Allow me to say, I am not talking about all Black pastors—just many of them. I, myself, am a minister, and I am in no way attempting to tarnish Black pastors. However, being a woman of God, I am spiritually obligated to seek truth. We are losing too many of the young generation because they sense that there is something wrong or something missing with Black religion.
Our youth are confused about the God who owns everything, like the cattle on a thousand hills, yet they can't even purchase a ham hock for their family. Black youth must feel like unwanted stepchildren to God because they are on the back burners and at the end of the line in most situations.
I realize that I will get few invites to speak at churches after writing this—so be it—but I am compelled and mandated to speak truth. Somebody has got to speak the truth. The hour has come for the real men and real women to please stand up. Can't you see that in every city, we have more megachurches than any other race? It's a shame and a disgrace that Blacks do not own one supermarket in any city. We know that we eat, and we eat a lot. The proof is in the pudding. Just look at our obese pastors and their members.
Here is what caused me to write these words. I read an article in the Raise The Praise Church newspaper dated February 17, 2013, page 5, titled, 'The Greater Zion Church Valiant Effort To Purchase Compton Landmark'. You have to read this. Here is a quote from the article:
"The Greater Zion Church family is attempting to honor this awesome request to preserve the legacy of our spiritual pioneers and forefathers. It's all about legacy. Our culture has a right to preserve our inheritance for generations to come."
My question is this: Was there an attempt made to recover the alleged $800,000 that the former pastor stole from the church? I heard that he is out of jail and has started a new church. If this is true, what has the Black Minister's Organization attempted to do about this? Is there a code of silence among pastors? It would be nice if some of the pastors stop stealing the inheritance. Can we leave more than merely churches as an inheritance for Black folk?
I would like to suggest the pastor of The Greater Zion Church proceed with the purchase of Double Rock Baptist Church, but rather than taking people's tithe money to purchase it, allow the members and the community to invest in the building and make it a culture center and a place where events and conferences can be held, or a supermarket, etc. Such would better serve the community, provide jobs, a sense of pride, and then it would be a real legacy.
To the older pastors, you need to teach the younger pastors to seek a path that will help their members become balanced in every aspect of their lives, not just spiritually only. We are at the bottom of the bottom in every area. Carest thou not that we perish?
The Black church used to be the pillar of the Black community; it was the schoolhouse for our forefathers. Black churches started schools, colleges, etc. We have more than enough Black churches. In fact, some of the churches we have should merge. Tithes were never meant just for us to build big churches. We should be helping to provide for the orphans, the widows, the needy, the hungry, the homeless, etc. Stop taking the people's money to build more churches; instead, invest in something that can yield a return for our children's children.
There are many churches that are doing a good job. I will just mention a few: Dr. Fred Price and The Crenshaw Christian Center have many employees, and they are paid well. They have schools and many venues that help the community at large. Consider Dr. Scuffie Shigg and The Love Lifted Me Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Shigg's legacy is that of building up and restoring Black men who have fallen by the wayside. He helps them to get back on track via feeding, housing, training, and helping them gain skills needed for a job—that's a legacy.
In my book, Black America Faces Economic Crisis, you will find solutions, and you will find out how Black churches can help solve Black America's problems. Come on, Black pastors, let's do better and make better decisions. Didn't the Bible tell us to leave an inheritance for our children's children? If we are going to eat from the biblical plate, let's eat it all.
PASTORS, STOP BEING STUCK ON STUPID, TRYING TO IMPRESS AND OUTDO OTHERS. AND CHURCH MEMBERS, YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO ALSO—HOLD PASTORS ACCOUNTABLE. AFTER ALL, GOD GAVE YOU SOME SENSE TOO, AND YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR YOUR SIN OF OMISSION.