There was a time when it was customary at Christian churches to hear preaching and teachings about righteousness and God. Being a church member meant ‘kindred spirit brothers and sisters’, and reverence for the Holy Bible (we accepted as God’s Word, albeit we didn’t always comply).
Back then, there were more professing Christians who put forth effort to fulfill personal ministries (1 Cor.3:9; 2 Cor.3:6), and to emulate Acts 2:42-47. We encouraged, reproved, occasionally shared resources and scolded each other's children for misbehavior at church, home, and school. “Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart” was among the songs we sang.
Those times impacted the “calling” I received from God. Also, around the mid-1980s, I began to learn from authors and preachers such as these: J.I. Packer, Oswald Chambers, Jeremiah Burroughs, John R.W. Stott, Larry Crabb, C.S. Lewis, Watchman Knee, A.W. Tozer, Jonathan Edwards, Francis Schaeffer, Andrew Murray, Dwight L. Moody, John Newton, Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R. A. Torrey.
Later on, I graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). (Nowadays, it seems possible to acquire religious credentials for euphoric ‘hallelujahs.) I’m a 1997 published author (through Providence House Publishers), and a “foot soldier” licensed minister. Still, on a continual basis, I’ll always need to be taught Scriptures and the Mind of Jesus Christ. Regretfully, nothing about my aspirations for God’s House (Luke 19:46) has mattered since I arrived in this city two days before the August 29, 2005 hurricane.
Another thing I recall about the past is that between the 1960s up to the1980s, church-going and religious people seemed to be major factors in society’s well-being. Back then, there were many songs that inspired straightforward sentiment, decency, merriment, and endearment. Songs like these come to mind: “I Wanna Know What Love Is” (Foreigner) / “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” (Four Tops) / “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel) / “Have You Seen Her?” (Chi-lights) / "You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (Stevie Wonder) / “Baby Love” (Supremes) / “Lets Stay Together” (Al Green)/ “Lost Without You” (Bebe & Cece Winans).
By contrast, more and more it now seems routine for church-going people to purposely wound and deceive one another, even after they ‘took sweet counsel together at the house of God’ (Psalms 55:14). Pulpit discourses on fame & fortune / health & wealth fosters social hostility, lasciviousness, envy, avarice, and idolatry. Remarkably, Jesus was not a celebrity preacher. He “made Himself of no reputation” (Phil.2:7).
“Stop the Violence” and “No Justice / No Peace” rallies would be unnecessary if outside, as well as inside church walls, more religious and church-going people practiced longsuffering (Col.1:10-11; 2 Cor.6:6; Eph. 4:2; Gal. 5:22) –which in the first place, used to be inspired from attending church. There might even be START the Love outcries if there were an increase in sermons about ‘love thy neighbor as oneself’ and eternal pursuits. However, artificial flattery (1Thes.2: 3-5) is not compatible to charitable love. Two of my favorites that help me put across my point are: Italian song writer, Eros Ramazzotti’s phenomenal “Se Bastasse Una Canzone” (If a good song was enough to make it rain love); and the compelling all-time favorite, “Love Train,” by the O’Jays.
Further, it is increasingly common for church pastors (“Shepherds”) and their families to use churches for engaging in their personal business ventures. Political under-the-table enticements (for purposes that include gaining and maintaining constituents) also lure scores of pastors away from time required for ‘preparing of the heart’ “to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it” (Ezra 7:10). Unhurried solitude prayer and meditation is needed so that preachers can receive from God both a sermon and anointing (Jer.3:15) that bestow “knowledge and understanding” for those who come to God’s house (Jer.7:11; Luke 19:46).
An additional impediment to sincere Christian worship is politically-protected and supported churches that are owned and autonomously controlled by preacher & wife teams. It is contrary to “unity of the faith” when there are self-governed church pastor / family teams –rather than operation with governing boards as a unified "body" of Christians. Not only are personally-owned churches an affront to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, too often those churches become entangled in unscrupulous secular enterprises that entail: unfair competition, tax evasion, deceptive trade practices, “quid pro quo” political agreements, “special interest group” agendas, laundering money, employment, and economical opportunity disparities.
Frankly, because of what God means to me, and because of rampant harms and wrongs that occur in untold numbers of churches, I have no hesitation about stating reasons why I disagree with innumerable churches operating in stark contradiction to Biblical precepts. And worse, it is despicable how certain churches grievously obstruct knowledge and appreciation for God. Besides, it should be pointed out when we Christians become “at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1) and “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Tim.3:4).
Plus, since I and people I love were also acutely injured by church misuses, and sometimes televised calculated orations, I harmonize with those who are “outraged and frustrated” about “false teachers and charlatans.” In particular, as John MacArthur’s post, “Unholy Trinity” aptly states: “religious quacks are actually multiplying at a frightening pace.” Also, I passionately voice my
"Don't be deceived by this funny biz, if you come to Jesus for money, then he's not your God, money is! Jesus is not a means to an end, the Gospel is He came to redeem us from sin, and that is the message forever I yell! If you're living your best life now you're heading for hell!" (Emphasis added by me –together with underlining that book title.) Read a response to Paula White and comments here: http://wadeoradio.com/shai-linne-responds-to-paula-white-ministries-open-letter/
Apparently for social, political, and financial advancement, there is a proliferation of heretical and ignorant hate speech sermons (within church audiences that “love to have it so”(Jer.5:31). There are church parishioners that serve their own belly (Rom. 16:18), and habitually mimic UNCOUTH misinformation, counterfeit flattery, and abhorrent speech from televised / Internet heresy!
Derision and illicit religiosity probably happen across this nation. However, substantiation is crucial when writing about people and their actions. Having stated that material fact, this piece describes what occurs on a regular basis here (a location where thousands of displaced New Orleans Katrina disaster victims became re-victimized by fraud and exploitation). Appallingly, scores of religious and church-going people back-bite, anonymously mail character-assassinating misinformation about people, ‘throw a brick & hide their hand’, and apparently take immense pleasure in ‘sitting in the seat of the scornful’ (Psalms 1).
In Shreveport, use of religion for predatory targeting of disadvantaged people is pervasive. Moreover, reprehensible disaster fraud and exploitation are executed, inter alia, by certain homeland security people, church pastors and members, politicians, and jurists. Even further, effective media broadcasted religious tyranny is convincing when false and distorted things are covertly disseminated about businesses, individuals, and / or their family members. Those results include deliberate spurring of poverty for purposes of Department of Housing and Urban Development “HUD” and McKinney-Vento funding, illegal federal procurement contracts, inciting of violence and outrageous mutilation of careers and lives.
Among those who supply resources and information that are circulated about targeted people are certain church members, law firms, political operatives, “special interests groups” (and sometimes hospital staff, furtive tax filing companies, and even insurance company agents). Along those lines, see brief details of my domestic violence trouble that entails distribution of disgraceful misinformation. As discussed below, I virtually was among those joined with Stefani Germanotta [Lady Gaga] on stage at the 2016 Awards Academy ceremony, when she sang “Til It Happens to You”!
Having made the foregoing statements, it’s fitting to discuss a “Don’t Judge” viewpoint. For one thing, open confrontation that yields transparency is vastly different. It should be considered whether protecting one's feelings and wallets are being confused with Jesus Christ’s teachings on gaining brethren (Luke 17:3-4; Mat.18:15-17; also see: Prov.27:5; John 7:24; Mat.7:16). Further, judgment calls obviously have its place and time (Hos.4:1;12:2; Isa.59:3-7; Jer.22:13-22; 2 Chron.7:14). Also, Scriptures like these expose wicked conduct: Alexander the coppersmith (2 Tim.4:14), “whited sepulchers,” (Mat.23:27); Demas who forsook Paul (2 Tim.4:10), wicked lawyers (Luke 11:46, 52), unethical magistrates (Acts 16:37), Peter reprimanded by Paul (Rom.2:11); enemies of the church “dogs” (Phil.3:2); false prophets (Jer.14:14).
Additionally decadent, is that there are even church pastors who clandestinely furnish confidential information about their church members’ households when doing so augments their personal bank accounts, travel opportunities, material possessions, social prominence –and luxuriates hubris.
But government agencies and programs should not be Christians’ substitute for empathy and sharing knowledge that edifies (1 Cor.8:1) people other than one’s personal circle. Rather than individual outreach to neighbors and others, it is commonplace to hear church-going people say: “There are government programs for THAT.“ Further, religious imposters should not be enabled to divert attention away from their wrongdoing through means of disdainful sermons.
Moreover, federal programs and grants awarded to churches for addressing social poverty, and other maladies are not intended for accomplishing “sealed” and “rigged” bidding, and “non-competitive” businesses and careers for pastors’ families. Reiteratively, federal programs and funding are not to be transformed into private, family-owned church companies. Federal procurement statutes require government funding recipients to “take affirmative steps” to give economic opportunities to individual and small businesses.
Accordingly, countless churches should lose their tax-exempt status and / or be prohibited from federal programs because their church pastors and leaders (intentionally or not) refuse to provide economic opportunities to some of the very people who are being used as commodity for federal dollars. Also, too many church leaders and pastors are involved in: deceptive trade practices / undisclosed “identity-of-interest” relationships, transactions, and collusion / federal contract procurement non-compliance / illegal nepotism / “catching the poor” (Psalms 10:9) / and unlawfully refusing to extend jobs to people in need –instead of creating careers for their families and friends.
Government-funded Tyranny, Religious Encroachment, Politics
The menacing shift in this nation’s Homeland Security, economy, and the former manner that scores of churches functioned is not a mere eventuality. Separation of church and state violations are major culprits, along with scores of religious leaders, church pastors, faith-based beneficiaries of government programs and federal funding for which there is little or no government oversight –and 'slaps on the wrist' for elites. President Bush’s 2002 and 2004 faith-based initiatives are why he was sometimes called the “best friend” of church ministers and preachers. In that regard, President Obama’s 2009 “White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships” must render him ‘best friend’ of everybody who wants federal programs funding “no matter their religious or political beliefs.”
Scores of tax-exempt businesses and organizations, churches and pseudo accredited Bible colleges are “partnered” with anonymous businesses and companies, money laundering, “pass-through frauds,” and Shell Corporations. Sobering outcomes from these kinds of collaborations include: unlawful non-competitive contracts, careers, and employment positions; offshore tax abuses that drain the United States treasury; and it unfairly forces taxpayers to finance offshore subsidiaries and operations to where American jobs and businesses are outsourced.
What's more, unconstitutional church and state improprieties encompass people who are not religious, who are not poor, who are small business owners, who don’t attend their churches, and who don’t believe in God. Further significant is the fact that by way of school classrooms and nursing homes, good and bad inroads are being made into people's households through faith-based entities and special interests groups. Also ensnared in federal funding illegalities are innumerable families, individuals, and businesses that become disaster victims through (tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, oil spills, earthquakes). Without people’s knowledge, if they received any type of disaster aid, some nonprofits are deceitfully listing and declaring such people and businesses as having been provided some type of HUD or “Stafford Disaster Act” assistance. Disturbingly, “lying wonders” (2 Thes. 2:9) religiosity is eating its own tail, and comparable to a “mark of the beast” (Rev. Rev.13:16-17; 14:9 regime.
Also, usage of people and social maladies as commodity for federal funding almost always happens in indigent neighborhood locations, and requires honest and dishonest church pastors and leaders. Among downsides of federal funding fraud and illegal deprivation of intended aid and services, are when people with backs against the wall feel prompted to take up sublimation (home invasions, embezzlement, manipulation by fake religion, household violence, alcoholism, prostitution, robbery, theft, gambling, infidelity, overeating, overspending, murder, and other conduct that defeats well-being).
Beyond that, unbeknownst to many of us disaster survivors, our names, personal information, businesses and affiliation becomes added to “tracking systems,” and shared with scores of government agencies, as well as legitimate and illegitimate nonprofits and churches. As graphically described in my judicially covered up Hurricane Katrina civil action –unbeknownst to some of us hurricane exiles– we were placed in HUD funding and other federal funding programs.
Also, for more than a decade, certain churches, nonprofits, law firms, courtroom judges, and others continue fraudulently benefiting after Presidentially-declared Gulf of Mexico and hurricane disasters! Concerning purported disaster recovery concerning Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, there were even certain law firms that lobbied Congress and achieved approximately 200 billion federal dollars. However, facts and evidence demonstrate that lots of disaster funding was diverted for creating industries for unintended beneficiaries. Additionally, as it relates to approximately $116 billion in Katrina funding, our team has uncovered astonishing, frightening facts that entail the Louisiana “Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (GOHSEP) such as this OIG Audit http://bit.ly/2fYSToi pertaining Katrina funds; and this atrocious, audacious exploitation relating to a different disaster in Louisiana: 'America's Bubba': Is Nungesser an oil folk hero or an opportunist?
Frankly, Louisiana’s arrogant heritage of RELIGIOSITY-BASED political / judicial corruption is crucial reason for alarm about the appointment of Caddo Parish / Shreveport’s politician as head over the entire Homeland Security for the State of Louisiana. For example, in utter disregard for separation of church and state constitutionality, this http://bit.ly/2fvaMPy misguided instruction by Shreveport’s homeland security (overseen by Sheriff Steve Prator) directs clergies to use Romans 13 in suppression of Katrina evacuees. (But, nothing was reported in the news about religious instruction to Shreveport firefighters during the times when the fire station was utilized cruel, sexual mocking mentally-impaired people. *SEE fire station scandal: "Billy Glass pleads guilty in firefighter case" http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/crime/2014/09/25/billy-glass-plead-guilty/16206571/
Further, among the outrageous federal disaster and funding events, read about Shreveport’s animal-type treatment of Hurricane Gustav evacuees “Demanding Evacuation Rights: In state Shelters during Hurricane …”. Also read about Caddo Parish /Shreveport infamously unjust district attorney’s office, Meet Dale Cox: The perverse, deadly, racist D.A. of Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Plus see: Justice, Louisiana Style – The New York Times.
Also, empirical information demonstrates that societal conflict and anger are linked to undue political influence by way of “pork barrel,” and other perks that are selectively furnished to certain church pastors and faith-based entities. Such conflict often arise when certain members are hand-picked for “sealed-bid” contracts and employment that they may or may not be qualified for; especially when others have applied, and are on waiting lists.
Nonetheless, I hasten to interject that not all “pork barrel” is bad –and not all faith-based institutions, businesses, and churches that receive government funding and political support are engaged in unprincipled activity.
I do however submit that always it is possible to connect the dots concerning certain clergies, church members and pastors to this list: Presidentially-declared disasters, Bar Associations, POVERTY, federal judges, homelessness, juvenile justice, impoverished communities, “At Risk” youth, law firms, food banks, elderly wellness, School systems, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), McKinney-Vento, 44
Furthermore –through primary channels such as churches– certain Bar Associations throughout the United States are involved in laundering and pilfering billions of dollars in disaster-related government contracts, donations, resources, and federal funding. Such facts are why it’s not hard to understand why lawyers allied with churches, nonprofits, and Shell Corporations make boasts like Attorney Marc Koplik, that lawyers are “members of a privileged, privilege class” who “run” America. Koplik also stated to “60 Minutes“ Investigator Steve Kroft: “They don’t send the lawyers to jail, because we run the country. . .” [ See cbsnews – NYC attorney – We run the country. ]. Also see: “World’s Largest Banks Endorse Ending Anonymous Shell Companies”; and OFFSHORE TAX EVASION.
Fraudulent religious and non-religious corporation activity widens this nation’s annual budget deficit. It seriously jeopardizes homeland security, it furthers jobs being sent offshore, and it depletes federal funds and resources that are essential to education, health care, and other services in federal and state agencies.
Worse, a potent shield and tool for aiding and abetting illicit corporation enterprises are punishments inflicted on people who even unwittingly hinder and / or make inquiries about dubious anonymous companies and corporations; who delve into churches and faith-based improprieties; and who inquire about government procurement contracts. Those punishments include blacklisting, ostracizing, loss of businesses and careers.
With regard to forced-exiled Hurricane Katrina displaced people like us who have striven to return (not ones who have no need, no desire to return) –without cooperation from certain New Orleans judicial /political-connected African American church leaders, it would not have been possible to successfully ban hurricane victims from their home towns, families, and friends. Nor would there be such prolific Louisiana post-disaster poverty and homelessness –which annually yields billions in ”HUD” dollars for churches and faith-based entities! Categorically, with cooperation of innumerable church pastors, billions of federal dollars are being obtained, laundered, and pilfered by means of 44
Additionally, Internet search results yield thousands of news stories, treatises, and details from reporters, journalists, law professors, and others concerning 2005 hurricane victims, billions of federal dollars, and appalling disparity. These are samples: “10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero;” “Five Years Later: A Richer, Whiter New Orleans;” and “A History of Disaster Capitalism | Mother Jones.”
Equally significant as it pertains “Stafford Act Disaster Legal Services” under 42 U.S.C.§5182 –it is preposterously irrational to expect that, without legal skills and training, victims of tornado, earthquake, floods, hurricanes, oil spills, and wildfires who are already devastated would somehow conjure up an ability to identify laws, statutes, and legal issues for which legal representation and advice is needed!
Yet, by contrast, seemingly every possible existing entity –and even newly-created post-Katrina disaster foundations, charities, businesses and corporations are able to ride federal disaster funding ‘gravy trains.’ Entities that get to benefit (lawfully and unlawfully) from Presidentially-declared Stafford Disaster Act federal funding bashes always include the legal community (due to §5182) and participating church leaders. Others who participate (lawfully and unlawfully) in disaster funding boons are certain: genuine and bogus volunteers / ambulance chasers / faith-based organizations / “parachuting” disaster response and recovery teams / agents and investigators for insurance companies that collect evidence and gain information / “disaster capitalists” / hundreds of so-called “task forces” and committees /“disaster recovery centers” / authentic and fraudulent call centers / and even some ‘first responders’, including the ones who harvest personal data from disaster survivors.
Moreover, disaster victims cannot be expected to know about the withheld information pertaining to many other Stafford Act disaster provisions. It is despicable how scores of churches and others are silently enriching themselves (and retaliating against people who ask questions) while incalculable disaster victims and businesses are being cheated and deprived of provisions under the “Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act” (Stafford Act). Among such provisions are medical, dental, relocation, employment and business assistance, and more. [See Stafford Act -Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households (42 U.S.C.§5174)]. Plus, see the PBS report on Hurricane Sandy entitled: “The Business of Disaster.”
Audacious illegalities tied to the legal profession that link to for-profit and not-for-profit corporations attests to why it is critically imperative for Congress to enact the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act.” The passing of S.2489/H.R. 4450 would crack down on anonymous incorporation abuses, as well as place urgently needed restraints on autonomous churches that are connected to anonymous Shell Corporations and “pass-through arrangements,” and other faith-based enterprises in furtherance of the very things for which banks and others are urging that Congress pass critically needed transparency laws.
Derision, Faith, and Enlargement
In year 2000 I met and unknowingly married Jimmie, a domestic abuser (even police were made several times). Although he is hundreds of miles from me, this city’s efficacious religious ‘Smear Task Force’ utilizes misleading data and people’s hardships [evidently in furtherance of political corruption, faith-based racketeering; and for demolishing people’s lives and companies (like my Law & Grace, Inc)].
Since I’ve no reason to hang down my head, I did not contemplate religious entities would circulate misinformation regarding my domestic abuse horrors. (Ultimately, I was personally subjected to merciless hate, and I've noticed the odious depths of political underhandedness in this city –including the time when religious people covertly distributed mortifying information about females Shreveport mayoral candidates –mainly representations about mental illness concerning one of them.) Anyway, to set the straight about me, I have the following to say to people who found amusement from my years of horrible domestic abuse and financial ruin:
Although I’ve been able to resist being sucked under by sorrow that indelibly is written somewhere inside me, I fully identify with Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You”! And, if rumormongers think only Domestic Abuse survivors feel pain, view all those people at the awards ceremony who openly wept as we did about abuse inflicted either on them or people they love.
NOTHING is humorous about abuse –whether it occurs from domestic situations; or because perfect strangers brutally beat someone because of his / her sexual preference; or due to denigrating injustice and unfairness when judges and lawyers “fix cases”; or Presidentially-declared disasters that become tools for government-funding victimization and theft, and so many other egregious mutilating methods of abuse!
Here is clarification for the cockamamie false rumor of my husband having me “committed.” Perhaps it was Jimmie’s aim to get power of attorney over me, and our New Orleans home that my daughter and I owned for seven years before ever meeting this man who assisted a “simulated” foreclosure. Or, possibly it was his sheer dangerous mentality. (Until Jimmie’s prior wife told me what happened, I was oblivious that she was put into intensive care after Jimmie deliberately pinned her to a building with his vehicle. Also, an additional domestic protection petition was filed by a female with whom he was committing adultery, and assigned to the same judge as my Family Court case. Further, it takes too long –and it’s too painful to describe various other domestic abuse episodes to which I was subjected!)
FACTS: Jimmie launched his scheme on a day when our church had Bible Class that night. He had accomplished through corrupt connections with someone at the New Orleans coroner’s office get fraudulent paperwork that he used when he called for police to remove me out of my office (at home), and bring me to (now defunct) Charity Hospital. But within hours, I was allowed to ‘go about my business’ after hospital psychiatrists signed orders for me to leave. I was extremely angry, but clear-headedness and ability to cogently communicate rendered me inadequate for his 2004 ‘commitment’ plot. Needless to say –he, as well as the congregation was shocked when my girlfriend and I walked into Bible Class right after he announced his need of prayers because of having me “committed.” Additionally factual, the Domestic Protection orders I later obtained –and other documents verify what Jimmie did to me, as well as critically injuring his former wife, and other people.
I had never concerned myself about someone giving Jimmie’s ruse a second thought before post-Katrina arrival here. On the other hand, it infuriates me that even fake coroner documents are permanent record –even when prior to someone signing that outrageously false paperwork, not one statement was ever verified, particularly the absolutely false statements about some unnamed / non-existent ‘clinic’ I was falsely alleged as refusing to attend, plus some unspecified medication. I’m still livid that no one every bothered noticing that my entire Walgreen, and
Equally annoying is the supposed Louisiana law that allows anyone to cause anybody to be removed by law enforcement under some purported call about a person being a danger to society or to him / her self. Incidentally, in a new book I began writing in 2011 (in part after several provocative articles about God by certain Atheists), entitled: “More Than A Conqueror” I include what Jimmie did, and a description about similarities in my life to Clint Eastwood true story film, "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie. However, true stories I’m writing about do not have a “Rev. Briegleb” to call attention to contemporary Babylon. Here's a link to a fantastic riveting review on Eastwood’s movie can. “Changeling Movie Review: Angelina On Fire – NewsBlaze”.
It is remarkable how finishing that book was interrupted more than a year later, when I was thrust into additional judicial-political dungeons in Shreveport. This city comprises lots of religious and church-going people who are engaged with federal court judges, law firms, and others in government funding illegalities that pertains FEMA, homelessness, Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill and other disasters affecting Louisiana and Mississippi. (Some details are found here: “In Protest of Judicial \ Political NONPROFIT …”
Consequently, since it’s easy for law enforcement to pick up people purportedly due to a fake or honest commitment demand, for a long time, I was concerned about what might happen post-Katrina. (That concern is among the facts as to how unknowingly I was among exiled New Orleans hurricane survivors whom Faith-Based entities use as commodity for obtainment of government funding fraudulently.) Also, Caddo Parish / Shreveport is infamous for religion racism (aided by inducements to certain preachers and religious ministers): and its renown for incarceration. [
On a different note, with an earnest objective of encouraging people with personal mental distress or it pertains to loved ones, I’d like to say this: Mental distress is justifiable for all sorts of reasons –particularly when it entails economic deprivation, disparity, and “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12). Yet, it does not have to be permanent nor debilitating. I could not have come this far if it had not been for supplication and trust in God with a predicament like mine that includes being “despised and rejected” (because of speaking up about decades of Louisiana judicial / political racketeering) –and subjection to judicial lynching and extortion. Such ordeals indeed can be formulas for various types of physical and mental maladies. (Plus, data on disaster victims is maintained and entered in tracking systems. Anywhere in the United States I could go to reside could mean I’d have to start anew with living down untrue rumors, blacklisting, political persecution, and economic deprivation.)
Additionally, I hope this 2009 Law & Grace, excerpt crazy-folk-exerpt-from-2009 encourages people who are ridiculed for something that they may not at that time possess the wherewithal to be or to do anything else (neighborhoods they reside in, job positions, mental, obesity, deformity, marital status, etc). “Crazy Folk”
Lastly, I am persuaded that human ‘righteousness is as filthy rags’ (Isa.64:6). I’ve come to recognize value in suffering, persecution (2 Tim.3:12), and tribulation (John 16:33). Those have been corridors to joy amidst sorrow, courage, contentment, resurrection power (Phil.3:10), and “good success” (Joshua 1:8). I need to learn: God’s wisdom, temperament, patience, and Christ’s “authority” (Mat.7:29). Also, submission to the ‘furnace of affliction’ (Isa.48:10) could result in my usefulness as one of God’s vessels for confounding the wise (1 Cor.1:27), and demonstrating the greatness of His power (Eph.1:19) through individuals who “only believe” (Mark 5:36). Scores of Christian missionaries and gospel ministers –including Paul the Apostle and the Lord Jesus Himself, had occasions of grief and distress (Mat.26:22; 2 Cor. 4:8; Isa. 53:3). So, I’ll keep “fighting on my knees” (my saying for ardent prayer).