Writing Prompt | Installment 1 | “Lost”

This first writing prompt I got from here.

~~ 10. Write about a time you were lost. ~~


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  • Lost. Life’s whirlwind blowing the waves. Tossed. I have mostly felt this way; out of place; no where to fit. The older I became, the worse it got. Racism made everything worse. I didn’t feel like I fit in my family – always uncomfortable. Felt like I was a burden. My life for them? What’s the cost? Hung out with mostly black people in school, but was never one of them either. Barriers broke down and crossed. Yet, I was the bridge – wonderful purpose; trampled underfoot. Where do I fit?!  Who are my people? What’s my identity?                … Lost …


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  • A little shorty, summer evening and I was outside playing hard. Running around the yard, the alley and the back streets. I slip into the kitchen for a drink. I hear my … a family member … on the phone. Telling a joke; whispering; hiding the words from my inquisitive mind. I can’t let that slide! I press and ply. They give in, but tell me not to repeat. “What do you call a black person when they become an angel in Heaven? A bat!” Hurt, confused; this is funny? … I walk away and went back outside, to play with my … “batty” … friends. ? This is a step down from the poor white kids I play with? Didn’t know categories existed…


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  • Another summer day, a year or two away. A visiting aunt from a far way, walking away from the house to depart for the day, smiling from ear to ear; joyous, happy to see us. Began to speak to me – the youngest of the family – “You should come and visit me at my house…” A pause for a specific cause. Bent down with mouth by ear and I heard the sound. “…so we can get away from all these Black people!” Not breaking her smile as she erects herself. What did she say? I remember, the thought, ‘why would I want to do that?’ This was not okay! More splinters of confusion into my brain – more membranes fray.


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  • With my closest friends. The everyday homies. They got my back! Sitting around laughing – joneing and slammin’. Like usual, I know it’s coming. The white joke is on the horizon, but not towards me. Instead, why do white people … what’s up with white people … yo, this white girl … but every time before delivery occurs, they turn to me, still laughing, “Hey, don’t be offended” or after it was said “Sorry bro.” Constantly, with good intentions, reminding me I don’t fit it. That I’m on the exterior; the outskirts of unison. Unbreachable division with my closest dudes. Lost


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  • “Let’s go hoop at the park.” I reply, “You know that’s right!” Strolling through the streets, walking down the middle; we own this! Knuckled headed fool. Emotionally on a precipice; edge of the cliff. Get to the elementary school, hooping at the park. Blacktop blazin’, smelling the burning of trees; catching that high whiff. Trying to fit in, but uncomfortable and stiff. Then, “Yo, hit this spliff!” I reply, “No, I’m good.” “Come on, don’t be a b****!” “Nah, I’m good.” From across the way … “What’s up with this White Boy?!” Approaching me, sizing me up. My guy intervenes, “It’s cool, he’s with me.” “F*** that, get this white boy outta here!” “I said he’s cool!”  Disengaged the rage of this fool; at least for the moment. Lost – but grateful for my guy sticking up. Targeted and disrespected, but I gave them that jay! My boy was crossing them up. Couldn’t stop us!



Please feel free to share your thoughts. Also, if you have a writing prompt you want to share for me to take on next week, let me know!


© Joshua Curtis, 2019


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Why I’m a Progressive

Disclaimer: I tend to shy away from politics. Especially these days. It seems to only spur on foolish arguments and heated battles that are full of passion and lack much logic or reason. Just log into Facebook for 35 seconds… Furthermore, if you’re losing an argument, you just have to pull the Trump card (look, already an emotionally provoking pun) and call the other person a racist which not only smears them and their argument, but seemingly grants you an automatic win. The sheer level of foolishness – from all sides – makes me a bit nauseous. However, as I am a husband and father, indeed as a citizen that participates in this system, I must take a stand somewhere.  And make no mistake, we must choose where we stand very carefully as there are consequences for our choices. So, although I try and focus on the Gospel in my writings, the Gospel touches every part of our lives and this is where I have made my stance within the current American system I find myself. This is certainly a summation and I am excluding a lot of areas of consideration, but these are some of the main points that I stand on and why. I first published this on 4/07/2016, so I have revamped it slightly. However, some of the examples, although now outdated, still they bring the point across, so I have left those. Last note, one thing I have really enjoyed about WordPress is that people have had good discussions and I have not seen, with the exception of one example, people making rude, heated and/or unfounded comments. I have appreciated this! I am okay with disagreement – I know many people will not stand where I do with these issues, or at least all of them – and I welcome your comments. However, I will not put up with impassioned ranting or any other types of foolishness. I would love to hear where you stand, even if you are on the complete opposite side on these topics, but only if it remains respectful. Well, let’s get into it.

Here is why I am a self-proclaimed progressive…

  • I’m progressive because when there is less government involvement, this gives people and organizations the ability to succeed or fail. In turn, this brings more equilibrium in the system and it brings about the opportunity for freedom and prosperity.
  • I’m progressive because the government was NEVER supposed to be as big as it is.



  • I’m progressive because, overall, the welfare state impoverishes people and society. Furthermore, it is the new plantation which tends to keep people in bondage. To see just how devastating this system is, look up family statistics of the black community pre and post the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and you will find that black families, even when faced with less freedom and horribly unjust laws, were far more healthy and intact. The catalysts of this devastation was (and continues to be) liberal politics and the welfare system (initially this was used to get rid of husbands and fathers from the home). The policy of The Great Society – great for whom?! … For some specific statistics, I have a few laid-out in another post.
  • I’m progressive because I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.



  • I’m progressive because I’m against high taxation and the government stealing people’s possessions (including money, weapons and property) and giving it to other people and/or organizations – even more so when those organizations are used to destroy people’s lives/livelihood (e.g., Planned Parenthood – specifically, what they are doing to minority, particularly black, communities).
  • I’m progressive because I believe in God. Since socialist/communist ideology has as its first premise that there is no God and man is his own god and we are all evolving to utopia, I will always oppose this system. Not to mention it’s logical outworking. Simply look at the fruit this system produces – over 100 million people dead just in the last century and we think it’s going to be different if we put it in place here…if we make it “democratic.” As a system, it just doesn’t work and makes people, indeed all of society with the exception of the few “leaders”, desperately poor.


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  • I’m progressive because I believe that citizens have a right to hold their government accountable for their actions.
  • I’m progressive because, although this country has had a crazy history, especially with the treatment of Natives, Africans and Irish, it was founded on Christian principles and that has allowed us to build one of the freest and most prosperous nations ever while also giving us the freedom to repent of our mistakes along the way and to better ourselves. Also, this has given many people the opportunity to achieve great things in a lifetime.


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  • I’m progressive because it has been the conservatives that have stood for the freedom of blacks in America. From the Emancipation of the slaves (although, I don’t think we needed a war to achieve this!) while the Democrats responded by creating the KKK to oppose the Republicans, to the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which was severely weakened by the Democrats opposition to it, to the opposition and rejection of the current debilitating welfare state.
  • I’m progressive because, by and large, liberal politics just do not work in practice! Just doing a quick search you will see that many of the cities that have the highest poverty rates have been liberal for quite some time, also they have the majority of cities with the highest crime rates and highest levels of people on welfare. In addition, the top states for abortion are overwhelmingly liberal. So, how is this good for people – particularly minority people? Since the 1960s, and in some areas the 1930s, black people have overwhelmingly voted for the politicians that are creating and purporting the conditions being so-called fought against. So, if liberalism is the “political mechanism” for the betterment of black people, have the black communities that have voted Democrat since the 1930s or 1960s gotten better, or worse? [You can look at Camden, NJ, Gary, IN, Baltimore, MD, etc. Just as a quick example, look at Flint, MI and their water crisis. Immediately people started making it a racial issue because the majority of people affected were black children. However, the mayor and the entire city council are almost all black and they are all Democrats. Furthermore, the prosecuting attorney, sheriff, county clerk, county treasurer, drain commissioner – county water agent, county surveyor, and 8 of the 9 members of the board of commissioners are all Democrats! Not to mention the first multi-ethnic, Democratic, President! So, what’s really the problem going on in Flint? (Let me also make clear that I am not lessening the severity of the situation there. It’s not all about politics as much as it’s about dereliction of duty. The point is, with all of those people in place “for the black population” it wasn’t an issue of racism – or, maybe it was, but from the liberal side. Should this situation have ever happened based on the promises constantly made from the liberal side as being the only answer of relief for black people?)]


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Moving on, I’m progressive because overall it has proven to be much better for society and has a more proven track record of giving the opportunities to produce more freedom and life than that of liberal politics/ideologies. Look at the fruit of each!

Now, there may be some confusion with the term progressive. Since Progressivism as a political ideology is known for being hyper-liberal, what do I mean by being progressive? Well, I mean I’m progressive how the word is actually defined! Here we go, redefining words again!


PROGRESS’IVE, adjective Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; as progressive motion or course; opposed to retrograde.
1. Improving. The arts are in a progressive state.
– Webster’s Dictionary, 1828 version




While Progressives would look at that definition and agree with it, it is clear the fruit of their policies are working the opposite effect. In truth, this is what they really want anyway! Here is a good example of true progressivism: “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity



Thus, I am and will to continue to be, progressive. I want to continue to evaluate if I’m, and the society in which I live, is on the correct road. We have needed to turn around for a while now, but we keep trudging along in the wilderness thinking our utopia is just around the bend. Let us be progressive and get back to the right road! That’s where I’m at. How about you?

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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12 April 2019


gasp What was that noise?! Why so much commotion?!
It’s exam day! Why is the hall rampant with motion?!
       What time is is anyway? sigh It’s 5:30.
My roommate lifts her head. “Hey girl. What’s all that noise?”
“I don’t know!” I’m becoming concerned and losing poise.
       “Was that a distant scream?!” Frame becoming unsturdy.

Our friend bursts through the door – face twisted in horror.
“They’re killing us!” We hear the thunder of AK claps from door.
       Looking in each other’s youthful eyes; panic!
We leap from beds and slip on shoes,
Ripping the curtain down, room fills with red hues.
       Desperation! Opening the window; frantic!

Our friend goes first, leaping to the ground,
Tears filling eyes with rising deathly sounds,
       My roommate held my hand then leapt,
As a masked man burst into the room,
Grabbing me in a flash, dragged by hair, before I could zoom;
       I wish this was a nightmare dreamt.

My friends scream, cry; with no recourse, sprint to gate,
With others, drug outside, laid face down. Our fate?!
       Is this a joke or a ransom? Could it be a heist?
“We are god’s men from the group of Striving Youth!
We are looking for Christians. No harm if you tell truth!” tears, whimpers
       My family..friends…life…My spirit leaps within; I yell “Jesus Ch… … …

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

This is a historical fiction poem from the massacre that took place at Garissa University College in Kenya in April 2015. I hope – and pray – that I honor those killed. I am detached from that culture, so it is written more so from the emotion that may have been happening at that moment. Why this situation in particular? Just felt drawn to do so.

My desire is to honor the many martyrs of the Christian faith that are being killed daily around the world. They are giving their lives for the truth of Christ, while many of us in the the West sit back and argue about his character and if his Word is reality. This isn’t good enough!

My hope is that this isn’t offensive, particularly to any Kenyan’s or their culture. If so, just know it is from ignorance and not intention. Please forgive me. My intention is of honor.

Below is a song by J. Monty in his honor to many martyrs as well (from 2015). The witnesses of martyrs are compelling and convicting. This is not saying Christianity is the only religion to be persecuted. However, as a Christian, I wanted to do my part to honor my fellow Christians that are under pressure, or that have paid the ultimate price for their (our) belief. Blessings to all!



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Expectations! This is a broad topic for sure. I want to focus, briefly, on some societal expectations – or lack thereof – in light of one of my all time favorite quotes.

I have spent many years working with youth in various capacities. It’s no surprise for me to say that they are hurting! Our world is hurting and in need of some major repair. One area we really must improve is our language. This is where the war is being waged today! I wrote a post recently about the fight over definitions. It’s more that just that however. It’s also in our expectations of the language we are using. We often speak death to our situations before life has even had the chance to come forth (I am really preaching to myself now!). We are doing the same with our youth. How often are our youth taught – and taught to speak – as if they have no virtues, as if they have no purpose, as if they are … subhuman.

Thus, what do they do? What most humans in that situation do. They intentionally take on the broken language to try in make it positive amongst themselves. And so, we hear the language reverberating throughout our culture, e.g., “What’s up killa?” Now, same sentence, but substitute “killa” with, “play-boy”, “fool”, “pimp”, “savage”. Or, how about this phrase? “Beast mode!”

We are more concerned with becoming a savage or going beast mode than we are becoming men and women. Let us stop lowering our expectations. Instead, let us raise our expectations and demand something better. I feel, although probably initially met with the usual push-back, in time our youth with respond. They need to know, they must be told, they are not beasts or savages. They are humans, created to receive and give love and to live life to their highest capacity.

The problem with humanity is…we are not human enough!

C.S. Lewis spoke of the educational setting in 1940s England and how they were the worse off because they had, to a large degree, stopped teaching morals in their schools. My how we left this rebuke unheeded! We are exceptionally worse off then they were at that time. So, here finally is the quote!

And all the time — such is the tragi-comedy of our situation — we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful. – C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, “Men Without Chests”, pg. 12 [you can read an online pdf of this book as well]

Let us rethink and reevaluate our expectations as a society and let us be careful how we perceive – and what we say – about ourselves. I know I need to do this on a personal level! What are your thoughts? 

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US: compared with abortion numbers, homicide numbers a drop in the bucket

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“The Founders”

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21 March 2019

Welcome! I bid good evening to all,
Thank you for coming, filling this hall,
       May the proceedings commence;
Delegates of this new Republic,
Now make your views and stances public,
       May logic reign – words intense!

The Founding Fathers rant, rave, debate,
Forging a way; peoples’ heart relate.
       Men with souls like towers;
Morals strong and uncanny wits,
Brilliance shines through words of peace and fits,
       Bickering goes on for hours.

A Rep wants tax seventy percent,
Founders laugh, but he does not relent,
       Rep on the floor named Bernie;
Hamilton, Jefferson – unison!
Enacting judgment upon this sin,
       No need for an attorney!

They come down upon him, full fury,
Worse than George! They are judge and jury!
       My, how far we have fallen…
Abandoning our way and our roots,
Again let’s march for truth; lace up boots,
       Repent! The past is callin’!

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Scrabble! | Word Fights & Changing Definitions

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I wanted to do a quick comparison. I have noticed that much of the battle that is going on in our culture between worldviews is that of definitions. As such, we have seen in modern times a shift in the meaning of basic words. What is the impact of this shift in definitions? I think we are already seeing some of its fruit, but time will tell – and probably quickly in some cases.

Below is a list of words. The first definition is from Dictionary.com. This is a free online dictionary that is very useful and I have used often myself. Here is what they say on their site  regarding their services: “Dictionary.com is the world’s leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more. For over 20 years, Dictionary.com has been helping millions of people improve their use of the English language with its free digital services.” The one problem I would have with them is they are too up-to-date which in some cases, which can be misleading of the actual mean of some words.

The second entry is from the 1828 version of Noah Webster’s dictionary. He was a student of words and created his now famous dictionary. This is one of the early versions of his work and it is also a free online dictionary (http://webstersdictionary1828.com/). This is a time in our culture when the Bible was a commonly used source (not always used correctly, but still more common than today which we can see in Webster’s work).

Just for the length this could be, I have not included the full definition of most of these. Let’s see what we find:

  1. Tolerance
    1. Dictionary.com
      • a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.
      • a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one’s own.
      • interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
      • the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.
    2. Webster’s
      • noun [Latin tolerantia, from tolero, to bear.] The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring.
    3. Thoughts – this is one I am please with! I think the definition has stayed consistent even though many people in society radically misdefine this and act as though tolerance means acceptance. Not so!
  2. Gender
    1. Dictionary.com
      • either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior: the feminine gender.
      • a similar category of human beings that is outside the male/female binary classification and is based on the individual’s personal awareness or identity.
      • Archaic . kind, sort, or class.
    2. Webster
      • Properly, kind; sort.
      • A sex, male or female. Hence,
      • verb transitive To beget; but engender is more generally used.
      • verb intransitive To copulate; to breed. Leviticus 19:19.
  3. Transgender
    1. Dictionary.com
      • noting or relating to a person whose gender identity does not correspond to that person’s biological sex assigned at birth:
      • noting or relating to a person who does not conform to societal gender norms or roles.
    2. Webster’s
      • No entry
  4. Equality
    1. Dictionary.com
      • the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability:
      • uniform character, as of motion or surface.
      • Mathematics . a statement that two quantities are equal; equation.
    2. Webster’s
      • An agreement of things in dimensions, quantity or quality; likeness; similarity in regard to two things compared. We speak of the equality of two or more tracts of land, of two bodies in length, breadth or thickness, of virtues or vices.
      • The same degree of dignity or claims; as the equality of men in the scale of being; the equality of nobles of the same rank; an equality of rights.
      • Evenness; uniformity; sameness in state or continued course; as an equality of temper or constitution.
      • Evenness; plainness; uniformity; as an equality of surface.
    3. Another one to rejoice!
  5. Love (noun only)
    1. Dictionary.com
      • a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
      • a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
      • sexual passion or desire.
      • a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
      • (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
      • a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
      • sexual intercourse; copulation.
    2. Webster’s
      • An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual. It is opposed to hatred. love between the sexes, is a compound affection, consisting of esteem, benevolence, and animal desire. love is excited by pleasing qualities of any kind, as by kindness, benevolence, charity, and by the qualities which render social intercourse agreeable. In the latter case, love is ardent friendship, or a strong attachment springing from good will and esteem, and the pleasure derived from the company, civilities and kindness of others. Between certain natural relatives, love seems to be in some cases instinctive. Such is the love of a mother for her child, which manifests itself toward an infant, before any particular qualities in the child are unfolded. This affection is apparently as strong in irrational animals as in human beings. We speak of the love of amusements, the love of books, the love of money, and the love of whatever contributes to our pleasure or supposed profit. The love of God is the first duty of man, and this springs from just views of his attributes or excellencies of character, which afford the highest delight to the sanctified heart. Esteem and reverence constitute ingredients in this affection, and a fear of offending him is its inseparable effect.
      • Courtship; chiefly in the phrase, to make love that is, to court; to woo; to solicit union in marriage.
      • Patriotism; the attachment one has to his native land; as the love of country.
      • Benevolence; good will.
        God is love 1 John 4:7.
      • The object beloved.
        The lover and the love of human kind.
      • A word of endearment.
        Trust me, love
      • Picturesque representation of love
        Such was his form as painters, when they show their utmost art, on naked loves bestow.
      • Lewdness.
        He is not lolling on a lewd love-bed.
  6. Baby (noun only again)
    1. Dictionary.com
      • an infant or very young child.
      • a newborn or very young animal.
      • the youngest member of a family, group, etc.
      • an immature or childish person.
      • a human fetus.
        • [My note: I find this one interesting in the discussion of abortion as many say a fetus isn’t a baby, but by definition, well, it is.]
    2. Webster’s
      • An infant or young child of either sex; a babe;
      • A small image in form of an infant, for girls to play with; a doll.
  7. Fetus
    1. Dictionary.com
      • (used chiefly of viviparous mammals) the young of an animal in the womb or egg, especially in the later stages of development when the body structures are in the recognizable form of its kind, in humans after the end of the second month of gestation.
    2. Webster’s
      • The young of viviparous animals in the womb, and of oviparous animals in the egg, after it is perfectly formed; before which time it is called embryo. A young animal then is called a fetus from the time its parts are distinctly formed, till its birth.
  8. Infant (noun only)
    1. Dictionary.com
      • a child during the earliest period of its life, especially before he or she can walk; baby.
      • Law . a person who is not of full age, especially one who has not reached the age of 18 years; a minor.
      • a beginner, as in experience or learning; novice: The new candidate is a political infant.
    2. Webster’s
      • A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe. In common usage, a child ceases to be called an infant within the first or second year, but at no definite period. In some cases, authors indulge a greater latitude, and extend the term to include children of several years of age.
      • In law, a person under the age of twenty one years, who is incapable of making valid contracts.
  9. Parent
    1. Dictionary.com
      • a father or a mother.
      • an ancestor, precursor, or progenitor.
      • a source, origin, or cause.
      • a protector or guardian.
      • Biology . any organism that produces or generates another.
      • Physics . the first nuclide in a radioactive series.
    2. Webster’s
      • [Latin parens, from pario, to produce or bring forth. The regular participle of pario is pariens, and parens is the regular participle of pareo, to appear.]
      • A father or mother; he or she that produces young. The duties of parents to their children are to maintain, protect and educate them.
      • When parents are wanting in authority, children are wanting in duty.
      • That which produces; cause; source.
        Idleness is the parent of vice.
        Regular industry is the parent of sobriety.
    3. Interesting how “educate them” has been removed from the modern definition…
  10. Discrimination
    1. Dictionary.com
      • an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
      • treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
      • the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
      • Archaic . something that serves to differentiate.
    2. Webster’s
      • The act of distinguishing; the act of making or observing a difference; distinction; as the discrimination between right and wrong.
      • The state of being distinguished.
      • Mark of distinction.
  11. Discriminate
    1. Dictionary.com
      • verb (used without object), dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing.
        1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
        2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.
      • verb (used with object), dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing.
        1. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
        2. to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
      • adjective
        1. marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions: discriminate people; discriminate judgments.
    2. Webster’s
      • verb transitive [Latin , difference, distinction; differently applied; Gr., Latin ]
        1. To distinguish; to observe the difference between; as, we may usually discriminate true from false modesty.
        2. To separate; to select from others; to make a distinction between; as, in the last judgment, the righteous will be discriminated from the wicked.
        3. To mark with notes of difference; to distinguish by some note or mark. We discriminate animals by names, as nature has discriminated them by different shapes and habits.
      • verb intransitive
        1. To make a difference or distinction; as, in the application of law, and the punishment of crimes, the judge should discriminate between degrees of guilt.
        2. To observe or note a difference; to distinguish; as, in judging of evidence, we should be careful to discriminate between probability and slight presumption.
      • adjective
        1. Distinguished; having the difference marked.
  12. Abortion
    1. Dictionary.com
      • Also called voluntary abortion. the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.
      • any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months.
      • Also called spontaneous abortion. miscarriage(def 1).
      • an immature and nonviable fetus.
      • abortus(def 2).
      • any malformed or monstrous person, thing, etc.
      • Biology . the arrested development of an embryo or an organ at a more or less early stage.
        1. the stopping of an illness, infection, etc., at a very early stage.
      • Informal .
        1. shambles; mess.
        2. anything that fails to develop, progress, or mature, as a design or project.
    2. Webster’s
      • [Latin abortio, a miscarriage; usually deduced from ab and orior.]
      • The act of miscarrying, or producing young before the natural time, or before the fetus is perfectly formed.
      • In a figurative sense, any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or any thing which fails in its progress, before it is matured or perfect, as a design or project.
      • The fetus brought forth before it is perfectly formed.
  13. Marriage
    1. Dictionary.com
      • (broadly) any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities and including, for example, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, plural marriage, and arranged marriage: Anthropologists say that some type of marriage has been found in every known human society since ancient times.
      • Also called opposite-sex marriage . the form of this institution under which a man and a woman have established their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.
      • this institution expanded to include two partners of the same gender, as in same-sex marriage ; gay marriage.
      • the state, condition, or relationship of being married; wedlock: They have a happy marriage.
      • the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of two people to live as a married couple, including the accompanying social festivities: to officiate at a marriage.
      • a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife, without legal sanction: trial marriage.
      • any close or intimate association or union: the marriage of words and music in a hit song.
    2. Webster’s
      • [Latin mas, maris.] The act of uniting a man and woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. marriage was instituted by God himself for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children.
      • Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled. Hebrews 13:4
      • A feast made on the occasion of a marriage
        The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son. Matthew 22:2.
      • In a scriptural sense, the union between Christ and his church by the covenant of grace. Revelation 19:7.

Well, I think this may give us a good idea of what has changed and the trajectory our society is heading. Words are important! Let us guard them carefully and preserve their true and deeper meanings.

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“My Skin”

A collaboration of a fair degree –

My skin is only a part of what’s a part of me,

A trait that is God given,

An illustration of His deep personality.

My skin is not the definition of me,

Nor will it ever be.

Here, It’s used as a social classification

So that I may have a place in this nation,

But to see my skin is just simply

To scratch the surface of the depth of me.

It’s a color to add to the flavor of me,

It’s not a favor of me,

It’s not an excuse,

A question, or a marvel of me.

It’s not a reason either,

A reason for you to judge

On the basis of whatever it is you think of me.

It’s my mother’s honor and my pop’s seed,

So in turn, it’s a perception of me

Through what they have given to me.

Scientifically it is a boundary –

A boundary from the outside parasite gaining entry,

And a boundary for what’s inside me

To stay in operation in their home; my body.

So if you wish to know anything about me

You must look past what you see initially,

And look into the depth of my eyes to see me.

Do not stop at the surface you see,

Get past the façade of melanin

And see the depth of me!

And that also goes for any other man

Standing next to me!

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Foul Smells and Lamentations

I wanted to share an observation I recently had. It’s speculative and not doctrinal in nature, but I believe it’s something to think through. I was thinking about the current condition of our country (as I often do) and it struck me again just how much violence is in our land. Specifically, how much innocent blood is shed in this country. Just think about how many young people are killed each day in schools, out in the streets, and, most of all, in abortion clinics. If you don’t think abortion is that extreme, here is a quick look at it. In 2005 within the African-American community, there were more babies aborted then there were deaths from heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These other seven, not counting abortion of course, were the seven leading causes of death within that community that year. Here are the numbers: 203,991 abortions versus 198,385 of the combined seven (the total number of legal induced abortions for that year in the US was 820,151 according to CDC’s website). This is staggering! What makes it worse is that this is just one example of the bigger picture of innocent blood that is flowing in our nation. The morning I was thinking about this, it was that word that struck me; flowing. We have innocent blood flowing in our nation like a mighty river. So then, I began to think about the Nile River and God turning all of the water in Egypt into blood (Exodus 7.19). Put yourself back in Egypt at that time. What would it have been like to see the water in Egypt turn into blood? How would you respond? What would it smell like? I’m sure it was quite a foul smell! One important difference to this connection: the blood in our nation isn’t transformed water and it’s not God’s doing but has come from our own hands. Then, something else struck me relating to innocent blood. I began to think about what happened to Able when Cain murdered him. What did Able’s blood do? It cried out to the Lord (Genesis 4.10). The voice of Able’s life (the voice of his blood) was crying out to the Lord from the ground…what a thought! If innocent blood cries out to the Lord, how loud must our nation be! I wonder if this had any impact on Cain’s spirit; not that he literally heard the voice of his brother’s blood, but I bet his spirit was sensing the blood crying out. Here’s the impact for us: considering the above, is it any wonder why our nation seems to be so consumed with covering up odors. We are consumed with fragrances; from soaps, shampoos, lotions, sprays, candles, etc. Just think about how many different fragrances you put on to get ready for work. Your shampoo, then your soap, then lotion, followed by hair products and deodorant. Possibly even some kind of cologne or perfume. We’re around 5 or 6 fragrances by the time you get dressed! Now, let’s look at the noise around us. How many of us cannot even fall asleep in silence? If it’s not the TV, then we have music playing. If not music, we have a fan going, etc. We are almost afraid of silence anymore! Think about it, when was the last time you simply sat in silence for any length of time. I’m sure some of this is cultural conditioning, but I don’t think we can solely pin-it on our cultural upbringing. Besides, why did these aspects of culture begin in the first place? Maybe this is also one of the causes for our lack of spiritual sight. It’s hard to feel God’s presence because it’s so foul and loud around us! Indeed, why would he want to come and fellowship in such a place! Praise him for his abounding mercy! The land itself is crying out against us; judgment and justice will not continually be abated (Numbers 35.33-34; Leviticus 18.24-30; Romans 8.19-22). Think of all the innocent blood that has been shed in this nation, beginning with every broken treaty made with the Native Americans and the strange fruit swinging from trees all around this country in times past. Unfortunately, we have not learned from the past and the amount of innocent blood flowing around this nation has only increased decade after decade. The foul smell and lamentation of innocent blood is rising all around us and the land is crying out for justice. We can turn the music up as loud as we want and we can light as many scented candles as we want, but the truth is around us and we will not be left guiltless! Again, this connection is speculative and I wouldn’t make a doctrine out of it. However, even if the connection fails, the truth of rivers of innocent blood being shed all around us is certainly true and we must deal with this issue. After all, it is doctrinal that justice should be flowing like waters (Amos 5.24), not blood of innocent ones. Even if you try and take God out of the picture (which is an impossibility, mind you!), how can a nation survive and prosper when freedom is bound-up, family life is mocked, marriage is detested and redefined, and we kill our own babies while convincing ourselves they are not really people? Any nation that has adapted these ideologies has ceased to be a nation. Interesting how when you try to remove God from the picture, you cease to be a people. Will we learn from the past or keep thinking that this time it’s going to be different? People of God, let us humble ourselves and pray; repent (2 Chronicles 7.11-16; in context of his temple – his people [Ephesians 2.17-22; may we live in such a way])! God is not yet done! — Final thought on abortion and particularly how it becomes ill to a nation: “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.” — Mother Teresa

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Another Reminder of the History of the Government’s Societal “Help”

Many of you may already know about the devastation of the black community that occurred in the  wake of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.  The excerpt below is just another reminder with a slightly different take, although its focus is not that of the Civil Rights Movement.  This is taken from Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell [Encounter Books – San Francisco; 2005]

“Nowhere was the effect of the white liberalism of the 1960s on the social evolution of black culture more devastating than in the disintegration of the black family.  The raw facts are these: As of 1960, 51 percent of black females between the ages of 15 and 44 were married and living with their husbands, another 20 percent were divorced, widowed, or separated, and only 28 percent had never been married.  Twenty years later, only 31 percent of black women in these age brackets were married and living with their husbands, while 48 percent had never married.  by 1994, an absolute majority–56 percent–of black women in these age brackets were never married and only 25 percent were married and living with their husbands.  Accordingly, while two-thirds of black children were living with both parents in 1960, only one-third were by 1994.  While only 22 percent of black children were born to unmarried women in 1960, 70 percent were by 1994.

White liberals, instead of comparing what has happened to the black family since the liberal welfare state policies of the 1960s were put into practice, compare black families to white families and conclude that the higher rates of broken homes and unwed motherhood among blacks are due to ‘a legacy of slavery’.  But why the large-scale disintegration of the black family should have begun a hundred years after slavery is left unexplained.  Whatever the situation of the black family relative to the white family, in the past or present, it is clear that broken homes were far more common among blacks at the end of the twentieth century than they were in the middle of that century or at the beginning of that century–even though blacks a the beginning of the twentieth century were just one generation out of slavery.  The widespread and casual abandonment of their children, and of the women who bore them, by black fathers in the ghettos of the late twentieth century was in fact a painfully ironic contrast with what had happened in the immediate aftermath of slavery a hundred years earlier, when observers in the South reported desperate efforts of freed blacks to find family members who had been separated from them during the era of slavery.  A contemporary journalist reported meeting black men walking along the roads of Virgina and North Carolina, many of whom had walked across the state–or across more than one state–looking for their families.  Others reported similar strenuous and even desperate efforts of newly freed blacks to find members of their families.” (pgs. 34-35)

These were the roots of something that is still vastly plaguing this group of people in our country.  However, to a smaller degree, this is also devastating the “redneck” and “cracker” communities [please read chapter for contextual understanding].  Basically, it’s causing major problems in groups of lower social-economic status.  May the Children of God not continue to turn an eye to this issue.  Instead, may we stand in the gap through prayer–praying for forgiveness for the decisions of our government and for reconciliation of families [no matter the race of these families!].  Let us always remember how important family is in the eyes of God and that any direct violent attack against family (especially to the point of disintegration of families on a large social scale of specific people groups) is a direct attack against the will and character of God.

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