Hip-hop/Spirituality/Freethinking. Speaking for all underdogs!
“His watchmen [preachers] are [spiritually] blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark [warn us of things to come]; sleeping [with everybody!], lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough [sex, money, fancy cars, power, praise & chicken dinners], and they are shepherds [pastors] that cannot understand [the errors of ages gone by]: they all look to their own way [teaching], every one for his gain [what he can get from his members], from his quarter [church]” (Isaiah 56:10-11).
Pretty much every mainstream preacher or televangelist on TV has had their say about homosexuality. Yes! They say homosexuality is against God’s Law. Because there’s a law in the Bible prohibiting a man from sleeping with a man (and by the way, there is no law in the Old Testament about a woman sleeping with a woman), this they call “proof” of God’s divine law.
I will concede—if we take the Bible for its literal truth and believe and adhere to every scripture within its pages, then one will come across a condemnation of homosexuality (but when one studies deeper you realize that the condemnation was not about a sex act, but rather a religious practice, which ran contrary to Judaism). In Leviticus 20:13 it positively states, “If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death” (20:13). In that same book it further states, “Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind: It is abomination.”(22:18) And then comes the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, which appears to be anti-homosexual. In the New Testament Paul’s writings in Romans 1 and Jude carry the homophobia over to Christianity. Yes! Absolutely! The Bible condemns homosexuality (to the novice, laity and unlearned ones! Did you know that there is no word for homosexuality in the Bible?) But the Bible also condemns the eating of pork! But the Bible’s Judeo-Christian interpretation is DISHONEST in its dissin’ of gay people! The historical reasons for these laws being written are never taught in the church.
These preachers pick and choose which “truth” they should espouse. Like homosexuality, the Bible also condemns eating pork, catfish, shrimp and lobster (Leviticus 11). How many preachers love to eat a Thanksgiving Day or Christmas ham? How many preachers love a plate of spaghetti and catfish? The Bible makes it clear that fish without fins and scales are not eatable—like catfish and shrimp. The Bible tells us to steer clear of swine (pork), yet most of us eat bacon, pork chops and Honeybaked hams.
These preachers will tell us that it’s okay to eat that which God forbade in the Old Testament and quote one scripture (from the New Testament) to “prove” that God changed His/Her mind. But God said, “I change not…” (Malachi 3:6). So who do we believe—God or the lying preacher? Why is it that preachers harp on the law concerning homosexuality but say nothing about the eating of swine? How and why do they pick and choose what is “God’s Law” and what scriptures are to be thrown in the garbage can?
The Christian preacher who’s been to seminary school has been brainwashed with some wonderful justifications for keeping part of God’s Law and destroying the other. They teach that Christ’s coming did away with the Old Testament Law. They say that we don’t live under the “law” anymore. We live under “grace.” Yet, whenever they want to make a case against homosexuality they find themselves reading Leviticus of the Old Testament. They go from the book of Romans 1 straight back in time! Homosexuality was a part of the OLD TESTAMENT LAW! So again, is it “Law” or “Grace” Christian preachers?
This is the hypocrisy of Christianity—using certain passages to bolster your faith and omitting other passages that you don’t like and then concocting bogus precepts, dogmas, creeds and catechisms to support your “gutter” religion—not the true teachings of Jesus, but the bastardization of his message!
Let’s examine Jesus for a minute. Jesus was a Jew! (Matthew 1, Luke 3, Revelation 22:16, etc.) No preacher will contest this fact! As a Jew, Jesus would not have eaten pork! As a Jew, would he have gone into a church or a synagogue? The answer? “As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read” (Luke 4:16). Jesus’ custom was to go into a SYNAGOGUE (a Jewish church) to hear the Word of God. Non-debatable! Now here’s another question. What is the Sabbath day? The Answer? The seventh day or Saturday. So why do Christians go to worship (church) on the first day (Sunday) of the week? Here again, the preacher has wonderful reasons why the change from Saturday to Sunday, but the historical reasons are clearly known through the Catholic Church, the Mother Church of the World. Jesus did not change Saturday Sabbath worship! The Catholic Church did! And then here comes her bastard children, the Protestant Movement who followed the Catholic Church’s decree. So, in essence, if you’re a Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, C.O.G.I.C., C.O.G., A.M.E. etc, you are kissing the ass of the Roman Catholic Church and dissing Jesus’ custom of seventh day (Saturday) worship!
Christians say they believe and follow the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). They are LIARS! The fourth commandment says, keep the Sabbath. Christianity violates the seventh day Sabbath of the Ten Commandments only to turn around and lean on the homosexual prohibition! Homosexuality is not a part of the Ten Commandments! The Ten Commandments are supposed to be the moral compass on which the rest of the Laws of God revolve around yet, the Christian preacher, knowing full well what the Bible says about the “real” Sabbath goes along like a child hiding behind his mother’s skirt and follows the paganistic practice of Roman Catholicism. Phucking spineless!!!
But oh when it comes to homosexuality… Protestant Christianity becomes a roaring lion, seeking homosexuals to devour! If your Christian god can change His Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day, might it possible that He changed His mind concerning homosexuality? If he reneged on his dietary laws concerning the eating of unclean fish and pork, could there be an inkling of a chance that the law concerning homosexuality was for a purpose and a time and has become of non-effect?
The popular “orthodox” view is that Jesus never spoke on homosexuality. The mentioning of Sodom and Gomorrah is as close as Jesus comes to dealing with homosexuality (and even then he was using these cities to illustrate inhospitality).
In Matthew 5:22 Jesus says,
“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca’, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, ‘Thou fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
What does it mean when Jesus says, “whosoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca’ shall be in danger of the council?” What does “RACA” mean? This is the only time in the entire Bible that this word is used! “RACA?” Hmmmm? Some scholars have suggested that “raca” was the equivalent of calling a man a FAGGOT! What? “Raca,” in its popular definition is defined as “worthless,” “empty-headed,” “vain,” “good-for-nothing,” “to spit.” But check it! The word “Raca” is derived from the Hebrew word “Rakh,” meaning “soft,” “weak,” and “effeminate” and is used today as a euphemism for GAY MEN. Could Jesus have been commenting on homophobia—warning people not to call people names like “faggot” back in the day? “…whosoever shall say to his brother ‘Raca’ shall be in danger of the COUNCIL.” The “council” today is the freethinkers in our society who would call out the homophobe for his bigotry. The “council” is a body of people who can think critically about a subject and make recommendations and reprimands—like when a homophobic athlete says he hates gays—penalty for your bigotry? Loss of endorsements, publicly humiliated, and made to recant his ignorant remarks and apologize to those offended. Jesus could’ve easily said, “Anger shall get you judged, homophobia (name-calling) will get you embarrassed, and calling someone a fool will get you a one-way ticket to hell!”
The scholar, Joseph Wallfield (aka Warren Johansson) made the “raca” connection and postulates that Jesus, indeed, spoke out about calling people out of their name—using homophobic language. This does not, in no wise, suggest that Jesus was pro-homosexual, but shows his compassion for people who were deemed “different” or in the minority. Jesus was liberal, tolerant and didn’t view homosexuality as some great hell-fire sin! Jesus was a man, who no doubt was influenced by cultural conditioning and quite aware of the sexism, racism and homophobia of his day, just as he was keenly aware of the Roman exploitation of his countrymen. Jesus was a man of his times who was ahead of his time.
Today, they ask the question, “What would Jesus do?”(WWJD) Would Jesus have been critical of homosexuality as many of these preachers are today? From all of the biblical evidence, it is highly unlikely that you would have heard Jesus in an angry homophobic diatribe on a sunny Shabbat afternoon like we hear from our preachers during Sunday service. The historical Jesus ran with those who were considered outsiders, lowlifes and the scum of society. The Bible refers to them as winebibbers, publicans and dogs. These lyin’-ass preachers today wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out with a gang banger or a prostitute. They are too busy bragging about the Rolls Royces they own, while their parishioners drive Chevrolets—“Cheve” one foot and “lay” the other and walk your ass to church! You got poor people in your church and you’re living the high life! Ostentatious! Profligate! Downright greedy for mammon (greed/worldly gain)! Motherfuck a “Pastor’s Day!” He can wait until he gets to heaven and be rewarded like the rest of us! Why should the people waste their hard earned money on a goddamned Rolls Royce? Just ‘cause a nigga can preach and looks good in a three-quarter pinstripe suit? A Cadillac used to suffice as the pimpmobile of choice for many preachers, but these new-jack preachers ain’t fuckin’ around when it comes to stuntin’! I guess they’re singing Lil Wayne’s song, “Stuntin’ like my daddy!” Our Father God is a stunna, so we are stunnas!
These jackleg preachers—these hallelujah hucksters—these pulpit pranksters are the most homophobic in our society—using God as a weapon, they rant about the evils of homosexuality. They all parrot the same lie about homosexuality. Listen to them! "I'm against homosexual marriage and I'm against the homosexual lifestyle because the average life expectancy of a homosexual and lesbian in the United States is 42 and 45, versus 75 and 79. These people are fighting for a lifestyle that is robbing them of half of their life expectancy," says pastor Rod Parsley. “I don’t think its God’s best… I never feel like homosexuality is God’s best,” a sheepish pastor Joel Osteen says. “All homosexuals will be burned alive!” Benny Hinn roars. “You cannot say I was born this way! I don’t care what scientists say! Homosexuality and lesbianism are spiritual abortions,” so says a more scientifically enlightened bishop Eddie Long. “Homosexuality is Satan’s diabolical attack upon the family. AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuality; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuality,” rants a confused Jerry Falwell. “Hollywood Jews are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality and other filth,” says a self-righteous Minister Louis Farrakhan.
This is the prevalent thinking among religious folks. And they all use the Bible to justify their stance on homosexuality, but you’re just about to get the raw truth on how they came to believe the negative trash on homosexuality. You are about to find out what none of them have ever taught! I’m about to expose you to the 3,000 year old polemic (argument) that has been sheepishly challenged—a goddamned religious lie that has been perpetrated as THE TRUTH—dressed up in a holy robe, forged with God’s signature! Oh these fucking preachers! They say homosexuals can change their lifestyle and become straight, yet they can’t seem to stop getting their dicks sucked by prostitutes on a sunny Sunday afternoon (“I have sinned” Jimmy Swaggart). They claim to speak for God, but they’ve got their dirty hands in the cookie jar, stealing money (Rev. Jim Bakker). They condemn fags to hell, yet buy $900,000 houses for their Christian whore mistress, while pocketing another $8,250,000 (that’s eight million plus) to maintain their immoral lifestyle (Rev. Henry Lyons). They rage against homosexuality, but secretly got a “downlow” fetish for male masseurs and crystal methamphetamines (Ted Haggard). They claim to have the anointing of God on them, while they’re giving their wife the “hard-bottom special,” (stomping her on the ground) treating her like a whore that held back her pimp’s money (Bishop Thomas Weeks III)! They boast about their blessings from God—their Rolls Royces, mansions, and jewelry, while their parishioners give all that they can in hopes of receiving similar blessings (Rev. Ike, Bishop E. Bernard Jordan, Rev. Fred K.C. Price, Rev. Creflo Dollar, Rev. T.D. Jakes, etc.). They are all multimillionaires! W.W.J.D.? He damned sure wouldn’t flaunt his wealth to his followers!
*The previous was an excerpt from Khalil Amani's book "Hip-Hop Homophobes..." (iuniverse.com)