I’m a very religious person. I studied theology in college and I have visited as many different places of worship as I could. I have worked as a media professional with many of America’s most prominent religious leaders, including former National Baptist Convention President Rev. Henry Lyons, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, Yahweh Leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh, AME Bishop A.J. Richardson and Primitive Baptist Convention President Elder Earnest Ferrell.
But I’ve got to tell you. If I hear another blasphemous word from the fake Christians in our community, I think I’ll scream.
People, especially women, are always talking about how they “know what God wants.” God wants them to have a good man, for instance.
And, when people pray, they always expect God to do things for them. They say things like, “Lord, please don’t let me kill this woman.” Or, “Lord, please help me get these 10
kilos of cocaine from Miami to Atlanta without being caught by the police.”
Instead of expecting things from God, we should do the things that God expects us to do for Him. The God I know wants us all to love Him and love our neighbors. God wants us to be real, to be honest and do the right things. You can even follow the Ten Commandments if you desire to.
People like me who study religion laugh at people who only go to church on Easter and Christmas, never open a Bible or other holy book and pretend that they are biblical scholars.
Since I’m single, ladies always tell me to have a good relationship, that we have to have the same equal yoke. They say, “Lucius, if you attend African religious ceremonies and I go to Kingdom Hall, our relationship can’t work.”
What the Apostle Paul was referring to in his writings in Corinthians had nothing to do with preferences for places to worship, relationships, marriages or anything of the sort.
He was saying that believers and non-believers should not be together.
It’s safe to say that we all exaggerate, hype up or even misrepresent sometimes but if you lie about being Christian or “Christ-like,” in God’s eyes you are a hypocrite and the worst thing you could be in any religion.
It’s easy to say that God woke you up this morning but it’s hard for you to say that God made you lie down with that person the first time you met him or her. It’s easy to give God credit for waking you but it’s hard to give God credit for that liquor you drank and that weed you smoked that caused you to oversleep and miss that job interview.
Everyone has to have a personal relationship with God. You can’t go to Heaven based on what Mama did or what baby daddy did not do.
You praise God when you quit tripping and quit tricking. If you quit lying, hating and fronting and be the very best person you can be, God will smile on you.
Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at Amazon.com. You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at allworldconsultants.net