Archive for April, 2012

The Cause Is Greater Than Our Humanity

Preached a message entitled “The Cause Is Greater Than Our Humanity.” God has called us to fulfill his purpose within us, regardless of our humanity—strengths, weaknesses, imperfections & failures.

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This election year’s theme has evolved around one common theme: the identity of America. We’ve heard the rallying voices calling for “restoring”, “believing”, “saving” and “reviving” America. There is this undeniable feeling that America is wayward, distraught and dysfunctional.

The choice is quite simple and fundamental: we can continue to march towards an European socialist society or we can be a nation of economic prosperity, constitutional liberty and freedom. America’s soul has been entrenched by big government welfare and mandates that infringe on individual rights. The enhancement of government, by means of a weak and anemic private sector, has changed America from being an economic promised land to a nation that is being defined by unemployment, joblessness, a divided political front and a lack of efficient leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is embarrassing and shameful that we currently have a President who does not understand the power of American Exceptionalism. It is quite common for President Obama to travel worldwide “apologizing” for what he perceives to be the flaws and imperfections of America. I wish he would express gratitude for this country.

American Exceptionalism is about being what you dream to be. It’s about taking advantage of the fact that America is one of the greatest nations known to mankind and that it flourishes with plenty of opportunities for many individuals to succeed. American Exceptionalism is not about government dependency. While the absence of government in its entirety would lead to a society in total chaos and disorder, it is the notion that government will meet all your needs that has caused many to be apathetic and indolent.

American Exceptionalism is about YOU. It is about having a good work ethic. It is the blissful reminder that if you dream and believe in God and yourself, that you can indeed be what you want to be. It is not about piggybacking off of other’s successes and blessings. It is not about being entitled to something without working hard and diligently for it. American Exceptionalism promotes the idea that America is great and that the power of free is what makes individuals successful in life. The idea of big government necessity is pure selfishness. The fact that many just want to depend on the government to provide them services without putting in the work and effort as others, is not only selfishness, but its robbery from those who have worked diligently in their life.

I refuse to adhere to the thought that government serves as a lifeguard and rescue mission. My success in life is dependent on Almighty God, the encouragement of family & friends, and the effort I personally put in to achieving my goals. Many may perceive this to be an egotistical analysis. On the contrary, it’s the beauty of American Exceptionalism. Don’t ride the coattails of government. Empower YOURSELF.

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There will be lots of chocolate, candy, eggs, ham, turkey, and other festive and delicious treats partaken of on Easter Sunday. Children all across the world will attend church services showcasing their flattering dresses and spiffy suits. Parents will sit proudly in church pews and watch their children recite a poem or portray a role in a skit. This indeed fits the description of a traditional Easter service.

There is nothing wrong per se in enjoying these activities, if we keep the meaning of this sacred holiday in perspective. Easter is the holy remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The old, but untarnished story of Christ’s death on Calvary’s hill still resonates among Christians today. The stripes that were whipped upon his back and the painful beatings that Christ endured is the message of love that brings hope and rest to today’s weary soul. The scriptures in the Holy Bible declare in John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but but have eternal life.” (NLT). There is much joy in this beautiful reminder that Christ died for our imperfections so that we may, wholeheartedly and abundantly, live with purpose.

It was with Christ’s death, that his critics and antagonists celebrated prematurely in their naive belief that the King of Kings was defeated in death. It was to their surprise and to the joy of many others that Christ rose from the grave three days later. His resurrection is what makes the Easter story so compelling, unique and matchless. Death could not defeat him. The grave could not hold him. He rose with power and with a stern and electrifying message that he was still God, in despite of the circumstances that had surrounded him.

This the real message of Easter. It is tempting to secularize Easter into making it about marketing, commercialism and festivities. The real challenge is to remind our fellow brother and sister of the power of God’s love. It is essential that the members of the Christian community be ambassadors of Christ. This consists of telling those who feel hopeless, depressed and battered down by the pressures of life that there is a Savior who died for their iniquities and wishes to heal and make them whole.

There is a temptation to make this holy and sacred holiday secular. There is the temptation to focus solely on easter egg hunts and shopping and neglect to reflect on the life of Christ. We must remember that the mainstream and secular philosophy of this society will never replace the timeless truth of the real Easter story.

This Easter, I will partake of a hearty meal and all the other traditions, but I will never replace those with the true meaning of Easter–Jesus Christ. If we secularize Easter, we are in danger of replacing the story of Christ with our own vanity.

An Unrecognizable America

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Politics

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Imagine this scenario: You walk into your kitchen on a hot, muggy summer day for a midday snack. You fix yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a common and traditional All-American treat.  You open the refrigerator and pour yourself a nice, cold glass of milk. As you sit down at the table, you are in great anticipation to partake in this delicious snack. As you put the glass of milk to your quivering lips, you suddenly portray a look of disgust and dissatisfaction. The milk is spoiled. It’s been in the refrigerator without use for far too long. You groan in disbelief as you become victim to the sour taste of milk gone bad.

We were once taught that America was the place of opportunity and achievement. We believed in the concept that you can be anything that you desire to be and that America was a beacon of hope for those who dreamed of success. But for those who are looking up to America as a symbolism of hope and prosperity will quickly find that America is simply unrecognizable, and like sour milk, leaves a bitter taste in many people’s mouths.

The U.S. borrowing tops 100% of GDP. The last time US debt topped the size of its annual economy was in 1947 just after World War II. Currently, The Total Debt Of The US Government Is $14.3 Trillion Dollars. (Department Of The Treasury, “The Debt To The Penny And Who Holds It,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 7/21/11).

67 Percent Of Americans Think The Country Is On The Wrong Track. (NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey, 1000 A, MoE 3.1%, 7/14-17/11)

Only 29 Percent Of Americans Think The Economy Is Getting Better. (Dennis Jacobe, “No Improvement In U.S. Economic Confidence In July,” Gallup, 7/12/11)

81 Percent Of Americans Say The Current Economic Condition Is Poor. (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 1015 A, MoE 3%, 6/3-7/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Say An Economic Recovery Has Not Begun. (ABC News/The Washington Post, 1002 A, MoE 3.5%, 6/2-5/11)

48 Percent Of Americans Think Another Great Depression Is Likely In The Next 12 Months. (CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 1015 A, MoE 3%, 6/3-7/11).

The simple and painful truth is that this place of economic freedom and prosperity called America is on the verge of extinction. America is becoming unrecognizable.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimer Putin once said, “America is a parasite on the global economy.” This is unfortunately an accurate statement. As our elected leaders in Washington D.C. debate the debt ceiling, national deficit, to raise or not to raise taxes, our country’s economy is anemic, unsustainable and unproductive.

College graduates are painfully becoming accustomed to finding little or nothing on the job market. It is a discouraging feeling to know you have worked and studied hard to excel in the academia to find no job and to become the recipient of an amounting U.S. debt figure.

I strongly urge for our government to take responsibility and to promote business and entrepreneurship and to not punish those who want to dream and excel financially but advocating useless spending, unnecessary tax increases and government take-over of the private sector. If we are the land of the free and home of the brave, we must take prepare a sustainable future for the generation ahead and encourage them to be fiscally responsible. My love for America has not evaporated and my dedication to this country has not wavered. However, if we do not uphold economic sanity, we will face the danger of a unrecoverable recession that will leave America unrecognizable.

Black Republicans in America

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Black Republicans in America

Demetrius Minor was featured in a mini-documentary about Black Republicans in America.

In wake of the recent tragedy involving the death of Trayvon Martin in FL, America has once again been thrust into the arena of the debate involving race. Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was labeled a “white Hispanic” by some mainstream media outlets, and thus began a flurry of racial attacks that were relentless. Since there has been no conclusive evidence to this point that shows that Zimmerman had a racial motive, it would be appropriate and wise to put the racial rhetoric on hold and let the justice system do its work. I do not criticize or ridicule those who have been passionately vocal in their support of Trayvon Martin. I under their notion of wanting Zimmerman to be arrested for his actions, and they have a right to vocalize their opinions. However, there have been some tactics used that proves that America is still so bitterly racially divided.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson has gotten involved. This definitely gives one a visual of a red flag been raised. Sharpton and Jackson are class warfare tyrants who capitalize on widening the racial divide and use tragedies for manipulation and political gain. One has to wonder: Does Jackson and Sharpton really care about the Martin family or is this another situation that enables them to play the “race card” without any substantial evidence just to elicit an emotional response and portray the African-American population as “victims”?
Also, the fact that the New Blank Panther Party but a bounty of $10,000 on the head of George Zimmerman not only highlights a racial divide, but also allows to confront the issue of violence that is not necessary and advocates revenge in substitute of lawful justice.
President Obama, following the advice of his former Chief Of Staff Rahm Emmanuel who once stated to “never let a crisis go to waste”, invoked himself into the case by stating that if he would’ve had a son, he would’ve looked identical to Trayvon Martin. It would’ve been simple and encouraging enough to issue out a statement of prayers and support for the Martin family, but the President’s racial and political pandering once again proves America is still racially divided.
The fact that George Zimmerman is a non-black that killed a black has aroused attention nationwide. If we want to bring attention racial issues, let me reveal these staggering facts: 43% of all murder victims in 2007 alone were African American, 93.1% of whom were killed were African Americans. Victimizations of African Americans from violent crime which include the following; rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple Assault was 24.3% in 2007, with the highest percentages of victimizations within the age ranges of 15-24 totaling a percentage greater than 38%.
I don’t hear cries of agony and concern over these from the Rev Sharpton or Rev. Jackson. You know why? I’ll tell you—it disputes their narrative of black suppression by white individuals ONLY.
It is also aggravating and disingenuous that people always point to racism when opponents of President Obama’s policies voice their opinions. Short- term memory loss can be credited when left wingers and liberals forget the fact that Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976. A stunning 54 percent of young white voters supported Obama, compared with 44 percent who went for McCain, the senator from Arizona. In the past three decades, no Democratic presidential nominee has won more than 45 percent of young whites. My point is simply this: Barack Obama was able to be a racially transcendent candidate whose candidacy proved America has progressed towards bridging the racial divide.
Will America TOTALLY bridge the racial divide? As of right now, I’m reluctant to believe so. Until race can be a issue that can be discussed in terms of improvement, engagement and an embrace of culture, instead of an instant knee-jerk reaction and a tool to divide and conquer, America will divided on a racial and political frontImage