Politics….Does it belongs in the Church?
Time and time again there has been much association with Politics and “The Church”. Should pastors preach or teach about politics or their views on who we should pick for candidates running for offices? Yes, we can and should pray for whom ever is holding offices, but to go as far as to tell us which way we should sway is outlandish.
Listening to the sermons of pastors that feel that they must add their political belief during Sunday service is unwarranted and ill advised. One may see this as a under hand attempt to lead God’s sheep’s down a path that’s unconstitutional. One must be free to pick any candidate running for office without any interference from the Church.
Just think about how this goes in your regular Church, have you ever sense that your pastor interjects now and again about how well Donald Trump is doing? Has he ever said that when Obama was in office? Listening to him or her preach about how well the republicans or democrats are doing, on a certain situation regarding something around the world that “we” the United States took part of.
Yes, it has been said that even Jesus sent people whom he trusted to governments in the Bible.
There are many scriptures in the bible that speak of governments and how we should present and carry ourselves in the eyes of the Lord and man. The following scriptures are just a few depicting how Christ wants us to walk out a life regarding government and laws:Acts 5:29 states But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.Titus 3:1 states Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.
Psalms 22:28 states For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.Deuteronomy 16:18-20 “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
It is okay to speak about what is handed to us in the Bible, about the abominations that
God has stated and not be swept away with giving your own opinion about who we are to vote for. We as a Church must speak out on issues and that’s okay, this is what divides us from Church and State, however we as the congregation should never be force to agree or feel force to have a candidate shoved down our throat. Hearing about how a candidate is doing so well is your opinion and should not always be told from the pulpit, keep it to yourself. In my opinion Politics does not belongs in Church unless it’s a side bar discussion at a later time; at a meeting.
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Does it make what Omarosa says or the evidence she produced, in her book more or less of a creditable person?
The media is having a frenzy over what Omarosa has said and done in the past months since she has been fire from the White House, as the White House staffer. It has been said prior to being fire she glorified Donald Trump, and went as far as to tell the public to even bow down to him. The tables turn as soon as she got fired by John Kelly, the firing was taped without Kelly’s permission by Omarosa. She stated that Donald Trump did not know about her getting fired. She also stated in her book that Donald Trump is racist, even using the N-word to declining mental health. Some say that this is a bold face lie and like many things in her book are lies and that she is not a creditable source. She is being seen as a disgruntled employee that is just trying to get back at her employer.
Omarosa was offered $15,000 a month from the first lady to stay quiet, she declined the offered. One must keep in mind that Omarosa has moved her way up the ladder in the public eye from being on shows such as Big Brother, and The Apprentice. Is this a bold attempt to get back at an employer? Things heard on the tapes does match the quotes in her book, but there is still some fact checking needed. Or is this the truth being uncover now that she can finally say what she has always wanted but couldn’t? Should we congratulate this whistle blower? Or should we not take her seriously, since she blows the way the wind does when it comes down to it?
April Ryan states that “if Omarosa did in fact record from the Situation Room, Oval Room, Roosevelt Room, cells phones are supposed to be in cubby holes.” The question we should be asking ourselves is National Security Protocols being followed? Because phones could very well be hacked per April Ryan.
Oh, my what a perfect web we have weave Omarosa, we have one of your ex-best friend April Ryan who will have her own book out called “Under Fire: Reporting from the front line of the Trump White House” states “I am no longer her friend anymore.” She also calls Omarosa a liar and evil. Can Omarosa come back from this name calling that her ex-best friend has label her as? With Omarosa’s track record of flip flopping in politics from democrat to republican we will see where she lands.
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Race, Creed, Money, Power, & The Citizens of Tampa FL Spring Music Festival 2018
The day was wonderful, the sun in the sky not a cloud around. The traffic was normal for what it was like on a Saturday in Tampa, FL; in other words, busy. However, on this day it would be a little busier than most due to a festival that was planned over a year ago with the Parks & Recreations office. The festival would be taking place at the beautiful Water Works Park they would be calling it The Spring Music Festival 2018 hosted by non-other than yours truly GroovEntertainment LLC.
Like any festival the day was going perfect there were plenty of vendors, food trucks, music, family, and friends. You could see people from all walks of life come together for a weekend of music and fun by the river. There are bike trails, walk ways, and even a water taxi near by for commuters to easily get to and from the water park venue shops, park, and plaza. There were also enough room for the four-legged friends as well.
As the music got started and more and more and more people began to come to enjoy the show, placing their blankets and chairs, we cozied up closer to the front, so we could enjoy the show as it got underway. Many people started singing along with artists that were on stage or as the DJ played some songs in between acts. My family and I enjoyed the songs from the old school as well as the here and now.
Blanket down, chairs set, food gotten, and beverages gotten; let’s keep this music festival rolling. The talent that would be hitting the stage during the festival was Theo Lodge, Sierra Amora, Angel Brown, DJ Tone Kapone, DJ Brian B, Tone Kapone, plus more. As my family and I were enjoying this beautiful festive day considering my mother-in-law was joining us all the way from NY, and she had made her plans around this event she was counting on a great show while here visiting Florida.
Let’s just say my family visited the Primavera Music Festival the week prior, the festival was AWESOME thank you to Safety Harbor by the way! The music was of a different caliber—meaning it was just not hip hop & R&B, it was rock and roll, some R&B, and jazz. There was a predominantly caucasian surrounding that had a slim minority population base present. This is not a bias statement; this is based on factual ocular fact base on who came out to the festival.
There were no disruptions, no interruptions, there was peace, joy, families, food, and friends. This event was located by the harbor; thus, you may walk on the docks in very close proximity to private property and other homes nearby. The festival also had a Ferris wheel that stood so tall that it could had disrupted the neighbors, but there were no complaints—everyone played along, and no calls were made to the parks of recreations office.
I only bring this up to you as a concern citizen of Florida regarding the event that happen in Tampa on that afternoon at the Spring Music Festival. I and many other have felt that an injustice was and has been done to the people of Tampa, FL on the 31st day of March on Saturday afternoon. At approximate between 5:30 -6pm while the people of Tampa were enjoying the Spring Music Festival, there was a caucasian couple Ms.Vogelsang and Mr. Shkurii tying the knot, however their wedding planner did not check to see if there were going to be other events going on that day in the park when she pick that venue on that day.
So we all know in life there are two side to every stories and I will give you both sides because obvious one of the people did not want to hear the other person’s story on that day; maybe it was due to race, creed, color, or the power trip that they were on—we the people need to speak up!
Let’s hear Tony Mulkey’s side, he is one of the associates that works with the director Paul Dial of Parks and Recreations. Tony states he was in Columbus Ohio and could not deal with the situation directly, so he dealt with it over his phone he stated “The organizer from the wedding called him around 5:30-6pm to see if he could call the festival organizer and see if they could pause the music for the wedding ceremony. Then he stated that he got a call back from the event coordinator from the music festival side, that stated he has a permit for the festival and he is not going to pause but he will turn it down.”
So, then Tony with all this back and forth finally says you know what “I am going to shut you DOWN” and he does just that, not taking into consideration of the families, vendors, sponsors, talents, music, and for what? A hand full of people that did not even stay on the roof even for 5mins after they announce they had to stop the music. Was this a fair trade off? You decided.
Second side of the story is coming from DJ Prince stating that he was getting calls from someone in parks and recreations to lower the music, so he did so, then even after that he even stopped the music at one point in time. He received another call stating the wedding coordinator was still complaining of the music and that the music needed to be paused. Keep in mind the music had been paused, so we don’t know what they were complaining about at this point. By the time everything was said and done the festival was shut down and we were left holding our tails. DJ Prince felt like he would need to find out who he would need to play politics with now since this seemed to be a political move. If it was then–there is no way, no way at all a music festival should have been shut down due to a wedding that was happening on private property over 100yards plus away, that the organizer only had rented out one speaker which was idiotic on their part, and as soon as the music was shut off everyone in the wedding party have already ventured indoors of the rooftop restaurant.
There was also the opinion of Dejavu an artist they did not get a chance to perform at the music festival “if we have the same equal right in the sense of the permit in what we are doing, we shouldn’t have to turn down anything. If it’s coming from the people up above, the people from the wedding you should know what’s going on in your town the wedding planner, what makes yours event more than ours?”
He states “no one here is angry or aggressive, no shooting, the children are here with their families with the lawn chairs, and food trucks on site smelling good. He goes on to say “you have Black folks, Asian, White, Puerto Rican, all nationalities interacting with each other, people on their bikes stopping and listening to the music.
In Daniel Riley’s opinion he felt that they were belittle by the incident because the wedding party stated, “we do not like the music that was played.”
All in all, this could have been handle more better than it was done to ease the feelings of the citizens of Tampa. In this day and age there should be no favoritism, no back-door dealings, no unfairness due to race, creed, color, power, money status, or socioeconomic status. Fair should be fair, it should remain that way, judgement shouldn’t be made in a blink of an eye, or as quick as a bullet train. Decision that can come back and bite you in the butt should be handle with grace and finesse. Decision need to be handle with God on your mind and with him in your heart.
Every time I think of how God did great things for me and the people of this world I thank him and pray even harder because I know that the world needs more caring, compassionate, God fearing, joyful, peaceful, loving people in this world that can spread the joy by showing others what kindness we have inside of us. We have come so far, yet we have much further to go, lets show one another kindness and remember the next decision that you make could be the one that determines what the rest of your life might look like.
I would like to thank 99 Jams WUJM, CEO Don Scott and our super cool DJ’s Big Mark, Super Dave, R1, Daryl Askey, and Bizzy B, all our acts. Saving the best for last DJ Prince and Dejavu, keep it blessed gentlemen and above all keep Christ in your lives and always be true to your gift and to yourself. I wish to see more good things to come from this incident on that sad day Saturday March 31st. Let’s learn and move on from it and grow to a bigger and better festival for September; thanks to Tony for answering questions that he might have saw was tough but answered them anyhow.
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