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Why Men Are Never Comfortable In a Church_Part II

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The Skeptical Saint

Our people have a saying that you can rearrange the spots on a leopards skin but that won’t make it a kitten. Say by chance you succeed in getting a man through the gates of the church; getting him to pay attention will be like persuading a lion to sing soprano. His mind is always alert and questioning everything. The church is very cynical about skeptics.

The mind of a man is a radio which is only receptive to the frequency called logic. To many men, organized religion is nothing short of sanctified magical conglomerations. There are too many uncertainties, shifting variables, diverging speculations and mystical improbabilities. Then there are the miracles. The term miracle rarely finds a seat within the ears of a man. Men believe in sweat. The good book, which is the foundation of the church, exemplifies many miracles. To a man, the superstitious believe in miracles, the lazy subscribe to luck and real men deify hard work. If anything, a man believes luck and miracles are the fruits of sweat. The harder you work, the luckier you become and the more miracles you attract.

The male is inherently skeptical of the church; then the church is bold enough to ask him for 10% of his cash every month; a sacred tax of some sort. The pastor says it is for the widows and orphans. The man, a natural critic, is convinced it will be used it to pimp out the church windows and by a few ‘official’ cars.

Most men do not trust the government that is why they do everything to evade tax. Now, a man is more skeptical of the church than the government; if he won’t even pay tax, why would you expect him to put in a cent of his sweat toward tithe?

The Watchful Beast

Our people believe a woman is the closest thing to the creator due to her ability to create life through birth. Well, a man is the closest thing to a wild beast. His instinct prevents him from ever lowering his guard whether in the world or in the church; he won’t drop it even for a moment for he knows his everyday survival and wellbeing depends on the sharpness of his instinct. That instinct is a combination of logic and reason.

His woman will see the pastor as a saint, a prophet, a loving father, a God-called anointed holy spirit filled being. The man looks at that preacher and sees an ordinary man like himself. To him, the preacher man is a product of the same environment; a cunning hyena in sheep’s skin prowling around for a ripe opportunity or naive victim.

The Sacred Submission

Even if a man refrains from being a spiritual tourist, drops the street soldier mentality, shuns the independent philosophy and denounces his skepticism, he still will not make the cut for church because of one thing: Submission.

In the DNA of a man is instilled a drive to conquer, succeed, dominate, manifest indisputable courage and strength. It is something inscribed boldly in the male self. To be a believer, the church demands submission to the Savior. A man is structured to surpass and subsist not to submit to the Christ. It is a hard request to ask a man to place his heart above his mind. If anything, it will take quite a chunk of time to achieve.

The Last Hope

We live in a society that sculpts a man to be anything and everything except being spiritual. The male is taught to dominate and take charge of his own destiny by any means necessary. The young male lad turns into a hard societal product that has never felt the luxury of expressing weakness, fear or submission since its initiation to manhood. Now the church expects this societal soldier to return to its childhood; exhibit affection, weakness, helplessness and submission. Such is a chemical reaction that many chemists will say is not easily reversible.

Unless we change the systems that nurture this species called man, from when he is young, no man will ever find or feel at total ease within a church building. Like Fredrick Douglas profoundly stated, “It is easier to raise strong children that to repair broken men.” If we raise our kids well, in a spiritual sense, they will grow up to be men who find strength and comfort in any church, sanctuary or chapel.

_uThanDiLe©2015

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You, Me & Bees

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the environment is not the birds and bees; it is you and me.
the earth and soil is the body housed under our skin
the flowers and trees are the lungs that give us the air we breath
& the blood running in our veins is the oceans and the seas.
So I say the environment is not the birds and the bees
it is natures transparent mirror with a reflection of you and me.
_uThanDiLe
 
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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Pics & Kodak Moments, random thoughts

 

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Iparadisi

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I can smell her sweat
sweet forest scent
coolin’ tha trees &
water lillies

I can see her footsteps
in muddy wetland depths
plantin’ flowers & sedge
her paradise neatly well kept

The air is fresh
sight knockin’ out any trace of
stress
Iparadisi is where God rests her
head.

_uThanDiLe©2014

 

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If you are a Good Man

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If u r a man, a gud man, n u find a gud woman, luv her with all u got.
dont make tha mistake of lovin her in moderation.
do not let ur ego limit the expression of ur affection.
let her know u r willing n able 2 defend ur union by any means necessary.
a gud woman doesnt come easy, so dont make tha mistake of lettin ur pact break
just coz ur ego aint ready 2 luv her totally & continuosly & freely.
Mr. man wen it comes 2 luv, u gotta push ur ego below ur heart,
n 4 sure ur union will work n last even after your bodies turn into dust.

uThanDiLe©2014

 
 

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It’s Never tha Same

vishon

Lets talk experience.
I am part of wat I hav been.
every xperience, past n present, has shaped the very way in which I think
& how I perceive things.
I aint one who blivs that tha mind is elastic.
I am convinced that each experience stretches tha mind
& unlike a rubber band, tha mind does not revert bak to its original state.
If someone u know has changed while u hav remained tha same,
it probably means they’ve been thru somethin that u havent.
Once you are exposed to different settings & diverse situations
you change in wayz that are sometimes difficult to explain.
Wat I’m simply trynna say is this: if u aint gotta clue about wat someone has been thru,
dont be to quick to judge them for reasonin’ totally different from you.
Truth be told, two people could be in tha same little town but their minds could be galaxies apart.
Now that is tha nature of that trivial thing called EXPERIENCE.

 

uThanDiLe©2014

 

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Tha otha side {majic mind}

ingomnyama

tha mind does not behave like a rubber band. Once it is exposed to new/different ideas & experiences, it changes n cannot revert back to its original state. So, when you change, especially that change that is elusive to the eyes (spiritual & psychological change), n those who you are around are still static to the normative believes, your instinct induces a mask…what you call a shadow character. The purpose of the pseudo character is to safeguard you from your environment which would either challenge or shun you spiritual or psychological shift. The end result is what some would call a ‘double life’ or a ‘half life’; wen you are around those who are still ‘static’ in their beliefs, tha shadow character kicks in, n wen you are in an environment which favors your shifted ideologies, your ‘true’ character takes front row. At the beginning, it may appear like pretense n effort is required to ‘hide’ either of your character. However, due to the adaptive nature of the mind, the ability to shift into either roles becomes so automatic that it becomes part of your character; not even a professional detective or psychologist can detect the other side of the coin. #thamagicmind

Its a new day
time 2 go a different way
takin off tha mask n revealin
a different face
no longer tha same
damn tired of tha fake
tha twisted games
cleanin up tha mess made
tha trick cards played
big lies told desecratin this sacred place
corruptin this divine palace…..

Change
hand pon di chest mi pledge
4rm sun up till sunset
no more average grade pon di life test
new quest mi set
2b tha best of tha best.
Jah Bless.

__uThanDiLe©2013

 

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May is for Malcolm

Some quotes from one of the Greatest black men to have ever graced tha mathaland

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz

El Hajj Malik El Shabazz

“Of all our studies, history is best qualified
to reward our research. And when you see
that you’ve got problems, all you have to do is
examine the historic methods used all over the
world by others who have problems similar to
yours. Once you see how they got theirs
straight, then you know how you can get yours
straight.”__Malcolm X

“The political philosophy of black nationalism
means that the black man should control
the politics and the politicians in bis own community.
The economic philosophy of black
nationalism is pure and simple. It only
means that we should control the economy of
our community.”__Malcolm X

“One of the first things I think young people,
especially nowadays, should learn is how to see
for yourself and listen for yourself and think for
yourself. Then you can come to an intelligent
decision for yourself. If you form the habit of
going by what you hear others say about someone,
or going by what others think about someone,
instead of searching that thing out for
yourself and seeing for yourself, you will be
walking west when you think you’re going
east, and you will be walking east when you think
you are going west.”__Malcolm X

“I don’t go along with any kind of nonviolence
unless everybody’s going to be nonviolent.
If they make the Ku Klux Klan nonviolent,
I’ll be nonviolent. If they make the White
Citizens Council nonviolent, I’ll be nonviolent.
But as long as you’ve got somebody else not
being nonviolent, I don’t want anybody coming
to me talking any nonviolent talk.”__Malcolm X

“You get freedom by letting your enemy
know that you’ll do anything to get your free-‘
dom; then you’ll get it. It’s the only way you’ll
get it”__Malcolm X

“We didn’t want anybody telling us anything
about Africa, much less calling us Africans. In
hating Africa and in hating the Africans, we
ended up hating ourselves, without even realizing
it. Because you can’t hate the roots of a
tree, and not hate the tree. You can’t hate your
origin and not end up hating yourself. You
can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.”__Malcolm X

 

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