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Illegitimate? Bastard? Or Not of the Tribe–Hebrew Israelites Stand Up and Be Counted!


black-pregnant-woman11In America so called Blacks and other people of the Tribe of Yisra’el, have been stigmatized by the fact that most Hebrew women have, have had and still have today children born with no marital ties to the father; or so it seems. In fact, to further identify and bring home this truth so called blacks have been notorious gaining attention to their relational issues by coining phrases such as; ‘my baby mama, my baby daddy’, and this thinking further promoted by shows like Jerry Springer, Maury Povich and the like enlightened ‘drama seekers’ nationwide of Hebrews plight through DNA testing. Statistically, so called African American are the leading race of single, or one parent homes; mostly mothers and children left alone for various reasons; such as abandonment, prison, or through death.

Accordingly, in America 72% of the black population are fatherless children; or rather where a parent is absent from the home. There has to be separation in the two instances; hence, absent does not equate that the child has no father, because that would be biologically impossible. Furthermore, in countries across the globe other parents of the so called black community face the same plight but on a much smaller scale; Ireland was second (24.3 percent), followed by New Zealand (23.7 percent). Greece, Spain, Italy and Luxemborg had among the lowest percentages of children in single-parent homes.

Consequently, the question is now are the fatherless really the fatherless or is there more to meet the eye here? Moreover, are the children illegitimate or bastards as they have been tagged? The names are not so pronounced today as in the past but still a problem. Today many children are born without their fathers names on their birth certificates. A most harrowing fact is noted, that in times past the term bastard or illegitimate was used to identify a child born out of wed-lock. It is the case that families trying to keep a so called good name would actually send their daughters off to some convent where the unwed girl would deliver the child and the child placed for an adoption. Or there would be relatives out of town who would take the child in until she delivered and raise the child as their own; all this to save the face of the family. However, times have changed and mothers are choosing to raise their children, instead of, giving them away without the father in the home. My prayer is there will be healing and a new and fresh perspective that will help lessen the weight of guilt and shame that comes from this stereotypical thinking concerning the Hebrews.

The term Bastard is translated from the Hebrew term “Mamzer”, which means the same thing; except that it has nothing to do with the fatherless child; or an absent parent, but does concern the one whose seed conceived the babe. In earlier discussions we found out that according to Yah, a man and woman (women) are married when they have sexual intercourse. There is still an ongoing debate for some concerning this fact, however, debating doesn’t change truth. So let’s review.

“And the man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.” For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23,24).

One flesh means that the two join together and make one, and duly noted this act involves producing children together. “And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creatures moving on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28).

The significance of this truth from the beginning is the intention of sex has always been to make babies, of course it is enjoyable, because if it were not then no one would want to do it. Hence, we know that that sex joins a couple in marriage, and married people have babies. Selah.

However, Yah had specific rules for the Nation of Israel concerning his covenant with them: “Guard yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.“ But break down their altars, and smash their pillars, and cut down their Ashĕrim – for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for יהוה, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous Ěl – lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they whore after their mighty ones, and slaughter to their mighty ones, and one of them invites you and you eat of his slaughterings, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters whore after their mighty ones, and make your sons whore after their mighty ones.” (Exodus 34:12-16).

So Yah did not want the Children of Israel mingling with the inhabitants of the land, because there would be temptation to have sex with the women there and be led astray to idols, also the risk of fathering children with them. One may say that they did so through war. However, this is what the covenant is concerned with. Yah did not want impure children.

Today concerning the Hebrews: “And to the rest I say, not the Master: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she thinks well to live with him, let him not send her away. And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he thinks well to live with her, let her not send him away. For the unbelieving husband has been set-apart in the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been set-apart in the husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are set-apart.” (1 Corinthians 7:12-14).

This thing about being unequally yoked with unbelievers is very misunderstood. For those of us who can identify with Christian teaching anyone outside the doors of the sect is to be avoided. However, this teaching is misleading. Yah is not talking about Christians or religion, or rather, believing if someone dosen’t go to church they don’t believe. It is the case that if one believes this way they are short sighted, because not going to church doesn’t equal no belief at all. In essence, He is talking about Hebrew marriage where one believes truth and the other does not; could be someone is still in the Christian mindset. Hence, one is redeemed and the other is not, and the premise could be not of the faith or not of the tribe. Hence, if Yah says ma’am sir, stay within your race, he means it.

Well this is taking us to a whole other place of enlightenment, because this is where the term “Mamzer” comes in concerning the bearing of children. Therefore, it is in the seed of the man which determines lineage. Hence, a Hebrew man can take a wife and the child still be Hebrew. However for the women, this is not the case, because the woman does not carry seed her children by someone outside of the tribe will be of another.

MAMZER (Heb. מַמְזֵר), usually translated as “bastard.” A child of a marriage forbidden in covenant. Or non Hebrew lineage.

“No one of illegitimate birth does enter the assembly of יהוה, even a tenth generation of his does not enter the assembly of יהוה.” (Dueteronomy 23:2).

The Book of Ezra says this, “And these were those who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Kerub, Addan, Immer, but they were unable to show their fathers house, and their seed, whether they were from Yisra’el: Sons of Delayah, sons of Tobiyah, sons of Neqoda, six hundred and fifty-two; and of the sons of the priests; sons of Habayah, sons of Qots, sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Giladite and was called by (((THEIR))) name. These sought their register among those who were counted by genealogy, but they were not found, so they were barred from the priesthood as defiled. And the governor said to them they should not eat of the most set apart gifts until they stood up a priest with the Urim and Tummim. (Ezra 2:60-62)

Here is an explanation from the Jewish Encyclopedia, “BASTARD: In the English use of the word, a child neither born nor begotten in lawful wedlock; an illegitimate child. There is no Hebrew word of like meaning. The mamzer, rendered “bastard” in the A. V., is something worse than an illegitimate child. He is the offspring of a father and mother between whom there could be in law no binding betrothal: issuing either from adultery between a married woman and a man other than her husband, or from incest within the forbidden degrees of kinship or affinity defined in Lev. xviii. and xx. The child of a marriage simply forbidden, as that between a cohen and a divorced woman, is legitimate but “profane”; that is, a son can not officiate as a priest, a daughter is not eligible to marry a priest. But a mamzer, according to Deut. xxiii. 3, must not “enter the congregation of the Lord,” that is, marry an Israelite woman, “nor shall his tenth generation enter,” etc., which includes also the female mamzer (Ḳid. iii. 12; Mak. iii. 1). The older Halakah, however, was more rigorous, Akiba declaring any child of a forbidden connection a mamzer (Yeb. iv. 12, 13; Yer. ib. 6b; Bab. ib. 44a, 49a).” (See: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/2648-bastard).

The core of this may not be what one expects; however, for those suffering guilt shame and remorse because the father chose not to stay be assured that the man is at fault if he does not find favor with a wife and walks away without giving a certificate of divorce. Being uneducated and not following Yah has its consequence; in this case for the children. However, the good news is that they are not illegitimate if they have a father; no child is. What makes them illegitimate is difficult to hear (not the seed of the tribe), but we have new knowledge and strength to recover. Press on.

For further reading see:

Jewish Virtual Library
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0013_0_13122.html

Misunderstanding the Mamzer
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13704#.UqqTnvRDuSo

72 Percent Of Black Kids Raised By Single Parent, 25% Overall In U.S.
http://newsone.com/1195075/children-single-parents-u-s-american/

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Maiden


What is a maiden? By definition a maiden is a young woman, or to paint a more vividimages (35) picture; a virgin. Let us note that all females are born this way, untouched, and unscathed by men. Of course a maiden can also be a non- virgin.

Where are the virgins? Of course virgins still exist; however, we have to get this word for those coming up before they fall. It’s serious!

So let us view what happened to our virgins. Hebrews, this word is for you.

This will explain a critical issue concerning sex and marriage according to covenant; especially, today when we live in an age of ‘sex run rampant,’ or the thinking is to get as much sex as you want movement. It is easy to see now why Yah preserves sex for marriage, because sex is marriage.

He says, “And the two will become ‘one flesh.’ (Genesis 2).Young women should be virgins (unmarried), no sex, untouched by any other man when presented to their husbands. This is a big problem when we find people having sex all over the place, especially the women. Conversely, we note that ignorance is not bliss in this instance. We consider that one must have the need to look past our own lives to notice that Yahwah views marriage differently than culture dictates.

Ladies, when we look at this should see that we are in error. However, it may be too late for some of us, not unto repentance, but to get our virginity back. However, we can learn this valuable lesson and teach our girls. Especially, since finding out that it is the women who are guilty of adultery.

Why are we guilty of adultery if we are not married?

Before, someone shouts ‘but he cheated!” Let it be known today that he does not commit adultery; unless, the woman is married. We commit adultery, if he has not divorced us as Yah commands. It is not man’s thoughts on marriage, but Yah’s (we don’t think like Him). Amen.

Somebody say, “IT’S A MESS!” Yes it is!

In fact, this is exactly the reason Paul taught the women saying, “The older women likewise are to be set-apart in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of what is good, in order for them to train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, blameless, workers at home, good, subject to their own husbands, in order that the word of Elohim is not evil spoken of.” (Titus 2).
Sex makes us married to him; whomever, him is we gave our virginity too. Make sure he is the one. Teach the young maidens this word. That the first is the last in Yah’s eyes, and whoever comes after that for us makes us adulteresses.

Interested?

I know there are some surprised people out there. Yes, some of us have been to the divorce court many times. However, the men are not adulterers unless the woman is married; then it becomes a matter for him of covetousness. Hence, the command which says “Do not cover your neighbors wife…” (Exodus 20). Additionally, if the woman is a virgin, then he takes a wife.

There is a problem then, because our women are already married with kids and have been abandoned.

The men don’t know they’re married, and neither, do the women know and we are all adulterers and adulteresses.

Yah says, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.” (James 4).

The plan of Elohim for marriage does not include divorce. In fact, he hates it. Hence, why is it that the courts are plagued and filled to overflow with people siting all kinds of excuses to break covenant with their spouses?

Can it be that because we don’t know that sex is marriage, and marriage is beautiful and marriage is good, that we have fallen into the enemies trap once again?

Unbelievable! Remember, there is nothing new under the sun.

“And the serpent was more crafty and cunning than any of the beasts of the field.” (Genesis 3).

He tricked us again into believing that after having sex that very first time we were free to go and do it again. No, like Eve, we are adulterous (See: Was Eve Unfaithful to Her Husband?).

The man takes a wife and must give her a certificate of divorce, unless he causes her to commit adultery. (Matthew 5).

Teach this to the young maidens so they can live right.
Praying for all to be free once and for all.

Dancing to the music, or facing it…will you bow?


idol worship 3.=“Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, [That] at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” (Daniel 3:4-6).

We already know what time it is and it is time out for these excuses to continue on in idol worship. Let’s face the music shall we. America is full of idols, everywhere we look is a statue of some sort going up in memorial of something or someone. Here in Texas, the famous State Fair idol ‘Big Tex’ burned to the ground because of some electrical short. However, instead of allowing by-gones to stay gone…they built another one; a new and improved one. In downtown Fort Worth, a larger than life statue is placed in memorial of John F. Kennedy for no other reason than ‘he stopped by’ on the way to Dallas to be killed. These are just a few examples of an idolized city; so, let us imagine the nation as a whole in this.

But what does the word say…” Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:3-4).

Now one could argue that the images mentioned are not worship; however, the word says “make anything” hence we have erred in this and most probably because the commandments have been tossed out.

See this clearly:

1) Graven imageidol worship
2) Or any likeness
3) In heaven above
4) Or in the earth beneath
5) Or in the water under the earth
So I ask, what in the world are have we done? Do we know? Someone is just doing their own thing at the expense of everyone else.

Look at this:
“Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height [was] threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.” (Daniel 3:1-2).
Everyone who is anyone was invited to the unveiling of the golden image, much like, the unveiling of the images aforementioned. Also, we see the unveiling and ribbon cuttings for other entities; like, our new mercantile, our new church which seats almost the entire city, our new homes. Is anyone getting this vision.

Is there one to say enough is enough?

For more on the saga of idol worship in your town see, Daniel 3 .

There is nothing new under the sun…unless you change it.

Watch: The Origins Paganism in Christianity

Thou shalt have no other gods


jESUSHere is something to pray about!

If I had not saw it with my own eyes I would not have believed it. Me and hubby were out today and we stopped at a light…where what to my eyes should appear was a PARKING lot full IDOLS …Yes, you heard it right….idols, as big as a small toddler, or should I say a 7 year old. I kid you not. The most hideous things I have ever seen in life. If I tell you there were statues of the so called Virgin Mary, Jesus in all is fake glory; there a waving and a grinning. Tall Jesus, little Marys, figurines, and little lawn fountains of angles.

Here goes my husband, before he saw the Jesus ones…saying,”One of them will look good in the yard.” I said, “Nope, those are idols! Look at that mess!”

Ladies and Gentlemen, It was as if the devil was mocking me, saying, there is nothing you can do…we’re everywhere.

The devil is a lie. I bind that spirit and I want every last one of you who have family members who buy that junk to tell your family; that is if you care…that they are not worshiping Yahweh, when he says NO IDOLS he means it.

Can we just open our bibles to Exodus 20 and say AMEN

 

True Peacemakers of Elohim


blessed-are-the-peacemakers_t_nvBlessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of Elohim. (Matthew 5:9)

Peace, we all long for it, and it is the premise that when someone can live peaceable among messiness they have truly arrived at a level of greatness. Peace in context is the absence of confusion, the absence of war, keeping peace, and so on, and we note that it is an ideal situation when all is calm and quiet.

How does a person come to a level of peace? As I was looking at the definition of it I notice a reference to mental calm and tranquility, but also note the use of “law and order,” and ask do we have law and order and if not how do we get it?

The word on the street is that “The Law” of Yahweh is null and void, however, without it we are thrown into a tail spin, so how do we live in peace if we don’t know the law? The answer is we learn it and live it.

In the United States there are simple laws and there are more complex laws to govern us. I will use a common law against stealing which is against the Law of Yahweh and also man’s law which says “Do not steal.” In this common law we ask why is it not good to steal? Why can’t I go out and take what I want; especially, if I am hungry or if I need a car why can’t I (a person in need) have what I need? For one thing we note the law of the land which is common and says that if I steal I am going to jail or pay a fine in which I most likely can’t pay because of the fact that people with money are lest likely to steal or I will do what the word of Yahweh says and not steal because he says so. In the latter case stealing is not appealing and I have turned away from thoughts of this which in turn promotes peace for my neighbors and society as a whole. Hence, I see that it is for the common good of mankind that this law exists, because there is peace promoted for everyone.

I can hear it, people saying “They steal anyway!” Yes, because they don’t know God and they don’t know Peace. There is no in between, either we know Yah or not. We can’t have it both ways.

Today: The law of Yahweh promote peace and those who follow them are the Peacemakers. Are you one? Study the law and live it, it is for your good.
Know God, Know Peace. No God, No Peace.

For your hearing

Exodus 20

Romans 12:18

 

 

Sunday, Leaving the Pagan Lifestyle


Nederlands: Surya-Beeldje (6137-1) Suryabeeldje

Nederlands: Surya-Beeldje (6137-1) Suryabeeldje (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ladies n Gentlemen,

Here is an enlightening thought as we partake of new found knowledge and wisdom today. Let us consider the profound thinking today which is so unlike that which we have been taught. Word has it that to day Sunday has been and today still associated with pagan sun god worship. What this says for many of us is that we are guilty of idolatry and disobedience when we continue on in these things knowing the truth of them. However, we cannot escape saying or writing or living our days out without them. What do we do.?

The word says that we are in the world not of the world. Well,
this says much about how we approach Sunday once we know truth, and we can ascertain that we cannot skip a Sunday in this life, but we can choose not to participate in whatever it is which goes against the Most High.

Hence, we see that some things can be avoided and some cannot. Whatever the case, Yahweh calls us to preach truth no matter what day it is…someone, somewhere needs the word to save them. Therefore, let us continue on towards the mark of the High call that is in the Messiah our Lord.

Instinctively, we no longer participate or blaspheme his holy name. Be ye faithful.

For your hearing:

Romans 12

 

Straight is the Way, Narrow is the Gate


“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).

How many of us really have a firm grasp of truth? We think we do but we don’t, even the greatest scholars and theologians missed this word, why because it has nothing to do with what we think and see but what Yah reveals…when the word says enter the narrow gate, that there are few who find it; it is because few can see it there…why? First of all we have to find it, the narrow gate cannot be found without revelation, because if it were that easy everyone would be there. Secondly,   because of all the “stuff” blocking “The Way.”

Society has conditioned us to believe that if everybody is doing it then it must be ok even in the church. In contrast, society has sold us many things like drugs, alcohol, and sex through movies, and other means and then offers us rehabilitation to recover from them, even in the church a so called rehabilitation center both are worldly. Everybody does those things and they are going the wrong way.

However, this picture is bigger than drugs, alcohol and sex .

It’s what we see, similar to following the highway and having to pay attentions to signs and while driving you and a friend are into a deep conversation and while the exit to the narrow gate looms just ahead, somehow we don’t see because we have gotten off into this deep conversation about something else.

Let’s talk about the broad gate…our friends are there, church members, family and a host of others going down the same road…how do we know those people are there on the same path…well, if we go to the same church most likely we are hanging around with people who are like us…we listen to the word from a preacher, go to church on Sunday and probably eat at each other’s houses. Those in the same income bracket hang with those in the same. While the poorer are friends with their friends that probably aren’t good for them but because those people in the church are nonsocial able this is what happens, the members sleep with other members married are not, the deacons are stealing…all types of stuff is available on the broad road…the preachers are carted off to jail….everybody’s doing it, the narrow gate…happens when you start to wonder and ask God does he really want you living like that…this is church Yah we say, what is the problem?

Furthermore, why would the Yahshua have this conversation with believers in the first place if they were following “The Way?” Remember he said “Ye are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavor it is good for nothing?” So, what happened then that Yahshua, had to say this if they were on the narrow path? Some weren’t you see, and he had to warn them that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing come to steal them.

The Way to the narrow path is not Christianity and here is why, we must broaden our thinking past the small individual happenings in our own lives.  The whole world believes the faith of Christianity. Notably, there are people being converted to believe in the name of Jesus  more than any other religion on the planet. Somebody says that is proof that we are on the right path…well, no it’s not. It says much about persuasion and the need for people to fit in and be like everyone else. There are people sitting in church from Sunday to Sunday who are not saved. How do we know…look at the rate of deliverance and the behavior in the church. People look, think, and act just like the unsaved.

Look at this:

According to the article, “Christianity Today – General Statistics and Facts of Christianity.” Mary Fairchild states, “Christianity is ranked the largest religion in the world today. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in 2010 there were 2.18 billion Christians around the world, nearly a third of the global population.”  Conversely, when we look at scripture the narrow gate doesn’t seem likely to be found by the masses of the population. When we look at the term “find it” we note that this is something that isn’t so easily accepted.

The Pew Forum on Public Religion & Public Life gives this estimate:

“More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all. If change in affiliation from one type of Protestantism to another is included, 44% of adults have either switched religious affiliation, moved from being unaffiliated with any religion to being affiliated with a particular faith, or dropped any connection to a specific religious tradition altogether.”

In a way this one would seem that there is something that Christianity is lacking being that the practice of it is so much like the world. It is problematic when people cannot see a difference why would they stay?

Fairchild gives a breakdown of those who practice Christianity worldwide, the Top 3 Largest National Christian Populations:

  • US – 246,780,000 (79.5% of the Population)
  • Brazil – 175,770,000 (90.2% of the Population)
  • Mexico – 107,780,000 (95% of the Population):

Conversely, if the thinking is to find the narrow gate; the question becomes whether the masses hold the key to finding it. Isn’t this more like the broad road; rather than the narrow gate leading to life?

Let’s look at the text,

Luke 17:

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

One came back to give Yah praise, and that one was not associate with Christianity. Notably, he was one those in Christianity would consider least likely. What happened to the others? They went on their way to follow the masses. Narrow is the gate those who praise Yah in spirit and truth will find the narrow gate.

According to Pew,  “The survey finds that the number of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today (16.1%) is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. Among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion.”

Note:  No religion doesn’t equal no belief or faith.

People are evoking their right to choose; even in Religion. Considering our finding, the narrow gate isn’t found in the Masses. People are finding the narrow gate their own way with revelation for the Most High. There is hope.

Watch: World vs. Church

Something Else the Government Can’t Fix, Welfare Reform Starts in the Mind


I want to scream, because of the anguish I feel inside right now for my people; not only in America, but in Africa as well. I often find myself wondering what life would have been like for me had not I been born in American; if my ancestors had not been kidnapped from their homes and village’s. What; I think, would be my name?

I would undoubtedly be somebody totally different had I been born there; had slavery never taken place. However, this thought is wistful thinking. Dreams and visions of a forest life, far away from life in a nation which can sometimes be so callous towards their own. Black people have had it rough time here and still do, but now some of it is our own fault; because we have become beggars in our right. Instead of  kings and queens we have become paupers, beggars and borrowers waiting a on a handout; it is time to move on from that, but some of us are too heavy to carry and too paralyzed to carry ourselves.

Can we continue to blame it on the white people? The answer might surprise those who feel as if they too carry a burden too hard. It is difficult to comprehend when you have not the experience of being there. I cannot remember a time in life that someone I know has not needed help at some point in life; however, it is the thought that although help might be needed, is really the case that we stay there?

This post is more for my brothers and sisters who want out than for anyone else reading now. It is not the case that all do not need to break free, but that all are not ready yet. There are people, both men and women who are praying for a better way of life other than government issued benefits and those are the ones who need this encouragement.

I want to say that it is not the case that prayers have not been answered, but it is that prayers might have been hindered. I cannot say that help is not available; I cannot say that people don’t care, because they do. Maybe not in the way of taking people by the hand but by offering the programs in the first place, and we must understand that no one is going to do any more than they have already put it out there. It is up to us to go get it.

More than going to get it, because some have gotten and continue to get and are in the same frame of mind as at the start; so, what is the problem?

The problem is that:

1) Someone doesn’t know any better, because their parents lived this way, and so do they; hence there is no exposure to something new.

2) Someone sees this thing as a way to get what they can get “free,” doesn’t matter what it is they want it, and will put in a day’s work to get those things which are free. This includes long lines, the drudgery of monthly forms, people prying into your personal life asking very personal questions about everyone in the house. It is not the case that this person will not lie to get that thing free.

3) Someone is lazy, don’t want anything.

4) Someone wants out, has the exposure, but its taking time so they still receive the help. They are educating themselves and taking advantage of every means available to them to move to another level in their mind and circumstance.

5) Someone works but doesn’t make enough money still, but even here there is a tendency not to reach for better.

Notably, #1, 4, can be helped if they reach out, but sadly, when someone hasn’t gotten up to go seek someone will not find it. In the case of all the above examples the government; along with the benefits offers help for school and daycare, jobs, now phones, but if there is no seeking, no asking then there is no help. In reality it requires an awaking. The third individual is at the place in their mind where they take “advantage” of the programs offered with the mind of self-empowerment. It’s all in the mind.

I was on a class field trip once and on the van I was riding with a bunch of guys; not only a guys but young white guys, a Hawaiian, and my professor who my age. There were other women, but somehow I was the only female with all these men. At the 48 years, here I was, as old as my instructor and on bus full of kids just out of high school; or not far from it. Somehow the conversation went to the discussion of women on welfare. I know now that it was the place I needed to be, because I had no clue to what people really thought about the women who receive help. Mind you that this was no short trip so what I heard I could not run from it; nor could I turn it off. I was forced to sit there and listen to their version of how  Women on Welfare give me the blues.

The Hawaiian guy was very passionate about his lack of desire to put money in the pot for women who don’t choose carefully their children’s fathers. What he said was an eye opener for me because he felt that these women sleep with bums, losers who have no intention of doing anything;except use the women. Moreover, he asks, why does he have to continue to pay for children who are not his? He goes on to say that it; literally pisses him off when he gets his check and he doesn’t have enough money to buy groceries and he sees women loading their baskets with junk, or the baby daddy, boyfriends putting food in and when they get to the register out comes the old EBT card. Conversely, he stated, that he has to suffer when he is sick because there is little money for doctor’s visits and then he has to pay for children; again, not his. “It’s not fair,” he added,” that me and my wife have no children but have to pay out for someone else’s”. Wow!

I sat there and could barely breath, what could I say to that; isn’t he right? That some of us, Ladies, just keep having baby after baby without a thought of how we will take care of them. Or with the thought that this is more money on my check? I nearly cried when I heard it from someone else.

Now, the intention of this note is not to bash, but to bring awareness of how this thing looks to some people. Are you really trying to help yourself out of poverty; or, laying down day after day with no way to feed yourself, no plan of action. If you’re not there yet, haven’t even thought about your life; please consider what this means for you. Ask yourself: What if tomorrow or even a year from now they stop all this; what will I do? This should be a consideration the next time a letter comes from the food stamp office or the welfare office sends you a letter to go to find work, or attend a class. Go to school; learn so that your kids can at least know that they can do better. If you don’t know how to read, learn now.

If you just can’t do better that’s one thing, but if you are manipulating, and lying; nobody will suffer more in the end than you. It’s not too late get up! You can do it!

I hope this has helped someone; at least I am encouraged. I want those who feel bad about what’s being said on the news and who watched that video with the woman excited about the free phone to know that you are more valuable than “250 minutes a month”. At least I think so.

Take courage.

 

Watch: Obama Phone Lady

 

 

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