Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: The role of churches)

Over the weekend I had a talk with a woman who was a gospel singer “AND” a minister. We had a gig someplace up in Northern New Jersey and the gig went well, but it was our conversation afterwards that inspired me to write my Daily Thought for today. You see, I “love” to interview and ask people questions about their professions, and with her I wanted to get some really “deep” answers. She did NOT disappoint me at all. The first thing I asked her about was her opinion of most other preachers she had heard. She said that a “lot” of preachers “don’t do their homework on scriptures” and instead opt to take “any” passage out of the Bible and just spin their “own” interpretations of what they “think” it means. She said many preachers are more “show” than “substance” and most times the congregation will go along with what is being said even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Of course, after hearing this I felt as though I had to dig even deeper with her. I asked her if she thought churches properly reflected the will of Christ. The first thing she told me was that Jesus was “about relationships, not religion. He was more interested in how we treated each other than in trying to bring people to church.” She also stated that Jesus “didn’t even own a building.” She then said that Jesus Christ never collected an offering or tithe from anyone. If anything, he gave to others in need, and encouraged others to do the same. She also said that many churches deal with what’s inside the church, but very few will actually go “out on the streets” like Jesus did to reach out to those in dire need of salvation. Most churches expect the people to come to them… NOT vice versa. One thing she said that was incredibly funny. She said she has found that “most” preachers who preach “constantly” against things like homosexuality are likely “gay” themselves. She said that those who preach against infidelity “constantly” are usually the ones who end up “cheating” on their wives. I asked her why she thought some preachers make up their own interpretations of the Bible, and she said “Because most of them are so busy doing other things to raise money for the church that they don’t have the TIME to truly study the Good Book. When churches and their preachers talk about money all the time then they are not promoting the will of Christ but rather their own “businesses,” which in essence “is” the “church.” When thinking about it, it does appear that a lot of churches are in the business of making money because tithes and offerings are always being collected there. Then I asked her about the fallen preacher idols, like Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and Henry Lyons. She said that people gave them LOTS of money to hear them preach the word of God, but in the end they proved to be “just as fallible” as those they preached against. They spoke against sin and fornication and made millions doing so, only to become victims to the very words they preached. For those of you who don’t know the stories of these people, you may want to Google them online. PLEASE note that today’s Daily Thought is NOT my concept, nor does it necessarily reflect my opinion on religion or God. I realize more than anything else that our “faith” is what most people need in order to make sense of this world. I just felt that this minister’s stance was one “worth noting” today. Is she right? Please do NOT send me any hate letters. instead, I would love to know from “anyone” if she is correct in her assessment of some churches or if there is anything she missed when it comes to her views. As always, I welcome any and ALL opposing views and opinions. I am not looking to divide, but rather find ways to “unite.” Hopefully you will see that. Thank you so much for understanding and have a great day.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Pastor fired for attending Rick Ross concert)

I usually do not like to tackle subjects like “religion” but this particular subject caught my interest. I just recently had a conversation about this story, so I decided to find it online (you can find just about anything online) and post it today. This is the actual story:

“26-year-old Pastor Rodney Wills was fired from his position at a North Carolina church after he was spotted at a  Rick Ross concert.

Wills was a pastor at Mt. Salem Baptist Church in North Carolina for almost four years when he was unexpectedly fired.

The deacon board voted 11 to 3 when they met to vote whether Wills should keep his job or not.

Wills was unaware of his firing until he showed up to the church and he noticed his parking sign had been removed from his usual spot.

A representative from the church said he was fired immediately because it was not his first offense. Wills attended a Lil’ Wayne concert 9 months ago that he was reprimanded for.

One of the Deacons, Deacon Miles Langley, released a statement about the firing that reads, “We cannot have our leader supporting people of this world who are tearing down the kingdom of God,” reports the Guardian Express.”

More than anything, I understand fully how a pastor has to represent himself in the community. Since people usually consider pastors to be of “high standards” it is important for them to keep their images professional and their morals intact. However, no matter how I look at this situation, I just cannot see what this man did wrong. He went to a concert to see a show of music and performance. Yes, he paid money to get in, but I don’t think that necessarily means that he supports Lil’ Wayne or Rick Ross. Listen, I am not a fan of theirs either, but I respect their rights to display their artistry in the way they see fit. If you take the concept that a pastor cannot support people of this world who are “tearing down the kingdom of God” then you will find that there is an “EXTREMELY short list” of people left whose businesses you can “patronize.” You would not be able to buy anything from someone who is an atheist. You would not be able to buy anything from someone who has ever been incarcerated. You would have to find the “perfect person” without sin, (which we all know does not exist). As far as I know, this pastor did not do anything “illegal” or even “immoral.” He “went to a show.” If the other pastors are concerned about the “message” that is often promoted at these concerts then that also can apply to a “LOT of other things in life.” In that case, no pastor should ever watch most of the programming on HBO or go see an “R” rated movie. For all of those political people in office who have somehow “demeaned” the status of their positions, does that now mean that we should now no longer support people of government? This particular pastor is 26 years old and the music of his era “features” artists like Rick Ross and Little Wayne. To expect him to disregard the music that is featured for his generation’s radio station might be a little unfair. If the church feels that this  music is tearing down the kingdom of God, then why not take on the radio stations themselves for “playing it?” I don’t know enough about religion to quote passages from the Bible, but I always believed that the purpose of a pastor was to “save souls.” If that is the case, then what better place is there to find souls that need saving than a Rick Ross concert? This pastor could stick to having activities solely at the church, but for that I would think that the souls there have “already” been saved. Here is another tidbit for you. Back in the 60’s there was a group that was also maligned because their music was termed as “the devil’s music” and they were equally criticized. The name of that particular group was “the Beatles.” Isn’t it amazing how things change with time?  Religion is important. Faith can help us get through things in life that would normally bring us to our knees.  I cannot say for sure that the church board was or wasn’t justified in firing this pastor (because if he had been warned once, then he should have heeded that warning). I do know that free speech should be a right for everyone… “including” pastors. As long as the pastor doesn’t promote the same ideals of negativity that is often conveyed at these concerts, then what real harm can come from attending a concert? As always, I welcome any and all opposing views, and I hope you have a great day.

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Love and religion)

Subject: Love and religion

I have a really hard task. There is this man that I love and I really do believe that he loves me back. I feel that we would be perfect together, but our religions are in the way. My religion does not allow anyone to date outside of it. His religion is not the same as mine, and while I wish I could convert him to mine I don’t think he is ready for that. My faith means everything to me, and but I really feel something for this man. Am I wrong to feel this way?

No one should ever have to apologize for being “human.” Love is one of our basic needs and while we sometimes try to hide our feelings we can “never” deny them from ourselves. I could “never” tell anyone to go against his or her religion. Sometimes our “faith” is the only thing we have to make sense of this world, and while we are often encounter “worldly” temptations it is most often our “faith” that grounds us. I don’t know enough about your religion and the principles that bind you to it. However, I do know that some of the most “faithful” practitioners have fallen prey to temptation at some point. From the way your express your words, it sounds as though you may have “already” crossed the “moral borders” of your religion with this man. If that is the case, nothing you can do will change or alter history. However, when it comes to love of “any” kind there may be “barriers” along the way. It is how you deal with those barriers that shows the true strength of your relationship. The fact that you don’t think you can convert him to your religion may “only” have to do with his “lack of knowledge”… Most of us become apprehensive when it comes to things that we “don’t know.” You will never know if he is ready to  convert to your religion until you first “introduce” him to it and define it for him. There are many different religions in the world with many different ideals, philosophies and customs. Trying to get him to convert to your religion might be just as difficult as him trying to get you to change to his… For this to possibly work, you “both” need to at least have an open mind. Stop looking for excuses to fail and think of ways to make it happen. “Love and religion” may not always mix, but we need both in this world if we are to survive… Never be ashamed of how you feel and if you both are receptive enough, you just may find the answers you seek within your very own religion. Good luck and here is that preacher of complete and utter buffoonery, the Phantom Poet.

This man and I would love to be together, but we just can’t do so with this condition
I am not allowed to date any man who is not a part of my religion
Whether Lutheran, Methodist, Muslim or Baptist
I’d like to take this man in my back room and effectively “tap this”
According to my religion when it comes to dating him I am not allowed
but the temptation is so great because I think this man is “well endowed”
My memoirs feel blank and my life song feels unsung
I keep thinking that this man might be “really” hung
I am feeling a certain way right now and I’d like to sin for “just a minute”
Whenever I am with this man I have to resist the temptation to “get in it”
But I faltered and I blinked….I gave in and now I’m as sorry as I can be
Because I found that when it came to this man his inches only amounted to “three”
I know that I have to be accountable for my actions and this I plan to do
But I think this man also needs to be forgiven for only having 3 inches too
I have violated my own religious beliefs and in shame I am now livin’
I know that I need to pray a lot and hope that I will be forgiven
I needed to go confess my sins to the pastor before it was too late
He confided to me that he also gave into temptation last week, but it was “great”
He say “We all falter at some point, but it is not where we come from but where we’re going”
I fell pray to temptation, but I asked for forgiveness and this much I am knowing
I may have messed up, and for my own actions I do need to atone
But when it comes to judgment, let he who is “without” sin cast the very “first” stone…

“Religiously yours”… from the Phantom Poet

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