Time for a new Altar call.

By R.D. Miller

Metaphysical Reality:

In a recent column published in The (Nigeria) Herald, a British scientist from the University of Manchester, England, illustrated that the man Christians worship for centuries or call Jesus Christ was true of an African descendant than the pure white, long hair, blue- eye, six feet tall, groomed candle-holding chap without a tan.
 

Before Richard Neave’s reconstruction, the ethnicity of Jesus has always been in debate; and even if John the Baptist was related to him. I am not a scholar on theological guidance, history, or much a Christian, but that shouldn’t represent a distinction in looking at the conversion from the discovery or maybe argue the singing from a new hymn book going forward.

Even before I had to choice but to get up every Sunday, and follow my parents to church until I could say, not this Sunday. It has always been a profound spiritual struggles and questions on how the world should look, live and acceptance of the way it should be under this tent.

Religion with or without DNA has consistently been complicated, notably surrounding conflicts over this mystical being that spread peace and calm like an eagle gliding through the air.

Additionally, many archaeologists, and theological scholars have interpreted or concluded where the holy sites surrounding the Christian experience started, but for many readers, the Holy Scriptures, remains complicated.

The complexity of this history also seemed to have stretched into a debate that even since Muhammad, who outlived his sons and died without an apparent heir, a conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims remains. Maybe they are struggling to determine whose culture or “faith” is the absolute heirs and representative of true Islam. Again, I am not a scholar on these things.

In many Christian homes today, an image on a postcard, ornament, or plaque of Christ has been mounted as inspiration, commitment, and guidance for many families. However, others are still questioning why he was the only Caucasian male where it is believed that everyone had bronze skin, wool hair in the East and he was not adopted or migrated from another region.

Christianity I believe after the crucifixion if one believes in creationism, as scholars noted, the supernatural origin of the universe or of humans and other living things originated with miraculous acts of divine creation, many are still searching for a new leader to create more positive things?

From the Pulpit

Today’s sermon is not an attack on Christianity, religious doctrine, promoting a racial divide, or to mount a new piece of artwork in the pulpit, church halls, or on grandma’s coffee table with a bronze-skinned male holding a sword in wool clothing looking over a flock of sheep.

It is solely an external assessment without the scriptures of internal divisions, skin tone, or eye color. However, as our world continues searching for equilibrium as my brother’s keeper, it is difficult not seeing him through the stratification lens of socio-economic status.

History informed us that for over 2,000 years, Christianity has been the largest religion in the 20th century. It has encountered difficulties, like many geopolitical issues in the search for tolerance; freedom, acceptance, and to what role it has in doing more for the impoverished and marginalized people.

Until today, some still believe their pigmentation makes them similar to the man, and thus neglect many communities plights and struggle for the universal good as he once preached to allow everyone in as countless are still waiting outside the gates to get in.

One positive is that, the future of Christianity will not hinge on one’s skin tone, size of the church, or political connections, or what was indoctrinated in many families, but what this establishment will undertake to promote in bringing communities collectively under the faith of peace, reconciliation, tranquility, and tolerance.

The scriptures taught people that he breathed life into Non-Believers, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and everyone else. Scholars further argued he was the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through Jesus, who came to save the world.

Though influential religious leaders are making an impact preaching tolerance; in an attempt to redeem mankind from some of the social ills, many others who believe in his Divine intervention have taken a back seat regarding inclusion.

It seems many disciples presently could use another John the Baptist if you believe that he was a great a assistant, or an advisor to the multi-color and talented Jesus.

The ongoing social and geo-political turmoil has equally generated more questions about whether Jesus has done enough for mankind, especially after Christianity stretched across many continents into the Western world.

What score would I give some of his disciples today?

Finding the right color of the cross today, is not as simple as the number of new baptisms performed. And if my interpretation is correct, {Luke 14] ….”what are we willing to give up.”

Jesus’ followers undivided love is not like someone being in a toxic relationship where love can cloud one’s vision even if it needs outside counseling. This silent affirmation, particular reverence, and recognition usually respect for calm even in high tides is a powerful tool many of us could use today.

The Altar Call

A few weeks ago, according to Reuters, “Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for forgiveness for past persecution.” His gesture is more than finding peace; it is one principle of the institution.

For thousands of years, even for many non-believers, the church has been seen as a force in the community, building tolerance, towns, sustainability, and guidance for generations. Religion became the foundation of the family, and a place for supporting each other that represents good health and cohesion.

It was a place to rest, find hope, or liberation during slavery; where freedom was planned and implemented, as many scholars have documented. Now, despite less religious prosecution, more freedom of worship in many places, social and economic strife are shifting inspiration, peace, and prosperity from several pulpits

Today, it seems that there are more churches per square mile than schools or even much-needed police stations; rehabilitation, or housing for the poor. However, theoretical strength seems to be shrinking.

The financial burden some churches face today from overall poor economic conditions, while others expand has created in part a battle between psychological, social, and spiritual location, and the color of development.

As I traveled to some of these historic churches, from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean region, it seems some have lost their stride, power, and influence. These quintessential spiritual followers and teachers who once spread his philosophy, many have one foot on the political polls, and one in an offering basket.

The others who formerly represented its principles, many are deceased or simply stop attending due to their age, and not on social media to zoom in.

The drive for probability is a thin line being seen between an investor, pimp, or a pastor with a substantial influence on these communities as they are now facing more empty benches and souls as polls have shown an increase in non-believers.

Many pulpits seem to have relinquished history, and wedged into social issues like marriage equality, abortion, political philosophy, left or right, which are now an extension of cable news. Often some of these ministries are rated today like cable networks news or hotels for profitability while the destitute search for a meal a few feet away from the door.

Confession:

The church does not have to unravel its core belief and interpretations of historic doctrines passed on to each generation. However, it has to take a step back and look at the empty chairs through the stained windows figuring which light shines better from within.

Our social problems alone cannot be reversed by the church alone. If its leaders cannot prevent more chaos, mismanagement of trust, power and not using ideologues whose capitulation and protagonist views only isolate and ignore fiction from reality, a clenched fist will replace an extended hand.

For many homes, especially along shore’s lines, up the hill, or down the narrow road, the fear of God will continue to blast through an amplifier. The church is more powerful than the rule of law or local elected officials who occasionally gather after a popular event making them relatable for the subsequent election.

The deviation from one’s parents’ upbringing endures not a struggle because of inconceivable socio-economic conditions. Some who stay on the street corners are not there because of who is making the altar calls. They too have a problem separating these moral compass deliverers from their messages.

They have friends who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and others who could implement reconciliation between gangs that have taken over the communities, and yes, even some ex-offender who could use a confession and job connection.

It seems in some churches presently; one has to make an appointment for confession or talk about their struggles even what color should be in focus if one decides to pray. How can the youthful people reach the altar when so-called preachers have more bodyguards than the heads of state?

 Benediction/Final hymn:

Although many churches are tucked away behind centuries of ancient trees, and where few are looking for a resurrection from behind a fence due to reduced memberships, gentrification, or political and social battle; or what color best represents a particular community, all is not lost.

It remains the only beacon of hope for even two Sunday services each month. Maybe attending church today, may come down to what color one sees on the wall.

There are, however, leaders who have migrated from these communities for economic reasons, and to escape taboos from social shrubs. Some have returned and are now dancing to a new sound of the music blasting while the pastor reads the first Psalm to a new musical beat with a depiction that represents the ones in the seats.

This institution fulfills a pivotal role in the communities. The color may not have yet been defined for later generations, but there remains a beam of light. Maybe a new altar call can resurrect this new generation

Regardless of the man’s skin tone, or hair texture; poverty, corruption, inequality, social divide; lack of access to good and affordable health care, etc, remains an issue especially in many impoverished and developing counties for believers and non-believers.

Today’s DNA may have offered us a reason to pick up the bible again, but I believe, for now, it will not bring several people any closer, to what some may see as clear, stained, or multi-color glass.

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