By Bre Nicole
There’s no church in the wild. What was supposed to be a non-violent yet very radical demonstration aiming to make a Detroit Pastor , Bishop Wayne .T Jackson, (the father of Comedian and actor Brandon T. Jackson) and his congregation aware of the troubles many people in the community of the church’s grounds face, quickly turned into an uncontrollable disaster.
A spiraling brawl inside the sanctuary of Great Faith Ministries occurred, after New Era Detroit, an organization whose focus is to bring back Black unity within growing Black communities, protested during a Saturday worship service.
While analyzing the horrendous murder of yet another innocent black man, Terrence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the preceded riots that took place in North Carolina, and the motives behind New Era Detroit’s abrasive ambush and disruption of the church’s service — where in the hell is the world headed came into question and the conclusion drawn up in three words was a ‘Ball of Confusion’.
Motown’s legendary R&B soul band, ‘The Temptations’ were more than on target when it came to a social paradox of race relations, classism, war on drugs, the government, religion, corruption and hate that seems nearly impossible to solve.
Perhaps, it’s because people simply refuse to understand and acknowledge that change first starts within the mind before any behavioral changes can appear .
In fact what I will address will turn many readers away from even accepting the truth.
Let’s talk about gentrification for a second. In the classic hit song, The Temptations address,’People moving out, people moving in. Why, because of the color of their skin.’
In big cities all over America–San Francisco, Oakland, Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, and Detroit, more and more residents within the inner city are being displaced because of the cultivation of new renovations. If you can’t afford to stay in these new housing projects that are primarily for people with a high income, you are forced to move out of your neighborhood. This trend came to surface in the 1970s.
PBS.org explains that, ‘Many aspects of the gentrification process are desirable. Who wouldn’t want to see reduced crime, new investment in buildings and infrastructure, and increased economic activity in their neighborhoods? Unfortunately, the benefits of these changes are often enjoyed disproportionately by the new arrivals, while the established residents find themselves economically and socially marginalized.’
The next verse of ‘Ball of confusion’ speaks on what we are currently seeing as a trend with police brutality and my black brothers and sisters being fearful that they may be the next target. ‘Run, run, run but you sure can’t hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’ Tensions are so high in America that it’s going to take more than a miracle to solve the issues we are currently facing. We are one ticking time bomb away from having another civil war. And unfortunately people in power like Ray Lewis, Lil Wayne , Don King who are black POWERFUL MEN refuse to speak out against what’s really going on. It’s so obvious and racism isn’t even the term for it.
But are they really in power?
We hear ‘Vote for me and I’ll set you free. Rap on, brother, rap on.’ Yup you guessed it, Donald Trump Vs. Hilary . Is it a coincidence that a 1970s song still holds truth to the men and women we put in politics.
In this current presidential election many of us can agree that we don’t REALLY have a choice in the matter. It’s just voting for the lesser of the two evils and if that’s the case, does VOTING really matter? Will the lives of the people who live in this country truly matter or will it still be about The Haves and The Have Nots?
So getting back to the community vs. the church.
‘New Era Detroit is calling it church accountability – taking congregations to task for not serving the community as churches should. They say something doesn’t add up when a pastor makes a lot of money, drives a luxury car and the people who live near the church are in poverty.’ ( Randy Wimbley, Fox 2 Detroit) .
Well what exactly is church? What does the word church ultimately mean?
‘By definition’: church is a building that is used for religious services. The word “church” comes from the Greek word ekklesia which means “an assembly” or “called-out ones’ . It’s a term used to fellowship, worship, and hear God’s truth.
If you are spiritual you know that the ‘church’ is not the actual physical presence of a building but the people of Christ who meet and fellowship as one. No the church isn’t perfect, because the people of Christ are not perfect.
However, truth be told, the root of the issue is not within our communities or within the ‘church’.No not at all, because the ROOT of all issues first begin within our families. A conversation that the community as well as the ‘church’ is reluctant to have.
You cannot dive into saving the lives of people without first acknowledging where the brokenness stems from. The root of violence stems from the family. The root of bitterness and anger stems from the family. The root of denial stems from the family. The root of oppression and depression isn’t just from racism, poverty , or corruption , some of it stems from the disconnect of family
The numbers of single mothers, single fathers, adopted children, and divorced parents are increasing. So if we want to address the real pain. Let’s start addressing our families. Let’s start addressing why mental illness is heavily present? Why many of our brothers and sisters are living in poverty? Why is the church and community together not addressing ways to mend the family relationship? We are enemies to ourselves. The more divided the family structure becomes, the more divided we become as a church and as a community.
It’s not about religion, religion can’t save you. Spirituality can. A relationship with God will!