We have all heard this saying, right?
HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE.
Well, I got news for you: those who aren't hurting, good people, unintentionally hurt others as well. Meaning it is not their intent to harm or hurt another...their only goal and desire is to enlighten, to strengthen, to undergird, to empower.
And sometimes the only way that can occur is if you give people a hard dose of TRUTH...of REALITY.
There is nothing more empowering than THE TRUTH.
The Truth may be dark. It may be painful. To face, to hear, to acknowledge or to accept...but the Truth is SO powerful, it alone has the power to set us COMPLETELY free.
I am convinced that the reason why there are so many hurting folks in the world today is because there are a LOT of people AROUND them who refuse to be HONEST and REAL-completely TRUTHFUL-with them.
We have become a society so concerned about hurting folks' feelings that we tiptoe around the tulips. We play around and manipulate truth in such a manner that it won't hurt or offend. We have become a nation of politically and religiously correct zombies afraid to judge, to discern, to tell THE TRUTH!
And as a result of that fear, we got a bunch of people walking around thinking one thing when in reality the truth is many are in complete and utter denial about WHO they are and WHAT they are!
We lie to people ALL the time!
Don't believe me?
Then explain how some of those people who make it to American Idol...HOW do some of those folks who sound like they are wolves howling at the moon make it as far as they did in the competition???
SOMEBODY LIED TO THEM!!!!!
You can hardly find someone to tell you THE TRUTH!
You can't find truth in the church. IN the pulpits. In the political arenas. In the media. In the schools. On social media. On the job. Deception is at an ALL-TIME high!
But back to the topic...
'Hurt people hurt people' is a cliche I started hearing in the church circles about 10 yrs ago. It was really catchy...and somewhat true. So, of course, it started spreading like wildfire.
But religious folks took it and ran with it....so much so that they adopted as their catch-all excuse when folks in church did the dirt that they did.
'Well, child, you know. Hurt People Hurt People...'
I emphasize the word EXCUSE above to bring up a very important point:
The fact of the matter is that there are hurting people EVERYWHERE!
In and out of the church....
As a matter of fact, it is safe to assume that we ALL have been hurt, rejected, abused or mistreated in some fashion-one way or the other.
But just b/c we were hurt does not become this excuse that somehow justifies all the dumb ish and idiocy, the utter exploitation, the consistent abuse and bamboozle-ry, the foolishness, the crimes, the deception....that we've seen in the church.
I've been hurt and know hurt folks...but most of them didn't become philanderers, or pedophiles. Women abusers. Robbers and thieves. Deadbeat dads. Down low preachers. Lol....OPENLY GAY and LESBIAN preachers. Cult leaders.
I could go on. But I think you get my point.
It is amazing and funny how religious folks love to make excuses for their asinine and abusive behavior, raise ALL kinds of hell, inflict ALL kinds of hurt, harm and danger on folks who just wanted to know God....steal from the sheep, rape the sheep, turn the sheep OUT, lie to them, control and manipulate them....
And then when they're caught in the headlights, they come up with 'Oops. My bad. Hurt people hurt people.'
And that somehow makes it all right.
That somehow justifies all the foolishness.
This is one of the main reasons I backed up from dealing with church foolishness....because it just got really old. And it is my utter conviction as long as churches are open that the foolishness WILL continue.
Oh yeah. Someone WILL undoubtedly get caught in his/her foolishness. Someone will get exposed. A scandal probably will ensue. Then when that news dies down, its back to normal. Church business as usual.
You can deal with the perpetrators...but you need to understand ONE thing.
There IS a SPIRIT loose in these churches that simply ARE NOT OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They point their fingers at the obvious sinners-the gang bangers, the Beyonces and Jay Z's, the Justin Beibers, the drug addicts and pushers, the gay and the lesbian, the ho, the player....
But they FAIL to recognize the EVIL that is RESIDENT RIGHT UP IN THEIR PULPITS! IN THEIR HOUSE!
They just continue to believe God's in it...and get surprised each and every time when 'that spirit' manifests thru someone else in their pulpits. Or thru one of their favorite prophets or preachers. Or thru one of their adored gospel artists.
They hide behind their collars and clergy-wear. They hide behind their pulpits. Their Facebook profiles and walls. They hide behind their ministry papers, titles and positions. They LOVE the affirmation of MEN.
But how does the Word say it?
INSIDE...full of DEAD MEN'S BONES!!!!
A-1 Swift said it best here in one of my favorite songs, Backstabbers:
(A-1 Swift are in the Word, ya feel me????)
Yeah, they are saying the backstabbers...they are hurt folks. True...
But tell me this?
WHERE IS THE GOD YOU SERVE?????
You sing in His Name. You preach in His Name. You prophesy in His Name. You dance all around the church. You holler and sputter in tongues...
But in all of that, you STILL hurting??????????
I thought God is A HEALER???? A DELIVERER????
WHAT kind of God YOU servin???????
All that churchin, and you STILL hurt.
All that giving, and you STILL hurt.
All that preaching, and you STILL hurt.
All that prophesying, and you STILL hurt.
WHERE IS YOUR LIBERTY? WHERE IS YOUR DELIVERANCE?
He who the SON sets free....you supposed to be FREE!!!!!
Get out of that HURT-mobile you call a church. All yall doing is hurting ONE another...and EVERYBODY who comes in your doors.
That's like someone who just got hit by a mack truck getting admitted to a hospital, then the next day, they are trying to play doctor with someone who just got raped!!!!!
GO GET HEALED. GO TO A PROFESSIONAL! NOT THE DR.'S IN THE CHURCH EITHER! SEEK HELP OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS. YOU WILL NOT GET HEALED THERE. THEY WILL ONLY INFLICT MORE PAIN ON YOU!!!!!
Because-like YOU like to say SO much...
HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE!
And the church is FULL of nothing but HURT FOLKS!
From the pulpits to the kitchen....