Thursday, January 31, 2013

An Open Letter to Christian Singles..... 12-7-2012

December 7th, 2012 {Friday}

An Open Letter to Christian Singles Network

Corporate Headquarters

Post Office Box 909

Meadow Vista California 95722

Attention: Ms Linda Marden

Dear Corporate Heads at The Christian Singles Network:

I hope you are having a good day. I went on your web page and was typically disappointed as a Gay or Same Gender Loving Christian, that there were no categories for men loving men or women loving women. {Let along any Transgendered categories}… This is typical of traditional Christians. You have a natural tendency to put yourselves above everybody else, when this is exactly what Christ Jesus DIDN’T want people to do and is what he never did. You have a tendency to judge people when this is exactly what Christ Jesus DIDN’T want us to do as Christians. Jesus hung out with prostitutes, thieves, liers and the like, but He never judged them. He tried to transform them into better people. If we are REAL Christians this is what we MUST do—NOT JUDGE and bring on exclusivity, hatred and negativity. The homophobia in the Christian Church is due to such judging and I was put here on earth to help expose the hypocrisy and bring on a better day where we can respect and have dignity for ALL PEOPLE. You see, Christianity is about following the teachings of Christ and trying, even though we will most likely fall short, trying to be like Christ.

GOD, I believe, has a special place for people of ALL faiths, religions, races, ages, sexual orientations, classes, genders, gender determinations, income levels, cultures, sexes and so forth. I am a Christian, but also a Polytheist--{which I will explain that later}… If we believe He {GOD} didn’t make a mistake, we have to believe that we should have an open mind and face the outside world with an Open Mind. Not a closed mind of exclusivity that points fingers and divides people. I have a strong faith in Christ. {One time after church we were feeding the Homeless and I was said to be giving the Homeless People in attendance too much food. One of the Ministers said there will never be enough food for the rest of the people if you give out that much food. The funny thing was I was trying very hard to say that I have ``faith’’ that there will be enough food for everybody because I knew the people were hungry and wanted food and needed food. There is talk all throughout the Bible about abundance and faith—how could there possibly not be enough food to give these poor decent souls a large enough portion? } But I held my tongue. As it turned out, I was right, there was food left over and people could have had more on their individual plates. I had actually had more faith than the Pastors who wanted to serve less food and ``ration’’ the amounts. I am NOT stating this for any ego boost or for recognition, but I knew in my heart that this was wrong {not to give the most we can} when there was such need among the people in line to get the food {among the so-called Homeless….} The problem was that I didn’t know how to express my feelings and verbalize my feelings at the time. I was strong in my faith, but I was fearful of being seen as disrespectful or critical of the church and the Pastors, so I held my tongue—I should not have done that... I SHOULD have spoken up. We should ALL speak up and if we are wrong, we will be corrected. It is important to Speak UP!! I have since learned better. {I had a Lesbian friend who helped train me politically and she always wore a button on Her bag or Her shirt that said simply--``Question Authority!!’’ I think, Betty Gains, that was Her name, was talking about ANY and ALL authority. I Capitalize the H when I say Her because She is gone now, but a part of GOD Almighty in the Spirit about Her lives on!! You have a right to question if you feel something is not right or correct in what you are hearing and feeling and seeing each and every day. It is your duty as a Child of God, a Child of Christ, and as a follower of Christ and as a North American to question and challenge what you know is wrong. Wrong among the Church. Wrong among the leadership of our schools and other institutions. Wrong among our Government leadership. {For example how could we have possibly just had a Presidential election and the word ``poor’’ was never, hardly ever spoken or mentioned. To me that is insanity. Everybody talked about the Middle Class. Well, that’s nice, but NOT everybody is in the Middle Class or the Upper Class. There is a growing number of people in our culture and our society who are poor and falling through the cracks that are increasing in size. {If we all work together we can decrease the number and size of the cracks that people are falling through, but we have to all work together. {Ronald Reagan won a first and second term in office by showing the full public that he was not only a racist, but that he didn’t care about those who fell through the cracks. He was proud of scraping the so-called safety net. Still today we make this racist a hero. I question such people as Reagan and the people who Lionize him and followed him—I question such people’s moral and ethical fiber and moral and ethical fortitude…} There are more such cracks in our social network and our social order and our social and economic structure and fiber that need repair and fixing and there seems to be more in the making in the future—unless we take positive and proactive action. This is the 500 pound gorilla that went all the way through the current election for President and Other Offices {of 2012} without a peep. [By the Way our President is Black, as I am, but I didn’t vote for him because he finds a way to support war and lies every day. He is Drone bombing and killing the children and women of Pakistan and Somalia each and every day and spending millions of dollars to do so even as the raw power of our Nation is being curtailed by GOD in favor of more democratic ``people power’’--influences that are bubbling up from the Grass-Roots. Very few in the media have confronted the President on this. As a Christian and a real polytheist I must and do confront him….]

As a Christian you are probably conservative. Christ was NOT a conservative. He was a very radical person and a very radical being and HE wanted people to think differently from their traditional Hebrew beliefs in GOD. I was sent here to do something similar to what Jesus did—to reveal the Truth… To be fair and NOT judge people, but to help people find a New Way—NOT unlike even what it said of the New Day in the Bible. My feeling is that being a so-called ``Christian Conservative’’ is oxymoronic—how can you want things to stay the same—like conservatives do--when things are so wrong and messed up and unequal and unbalanced and when so many people are being hurt and killed the way things are right now? And when so many decent and loving people are asked to do without. Without work, Without jobs. Without needed funds to make it another year. Without the basic things they need as decent God-Fearing and GOD -Loving people. This is illogical, racist, homophobic, unbalanced, unethical and anti-human, and it is creating hatred, havoc, instability and resentment among people throughout the world. . . . It is time for such things to stop and for a New World to be born right NOW. As the rich clutch onto their funds and refuse to invest in cities and people who are starving for jobs, basic nutritious food, clean water, infrastructure improvements, jobs and decent housing—things will have to change in a revolutionary and drastic Way for people—the masses—to get a hold of these basic items that will bring stability and decency throughout the World...and into their lives.. People have a right to these things as decent human beings. You don’t have a right to keep these things from them. As the uneducated, the Homeless, the Black, the Latin, the Poor {and that includes many, many White People}, the incarcerated, the disabled, the females, the homosexuals, the transgendered people, the Arabs and so many other groups have been left out of the decision-making process to a large degree in Our Country, North America, for so long, we end up with a country and a lot of institutions [like the Church] that are NOT sensitive to these people. These folk in reality, end up making a majority of our Nation—even though they are left out. {These ideas are NOT really new and are talked about on TV every day—at least the more honest stations such as MSNBC and Free Speech TV and WURD 900 AM Radio in Philadelphia}… The Church is just another of these insensitive institutions, as I have mentioned. [Anytime there are parts of the Church that don’t allow women to be ordained, discriminates against Gay and Lesbian people, and where young boys and young girls are being molested and sexually abused and physically abused by the Popes, the Bishops, the Pastors, the Reverends, Prelates, and the Pontiffs {Boy that was a lot of P’s} such as the Catholic Church--there is a problem. A REAL problem. A BIG Problem. Something is out of sync, out of kilter, off center, out of whack, mixed up, messes up and just plain old wrong!! If you include the 30 % of White males who usually vote along more Progressive lines, I think you begin to see what a problem the Republicans were having around November 6th, 2012 in North America this year during the election campaign and the results we have. This is why the Republicans LOST!!! Our institutions, including the Church and the many institutions that surround the existence of the Church and profit from that existence {such as your organization the Christian Singles Network} needs a major overhaul. Especially the Southern Church in the U.S. which is notoriously racist, homophobic, hateful and insensitive. You need to stop telling lies. You need to stop living in hypocrisy and boldly discriminating. You need to stop holding yourself above everybody else and telling people you have a direct link to GOD when all you have a direct link to is hatefulness, lies and deceit. The Church { and I’m talking about the Baptist, the Pentecostals, the Mormons, the Muslim Religion, the Jewish Religion, the Seventh Day Adventist and all the rest including the unwholesomeness that is taking place among even traditional indigenous religions in Africa and Asia and Australia and elsewhere in the World that are hateful towards gay, bisexual, transgendered and lesbian people--and they have other issues also} they all need to take a real long and lasting look in the mirror. The religions and the church need to face the fact that they have been and are being un-GODLY and being judgmental and being hateful, discriminatory and being against the true freedom and true equality we say we really value as people living in a democratic system. Living before GOD with fairness, decency, high ethics and good moral standards in very possible for Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered People, but I never hear Christian Pastors say that at all unless they are with gay-friendly churches like the one I attend {The Unity Fellowship Christ Church of Philadelphia}….

I LOVe the Holy Bible, but it is a document that is 2000 plus years old. It is time we realized that the concept of sin itself was and is used to make people conform, through guilt, to certain behaviors instead of thinking positively and proactively for themselves. Thinking for yourself is more powerful…. It requires us to think and open our minds and not hate, but react in positive Ways, peacefully. It is like a great Regal Eagle. Following down the path of a 2000 year old book word for word doesn’t take any smarts or creative thinking. I don’t believe in the concept of sin because it is a ``Take Um Down’’ concept instead of a ``Lift Um Up’’ concept. I have had problems in the past with depression, but thank GOD those days are behind me. But one thing the depression and the economic hardship—which I am just about over with as well—one thing those things have taught me is you learn from difficulty, but you don’t want to go back there. EVER!!! Having a for-heterosexuals-only Christian dating service is an old-has-been concept that needs to be thrown on the ash heap of society along with the crank-up car and Gumby. They had their place in time and history, but that time has passed away forever. So, I invite you to change and join the future and stop thinking in the old past. I am sure I will NOT hear from you, but I’m ALSO sure I’ve made you think….

Footnote: By the Way: Being a Polythiest means you take the very best from ALL the world's religions, even ones you don't read about, understand or know fully about, and as you learn and grow each day, you try to live by those positive aspects of religion and Spirituality. This means such obtuse religions as those practiced by the Ebo Tribe in Africa or the East Indians. I don't know about them, but I incorporate the positive aspects of them into my life because I trust that those thoughts and beliefs will carry me forward in a Positive Way and non-violent Way for my future growth, Spiritually and economically and help me thrive, not just survive. As the concept spreads positive LOVe in a peaceful manner, and helps life and is against War and hatred and discrimination and violence in any form I am generally for such theories and I agree with them. This is why I call myself a Ppolytheist and NOT just a Christian. I first heard of the term Polytheism from radio host Reggie Bryant who worked for WRTI at Temple University in North Philadelphia for quite some time and also worked for WURD Radio, 900 A.M. for quite some time before His untimely death a few years ago. He was a magnificent thinker, writer, filmmaker and artist and a man of many other talents and skills. We in the Progressive and Radical Black community of Philadelphia miss Him ever so much.

By Brother Tracy Gibson,

President and Founder of:

The Black Millionaire's Network

Post Office Box 42878

Philadelphia PA 19101-2878



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