Pastors are not above inapt behavior. Knowing this is not surprising. There is nothing wrong with accepting it as commonplace either. Attempting to be above behavior that we consider ‘sinful’ human action is commendable especially if you are a ‘called’ person of the cloth.
Fortunately, a pastor’s conduct is placed on a mantel…FORTUNATELY. On the mantel should be accompanying elements of life that are worthy of respect. Today, the respect that man has for God’s designated domain –the pulpit- has been uprooted with an ordination that’s not befitting of Church Leadership. If this is true, why do church congregates authorize bad deeds that are exhibited by the leader, The Pastor? And, even a better question, why do church-going black people close a blind eye to what has/is destroying the black community?
The African American preacher was once humble. Once slow to respond to a petty irritant and quick to interject gracious discernment. Pastor Alex Williams did not utilize caring - or a forgiving perspicacity. What he decided to was eradicate the problem himself. Did he not learn from Moses? Moses needed Aaron and Aaron certainly needed Moses.
Being a man who is charged with ‘leading a flock’ does not have a license to take the law into his own hands. Did Pastor Williams not learn anything from Pontius Pilate?
Pastor Williams is supposed to be the example of the long ago faded mantra, What would Jesus Do. And, we know that the Jesus of King James’ testament was not prepared to blaze with bullets. He was too meek…almost punkish.
There are also significant accounts within the sacred text that indicates Jesus was a man of compassion. A man of community empowerment. A man of community mobilization for the good, and not the bad. What this out of touch Church of Christ Bishop did was a classic example of black on black crime. He shot a black kid over property. Yes, vandalism in all forms is wrong. It is unnecessary – but understanding where I was psychologically as a thirteen year old I cannot and will not condone the pastor’s decision to unload his pistol like so many ‘justice seekers’ have over the past few months. As if Williams is a hero,
*Idiots marching, rallying, chanting in support of their Passa.
Surprisingly, there has not been any BLACK community outrage in support of the black kid. None! No march to support misguided black youth. No calls to the mayor’s office demanding more resources to invest in teen enrichment. What we have witnessed is the ignorance of black silence; not legitimate black hypersensitivity. What I have witnessed as I asked, “Isn’t it amazing that that preacher got off after shooting a 13 year old?” What I have disappointingly endured is, “That ni**er should have been shot!”
I am not shocked by this response from the African American community. We hate each other so much that we want our future (black youth) to be hunted down and then terminated.
In South Africa before the dismantle of noticeable Apartheid, Afrikaners were linked to the animal expedition killing of black children*
Mr. White Man does not have to kill blacks any longer. We do a damn good job of that!
Ironically and without an unequivocal doubt, if a white man…church shepherd or not, would have unleashed Saturday Night Special ammunition in the direction of black juveniles - black people infected with inappropriate hypersensitivity from all over the United States would have planned another Jena-like rally…so much for Jena…nothing came of that Moment…TBI - Typical Black Irresponsibility.
Pastor Alex Williams reacted with self-hatred over something he cannot bring along with him to his Imaginary Heaven. A double financed, paid for by shallow church members…a filthy,