We’re jumping right in today, chil'ren...
A bitch was at the grocery store yesterday taking care of my food-based bitness. While waiting to check out, my ass scanned the display of magazines decorating the aisle.
A bitch's mind wandered a wee bit...
Blah, blah…is Martha Stewart trying to stress a bitch out or is it time for Halloween already?... blah, blah…is it me, or does John Mayer look like Tommy Gnosis?...and more blah followed by fall fashion blah blah followed by bullshit and ending with….
Does God Want You to Be Rich?
What the fuck?
The cover of Time Magazine questioned whether God wants folks to be rich. The story is apparently about the gospel of wealth and the growing theology of greed not being such a bad thing.
This bitch reads Newsweek, so that shit stayed on the shelf.
But the topic of mega-church preachers evangelizing the gospel according to Gordon Gekko?
Now that’s a very interesting topic...
This bitch grew up in a traditional Missionary Baptist Church. It was predominately black…the congregation was of varying levels of wealth...and the Pastor often had to address the issue of greed versus need versus faith in action.
And I recall that at the end of each service…every Sunday…the congregation sang a song that seemed to send us off in the spirit of giving rather than taking.
As you go, show the world and as you go, tell the world.
I was raised to understand that not everyone believes in God…and that a lot of people don’t believe in God because God’s chil’ren are the worst advertisement for a life of faith ever unleashed on the world.
I don’t know if God wants folks to be rich. This bitch chats with her all the time, but we don’t talk about shit like that.
But I do feel a call to stand up against injustice and hatred…to welcome those in need into my life and offer them what I am able to…to embrace the ill as I was once embraced…to help my neighbor without the expectation that she will help me…to participate in my community and not sit back bitching about it from afar as if I don’t live here too.
And somehow I find myself asking…what definition of rich are we using?
As you go, show the world…
Rich in friends…in love…in peace…in family…in knowledge…in laughter…or in bling?
And as you go, tell the world…
Or about the transformative power of material things?
And the church said show me the money...