Monday, September 27, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long - Scandal In the Church

In lawsuits filed this past week, four men who were members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claimed Long coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17 or 18 years old. The sprawling church in Lithonia, Ga., about 18 miles outside of Atlanta, counts politicians, celebrities and the county sheriff among its members and hosted four U.S. presidents during the 2006 funeral of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King.

One of the claims in the lawsuits is that Long had sexual contact with the young men, who were enrolled in New Birth's ministry for teen boys, during trips he took them on in the U.S. and abroad. Attorney for Bishop Long, Greg Gillen, has said the travel was part of a mentoring program that other young men also participated in.

Bishop Long has often preached against homosexuality and has supported many rallys banning agains "same sex marriages!"

Like anyone accused of a crime, the law states you are "Innocent until proven guilty!" However, being such a powerful and notable figure in the African-American Christian community and country for that matter; has the church and the character of the men and women of the gospel been damaged?

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Same Sex Marriage - Should They Have Rights?

Last Monday a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced that the California's ban on same sex marriages would remain in place at least until December. Earlier in the month Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Americans have changed their minds on many issues relating to homosexuality. They have moved some distance in terms of accepting gay marriage, but majorities in most polls still oppose it. Gallup asks its question this way: "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?" In May 44% (up from 27% when Gallup first asked the question in 1996) said they should be recognized as valid. But 53% in the new poll, (down from 68% in 1996) said they should not be.

This has been a heated topic for a number of years. Everyone wants to be treated equally. However, for many Christians, this is a subject that often is ignored because no one wants to verbally speak out what they know is right from wrong! How do you feel about all of this?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Is Obama Really Doing a Good Job?

I have to honestly say, I wasn't really impressed with Obama's campaign during the presidential election. I voted for Hillary Clinton.

Now, that it has been over a year since President Obama's victory, I wonder what do many of you think and feel about his performance as President.

Obama has done what he promised when he ran for office in 2008: He has used government as an instrument to try to narrow the gaps between the haves and the have-nots. He has injected $787 billion in tax dollars into the economy, provided health coverage to 32 million uninsured and now, reordered the relationship among Washington, Wall Street, investors and consumers residential election.

However, I still feel like the average american is still struggling from paycheck to paycheck and for some, unemployment check to unemployment check!

So please, tell me how do you feel. Do you think Obama is doing a good job?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Are you in love, or is it lust? Love and lust are inextricably intertwined. Lust is ground zero for hormones -- it's nature's way of bringing the opposite sexes together to mate. In fact, without lust, it's doubtful that love between a man and a woman would have a chance to prosper at all.

The driving force of the sexual imperative bridges the gap between the almost incompatible brain styles of the two sexes. So lust can be seen as one end of a broad continuum, which may or may not culminate in romantic love.

And love is the most ennobling of human emotions -- transcendental, exalted and capable of engendering emotional states that can make the male of the species want "to be a better man."

Men fight wars over lust, but they make homes and families for love.

So what do you think? Is your relationship based on Love or Lust?