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Prayer for my Haitian Bredren & Sistren

Father, in the aftermath of one of the worst earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in centuries that has greatly affected Port au Prince and surrounding areas of the poverty-stricken Haiti (Ayiti), I’m asking you to remember all those who have survived, even those who are still trapped.

I’m asking you to comfort those who have lost friends, family, and relatives among the ones who have already died.  As I write, I anticipate calling a couple of my Haitian bredren to find out if their friends and relatives are OK.  Father you know them, and I ask that you remember them especially.

Father, many of my Haitian brothers and sisters already live in such hopelessness in a land classified by it’s poverty, corruption, illnesses, and fall from grace. ..  A land very forgotten by the international community… A land where young children have to take care of their younger siblings because the parents are deceased, a land where some parents give children mud pies in order for them to survive, a land where some people have forgotten you and resorted to forces of darkness.

But, while there is life there is hope.  I ask that you bless that land, and restore your people of Haiti.  Allow an outpouring from within the country and neighboring Dominican Republic and the international community like Haitians have never seen.  Allow many to marvel at the growth that we see among Haitians after this devastating earthquake.  We know that help is already on the way in the form of the Red Cross and a few others, but we cry with our brothers and sisters and expect major help from more countries, organizations, and individuals.

Help that as this unfolds over the next couple weeks that the survivors will live, and not just live, but LIVE, testify of your goodness, and be true wisnesses of how you save your people from natural and unnatural disasters.

Father, I ask this in Yeshua’s (Jesus’) name, amen. 

If  anyone would like to add anything that I’ve left off, please link back.  Yow.

Belief in God no longer cool
January 10, 2010
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Can you believe it? Europe has become Humanists or so-called “free thinkers” and in some circles, “spiritualists”. America is fast behind. You know what happens when America sneezes? Caribbean countries catch the cold. So, it’s no surprise that Yawdies are becoming more and more humanists… Certainly, the percentage of people believing in spiritualism and/or the non-existence of a supreme being is far less in the islands than in America. It’s also far less in “the Bible belt” US states than the rest of America… Also, it’s less in America than parts of Europe.  Many of us have to hide the fact that we “still” have the belief in God because our numbers are dwindling daily and so is our strength.  Some of us “only have mouth” when we have large backing, then become “shamey dogs” when the backing dwindles…  Remember the Apostle Peter immediatley after Yeshua (Jesus) was arrested and taken?  Remember Jonah when asked to go to Nineveh?  Remember King Saul?  I mean, there are quite a number of references…

Some people I worked with, self-proclaimed atheists from Eurasia have pointed out that:

  • Many places in Europe have converted church buildings into clubs and restaurants.
  • Many college professors have said that people with high IQs typically do not believe in God
  • If you believe in Science you cannot believe in God. 
  • How comical they found it that a Christian zealot they knew was teaching Science in high school.  One felt this was hypocritical because he likened it believing the earth is flat with a ceiling we call the “sky” but going out and telling others that the earth is round and the sky is outer space.

Others (atheists and agnostics) have pointed out that:

  • Most of the problems in this world are caused by religious people, mainly religious Christian & Muslim zealots.
  • There are cases they know of where Christian people have brought food for starving people but wouldn’t serve it until the people listened to some long sermon.
  • The number of Christians who actually believe in God are dwindling as people become smarter.
  • M. Gandhi said he was turned away from a South African church service by a white woman because “his kind was not welcome there”.  He was Indian.
  • M. Gandhi said that he loves the man Christ but not so much the Christians because Christians are “so unChrist-like“.

Now, all the points above were refuted by me or explained.  I remember being surrounded by 4 so-called atheists who, while they didn’t attack me the individual, attacked me by attacking my belief/faith/common sense.  Let me tell you how I addressed each one, point-by-point.

  • Many places in Europe have converted church buildings into clubs and restaurants:  “I expect these types of things.  They were foretold close to 2000 years ago and beyond.”
  • Many college professors have said that people with high IQs typically do not believe in God: Well, thank God that I have a low IQ.”
  • If you believe in Science you cannot believe in God:  God is the author of  all Science.  If we believe the book but not the author of the book then we have issues.  Also if we believe a counterfeit Science (in the name of Evil-ution), we have issues. 
  • How comical they found it that a Christian zealot they knew was teaching Science in high school.   I wonder why you found that funny and hypocritical.  True Science and God or the belief in God NEVER contradict each other.
  • Most of the problems in this world are caused by religious people, mainly religious Christian & Muslim zealots: Add the atheist/agnostic zealots to the list and you have it 100% true.
  • There are cases they know of where Christian people have brought food for starving people but wouldn’t serve it until the people listened to some long sermon:  “I don’t know of those cases specifically so I cannot speak of that.  However, it comes as no surprise to me that many lose the message of Yeshua (Jesus) and do their own thing.  Yeshua himself predicted this misrepresentation would happen years ago.  He had told certain people he would tell them ‘I was hungry, naked, sick,… and you didn’t feed/clothe/visit me’ “.
  • The number of Christians who actually believe in God are dwindling as people become smarter. “Also correct. Paul talked about this a lot.  People will become lovers of themselves more than God.  They will claim they are wise and become fools.  They will do things and justify themselves.  God will leave them to their reprobate minds… so they continue to sin, deceive many, and act self-righteous.  King David called people who don’t believe in God FOOLS.”
  • M. Gandhi said he was turned away from a South African church service by a white woman because “his kind was not welcome there”.  He was Indian.: Yep, most people who supported apartheid, slavery, separation, murder, stealing, the KKK, etc., were so-called Christians.  Messiah (Christ) said that many would claim they are His but are not.  He said many will become speakers of the Word than doers of the Word.  I liken them to the Pharisees and Scribes in Yeshua’s earthly days.  Hypocrites!!!
  • M. Gandhi said that he loves the man Christ but not so much the Christians because Christians are “so unChrist-like“.  Also correct and expected.  But let me just add that I would be wary of Christendom and the believe in a loving God, if everything spoken about and by Him in history was overturned in the present day.  For instance, He said, ‘heavens & earth would pass before My word change… broad is the way that lead to destruction.  Narrow is the way that lead to paradise…’ If you think about that, it means it’s easier to do wrong and more people are doing wrong than what’s right.  If what you expected (more doing right than wrong) was to happen, it would contradict the Bible and Yeshua’s words.”

A lady, Marilyn Adamson, who claimed to be a one-time atheist, wrote a provocative piece entitled “Does God Exist?” that you can check out at http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html.  After reading the article, you sure will have a lot to discuss with your family, bredren, sistren, coworkers, classmates, etc.

In closing, let me say that while it’s no longer cool to believe in God, I’m happy being in the dwindling “uncool crowd” of believers. 

My Yawdie bredren and sistren, where do you stand?  Please comment on this post.

Yawdies, are you lazy?
January 10, 2010
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When I came to America in the eighties (1980’s), people from the English-speaking Caribbean were considered very hard workers by most people here.  Some non-minorities emphasized this to separate the English-speaking Caribbean from other minorities living in America.  Divide and conquer, eh?  The idea that Yawdies were hard workers was even prevalent in some comedies of the eighties and nineties.  For instance, the sketch-/variety-comedy on Fox, In Living Color did a skit called “Hey Mon” where a Caribbean family viewed anyone without 3+ [often unrelated] jobs as being lazy, even a pregnant woman.

Fast-forward to 2010.  In my opinion, Caribbean people have not made the kind of progress I, a graduate of a prestigious school in Jamaica, expected.  Don’t get me wrong, some of my bredren & sistren and relatives have done very well but not the kind of percentage I expect.  But is it because of laziness or lack of discipline or both?

What does it mean to do well?  Is it making US $100K + per year?  Is it having a college degree or advanced college degree?  Is it being so-called “street smart”, “book smart” or the combination of both?  There’s no easy answer, but let me give you an idea of where I lean by sharing something I heard from a caller on to a Caribbean radio program in late 2009.

Basically, there were general topics on the 1-hour program.  People talk about all types of issues, especially those affecting Caribbean people (like crime, immigration, education, poli-tricks, job outlook, etc.).   The theme by callers that day on jobs, economy, and Yawdies abroad.  One gentleman called in and basically said that Yawdies suffer from laziness.  He said they are willing to do 2 jobs because they get paid.  I must admit that I (and seemingly the moderator/host) was confused.  So he elaborated.  He said if they were not lazy, they would’ve done 1 job, gone to school to educate themselves, then come out being paid 2-3x what they would’ve made as unskilled / untrained and sometimes uneduated employees.  He said, “but they are lazy to learn.”  Learning, after all, requires discipline and work.  After confusing us a bit, that summed it up quite well.  In some twisted way, it makes a lot of sense.

I’m sure that raised some eyebrows.  But the coaller continued that the people work 2+ jobs and are paid peanuts.  Their children follow suit and the cycle continues because it’s not the norm for people to be skilled or get college degrees in that household.  Often people follow what their relatives and bredren do.  When asked how would someone who needs the money from 2 jobs be able to do 1 job and go to school, his response was “Sacrifice”.   I can tell you that I know nuff Yawdies (and Yankees too) who fit in the gentleman’s criteria. 

OK cool.  But, is it as simple as that?  Not quite, in my opinion.  I think he is definitely on to something that I see.  Many Yawdies do lack the discipline to go to school to learn an in-demand trade or get a degree that could get them career employment in a tough economy. Many use excuses when you point out that others who they agree are in worse situations than they were able to make the sacrifice to go to school….  Keep in mind, that like the caller, I’m not talking about college.

I listened to a radio program the other day where one of my former high school colleagues was a guest speaker on “Technology”.  I was impressed, not just because he spoke well and was knowledgeable but also because he gave advice and related his experience.  His experience was he migrated here, became a teacher and was asked to teach Computing in school.  He was not a computer-savvy guy by no means so he decided to do a couple things.

(1) Go to the library and read books – educate himself.

(2) Try to fix his own computer.  This failed so he took it to a shop and they fixed it in no time.  Seeing this, he made a deal with them to work (without pay) a few hours per week in which half the time he does odd jobs around the shop and half the time he gets to watch the techs and ask questions until he’s able to work on computers himself. That’s basically a second job, but a non-paying job. He had enough vision to see that educating himself this way would benefit much more than being paid short-term.

(3) Practice.  After all, book smarts and sitting in a class are not good enough.  You must combine it with practice.  Hey even Doctors and Lawyers practice, but I digress.

This gentleman now has his own Information Technology (IT) consulting company, Aubyn Tech http://www.aubyntech.com, in the northeastern US.

Big ups my bredren.  I never knew your story but it was impressive to hear.

What do you guys think?  Have Yawdies become lazy?

YOW, Health-Related Tips (H1N1)
January 2, 2010
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