Globalism comes home to roost?

I find it truly amazing, the conceited, hypocritical babblings of nationalists and “anti-globalists”. They seem to have lost the ability to reason, lost the ability to see the world from anything other than a distorted perspective. We can see them in many European countries, France, Germany and Greece to name a few, and then there is the USA. What these mentally deficient people don’t realise is that globalism didn’t start in the year 2000, 2010 or 2018, but in fact a long time before that with colonialism giving birth to global capitalism and the systems of interconnectedness of trade and communications that once were stacked so heavily in favour of colonisers that they were far enough removed from the ill effects of their dominance over other countries, they just reaped the rewards in an endless and rather one way stream ox exploitation.

In this system people are capital, people are tradable and indeed people sell their skills for the best price they can to assure a future for themselves and their families. It has been this way for a long time. America has vibrant communities of Hispanic and Irish settlers, England has many black settlers from the West Indies that migrated to England after WW2, and many other countries have established communities of migrant workers.

What seems to be happening now, is that with freedom of movement, the intake of new communities into many countries is accelerated. For some people this is alarming, for some people it is an opportunity on both sides of the equation, and it can be relished and celebrated, IF people treat each other with respect.

However, what these fascist “anti-globalists” don’t realise, and I really wish I could kick them right up the arse and make them understand, is, they are cherry picking what they are “anti-globalist” about. They are blind to the hundreds if not thousands of years of globalisation that has left large chunks or other countries infrastructure and business in the hands of their very own countrymen, destabilising the nations in their grip – and causing the very influx of migrants they want to stop, as people in countries under the yoke of globalism want to escape to live; they need to escape political and religious persecution, civil unrest, conflict, economic distress, hunger and disease.

The privileges that we enjoy, from reasonably priced food (lots of stuff we can’t grow in our countries, or can’t grow enough of), to fuels, the raw materials that go into components for electronics, right the way through to gemstones and precious metals. Globalism secures them for us, all too often at the expense of the countries that we exploit to get them. But it seems now, that because the effects of what we do in our exploitation of other countries is all to visible, we not hate it and claim to be victims of the very system we control. Indeed, has globalism come home to roost!

Pulling in a scripture that captures this perfectly “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” (Proverbs 29:7 NIV) Knowing God means caring for other people, and even if you are not religious surely caring for other people is an integral part of what makes us human, and all citizens of a planet that we have to care for and manage for the benefit of us all.

America’s schizophrenic views on the right to protect

So we all know that America has problems with guns, the school shootings, the gang violence, war veterans affected with PTSD tipping over the edge etc. Yet nevertheless, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and many Americans will defend to their last breath the American’s right to bear arms in their as enshrined in their constitution. Americans’ have the right to protect themselves and their families.

Expand that out to a broader global scale and the weapons countries have to protect themselves, and you will see that America is frequently insisting countries like Iraq, Iran, North Korea etc disarm themselves and curb all use of specific types of weapons. Let’s acknowledge there that all weapons cause harm, and the fact some weapons in particular are used, like nuclear, biological and chemical weapons seems to cause us particular horror. Weapons cause fear, terror, instability, they encourage illicit trade, they are often misused by people in authority, they cause tragedy.

So lets also remember that the right the right to protect, in a broader context, if we substitute nations for people, is a right America wants some nations never to have. This is another string in America’s bow of dominance, keeping its enemies, both real and potential in check by enforcing military weakness alongside other strategies of dominance such economic, cultural and political.

The reality is, Americans are more likely to do harm to themselves or people in their own nation with weapons, drugs and indulgence in foods and drink than they are likely to be attacked by another country. I’m sure the insurance industry statistics and premiums back this up!

Wakanda? Wakeupya’ll

Black Panther is a good film, decent storyline, characters, action and humour. It’s great that a large company like Marvel should give a black director (Ryan Coogler) a chance. It’s good to see a majority black cast, black people in lead roles, and as role models. I had minor complaints about the CGI effects on Wakanda that looked blurred, some of the slightly classical sounding incidental music and the fight scene at the end which seemed an anti-climax, the film is by no means perfect or a classic, but it is a good film. The film has a special poignancy at a time when certain world leaders have a stance that undermines respect for black people, and there are far right movements getting more vocal across the world, making the past raise its ugly head again, aiming hatred at refugees, and anything that represents “the other” – people different from themselves in the majority. The film shines a positive light on black people, and it feels good to stand in that light for a while.

What has surprised me, following the film, is that people are seeing it as some kind of pivotal moment for black people. How can the representation of something so far removed from reality be a true triumph, unless we glory in what is not real, at the expense of what is real? Do we need to stop dreaming and “wakeupyall”? Wake up ya’ll!

How far removed is Wakanda, a stable, healthy, prosperous technically advanced nation shielding its vast wealth from the rest of the world; from the reality African countries face – unstable, disease stricken, poor, technically backward, wealth and resources being stripped away, corruption and that list could go on. How do we challenge the way things are by creating fantasies? Or is this film perhaps reflective of society’s escapist tendency, we love to indulge in what is not real, loading up the catharsis, so in effect we are cheated, we don’t get what we really need, but only what we think we want, so rather than lasting change only indulgence in temporary pleasure.

Are we afraid to face the truth so fantasy becomes attractive?

Black Panther, great film that it is, is just a step in the right direction. But nothing can overcome or trivialize the real work and the cold reality of the situation we as black people find ourselves in. This situation can’t be fixed with dreams and fantasies, but only with faith, confrontation, justice, commitment and sacrifice.

Conceited, Irresponsible America

Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It seems like a beautiful paradise, but more nuclear tests were carried out here than at the infamous Bikini Atoll. Today it is just a dumping ground for the nuclear experiments of the past. There is no protection around this island, no sea patrols, no fences or guards, and just a 46cm thick concrete shell, intended to be temporary, which covers tonnes of radioactive waste, the remnants from some of the worlds most powerful nuclear tests.

Climate change threatens the security of the island because as the waves rise the islands are in danger of being flooded, and the flimsy concrete shell hiding the radioactive waste is likely to be breached, if not straight away, over time. Even the US Government ha admitted that a typhoon could break apart the concrete shell and expose the radioactive waste.

The video below from Al Jazeera brought this to my attention. I thought that people would never return to these islands after nuclear testing, but 3 decades later they have, although they suffer from many illnesses related to radioactive exposure.

Really the wall Donald Trump should be thinking about building is one to maintain a safe perimeter around Runit Island (one of the Marshall Islands) and not a wall to keep out the Mexicans.

Then you have climate change deniers like Trump opting out of commitments to protect the environment. The sum of this is a treble slap in the face for the residents of The Marshall Islands. First, with their idyllic paradise ruined by tests for some of the cruelest most ruinous weapons known to man. Secondly, the nation that performs those tests presides over a clean up operation that is rushed and poorly done. Third, that same nation that performed the tests and failed to properly secure the dangers it left behind proves to be one of the most polluting nations on earth, and by its policy denies climate change, perhaps sealing the fate of The Marshall islands to become an unhinabitable area destroyed by toxic radioactivity. This just reflects the careless, unfeeling, conceited, irresponsibility of America.

What will you think the next time a President says “God bless America”> I always feel a sense of striking irony.

LGBT Proselytism

In recent years I’ve become aware that the LGBT movement has really grown and become a powerful force in society. It seems to me that we now have reached a point of LGBT proselytism, as drag queens go into schools to teach children as young as 2 about “gender fluidity” (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender sexual orientations). I find that somewhat strange as there are many choices a child can make in life, why should sexuality be thrust on toddlers? Surely there are more important things at that stage in life? How do we know those young children were not confused by what they saw? Why should the majority of children in those classes who are heterosexual be subjected to a spectacle like this?

I personally find drag queens repulsive, often over-sexualised examples of moral filth. That is not to say that I would discriminate or harm any LGBT person in any way, I just do not understand their impulses, and do not want to.

It seems to me that when it comes to the “protected characteristics” of race, sexual orientation and faith, there will always be conflicts in society because some people’s faith is at odds with some people’s sexual orientation, but because our society appears to value freedom of sexual orientation as paramount, over and above freedom of religion, we will always see these strange cases where people who try to exercise their faith are considered to be discriminating.

In public institutions I can see why any type of discrimination is not to be tolerated. However, for privately run institutions there is a grey area. For example people who have a faith may want to go to a place where they know that the other guests share their same principles, just as people who go to a whorehouse would probably not like to be interrupted by a church choir. Narrowing the choice for one section of society (LGBT), enables a choice to be made in conscience for another (those with a faith). No-one goes into a Halal or Jewish butchers to demand pork and then feel their rights have been deprived and make a complaint, neither does one go to a vegetarian restaurant and demand meat or vice versa, no, they go elsewhere so their needs can be met. The differences between public and private institutions need to be made clearer and the options for people need to be considered, narrowing of choice is not discrimination.

Society doesn’t see it yet, but what we are in fact doing is curtailing the freedoms of those who have faith, for those who demand that their sexual orientation be accepted by everyone, even for people, who by their nature can not do so without offending the God they worship and revere, and denying their own “protected characteristics”.

African Reset (Part One)

As you will have gathered from much of my writing, I’m conscious of the burden of black people, which isn’t surprising because I am black – although I am shocked at the numbers of black people who know of this “burden” but are just not able to communicate what this means to other people. Even as I write I feel like this is too big a subject to explain easily, one can get lost in the argument, because there are so many different angles and touch points where this burden manifests in life, and it is so easy to uncover one area of this burden, only for it to throw up questions containing why, what proof, but, – from people who don’t really understand where you are coming from.

I’ve written many times about injustice and inequality, but I am realising that on a deeper level there is iniquity, a deep-rooted wickedness practiced against people of colour, both by those who do not know what they do, as well as those that do.

Many hundreds of years ago both Muslim, Jewish and Christian people started to interpret Genesis chapter 9:18-27 and the biblical account of what has become known as The Curse of Ham in a particular way. This curse is written in the scripture timeline just after The Flood, with Noah’s curse on his son Ham’s child, Canaan “Kena‘an”, and apparently his descendants. Ham mocked his father’s drunken nakedness rather than find a garment to cover his father as the passage describes:

The sons of Noach who went out from the ark were Shem, Ham and Yefet. Ham is the father of Kena‘an. These three were the sons of Noach, and the whole earth was populated by them. Noach, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank so much of the wine that he got drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. Ham, the father of Kena‘an, saw his father shamefully exposed, went out and told his two brothers. Shem and Yefet took a cloak, put it over both their shoulders, and, walking backward, went in and covered their naked father. Their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father lying there shamefully exposed.
When Noach awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. He said, “Cursed be Kena‘an; he will be a servant of servants to his brothers.” Then he said, “Blessed be ADONAI, the God of Shem; Kena‘an will be their servant. May God enlarge Yefet; he will live in the tents of Shem, but Kena‘an will be their servant.” (Ge 9:17–27 – Complete Jewish Bible)

The curse of Ham, actually directed at one of Ham’s children, Canaan, would if Ham’s actions had been a sin against God, lasted at most four generations or approximately 120 years (Exodus 20:5/6) according to scripture.

[…] “for I, Jehovah thy God, am a zealous God, charging iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third generation, and on the fourth, of those hating Me, and doing kindness to thousands, of those loving Me and keeping My commands.” Young’s Literal Translation

The first questions I am asking are; would a man be able to initiate a curse that lasts longer than the curses which God himself pronounces? Does Noah’s curse fit the crime?

I personally don’t believe that the curses men can bring can last longer than the curses God pronounces, and neither do I feel that Ham’s actions, though not kind and honoring to his father, justify any curse at all, let alone an allegedly perpetual curse on his descendants.

We also need to consider if speaking in The Spirit is compatible with anger and/or semi-drunkenness, which Noah must have been as he awoke from his hangover to be taunted by his son?

Don’t get drunk with wine, because it makes you lose control. Instead, keep on being filled with the Spirit— (Complete Jewish Bible – Ephesians 5:18)

The Nazarites in Israel who were often prophets were forbidden from drinking wine (Numbers 6:1-21 compare with Amos 2:12)

On anger we read:

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,  for anger lodges in the heart of fools. (Ecclesiastes 7:9, CJB).

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  (James 1:19–20, CJB).

I say this not to undermine the credibility and uprightness of Noah, he was as the bible states “righteous” (Genesis 6:9), but as the bible also states:

For there isn’t a righteous person on earth
who does [only] good and never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20 CJB)

So it seems anger is not compatible with godliness, it is a work of “the flesh”. Additionally, no prophet in scripture that has PROPHESIED or cursed out of anger, God expresses His anger through the prophet. So it can be seen nether wine or anger seem to underpin legitimate prophecy or curses.

Additional problems with the Muslim, Jewish and Christian interpretations of “The Curse of Ham” is that; firstly, even though Noah cursed Canaan, this has been extrapolated to include all those people who were referred to as Canaanites in scripture, and those people inhabited present day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel (also known as historically as Phoenicia). Secondly, the curse was used by Muslim, Jewish and Christian groups to relate to all black people, even when the links to Canaanites being settled in Egypt are tenuous at best and no reference to skin colour is made in the biblical passage.

Moreover, if we are to extend Ham’s curse to people with black skin, then biblically, the Israelites were enslaved to the sons of Ham, in this case Cush (representing Egypt), before their deliverance from Egypt, this happened approximately 800 – 900 years after the flood according to scripture. With that being the case doesn’t that rather make it clear that the distorted interpretations of The Curse of Ham, if it did ever take effect were nullified by that point or were not relevant to all of the sons of Ham and the nations that sprang from him?

The problem is, the Muslims, Jews and Christians did not see this and they still believed (and continue to believe in some cases) that The Curse of Ham was and is a justification to despise a race of people, and for why slaves could be taken from Africa as part of the Atlantic Slave Trade (and Arabic slave trading which existed before that). Looking from a mainly Christian perspective we see the following issues with this:

    1. From evaluation of scripture the curse never took effect or at the very least was “broken”, or perhaps proved not to be in effect when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt to the sons of Ham (specifcally Cush), this was at least 25 generations later, so much later than the fourth generation to which God’s curses extend to.
    2. The slave trade happened 1,500 years after Messiah Yahshua preached the gospel of repentance and forgiveness, which would also be at least 3,500 years after The Curse of Ham was uttered.
    3. The bible says not to mistreat slaves (Ephesians 6:9).
    4. The bible condemns nations that enslave others (Amos 1:6).
    5. The bible says slave traders will not enter the kingdom of God (1 Timothy 1:10).

Yet European churches, even though they had over a thousand years to learn, still misinterpreted scripture to the damnation of those that participated in slavery unrepented; which has destroyed the lives of many millions of people, instituting a system that to this day holds people in spiritual, mental, social, economic and even physical captivity. Even so, statues of slave traders and streets named after them are present in colonial countries as if they are truly proud of this heritage.

One could ask, when the church has already been compromised by this kind of activity, had or have churches in themselves become little more than temples of a kind of idolatry, ignoring the rules God set in place and the encouragement to holiness the scriptures encourage, and rather worshiping God by man-made rules which give the appearance of holiness outwardly, encompassing the ceremony and procedure of holiness, but in reality are void of the spiritual presence which demonstrates God’s power, or the spiritual practice that demonstrates an understanding of God’s nature as expressed in the Holy scriptures?

The Europeans that say black people are subject to The Curse of Ham, so when you look closely at the rest of their ideology must therefore believe that they are sons of Shem and Japheth (ultimately Israel and the northern tribes), otherwise they would have had no remit to enslave black people in line with their distorted view of this scripture. This is the error which gives rise to Ephraimite ideology (as well as British Israelism and other pseudoarchaeological beliefs). It is also those same types of ideologies are behind the far-right-wing groups that oppose authority in the USA and other parts of the world.

However, ironically, the scriptures say we should submit to all authorities 1 Peter 2:13, and marks those who despise authority as false teachers 2 Peter 2:10. People like David Koresh (Waco disaster), and Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing), are examples of people with unsound doctrines had links with far-right literature such as “The Turner Diaries” – the staple diet of the Aryan Nation in the USA and anti-authoritatianism. This book depicts a revolution, a resulting race war and a nuclear war.

It comes as no surprise to me, that these types of ideology find sympathy with some former and existing members of Donald Trump’s cabinet as America tries to align itself with Israel. Here the schizophrenic nature of far-right, “Two House”, “Ephraimite” ideology takes another sinister turn, for although the far-right and Nazi’s hate black people, immigrants and in context Jews, they in reality claim to be Jews of the northern tribes fulfilling Abrahamic promises, or otherwise see themselves as a chosen people (herrenvolk – master race), and this ideology has underpinned their historical exploits in colonising various parts of the world, and was the basis for their vision to create a “New Jerusalem”. That misplaced Puritan zeal recognises a heaven on earth for European white people only, even to the extent of asking if Yahshua walked the pleasant land of England.

European people hate to be reminded of the fact that today when many of them complain about immigration, America (North, Central and South), Australia, South Africa, indeed whole swathes of the planet have been forcibly colonised by them and shaped by their colonial slave trading exploits (note Babylon makes merchandise of even the souls of men Rev 18:13), and they hate to see how scripture also points out their deeds as evil. Nevertheless, Europeans claim to hold the moral high ground over other nations, even though it is clear that their continued fake wars over human rights and weapons of mass destruction are nothing more than cover for a growing military industrial complex and fighting for control of resources. Even here, skin colour is another is another factor in their assumed superiority. Examine the spirit and type of actions of the Kasdim (Babylonians) in the scripture below:

“Look around among the nations!
What you see will completely astound you!
For what is going to be done in your days
you will not believe, even when you are told.
I am raising up the Kasdim,
that bitter and impetuous nation,
who march far and wide over the earth
to seize homes that are not their own.
Fearsome and dreadful they are;
their rules and strength come from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at night.
Their cavalry gallop in from afar,
flying like vultures rushing to feed.
All of them come for violence,
their faces set eagerly forward,
scooping up captives like sand.
They scoff at kings;
princes they deride.
They laugh at any fortress;
they pile up earth and take it.
Then they sweep on like the wind,
but they become guilty,
because they make their strength their god.”
(Habakkuk 1:5–11 – Complete Jewish Bible).

This may have referenced the Babylonians of old, but as scripture says”what has been will be again” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) and that the Babylon of Revelation chapter 17 is a “Mystery”, and therefore not likely to be the Babylon of old. What spirit do you see on earth right now that behaves like that? What has colonialisation done to this planet?

The devil is described as “masquerading as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), that which appears to be beautiful, right, but is in fact wrong, that which appears to be good, but is in fact wicked.

There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12, CJB).

How is it possible for a race of people who have caused so much pain, death and destruction on the earth, colonised and over-run nations, raped the earth of its resources, consumed so much they can’t control their waste; those cultivate conflict, misinformation, lies, owning arsenals of weapons that could destroy the whole planet many times over, can claim the moral high ground for anything?

We know such nations are never punished for their atrocities, The African (Black) Holocaust, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, but they will always play their part at the judge and jury for the sins of other nations. The longer this hypocrisy remains unchallenged, the more this unjust system that Europeans have implemented on the world will become ingrained and cause further damage to countries and races devalued by their agenda and beliefs.

Unlike the Jewish Holocaust, the hatred and prejudice against black people hasn’t lasted a short span of time and then seen black people integrated fully within society and readily accepted at all social levels and in all professions. This isn’t to say Jewish people are not without persecution from their neighbours, in a continual state of unease with Arab nations around them, and even treated with disrespect and hatred in many European nations as well as the USA. However, Israel hasn’t been colonised to the degree that other nations strip it of its wealth and leave the indigenous people in poverty, Jews never had forty years let alone four centuries worth of slavery in modern times, followed by or Jim Crow or Segregation – in fact Jews had deliverance from slavery with the mighty arm of God.

Jews don’t commonly live in ghettos throughout their diaspora, Jews are not subject to the ideology of racism that on that most primitive level assumes the guilt of a black person just for being black and going about their daily business, for if a Jewish person were assumed to be guilty for a crime you couldn’t necessarily tell they were Jewish just by looking at them and so associate them with guilt in that same manner that you can when you look at a black person and know instantly they are black. It is people’s ignorance, hatred and greed which has manifested itself in a false teaching that has played a major part in beguiling black people into the positions we all-too-often find ourselves in today. Let’s see how Paul deals with false teaching for gain in scripture:

“For there are many, especially from the Circumcision faction, who are rebellious, who delude people’s minds with their worthless and misleading talk. They must be silenced; because they are upsetting entire households by teaching what they have no business teaching, and doing it for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of the Cretans’ own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons”— and it’s true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust and no longer pay attention to Judaistic myths or to the commands of people who reject the truth.
To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure—even their minds and consciences have been defiled. They claim to know God, but with their actions they deny him. They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good.” Complete Jewish Bible (Titus 1:10–16).

I would describe the Muslim, Jewish and Christian interpretations of The Curse of ham as an example of “worthless and misleading talk” referred to in the scripture above in terms of it being a misleading reading of scripture which has been taught for over a millennia, and more than upsetting entire households, this teaching has disenfranchised and subjugated a whole race of people for that timeframe, and has negatively affected the way other races have interacted with us, giving rise to further sin and injustice upon black people, for example:

  • The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Exploitation of Africa
  • Social stigma for being black
  • Ghettoization of black people in the diaspora
  • Black people feeling a lack of self-worth, a lack of education and opportunity making crime seem viable
  • Over-criminalisation of petty crimes
  • Criminalisation where no crime is present
  • Social exclusion and limited
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Institutional racism
  • Black people refusing to accept that their is any truth in Christianity because of the example of Christians.
  • Disenfranchisement of voting rights
  • Poor health-care
  • Poor schooling
  • Being denied a voice

There has been plenty of dishonest gain yielded from slavery in the past, however the continued economic exploitation of Africa perpetuates this injustice and takes away the ability of Africa to thrive. We have witnesses that large foreign companies pay little or no tax for the resources that they take from African countries, so the means for Africa to support itself dwindles. This coupled with the wars often financed by foreign powers who sell or gives arms to create instability and makes Africa seem like it has no hope. Then foreign countries play the “good samaritan” by giving aid, overlooking the fact that they are giving with one hand only a fraction of what they exploit with the other.

I believe Africans, those in the land and in The Diaspora look on situations like this with despair, looking at our homeland, we are caught between a rock and a hard place.

One doesn’t have to have an outward system of apartheid if the system that has been established imbues bias intrinsically. People, morso in the past, but even in the present day have been arguing about an apology for slavery and even reparations. Is an apology repentance? Paying people money can’t bring back the slain, the lost lives, the lives that couldn’t meet their full potential. Money can’t undo the disruption to families, communities and societies, can never repair the paralysed civilisations that have never fully recovered from the brutality of colonialisation and slavery. Money can’t recover the wealth of nations cheated and exploited into subjugation and relentlessly dominated, money can never make up for the past that didn’t have a chance to be the way people of colour or would or could have lived it, without the nefarious intervention of outsiders bent on conquest and callous ruthlessness.

But this issue isn’t all one-sided and affecting only people of colour, because the knock on effects of the false teaching that led to the wicked institution of slavery (which hasn’t been repented of), are that the society that springs from this will forever contain the seed of that transgression, and by nature create a dysfunctional unnatural society that grows from it. Just like Pharoah, those that have led our world, the kings, queens, rulers, politicians, administrators, clergy, military and others, will not give up the people, they will not free people of colour from the yolk, they won’t set us free, they will not expose the truth, they will not practice justice, they won’t let the unjust gain go, they are hardened to a course of action that is wrong, but one day, what now apparently tastes now so sweet, will turn out to be very bitter indeed.

Look what is said about the Cretans’ in the scripture above “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons”, and how similar things have been said about black people in some quarters today, and especially historically. Paul who wrote this scripture says the people who say such things should be rebuked sharply, and we can take his example here as a pattern for how to respond to any misleading scriptural interpretation around erroneous stereotypes of people. The scripture goes on to talk about Judaistic myths, and again, I would say that the Two House/Ephraimite ideology is a Jewish myth clung to by some sections of the European church. The final part of this scripture reveals a stark truth, because people who know God know that we are all made in his image, the heart, righteousness, emotions, the mind, rational thinking; all that God created is good, black, white, and all shades in between – to the pure all things are pure. But, to the defiled, nothing is pure, they cannot see the goodness of God’s creation in other people, because they can’t see the goodness of God’s creation in themselves, yet they deceive themselves by claiming to know God, when their actions show something quite different.

Again, Paul writes about who the true believers war is against.

For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. Complete Jewish Bible (Eph 6:12)

As believers, we shouldn’t think that all is good in this world, and that we are trouble-free, we have to be on our guard. There is a war going on between the powers of good, and the powers of evil. Evil doesn’t have to kill your body to win a war, it only has to trick you, perhaps by enslaving your mind. Thus evil teachings that become cemented in the church, such as The Curse of Ham have had a far-reaching effect, and have served to build up a spiritual principality that has thrived on deceit and has built a society based on:

  1. Force and brutality
  2. Ignorance presented as knowledge
  3. Misplaced zeal
  4. Hatred based on external appearances and racial origin
  5. Grounds for exploitation based on the above
  6. Avarice, greed, land and resource grabbing
  7. False teachings and unrepentance
  8. Creating a social underclass
  9. Deceiving people to accept, explain away, or tolerate teachings which are a lie

Satan has many devices formed with the intention to prevent us from achieving our full potential, and I firmly believe racism is one of them, it is a device that defames God’s creation, fills one set of people with disillusionment, hurt and anger, and another set with unjustified pride.

From the perspective of people of colour we need an “African Reset”, for like a computer that has gone wrong, Africa has been running in an unstable way for many hundreds of years. We need a reboot to effectively reset our bearings and make progress, to pivot to a way of interpreting, reasoning, understanding and practice which correctly identifies the role of people of colour within this world, free of the constraints of ignorance and hate. This will involve things like:

  • Re-assessing spiritual knowledge with self-determination and a mind for enlightenment, rather than being sheep destined for subjugation and control
  • Unity and Pan-Africanism
  • Legally challenging every usurping of African resource that can be challenged and taking ownership wherever possible
  • Creating better laws to manage foreign ownership
  • Finding sustainable solutions for the transition of foreign ownership to indigenous people
  • Showing our plans for what we would do with wealth that is currently being taken away
  • Fighting corruption in African societies without partiality or mercy
  • Purging irreligious and satanic practice
  • Education
  • A new court system to arbitrate between nations and set the records straight so that all people can live with dignity
  • Contextualising the past and the nefarious effects of economic, political, cultural and spiritual imperialism, and asserting an alternative view of history.
  • Reject the cultural dominance of Europeans
  • Reject economic and medical dependency on foreign systems
  • Establishing better relations between black business & trade, educational and spiritual centres, creating our own network that values itself and assess value fairly, rather than be devalued end exploited, even if those networks are to some degree closed to the greater part of society
  • Have a plan for the diaspora that wishes to return to Africa.

I will expand on these areas and outline a plan in part two of this essay. Rest assured when people of colour across the world actually wake up, when the scales are taken away from their eyes, when they learn anew the truth instead of believing a lie, things are gonna change! Spread the word and educate others.

Have no pity – for The City

Erm, so it isn’t really a myth, The City Of London – a small area within London containing banks and financial services is its own state and not officially part of the UK.

I just wonder then, when the banking crisis occurred, why UK taxpayers money had to bail those banks out. It seems like us giving cash to a foreign country who has messed up! And then they pay themselves huge bonuses and avoid paying tax, and then cause the economy to go bankrupt, so we bail them out and the cycle repeats…

https://www.ft.com/content/41dba03e-5d29-11e5-9846-de406ccb37f2

Why I don’t go to church

This is from an online discussion where I was asked why I do not go to church. There are several reasons and they are complex.

I don’t go to church because I consider the church to be too rooted in Paganism and tradition. This is something that I felt convicted of even as a young child, but I attended church because of my parents’ wishes – we attended a Baptist church back then, and I can’t say I didn’t feel happy there, and I can’t say I didn’t feel love there, but there was something missing. In my teens I stopped going to church because I was refused communion because I was a child, and also because I asked why the church and Jewish people worshipped on different days (considering Ephesians 2:16, Ephesians 4:3-6) and the answer I received didn’t make sense. I had lots of questions, and not enough answers that made sense. I returned to the same church in my mid 20’s and the same questions presented themselves to me, but the right answers never came, so I moved on to a Seventh Day Adventist church (which wasn’t hugely different) before moving to a Messianic Congregation which I liked (apart from the liturgy) but was quite a drive from my home.

Paganism:
Christmas and Easter are festivals not spoken of in scripture, the apostles didn’t keep them, they are pagan replacements or additions to biblically correct observance: http://www.anthony-ewers.me/the-origins-of-christmas/

Easter is in line with the Vernal Equinox, it’s a replacement of Passover – I need to do another blog post or article on that one.

Tradition:
I see both the present day and historical leadership of the church, even back to “The Early Church Fathers” as modern day Pharisees. Yahshua said this about them:

“‘These people honour me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! (Mark 7:6-9).

It’s important to note that it was the way the law was presented, side-stepped, partially applied and perverted by those who claimed to be teachers of it at that time that Yahshua despised, not the law itself (note Matthew 5:17-20).

There is also the time as a child I was told by my girlfriend (sometime in the early 80’s) that black people had been allowed to be slaves because of the bible, namely “The Curse of Ham” (Genesis 9). That got me thinking about Trans-Atlantic slavery and the consequences that affect black people to this day. God’s curse on people who do not obey his commands lasts 4 generations (Exodus 20:5/6), so if Noah’s curse on his descendent Ham did come to pass and was somehow more permanent than God’s, it is therefore strange that the Israelites were actually enslaved to sons of Ham (Egypt – Exodus 1 etc) before their deliverance from Egypt, and this happened approximately 800 – 900 years after the flood according to scripture. So why after all that, scripturally, The Curse of Ham should then have been used by Christians several millennia later as a reason to justify the enslavement of black people seems to be rather tenuous at best. Scripture says slave traders will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Timothy 1:10), yet many denominations of the Christian church participated in slavery, owned slaves and were even compensated for loss of those slaves who were deemed to be “property” when slavery was abolished.

If I began making a cake and put in arsenic rather than almonds, I would have to throw that cake away and start again. If I were building a house and I built off line distorting the original plan and design, I would have to tear that part of the building down and rebuild. But as proof that many churches haven’t learned they were using the wrong spiritual ingredients and perhaps not building their church according to the foundation and plan God required, there are churches who refused (and continue to refuse) to allow black people into the ministry or priesthood, and movements like British Israelism and its offshoot Christian Identity (who feed off false teachings like “The Curse of Ham”). These movements want to assert that Anglo Saxons, the British, Scottish, German and Nordic peoples are the rightful heirs of the promises god gave to Israel, they focus on tenuous etymological links between words and twist biblical scriptures out of context in order to give them the reason to purge native peoples from their homelands and make people slaves. The Christian Identity movement in particular is extreme, it views people who are non-white as having no soul, not being human, a different species only fit only to be slaves. The literature of these movements such as “The Turner Diaries” gave rise to the tactics and lifestyle of the Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and they underpin the views and life-styles of racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

Essentially I see Europeanised Christianity as a corrupt vine, that doesn’t just distort scripture and harm black people, it also gives white people a false sense of superiority. It traps everyone in an illusion of ardent faith, but you have to remember what Paul wrote:

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

What I mean by quoting that is, if the devil masquerades as something good, we have to be really careful about what we consider to be good, and for me, the ONLY clarity that can be gained on that is from God’s word, so I reject Church tradition, new unwritten commandments and anything that tries to pigeonhole me into a box where I serve in some kind of underclass in society because of the colour of my skin.

I’m Messianic to a degree, but the current occupants of Israel are not much different to the Nazi’s who persecuted the Jews in WW2 judging by the way Israel treats Palestine, and any non-Jewish person wishing to live in Israel’s biblically prescribed territory. I’m not pro-Israel in this sense, which Messianic people tend to be. I don’t currently keep Old Covenant feasts or much in the way of custom, but rather I’m at a stage where I have rejected Christian customs and want to find the right place where I feel faith is correctly defined and practiced.

I don’t know if my reply is what you would expect, and I in no way mean to offend, it’s just that I feel if you are not aware of stuff in this world yourself and are not telling others, I feel you are sleepwalking in a living nightmare. Ignorance just isn’t bliss.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Africans evicted from Israel

“He secures justice for the orphan and the widow; he loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing. Therefore you are to love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. You are to fear ADONAI your God, serve him, cling to him and swear by his name.” Deuteronomy 10:18–20 Complete Jewish Bible.

Judaism teaches love for foreigners that enter Israel, we could term these people as immigrants or refugees or however we see them. In these case the law of God seems to put the onus on the “foreigner” to follow the ways of God and for Israel to accept the foreigner and not discriminate against them.

What we term as Christianity reaches out to people to a greater degree, there is more of an active energy involved with reaching out to people and inviting them into the community of believers, but this is a spiritual community, rather than a physical community.

It’s such a pity that in Israel that application of the law is partial, there is an emphasis on national identity in the sense of something that needs to be guarded so that it is not lost, instead of a more transcendent identity that outsiders (foreigners) can share and help to edify the whole community.

Outside of Israel, within the Church, application of the law is even more partial, but there is the notion of this transcendent identity which can embrace others and bring them into a community.

I don’t think any religious community has the interpretation of God’s word right, either those in Israel or outside of it, and neither myself, but as an outsider looking in, for I am neither in Israel physically or part of a church, I can basically see that no matter what ways in which we misinterpret God’s law or are partial in our application of it, the end result is the same – division, pride, prejudice, corruption and injustice.

I would say there is wisdom enough in the world for us to do better at achieving God’s righteous standards, but the evil in the world is winning over the good, and the more it does so, the deeper we slip into a dystopian reality – it’s not in the future – it is here and now, and has actually been around for a long time.

Far-right in the USA

Did you know what lies beneath the rise of the racist far right movements in the USA? Read up on “British Israelism” and “Christian Identity”. These movements want to assert that Anglo Saxons, the British, Scottish, German and Nordic peoples are the rightful heirs of the promises god gave to Israel, they focus on tenuous etymological links between words and twist biblical scriptures out of context in order to give them the reason to purge native peoples from their homelands and make people slaves. The Christian Identity movement in particular is extreme, it views people who are non-white as having no soul, not being human, a different species only fit to be slaves. The literature of these movements such as “The Turner Diaries” gave rise to the tactics and lifestyle of the Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh and they underpin the views and lifestlyes of racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

It’s important to know that The Turner Diaries also depict a race war and nuclear war.

So when I see someone like Donald Trump, whom I would term a crafty snake, employ people in his cabinet like Steve Bannon Chief Executive of Breitbart News a far right website as his Chief Strategist (although he has now been sacked), Jim Sessions (Attorney General) with a murky right wing sympathising past, and even with actions like pardoning Joe Arpaio who publicly said he felt honoured to be compared to the Ku Klux Klan back in 2007; it seems clear racism in America is coming out into the open, and right from the top.

It seems to me people have to go through more character checks for a job in a supermarket, than for a job in the Whitehouse.

Artificial Intelligence and deepening inequality

Many years ago, I remember people saying computers would bring in an era of four-day working weeks because of the work the would save us. What seems to be happening is that computers, in the form of physical robots (used now for decades for manufacturing cars etc) and artificial intelligence algorithms (that power things like chat-bots, telephony systems etc) are actually making people lose their jobs entirely.

The way things work with technology, is that at first, stuff is apparently too expensive to produce, it is priced highly so only those with enough money to buy it can profit from the gains of being an early adopter of the new technology.  However, as time goes on the same technology becomes cheaper to produce and so it reaches more and more businesses and people who can afford it.

I’ve heard about futuristic visions of a society where only robots work, and everyone lives off a Universal Payment, which alarms me – more people tied to a system like the dole, and actually paid not to work!?

Consumerism fuelled by debt is at the heart of virtually every society on earth. If robots are going to take away more and more jobs, what will happen to the debt of those people whose jobs are taken away?  How will those people be able to acquire goods and services or generate wealth? The notion of this Universal Payment seems like another device to lock in the existing uneven distribution of wealth in society, robots and AI will only serve to entrench this further.

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