I really wanted to share this with you because a part of staying woke is being honest. I know at least one of my fellow Christians reading this can relate to one or more of these topics so let’s get to it.
A Christian recently told me that tithing does not apply to Christians. Yup, according to Hebrew 7:1-18, the local law of tithing was repealed, “because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” Tithing was transactional and on top of that, the priests were misappropriating the funds. Hence, God angrily says he has been robbed of “tithes and offerings” in Malachi 3:8.
However, according to Mark 12:41-44, God is still pleased when we give to the temple as exampled by the poor woman who gave her last. However, in Matthew 19:21, Jesus tells the man to sell all his possessions and give it to the poor. He doesn’t say give it to the church. So it seems that God definitely mandates giving. The question is how much and to which entity? I believe it is the congregation’s duty to keep the lights on in a church. I also believe it is the church’s duty to feed the hungry and clothe the poor. Therefore, I’ve concluded that if I can’t find a local church that speaks to my spirit of charity then I simply need to find a local charity. But not tithing/giving/offering altogether is not an option. What do you think?
2. Women in Leadership
I am totally down for men being the head of his wife but only when put into context. ‘Man’ is ultimately accountable to God for the state of the family. This provides a covering for the women and children. I can dig it. The bible even says a man’s blessing will be hindered (1 Peter 3:7) if he doesn’t treat his wife right. I can dig that too. Unfortunately, it seems like more emphasis is put on women respecting their husbands vs. men loving their wives as Jesus loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). But we live in a patriarchal society so less emphasis on the latter makes sense but the latter is still valid nevertheless.
But what about women taking on leadership roles in the Christian church? According to 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Paul says women should be quiet during teachings because ‘man’ was formed first, then Eve, and they were the ones that were deceived by the serpent. Is this verse of God or is this just Paul reinforcing the local law during his time? Is this one of those verses open to interpretation? Paul does go on to praise the work of women in non-leadership roles so he isn’t completely anti.
I see it as Peter fell asleep while Jesus was up all night praying the night before His crucifixion. Mary, on the other hand, was with Jesus until the very end. If a woman has a testimony to give in a church that can save a soul then is that not what it’s all really about? What do you think?
3. Sex Is Still For Marriage
Believe it or not, my greatest challenge is dialoguing with modern day Christians that don’t believe that sex is still for marriage only because “Things were different back then.” Totally no judgment but I don’t agree. There were Sodom and Gomorrah back then and there are Sodom and Gomorrah today. There were independent women back then and there are independent women today. So you’ll never hear me say things were different back then but I will say Lawd please forgive me again. Women and men have been wanting to save themselves for marriage for thousands of years regardless of what’s going on in the other cultures surrounding them. If you still want to do it in 2017 then more power to you. Christian or not.
Yep, this post is going all the way there although, I know this topic is super sensitive so I’m going to keep it brief! I’ve always had an issue with how the church singles out homosexuals as if we don’t have enough sin going on in the heterosexual community to focus on?? I don’t remember choosing to be heterosexual so I’m not going to act like it’s a choice for them. Especially when we see how high are the suicide rates are for LGBT youth. The bottom line for me is that we all have our cross to bear and whether you believe the lifestyle is a sin or not – judge not, lest ye be judged. Does this make sense?
5. The History of Slavery and the Evidence of Evolution
How can you be a Christian when Christianity was used as a tool to enslave your people? How can you be a Christian when science has proven the theory of evolution? The questions of my life. I don’t have a section called Stay Woke because I don’t know our history and don’t know science. So how do I reconcile being Christian when my people from the motherland were probably Muslim? How do I reconcile God creating man from the dust of the Earth in the face of evidence of Evolution?
I’ve done a whole lot of traveling, studying, and dialoguing with people from around the world and have learned that some form of slavery or abuse has taken place in the history of almost every culture and religion history including Islam. Also, let’s not act like slave owners were true Christians. They were evil people manipulating slaves. Hence Nat Turner led a slave rebellion once he read the bible and realized these mofos weren’t Christian. As for evolution, that’s even trickier. I used to say I was a Christian because that is how I was raised but woke-folk know that’s not a good enough reason. Therefore, my answer to why I am still a Christian has got to be faith. I believe what I believe, but I’m eager to learn about the beliefs of others.
6. Unwavering Faith
Job is hands down my favorite book in the Bible. I love Job because he is the quintessential man of faith. His story and commitment to God inspire me. Satan’s mission was to get him to curse the Lord but even after he lost it all, including his children, he never accused God. He remained faithful and as a result, God restored all that he had and gave him double than he had before. But what happens when you don’t get double for your trouble? Sometimes Godly people suffer like Job, get cancer, and then just die. How does one have Job-like faith knowing they might not get the Job-like victory? I use the term “victory” lightly because having a relationship with God, knowing His son, and accepting Him into your heart is the ultimate victory. This topic can get deep but y’all get what I’m saying. Thoughts?
There are so many verses in the Bible that address each of these challenges, especially faith. I’ve seen the power of God and I believe in it with all my heart but that doesn’t mean I don’t have questions. I bet I’m not alone.
What are your challenges?
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