Trump got Ignant Black Negro Pastors and Church folk wanting to open their churches. Now he want the schools opened.
So what is Trump going to tell us next?
Oh Trump is thinking about moving the Republican Convention out of North Carolina because Governor Roy Cooper has not completely ReOpened the State. Well don’t think about it just do the damn thing. MOVE it!
It is a damn shame how we as Black Folk focus on the wrong things instead of what is really going on.
In this time of a pandemic whereby Black folk are the most vulnerable, it is sad that Ignant Black Negro Pastors and Church folk are listening to Trump and Racist Republicans. It makes me wonder what God do these Pastors and Church folk serve?
Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020
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But did you hear from God? Wow! I have been in some conversations on Facebook with some Safe Black Negro Pastors and Church Folk that confirm that they are just Selfish.
What you better recognize is that when you open them church doors and let folk come in that you are responsible for the outcome.
Report back after you are in the house! I’ll Wait!
Note: Thanks Evangelist Teresa Everett Horne for sharing. Good to Me!
The Political Agitator’s response: This is it! Until a Safe Black Negro Preacher attempt to put a Twist on these Trues! Oh some folk didn’t get that. I know some Caucasians are standing with Trump but I am a Black Man and I am talking to Black Folk right now but oh others read my stuff.
Cathy Cox thanks for sharing
From the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson:
“The work of the church is essential.
The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.
The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.
The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.
The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.
The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.
The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”. We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church.”
Houses of worship are not essential, but true worship is: “When I was hungry, did you feed me? When I was thirsty, did you give me a drink? When I was a stranger, did you invite me in? When I was naked, did you clothe me? When I was sick and in prison, did you visit me?”
Stay in place.
And don’t believe the lies!
Email your governors now & tell them you are engaging in moral non-cooperation with orders to re-open: http://bit.ly/ppcstayalive
UPDATED: SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020
Message from Pastor Gailliard
Op-Ed – Why Church Buildings Should not Re-Open…..Yet
Over 500 years ago,Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg igniting what we know as the Protestant Reformation. Two thousand years ago an innocent man was crucified outside the city on a hill called Golgotha paving the way for all of mankind to be saved. The two most significant acts of the Christian church both occurred outside the church building. Not to mention, the Apostle Paul spent most of his ministry physically distanced from those he repeatedly expressed he longed to see. Yet, somehow, churches were planted and the New Testament was written. Buildings are important,but they are not to be worshipped. The notion that Christians cannot worship without assembling together in a building is flawed both scripturally and historically.
The recent lawsuit filed in Greenville federal court blocking the Governor’s Executive Order restricting indoor religious services asserts that churches are being treated differently than retailers and other secular businesses. Well, churches are different. Churches should have stricter re-opening guidelines than restaurants or hair salons for the simple fact that we gather far more people in close contact for longer periods of time. Reduced to the lowest common denominator,the church gathers people. We refer to our memberships as “congregations”, “fellowships”, “assemblies”. The typical church gathers 10-100 times the people of any other community-based business and North Carolina has more churches than any other state in America except Texas and Florida.
More importantly churches are the only community-based business with the mission to love our neighbors. One infected person in a gathering of even 100 people puts at risk an entire community. This is not loving. It is especially not loving to African Americans who are disproportionately impacted by this disease. Churches continue to worship and develop disciples – virtually. In many situations churches are growing. Our first amendment rights have not been violated.
So, while God has allowed for this season of evangelism, racial reconciliation and innovation, the response has become-“let’s sue.
”Churches that open too quickly are treading on dangerous ground. Each congregation should assess within their local church context, “what is our real motivation for opening now?” If it’s because of money, then I would remind you of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters.. ” If it’s because of loyalty to conservative ideology, political party or race,then consider Colossians 3:3 “…your life is now hidden with Christ.” These are hard times for us all and we need the church more now than ever. I too am eager to hug our members again;I just want to have as many of them alive as possible to hug.
James D. Gailliard, is Senior Pastor of the 3,000 member Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC
The Political Agitator’s response: I can’t believe these Pastors want to put their congregation lives in danger.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Churchgoers from across the state gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday to rally against Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and demand the right to hold services inside their buildings.
The group leading the charge, Return America, is led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, the group announced that they had filed a lawsuit against Cooper over not allowing indoor assemblies at churches.
Berean Baptist Church, Return America member Ronnie Baity and People’s Baptist Church filed the federal lawsuit to block enforcement of rules covering religious services. Those filing the suit say the state’s restrictions violate the First Amendment and treat churches differently from retailers.
Under the first part of a three-phase plan to resume business and social activities in the state during the pandemic, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend an outdoor worship or wedding service. But an indoor gathering is still limited to 10 people or fewer. (Read more)