes by giving us great hope, ”…And when he is old he will not depart from it.” It may not look like much now; but with time, as they mature, they will get it.
Today as I saw my son Angelo getting ready for his second interview in this particular job he is trying to get, a thought crossed my mind.
I believe that the basic of the basic of the basic responsibility of a parent is to make sure that his/her child is ready for employment by the time he/she turns eighteen. Now, I know, I know; some of you guys started working as soon as your mother stopped breastfeeding you, but that is not the case for the majority of homes in America. A great number of parents today are not teaching their kids how to make a living.
With the crisis of fathers, many nowhere to be found, and mothers working challenging jobs and many even working two jobs to provide for their children, our kids are not receiving the proper training they need to succeed in life.
We are raising a generation of young people that is idolizing the Ghetto mentality they see on TV, popular movies and video games. Now, I worked with many people in the Ghetto that were working very hard to get out of there, but for those who want to make a career out of living out of their babies so they can get help from the government and, on top of that, my Verbal and Written English is better than them… oh that is what we call ghetto! They are loud and they are ignorant! And please don’t let me start with the Country-Ghetto folks!
If our children are not ready to do a decent interview; if they don’t know how to dress up, how to be properly groomed, how to clearly express themselves, how to give a good first impression etc. then, one of three things happened:
They did not listen to you growing up as they rebelled against your teachings.
You did not take the time to teach them even as they wanted to learn. Perhaps you were too busy working. Or…
A combination of both
The blessing of my son Angelo was that he applied for a particular job on this particular place. They interviewed him the first time a couple of weeks ago. However, they call him for a second interview because they saw that he was qualified for a greater position.
My son Angelo getting ready for his interview
I don’t say this because he is my son, but I know they will be lucky to have him working there. You know how I know this? Because Angelo has been working for me since he was six years old when we ran a summer camp together in Jacksonville, Florida. Up until a month ago he faithfully worked for me. I know Angelo will get the job. Now I can say: One down, five more to go! Please pray for me!
Note: Just a few seconds after I posted this article my son came back and gave the good news that he was hired…Praise the Lord!