The Tithe That Broke The Camel’s Back

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I grew up in the southern baptist church, a loving environment where tradition, praise & worship, & the love of Christ reigned supreme. Although as a child I couldn’t fully comprehend all of the pastor’s sermons, I enjoyed the energy & enthusiasm displayed by the congregation week in & out. Not to mention the complementary peppermints & candy I would receive from the kind elderly women of the church. I distinctly remember the rattling of lipstick & other miscellaneous items as the “hand of glory” retrieved my treats. My anticipation, wide eyes, & open palms were undeniable to say the least. There was also one other thing I remembered as well, & that was tithe & offering time.

At the height of every sermon, like clock work the pastor would quickly shift his message to tithes & offering. I think this may have been the first time I experienced sensationalism, a powerful tool of persuasion. This was followed by a scripture “You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year” Deuteronomy 14:22 NKJV. Followed by the quote “will a man rob God” To my recollection this was my first encounter with propaganda, a battle I lost. One after another the congregation would line up to “tithe their 10% to God” this included, but was not limited to my mother. I too was “swayed by the message” my mother always ensured I had a dollar “to give to God”

I continued to pay tithes up until my early 20s, convinced that God needed 10% of my monetary income as if my religion was some divine pyramid scheme. That is until I began to pray for wisdom, since then nothing has been the same. I began to question many traditions & beliefs that were instilled in me. I had to unlearn & use the sound mind God gave me, not regurgitate my preachers words & call it faith. I’m still “seeing how deep the rabbit hole goes”

One day I asked myself “what could God possibly do with my 10%” & “if I give God 10% of my time am I robbing God” I then realized I wasn’t giving wholeheartedly I was simply giving so I wouldn’t be the man who “robbed God” I was only giving with the expectation that I would receive something in return. This was a mind numbing paradox. However, after intensive independent research, a acquired knowledge of self & a little logical thinking I came to the conclusion that I would no longer pay tithes. I realized I do not serve a monetary God.

This was the day I decided to leave organized religion, cut the middle man off & pursuit spirituality. A work in progress, but nevertheless my progression is evident. My mother is no longer here & I am too mentally conscious to accept anything without investigation, confirmation, & logical thinking. I’m aware my quest for the truth could be a dead end, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I can’t fathom the thought of being lead astray because I was too passive to think otherwise. So I ask you now, will a man rob God? After all, money is the root of all evil

This post was not aimed to spark controversy nor am I questioning another persons beliefs. Its simply a testimony of one mans journey for the truth. God Bless & stay woke!! One fist!!!!

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The Michael Sam Effect: A story of hypocrisy

The NFL draft is always a exciting event fueled by high hopes, anticipation, & raw emotion. Both collegiate & NFL fans around the world get to watch their respected teams take a swing at improving their franchises via draft selections.

However, this years particular draft featured a big name daft hopeful by the name of Michael Sam. The 6’2 University of Missouri All- American defensive end was the 2013 SEC defensive player of the year. He is now better known for revealing to the world that he is a homosexual in a ESPN interview that aired February 2014.

Public reaction to Sam’s revelation sent shock waves through the media. Many condemned Sam’s lifestyle, while others commended him for his bravery & honesty on such a controversial topic. Some speculated that this would affect his draft stock, some even speculating it may cause him to go undrafted.

With the 249th pick in the 7th round the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam, a emotional Sam embraced his boyfriend & kissed him. A swarm of controversy shortly followed. Nevertheless, history was made, making Michael Sam the NFL’s first openly Gay player.

I am a 24 year old heterosexual male & also a member of the NAACP. I believe in equality for all, this includes, but is not limited to ALL! I was disgusted, & appalled that people were disgusted & appalled by Michael Sam’s actions. I am not defending Mr. Sam’s lifestyle, I am defending his right to have that lifestyle. Many who disagree with his lifestyle have taken a religious or moral approach, condemning him because it violates their particular personal moral code or triggers a personal religious deviation.

I just don’t understand how a another persons lifestyle effects yours? There must be a “new God” that holds us responsible for the next mans sin. I didn’t get CC’d on this memo homie. Can someone FWD this to me via email at their earliest convenience? Often times (but not always) the catch 22 of acquiring a religion is that a person gains a lifestyle & holds a flashlight to society. Then, that same person fails to hold a mirror to themselves & examine underlying issues. Hence, your hypocrites, convenient Christians, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, back sliders etc. did I leave anyone out?

I’m no saint but I’m also not arrogant enough to believe my beliefs trumps the next mans. There’s no award for imposing your will on others, unless you’re trying to be the dictator of a oppressive regime.
👐 stay woke!