Monday, March 28, 2005

BLACK PEOPLE ARE SCREWED UP!

Well, not all black people, maybe just supposedly Christian black people, or at least this group of church members in Jacksonville who stood outside a courthouse to have a prayer vigil, about 50 members of Little Rock Baptist Church actually, to ask God's mercy for their pastor, the 34 year old Rev. Alexie Kelly regarding his being arrested for statatory rape of a 13 year old girl(any relation to R. Kelly?). Apparently he had a 3 month affair with this little girl as reported by PAUL PINKHAM of The Times-Union. Amazing! Not only did the church congregation pray that the pastor would get a light sentence but the victims mother joined them in pleading with the judge for leniancy as well stating that
...no good would come from sending Kelly to prison for his sins.
Apparently this wasn't the good 'ol reverens fault, according to his attorney it was the work of evil forces trying to discredit the church and undo all of the "good" that this pastor has done for the community. Right! I guess the victim; in this case a 13 year old little girl is expendable in the minds of these people, including the judge since he only gave him 6 months and 3 years probation rather than the 30 year penalty. What is going on when people would rather defend the guilty than the innocent and most vulnerable among us? Maybe this guy has done some "good" in a relative sense but defending such an act is appalling to say the least. As Tonyaa Weathersbee of BlackAmericaWeb.com comments:
First of all, young black girls –– especially those between the ages of nine and 12 –– are more frequently the victims of sexual abuse than white girls in that age range. By going to bat for the preacher instead of for his victim, the congregants did nothing to thwart that pattern.
Of course that isn't the point right? It is more important to not let another one of our men go to jail. We've got to protect and coddle the black man and keep him out of harms way, right? Even if it means looking the other way when he does wrong. Not!

Weathersbee then goes on to make a very interesting and revealing point regarding the absence of the father?
It was also criminal that no father spoke to defend his daughter’s honor as her mother was making her mealy-mouthed defense of her child’s rapist.
Absolutely amazing! My guess is that there was no father around to make such a case which is probably why and how this happened in the first place. The absence of a father in the home raising this young girl. The preacher steps in and fills the void, even if it is in a perverted fashion. This should be a clear indicator to those of us who are real Christians that the role of the male and the father in particular is of the utmost importance in our society and on a smaller scale, within the family unit. I've heard many conservatives comment about how the government stepped in and replaced the father in the home with a welfare check, well, in addition, many preachers, especially black preachers, came along for the ride and replaced the marital relationship with a perverted, emotional religion. One that only serves to manipulate women into doing what he wants them to do. A religion that strokes the egos and stokes the flames of insecurity among the church-going female.

I can speak from personal experience that this is nothing new and has been happening for many years. I've been a part of several churches where the ministers were literally molesting the young female congregation, many of them up until adulthood. One truth is always consistent in every situation, those women who are abused by these so called pillers of the community find it extremely difficult to get over such betrayal, and many never do. I gaurantee you the 13 year old that was molested by this pastor will carry this scar in her conscience for the rest of her life. She will never be the same again.

Black people will continue to suffer as a community as long as they continue to embrace immorality in this manner. Especially within the black church, there needs to be a zero tolerance for this type of behavior among pastors and leaders of the community.

I pray that the Lord's mercy be upon that little girl.

11 comments:

Solomon said...

Ahh... The black preacher (some) and the female flock he shepards. Your right Jerry. This is a dirty, nasty "secret" in the black church. My aunt left her church after it came out that the pastor had sex with three teenaged girls. And my aunt nearly blew up when the congregation did the Area 51 cover-up. Sick stuff man.

* By the way, you've just been linked on my blog! :)

Jerry McClellan said...

Thanks Solomon, the link is much appreciated!

The real tragedy is that these girls will grow up to become angry women unable to sustain any real relationship with a man, particularly the black man...and we wonder why black men seem to have a hard time dealing with black women, well this is one key contributor. I know women in their 40's and 50's who were molested or raped by their pastor as young women and that pastor is still head of their church because no one had the gonads to stand up against him when it came out, amazing! We as men have to stand up against such evil to protect our women. When the women see this it will allow them to heal, but because men, black men, do not stand against such wickedness the abused women will categorize all black men in the same light as her abuser.

JL Pagano said...

Your post is full of valid points, but you ruin it with your headline.

Or am I being too politically correct?

On the contrary, I think you are being politically INcorrect in the extreme.

A white man walked into a place of worship a few weeks ago and shot seven people dead. "White People Are Screwed Up"? "Church Goers Are Screwed Up"? Would you accept these assertions?

Looking at some of your comments, such as "we wonder why black men seem to have a hard time dealing with black women", I think the only thing that one can assume is that it is you that has a hard time dealing with black people.

Jerry McClellan said...

The headline was purposeful, an attempt to draw you in, to grab your attention. Looks like it worked.

You are correct, I do have a hard time dealing with black people, especially those who are as ignorant as the ones I've addressed in this post.

You are also correct in your assertions regarding white people and church goers, for the most part both groups are screwed up. Yet, the subject of this particular post isn't about those groups of people, it is about black people and specifically ,church-going black people as I stated in the first couple of sentences.

I always find it quite humorous whenever I point to the short-comings of blacks someone always has to point to other groups' short-comings as well. Why is that? Did I break some unspoken rule about criticizing black people? In doing so you always have to justify their behavior by pointing to similar behavior by other groups?

B Rivers said...

Mr. McClellan

On the contrary, it is people like you that I find most humorous. If you are truly a Christian seeking the truth ( as you say ) then you would know about generational curses and the longevity effect they can have on a nation of people. You would also know that 'Black People' (as you call them, I believe you mean African Americans because all nationalities have a race of people who - because of the color of their skin - can be deemed as black people!! ) have a generational curse upon them which stems back to the MayFlower. It is people like you who are quick to JUDGE but have no real concreate solution or contribution to make to society. It is easy to sit back and say what is wrong or what someone should or could do- but what about you- what have you done to help? Have you tried educating 'black people' or do you just sit and JUDGE. As a Christian you should know the bible says Judge not, least ye be Judged. There is nothing wrong with criticism if you have a solution. If you don't have a solution, then YOU are part of the problem!!

Jesus, no doubt dealt with people who thought they had it all together, but he quickly let them know what they were laking and what was needed. Follow his example dear heart!!!

We can talk anytime.

Jerry McClellan said...

BRivers, generational curses are no excuse for sin, merely an explanation of how it is carried on to others and why certain sinful behavior is often repeated within certain families. The "curse" though is not the acts of sin but the consequences of those sinful acts. Just as the curse of sin in general is death and separation from God.

"You would also know that 'Black People' (as you call them, I believe you mean African Americans because all nationalities have a race of people who - because of the color of their skin - can be deemed as black people!! ) have a generational curse upon them which stems back to the MayFlower."

No, I mean Black People, I am pretty sure that 99.9% of the people who read "black people" will figure I am speaking of those same who are referred to as African Americans. Very few blacks in this country are of any direct African descent, therefore it is dissengenuous to refer to them as African Americans. Myself, I am an American who happens to be black. So far as your reference to the Mayflower, please spare me the historical persecution excuse that is all too often used to defend bad behavior of Blacks. 16th century Slavery does not cause 20th century blacks to rob, murder, rape and steal. Immoral character does, which stems from poor upbringing by parents and positive reinforcement by the community at large. The majority of blacks today aren't even direct descendents of slaves. Your points are misguided.

" It is people like you who are quick to JUDGE but have no real concreate solution or contribution to make to society."

I can't think of anything more concrete than God's word. You need to gain some understanding as to what it means to "judge" and discern the truth, vs. judging self-righteously. You may have them confused. For how can you know right from wrong unless you judge first?

"It is easy to sit back and say what is wrong or what someone should or could do- but what about you- what have you done to help?"

I am speaking up and out about the atrocities that occur within black culture that no one else seems to want to speak up about. I am living my life as an American black man the best I know how by the Grace of God. I am not making excuses for trifling, ammoral, Godless blacks but pointing out error where I see it that they may see the truth for what it is, holding them accountable.

I am pretty sure that this is the example that Jesus set Himself.

Anonymous said...

White people are the most screwed up on this entire planet. Their characteristics,
Highly Manipulative
Might is right attitude
Kiss my ass or kick your ASS attitude
They want to take everything from every one and mother fuckers, they can sell their mothers and sisters for money...
They want jesus to be prayed by everyone b'coz they want white person to be almighty even though they are full of shit.

Anonymous said...

I must say, these are some very interesting things being written about here and I couldn't help but dive in.

I agree with Jerry that we have to stop making excuses and using all of these antiquated theories as to what's wrong with black people and after all of this time, I believe it greatly discredits blacks to still use slavery and its ongoing repercussions as a means to an end.

While I myself did not particularly agree with the title, the content nevertheless is on point. How in the world are we supposed to win souls for the Lord Jesus if we have a congregation having a prayer vigil for a rapist. Pray that God has mercy and the person truly repents before they die, but its super religious, pharisetical attitudes and actions like the members of this church that will cause many, black, white, hispanic, you name it to bust hell wide open!

I myself was molested as a child by the only father figure I know and my biological father was in prison until I was 24 and I am now 27. I did have to suffer the setback of being without a father and the perverse substitute that I had. Praise God for His mercy and grace and I am now in a position where I am able to minister to women who have been in similar situations.

Regardless of whose more screwed up in our natural mind, the bottom line is that this world is going to hell with gasoline 'draws' on and unless the body of Christ get off of its hind parts and start putting some faith into action, it is going to be a sad, sad day to still be here during tribulation and have to literally lose our heads to make it in instead of just getting it right, RIGHT NOW.

For whoever reads this, if you are not saved, please consider your life and value it as the Lord does; He deemed you worth dying for. If you are saved, tell somebody else; to hold on to such a wonderful salvation is selfish and denies the Lord His glory.

Faith, hope and LOVE!
Catrina- cminnifield@hotmail.com

Catrina said...

This is my first time posting to one of these, so if it comes out funny, that's my reason. And besides that, this is so old, but I just couldn't keep my peace because the Word still applies...

I agree with Jerry that we have to stop making excuses and using all of these antiquated theories as to what's wrong with black people and after all of this time, I believe it greatly discredits blacks to still use slavery and its ongoing repercussions as a means to justify sin. That's what Jerry's point is, STOP JUSTIFYING SIN!

While I myself did not particularly agree with the title, the content nevertheless is on point. How in the world are we supposed to win souls for the Lord Jesus if we have a congregation having a prayer vigil in support of a Pastor on trial for child molestation? What kind of message are we sending here? Pray that God has mercy and the person truly repents before they die, but its super religious, pharisetical attitudes and actions like the members of this church that will cause many, black, white, hispanic, you name it; to bust hell wide open! I'm not deep about anything, and this is pretty simple. No one is judging or condemning anyone; the judgment has already been given by the Lord clearly in His word. I Cor. 6:14 states that anyone committing the sin of fornication, lying, stealing.... WILL inherit the lake of fire. Period. To repeat the word is not to heap condemnation. If you are convicted, then take that up with the Holy Spirit. I'm just a messenger.

I myself was molested as a child by the only father figure I knew and my biological father was in prison until I was 24 and I am now 27. I did have to suffer the setback of being without a father and the perverse substitute that I had is just another testimony to God's faithfulness that He delivered my family out of the situation. Praise God for His mercy and grace and I am now in a position where I am able to minister to women who have been in similar situations. And men as well, someone very close to me was molested by the choir director of a prominent church and he never told, but this minister of music was notoriously promiscuous and he was never corrected. And that is what's missing from the church. Everybody wants a feel good sermon and leave with the joy of the Lord when some people really need to be weeping between the porch and the altar crying out to God for mercy on a nation that is in complete rebellion and desecrating the Lord's name at every turn!

Regardless of whose more screwed up in our natural mind, the bottom line is that this world is going to hell with gasoline 'draws' on and unless the body of Christ gets off of its hind parts and starts putting some faith into action, it is going to be a sad, sad day to still be here during tribulation and have to literally lose our heads to make it in instead of just getting it right, RIGHT NOW.

For whoever reads this, if you are not saved, please consider your life and value it as the Lord does; He deemed you worth dying for. If you are saved, tell somebody else; to hold on to such a wonderful salvation is selfish and denies the Lord His glory.

Faith, hope and LOVE!Catrina- cminnifield@hotmail.com, please feel free to email me!

cminnifield@hotmail.com

artkministry said...

I HAVE TOOK THE TIME TO LEAVE COMMENT FIRST I THANK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS AND MERCY AND I DO APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF YOU WHO'NEVER DID ANYTHING YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT REMEMBER ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT BUT IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS GOD IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US FROM ALL
UNRIGHTOUSNESS.GOD BLESS PASTOR A.R.KELLY.

Anonymous said...

No will never know how that little girl feels even now as a grown woman