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Why I (As a Bible Believing Christian) Cannot, and Will Not Be Voting for Donald Trump!

All the benefits of my Vote for Donald Trump Appear to be
Material, Temporal, Earthly

  • More Conservative Judges

    • Inasmuch as I want a society
      • where conservative values are respected, this
    • pertains mostly to America, not the Kingdom of God,
      • when judges are appointed
        • by both sides
        • solely for partisan control of the judiciary,
          • and it will ultimately corrupt justice
            • for everyone, forever (!);
    • will not prevent the ongoing moral decay of humanity
      • predicted in the Bible, as we move toward the end-times!
    • Deuteronomy 1.16:  “‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him.” 
      • That is, justice must be blind to even the closest earthly affiliations.
  • The Possibility of Overturning Roe vs. Wade

    • Inasmuch  as I am pro-life
      • (in Church and personal life
      • and I will work to reduce abortion in society
        • in other ways other than using the force of law)
      • I am also pro-choice (as a matter of law in society), and
    • inasmuch as I will like to reduce abortions in the US,
      • the church will do a better job to impact society for God
        • by modelling selfless, holy, and cross-bearing lives as people of faith,
        • than to try to wield the corrupting tools of political power
          • to force social change; that is,
      • making abortion illegal
        • constrains action by force of law, it
        • does not change people and
        • is only a temporary fix, to the eternal problem of the
          • sinfulness of man, and it
        • does not address immorality within the Church itself;
      • I also have hope that God has a plan even for unborn babies
        • as I believe he does for infants who die early!
    • Matt. 18.10:  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”
  • A friend of the (mostly white) Church in the White House

    • is temporary, of this earth, not the kingdom of God
      • if the Church cannot criticize that ‘friend’,
      • if the Church must always praise that ‘friend’,
      • if the Church must explain away, excuse, and lie (‘spin’),
        • when that ‘friend’ lies, divides, and is unrepentant of
          • deceit, meanness, pride and boastfulness, narcissism, and adultery,
        • and thereby abandon its basic mission to a lost world:
          • faithfully proclaim the truth and will of God
          • that we must be
            • true, loving, meek and lowly, selfless, and faithful to the wife of our youth, welcoming, be wronged instead of wronging others, give vengeance to God instead of always ‘fighting back.’
    • Faithful prophetic witness
      • to powerful (and sometimes corrupt) political leaders (kings)
      • is clear in the Bible.
        • It usually involves truth, rebuke, courage, and great risk:
        • Samuel (Eli), Samuel (Saul), Nathan (David),
        • Elijah (Ahab, Jezebel, Ahaziah), Elisha (Ahab), Micaiah (Ahab)
        •  Isaiah (Manasseh), Jonah (Nineveh),
        • Jeremiah (Zedekiah), Daniel (Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar),
        • John the Baptist (Herod)
        • Jesus (Pilate), Peter (Sanhedrin);
        • the Early Church (the Sanhedrin); and
        • Paul (Agrippa).
        • It is never a cozy relationship as the one we see between
          • the White House and white evangelical American leadership.
  • Strong Economy?

    • As good as that sounds,
      • a strong economy is of this earth, not eternal
      • Mark 8.36: “What does it profit a man [nation]….”
    • What if
      • (as the signs are beginning to show, and
      • as Donald Trump continues to gamble
        • with the economy and
        • with the livelihood of millions of Americans,
        • using trade wars),
      • the economy takes a downturn,
        • as is expected every now and again?

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  • Strong Immigration Enforcement?

    • This excites those
      • whose primary concern is America
        • not the Kingdom of God,
      • who may be driven by
        • lack of knowledge and compassion, fear, distaste, and/or
        • indifference towards
          • those who are different, who are weak, and destitute;
      • who have forgotten, who ignore the fact,
        • that the Kingdom of God is all tribes, tongues and nations
        • that everyone ‘came from somewhere else’,
        • that the Bible overwhelmingly teaches love and welcome
          • for the weak, the widow, the fatherless, the alien ,strangers (!)
        • that Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus were themselves refugees
          • to Egypt from political violence!
    • Matthew 24.44:  “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’”
    • Revelation 7.9 “…from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb….”
  • Strong Military and National Defense,

    • pertains to only America, not the Kingdom of God;
    • is material, temporary, and earthly.
    • Ephesians 6.  “For we do not wrestle not against flesh and blood…”
  • Second Amendment Rights

    • Is only of this earth, and temporary,  and
    • when promoted unreasonably and at all cost, it
      • UNDERCUTS THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS:
        • selfless love,
        • sacrifice,
        • give instead of taking life,
        • “turning the other cheek”,
        • “Nevertheless, let your [God’s] will be done not mine”
          • not my right(!)
          • [Jesus!]
      • lacks any sound biblical and theological support.
      • Matt. 16.24: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
        • The choice between a gun and the cross is easy
          • I CHOOSE THE CROSS!

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About Reach

A little introduction about Reach Ministries Int’l!

Beginnings

  • After much prayer, I began activities for this ministry in March this year
    • when my family finally joined me in Greenville Area of SC.
    • This blog was started in 2017.
  • Right now it is
    • me, my wife of 36 years and our children,
    • my good friend Elvis Muhabwa from Uganda,
    • former colleagues, friends, and well wishers, disciples, etc.
      • from around the US
        • in Illinois where I was a pastor for 13 years and
      • around the world who are praying for this ministry, and it can be
    • anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior or who wishes to have such a relationship with him, and who identifies with the Vision, Mission, and Profile of the ministry below.

More About Dr. Ray please also see the link at the home page.

  • In addition, My gifts are
    • church planting,
    • teaching,
    • prayer and intercession
    • prophecy
    • faith
      • I am a dreamer!
      • I believe in miracles (both:
        • the one-of-a kind, all-at-once action of God, and
        • the slow, over-time irresistible favor of God,
          • in answer to prayer!)

The Vision

  • Reach Ministries:  Army of Worshipers whose ultimate prayer is that God is glorified in and through each of them, who are passionate about achieving their God-given dreams and aspirations, and who promote and enjoy healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling relationships in community.

The Mission

  • Through God-centered worship, sound biblical teaching, practical training in important life skills and by creating diverse opportunities for healthy interactions, relationships and service to others, Reach Ministries will raise an Army of Worshipers to fulfill the vision.

The Three Pillars

  • Reach Upwards to God (He is always reaching down to us in Love!)
  • Reach Forward to your goals (Everyone one can achieve their God-given goals)
  • Reach Outward to Others (To give and to receive; to bless and to be blessed in community!)

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  • Why “Reach”?

    • Because we need to respond to God’s invitation to a relationship with him
    • Because we need to keep moving, keep growing, keep getting better
    • Because we need to seek others, see, listen to, serve, and help others
      • which is the  greatest source of fulfillment:
        • we can receive in life;
        • a meaningful and positive impact on others,
        • the greatest legacy ever!

Interested? What can you do?

  1. Share, pass the word around about the following opportunities
  2. Email me at reach4himwdray@gmail.com to join small/prayer group(s)
  3. Follow Reach Ministries on Twitter at reach4himwdray
  4. Follow Reach Ministries on Facebook at reach4himwdray
  5. Check this blog for updates, encouraging, positive, and daily posts
    • (except Sunday).
  6. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Reach! when it comes online soon.
  7. Pray
  8. As the Lord leads!

Believe! – 2

Some Basic Truths For Meaningful, Happy and Successful Life

Believe that:

  • There is a God Almighty

    • He is
    • He sees
    • He knows
    • He loves
    • He will judge
    • He is sovereign
      • (owes no one any explanation, and is
      • free to do whatever he wills,
        • with his creation)
    • He is Holy but he is also merciful
  • You are Special

    • One of a kind
    • In a good way, despite or because of
      • what you did in the past
      • what someone did to you in the past
      • your DNA profile
      • where you were born
    • You have something to say, to give, to contribute, to do
      • in this world;
      • a legacy to leave behind,
      • a mission to accomplish, and
      • a dream to fulfill.
      • Your life has meaning!
    • You are of infinite value
      • to God who loves you and died for you
        • on a cross!
      • to those who love you
        • mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, siblings, bff etc.
        • You add meaning, joy and happiness to their lives.
        • For those who may not ‘love’ you,
          • They are not looking at your true value.
          • They are looking at something other than
            • who you really are!
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  • Things can and Do Change

    • Other opportunities will open
      • Closed doors may become open
      • New doors will open up
      • ‘Doors’ can become walls or
      • ladders may be provided to scale walls!
    • People can change
      • Friends can become enemies
        • and vice versa.
      • Bosses can become subordinates
        • and vice versa.
      • Doubts can become trust
        • and vice versa.
      • Opponents can become team-mates
        • and vice versa.
    • Miracles (impossible ‘coincidences’) can happen
    • New methods, medications, procedures, approaches will be invented
      • making it easier to get where you want to go in your life!
  • Reality, Facts, and Truth Rule in the Long Run

    • There are no ‘alternative facts’
    • Opinions, feelings, emotions, loyalties change, facts don’t
    • Evidence based choices are best
    • Respect True Scientific Discoveries
      • God is the ultimate scientist
      • They are foundation to practically all human achievements 

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  • The Other Side of Life Will Be Different

    • All tears will be wiped away;
    • No more sorrows, sickness, death, or evil,
    • No more scammers, swindlers, thieves, liars, sociopaths;
      • Those who (we) think they ‘got away with it’
        • will not escape the ultimate justice,
          • guaranteed by God!
    • If you have invested in it!
      • I recommend Jesus to you, Personally!
    • Don’t think there will be need for ‘Faith’
      • Faith will become sight
      • It will be like the Garden of Eden all over again!

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YOU CAN DO THIS, LET’S DO THIS!

 

Life After Defeat?… Yes! (2)

In order to have a meaningful and successful Life after Defeat, Step 1 is to separate Who YOU ARE from WHAT HAPPENED (the event).  Now the next steps:

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  • Take Time to Reflect
    • Avoid far reaching decisions while you are ‘feeling blue.’
      • Choices under such conditions are likely to be
        • emotion driven,
        • ill advised, and
        • wrong.
    • Learn from the experience.
      • Who to trust
      • What to do
      • A better way
  • Keep Things in Perspective
    • The Time Perspective
      • There may be other opportunities.
      • Take the long view.
        • How will this look one, two, five, or ten years from now?
        • How will this look from the other side of eternity?
      • You may have gone through this in the past,
        • remember how you made it through then?
          • You can do it again!
    • The ‘Others’ Perspective
      • In the past your ‘win’ meant others lost!
      • Your experience may not be the best,
        • but it is not the worst either.
      • Others have survived such things
        • so can you!
    • The ‘God’ Perspective
      • He lives, he sees, he knows, he understands, and
        • he loves YOU!
      • He is in control
      • He does not make mistakes
      • All Things Are Possible with him
  • Consider Alternatives
    • Do it again!
      • Success sometimes (often) comes only after several tries
      • ‘Third time is the charm’
      • Believe!
    • Adjust Your Line of Attack (approach)
      • More and better preparation
      • Note the ‘signs’ along the way and make adjustments
    • Change Direction
      • You may not be a fighter pilot but
        • you will be able to design the planes they fly in
      • You may not qualify or be approved to be a doctor
        • but you will be an excellent nurse practitioner or
        • a medical technician, or a surgical nurse, etc.
      • You may not qualify to become an engineer
        • but you will be an excellent and successful mechanic!
      • You get the idea!

You can Do this – Let’s Do this!

Contact:  reach4himwdray@gmail.com

Regrets?!

Not Many

  • Thank God!

I wish I spent more

  • one-on-one time
    • with my children
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      • when they were younger
    • making more memories
    • listening
      • not more money
  • Others?
    • I would have chosen
      • Less of me and
      • more of others

As you grow older

  • This is the kind of legacy that
    • seems more valuable
    • requires no money, wealth, or worldly success
    • has far reaching implications
    • can change the world.
  • The kind that gives the greatest pleasure
    • when the children and grandchildren
      • celebrate you
        • on your birthday.

Philippians 2.4

  • Let each of you look
    • not only to
      • his own interests, but also
    • to the interests of others.

Babylon is fallen!?

How White Evangelical America Has Contributed to the Demise of American Greatness

By Giving Uncritical Support to Donald Trump

My ‘Family’ Disappointment!

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great!” the angels shouted

  • (twice, in the book of Revelation: 14.8 and 18.2) and now,
    • in the age of President Donald Trump,
      • there is every reason for followers of Christ in America to ask,
        • Has America’s greatness reached an inflection point such that
          • America can become the modern Babylon?
        • Is the Church, specifically the White American Evangelical Church contributing to this downfall?
        • What does the future hold?
        • Can the White Evangelical Church in America get out of this mess?
          • How?

No, I am not a White Evangelical Christian.
In fact

  • as you may know
  • I am
    • black,
    • an immigrant
      • from Africa.

But I think I can speak to my white evangelical brethren.

  • They are my ‘family.’
    • I received Jesus Christ under the ministry of
      • white evangelical Western missionaries to Africa
    • A North American Missionary personally baptized me,
      • as a teenager, by immersion in the ocean in W. Africa.
    • North American white evangelical Missionaries taught me how to
      • read, study, memorize, apply the scriptures,
        • to my life.
    • Four white evangelical western missionaries conducted my wedding.
    • I received most of my training,
      • both formal and Informal,
      • as a local pastor, denominational leader, and eventually
      • as national evangelical leader in Africa,
      • from white evangelical missionaries.
    • My Bible College was led by white American evangelical missionaries
    • My master’s Degree in Biblical Exegesis
      • was at a mostly all-white evangelical School.
    • The overwhelming majority of churches I attended when I visited the US
      • were white evangelical.
    • Christian music for me meant
      • (In the early years of the Christian Faith),
        • Evie Turnquist, Amy Grant, Michael Smith, New Creation Singers, Bill Gaither Band, 2nd Chapter of Acts,  etc.
      • Now, I still listen to
        • Brandon Heath, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Danny Gokey, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Matthew West,  etc.
      • I did also listen
        • to Andrae Crouch, DC Talk, Nicole C. Mullen, and a few African American stars, but my worship and entertainment came from mostly white Evangelical American Christian artists.
      • Radio for me was mostly white evangelical
        • mainly Moody Bible Radio, and K-Love, His Radio, and similar stations.
          • Popular programs were
            • ‘Unshackled’ from the Pacific Garden Mission,
            • ‘Adventures in Odyssey,’ and teachings from ‘Focus on the family.’
              • I raised my (African) Children on the principles of Dr. James Dobson’s – ‘Dare to Discipline,’ and ‘The Strong Willed Child.’
            • I admired, fellowshipped and collaborated in ministry with
              • western white evangelical Churches and non-denominational ministries such as
                • Youth For Christ ministry,
                • Youth with a Mission,
                • Scripture Union (UK),
                • Southern Baptist Convention etc. but
                • most notably the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
              • Apart from the western missionaries who trained me as a disciple of Christ,
                • I consider as pulpit inspiration for my ministry
                  • the preaching and Teaching of
                    • Billy Graham,
                    • Charles Swindol,
                    • Charles Stanley,
                    • David Jeremiah,
                    • Stephen Olford,
                    • John MacArthur,
                    • etc.
                  • The Biographies and some of the books I read were by
                    • W. Tozer (‘The Pursuit of God’)
                    • Andrew Murray
                    • Billy Graham (‘Peace with God,’ ‘Christianity Today Magazine’)
                    • Brother Andrew (‘God’s Smuggler’)
                    • S. Lewis (‘Mere Christianity,’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’)
                    • Chuck Colson’s (‘Born Again’).
                    • You get the idea.
                  • All of the above were consumed by me and many a disciple
                    • at the encouragement of
                      • white North American evangelical leaders and missionaries,
                    • sometimes on our knees in prayer,
                    • as one sought to serve God
                      • with purity, and dedication.

So I hope you believe me when I say that

  • the white American Evangelical church is ‘family.’

But in the age of Donald Trump,

  • I have become extremely disappointed
    • to see the white evangelical American church
      • loose its Biblical and prophetic focus, and
      • ignore the deep truths, and principles in the Bible
        • that they claim to hold dear
        • that is in the various iterations of their ‘Statements of Faith,’
      • turning its back on the very core truths
        • that their missionaries have taught
          • me and
          • many of their disciples overseas.

So why am I disappointed with my ‘family’ in the age of Donald Trump?

  • It is because if you look at
    • what the stalwarts of white evangelical missions and
    • Christian leadership have been teaching people like me:
      • The Bible is the final authority
        • on what God’s will for us
          • is while on earth
        • ‘Sola Scriptura’, ‘Sola Fide!’ (they cried),
          • seeing themselves in the footsteps of Martin Luther.
        • “Set your affections on things above not on earth!”
        • ‘Choose
          • the narrow road which leads to heaven
          • not the broad (‘popular’) road to destruction!’
            • See how Samuel kept his distance from Saul
              • when he (Saul) was no longer willing
                • to humble himself
                  • before God,
              • even though Samuel himself
                • installed Saul into office.
            • See how Nathan the prophet spoke to David and said of him
              • “thou art the man.”
              • ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his own soul?’
                • ‘Nothing!’
                • They shouted and
                • preached and
                • strained and
                • insisted to us,
                  • their disciples!
                • ‘It is impossible to serve God and Money.’
              • ‘Do not be unequally yoked with evil, but
              • renounce evil in all of its forms.’
            • See how Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights to prepare for the ministry.
            • See how he resisted temptation
              • by quoting the scripture.
            • See how Jesus would not take the whole world.
              • that Satan ‘offered’ him,
                • in a moment of time,
              • in order to fulfill his calling.
            • “Speak up for the fatherless, the orphan, and outcasts of society, the alien”
            • See how Jesus himself fled political and religious persecution with his parents to Egypt
            • See how Jesus was gracious with the woman caught in adultery
            • See how Jesus at sat among and talked with prostitutes
            • See how Jesus went to stay with Zacchaeus, the ‘sinner’ and
              • see how Zacchaeus confirmed Jesus was right in his actions
                • when he demonstrated
                  • true repentance and
                  • willingness to make restitution
              • See how we raise funds to help the orphans in the slums of India, Haiti, Sudan, Africa, etc.
  • The fact is, I do not know anyone
    • who is prepared to make the case
      • that any of these values
        • apply to Donald Trump
          • as a person! 
  • And yet white American evangelicals appear to have embraced him
    • unquestioningly!

Thus most people in my position

  • will be disappointed
    • at how the white evangelical church in America
      • have seemingly and unquestioningly
      • given the appearance
        • that they have no biblical objections to
          • what Donald Trump has done
          • what Donald Trump has said and to
          • what Donald Trump continues to do and to say in short
          • the unbiblical values and principles that
            • Donald Trump’ character, history, and personality represents.
          • The evidence is seen in the statements
            • on Christian Talk Radio,
            • by Billy Graham Jnr.,
            • by Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell Jnr.,
            • on Moody Bible Radio talk shows
            • of Mike Huckabee,
            • by Pastor Jeffress, and
            • by many more evangelical leaders, along with
            • the deafening silence and seeming continuing support
              • (if the polls are to be believed)
              • among the rank and file white evangelical Christians.

My ‘family’ now seems to prefer

  • to embrace, justify, excuse, and defend a man
    • who has shown
      • no remorse
        • for sin and wickedness in his past life,
      • no change, and certainly
      • no repentance
        • for a life of deception,
        • injustice,
        • arrogance,
        • pride,
        • greed, and
        • rebellion against God,
        • bigotry, and
      • to accept without intellectual curiosity
        • only what pundits on ‘their side’ say
        • not what the Bible says,
      • to appear to have put access to power now
        • rather than focus on the rewards of eternity,
        • to be part of a ‘winning’ crowd
        • even if it is power wielded by one who led a life
          • suffused with lies,
          • vulgarity,
          • meanness,
          • unrighteousness,
          • serious ethical short comings if not
          • actual criminality,
          • division
        • to consider their earthly ‘rights’ supreme, and
        • to have them (their rights) fulfilled now,
          • seemingly insensitive to the pain of others,
        • to espouse or
        • to at least APPEAR to give their spiritual covering
          • to someone whose character is a textbook example of narcissism,
          • thereby effectively rejecting the ideal of the cross:
            • no greater love than
            • self-sacrifice
          • and perhaps in the process
            • subconsciously
            • embracing
              • self-centered success
                • as the new Christian ideal
                • a complete opposite of the cross and its message
          • in order to gain access to power and
            • to ‘winning’
              • in exchange for
                • their integrity,
                • fulfilling their prophetic and
                • missionary call
                  • to a lost world
                  • to pursue earthly wealth
                    • at all cost and
            • to gleefully and sometimes willfully
              • align themselves
                • with those who greedily seek
                • the greatest monetary benefit
                  • by manipulating the levers of power
                    • often at the expense of those
                      • without access to power
                    • to become hopelessly compromised by aligning themselves with a pathological liar
                      • even though the devil
                        • is the father of all liars
                      • even though the Bible says that
                        • all liars will be cast to hell
                      • even though we are not supposed to tell lies
                        • either to God,
                        • to ourselves and
                        • to others
                      • even though
                        • we are taught to
                          • rebuke and
                          • expose lies
                            • to others and
                            • by others
                      • even though we are told
                        • to have nothing to do with darkness
                        • to expose the deeds don in darkness

Now my ‘family’ prefers to

  • support someone who wants to hide
    • his past activities:
      • (his taxes)
      • (his contradictory statements)
    • in order to walk in ‘darkness’
      • to stall investigations
        • that may throw ‘light‘
          • on how ‘dark’ his past actions may have been
        • align themselves with
          • a bully, the aggressive,
          • the dog whistler,
          • the dominant class
          • the direct opposite of Jesus teaching
            • “Blessed are the poor in spirit”
            • “Blessed are those who mourn”
            • “Blessed are the meek”
            • “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”
            • “Blessed are the merciful”
            • “Blessed are the pure in heart”
            • “Blessed are the peace makers”
          • one who emphasizes ‘Law and Order’ as if
            • that is different from the ‘Rule of Law’
            • which is based on the fact that
              • “all men are born equal”
              • which itself is a restatement of
                • the biblical truth
                  • that all men are created
                    • ‘in the image of God’ and
          • with one who subtly promotes the idea
            • that all those who look different
              • are also most likely to be ‘dangerous’ and
              • to not love America and
            • to give some cover to those who would take advantage of the weak
              • and promote hate,
              • the antithesis of Jesus teaching;
              • “love one another even as I have loved you”
            • to give cover to those who would exploit
              • the poor,
              • the alien, and
              • the orphan
                • in direct contrast
                • to God’s clear and
                • overwhelming teaching
                • in both old and new testament
                  • Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others
  • This is a disappointment because they
    • (the white evangelical church) should be
      • the conscience of society
      • the “light of the world”
      • the healing hand of Jesus
      • the prophetic voice
        • against injustice and wickedness
        • that cannot be silenced,
      • the prophetic witness to the world that
        • righteousness, justice, mercy, and evil
          • are real.
    • Instead the focus is more
      • on churches, meetings, and fellowships
      • on wonderful ‘spiritual’ truths,
      • on ‘family friendly’ truths,
      • on ‘uplifting’ and ‘positive’ truths,
      • on method and strategies of how to get to become
        • ‘mega’ churches,
      • on how to achieve increasing ‘quality of life,’
      • on treating
        • Church attenders and believers
          • more as customers
            • whose needs are to be met
              • so they will ‘buy-in’ to what the church sells
                • by shaping the gospel to fit the culture
                • meaning to give them
                • what they want and
                • going where the culture is going
              • than as disciples of
                • the ‘ugly,’ “rugged,” and
                • inconvenient message
                • of the cross that
                  • ‘makes the comfortable restless’ and
                  • welcomes, comforts, and offers peace
                  • to the outcast.
                • ignoring the elephant in the room:
                  • A national leadership
                  • that is morally corrupt, and
                  • a threat to the very ideals,
                    • derived from Judeo Christian values
                      • that they
                      • (the white evangelical American Christians)
                      • told us, have made this country great.

My disappointment may be difficult to understand, but for people like me,

  • white north American evangelical missionaries were ‘gods.’

When white north American missionaries came to Africa, and

  • exposed us to the white evangelical church in the West,
    • they came with
      • medicines to heal our many tropical diseases
      • food aid to feed ourselves and our poor
      • improved ways to maintain our health and live longer
      • new style of buildings
      • new ways of managing our organizations
      • ‘superior’ logic to our superstitions
      • ‘superior’ knowledge about health, food, politics, nature, technology etc.
      • many other ‘wonderful’ quality of life improvements
      • lots of money
      • we did not even begin to imagine possessing and
        • above all
      • the true gospel to take us all to heaven!

So they were ‘gods’ to many of us.

  • We received improved material sustenance,
  • were taught ‘right and wrong,’ and
  • were given the ‘keys’ to life beyond the grave!

As ‘gods!’

  • they also shaped our very lives
    • into their own image, or
    • in hindsight now,
    • in their own ‘imagination.’
  • They helped us
    • chose our mates
    • raise our children
    • towards the ‘right’ careers.
  • They opened doors
    • to many an African disciple
    • to better jobs and
    • education in the West
  • They also critiqued our culture and our societies.
    • “The Judeo-Christian values system,”
      • they said
      • “is fundamental
        • to understanding the greatness of America”
      • We were backward
        • because of tribalism –
          • “if what the tribe wants is always ‘right’,”
            • they said,
            • “it is wrong.”
          • We were too “community or tribe oriented”
            • instead of individual oriented
              • which is the right way.
            • We were too attached to unfounded fears
              • instead of facts.
              • That was ‘superstition’.
            • We were too afraid of change.
            • Our countries would be better if we
              • practiced and
              • cherished democracy, and
              • if we respected
                • democratic institutions and especially
                • the separation of powers.
              • Corruption is among the things
                • that is a huge drag on our economies
              • The leaders we have
                • are a reflection of the people
                  • who vote them into office,
                  • who allow them to stay in office
                  • (i.e. they represent who we are).
                • We as ‘backward’ societies
                  • were afraid to speak truth to power.
                • Dictatorship was wrong.
                • Dictatorship makes our countries
                  • backward,
                  • undeveloped, and
                • The things that occur in our countries
                  • will never happen in America .
                  • Dictatorship will never be allowed in America
                    • because a dictator’s power comes from the people
                      • who support him,
                      • who do his bidding,
                      • who defend him,
                      • who explain away his tendency
                        • to disregard
                          • the sanctity of human life
                        • to meanness, wickedness, callousness and
                        • the lack of basic human decency in his ways.
                      • In America, the people around political leaders
                        • will never let themselves be used
                          • by anyone
                            • who aspires to be
                              • a dictator!

And now in America, here we are in 2017,

  • we see these same things happening in America and
  • the white evangelical church
    • is either being silent, cheering, ‘spinning’ or pretending
      • ( ‘spinning’ is actually ‘deceiving,’
        • which is ‘lying’
          • which is a sin
            • in the Bible).
          • as if what we see with our own eyes
            • is really not happening, or
            • that it is not that important.

Is Babylon Fallen?!  What is going on?!