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Sunday Sermon:I sat in a predominantly Jamaican church

I sat in a predominantly Jamaican church and realised that stereotypes are found everywhere.

I speak today on the stereotype of physically percieved beauty.

Our eyes don't lie, when you see a beautiful thing your lips are sure to confess it.

Typically Guys go 'did you see that chick's ---- !' and girls scream 'he is so fine !'even little boys and girls do this ! trust me on this.

As physical beings men are sight minded and women �flattery� oriented.

I ran all these through my mind and soul as I sat in a predominantly Jamaican church and realised these old former slaves were really just like other Africans I know.

Racial interbreeding had with time acquired caucasian looks and mannerisms, which the �left behind� Africans love to hate or is it the other way round.

Jamaicans have been typecast as fun loving, reggae singing and sometimes as mystical, Marijuana smoking and Drug pushing lords like the yadi fame. Ill mannered patois speaking folk, That is the stereotypical Jamaican ! Rasta man eyrie !

As I sat in this predominantly Jamaican church, I said to myself.

"How Wrong !"

The average definition for a Nigerian has no difficult description, unlike the Jamaican, his is immediate recognition.

Imagine dear people if this got into the toefl tests. It could !

Section c

Fill in the blanks.

Question 1.

As Patois is to Jamaicans so Corruption is to -------- ?

Maybe someday as the crow flies, the word Nigerian might become Webster dictionary speak for people wanting to say words like Conman, fraudsters or scam artists etc.

Nigerians on the other hand call themselves or the stereotype of themselves �419� not four hundred and nineteen but 4.1.9 four one nine and that is the four one, dig !

Well you might be thinking frank is no Jamaican, well I ain't no Nigerian either Neither am I a spam or scam artist. (laughs).

As it is for the Jamaican .How wrong it also is for the Nigerian. Well, maybe eh?

1 Sam 16:7

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

NIV �The beautiful ones are not yet born " is the title of a book by some fellow called Ayi Kwei Armah.

The story classics of Beauty and the B east ,Shakespeare's Othello.The ogre Shrek's search for unconditional love and Helen of Troy.

The Guinness book of records defined Helen of Troy to be the most beautiful woman in all the world , from their calculations, if the war between Troy and the Greeks was caused because of Helen's beauty then her beauty was able to launch those thousand of ships and men and blood with death and glory that resulted in that show of authorized murder called the battle of Troy!

Beauty pageants! Miss World, Miss Universe etc. Stereotype of skinny, leggy and tall. Caucasian nose it all. Features that usually win the day, beauty has been orchestrated for outward appearances !

I watched a telling movie recently, where this young lady wanted to show the world her beauty but alas her mum , and even her fianc�e etc mocked that she would make a fool of herself by entering into a beauty pageant.

Obviously, from the world's point of view she was not beautiful!

You agree ? yes ? No ?

was she not beautiful ? at about 5 feet and very buxom and quite a tad overweight, she told herself that she really was beautiful .

By the end of the movie it was clear that she had the most beautiful heart in the pageant and her coming 2nd runner up proved it ! Look for that movie folks, I think it is titled I am beautiful .

Guys and girls, dating and getting married inclusive of associations are not factored by ones looks or whatever stereotype you belong to .

The perfect stereotype most people strive towards is that of Rich, Famous, beautiful , intelligent and maybe happy �.

Happiness and Joy seem to take last place, after all, Money cant buy happiness but said one billionaire ,you just don�t know where to shop !

The word of god states Eccl 7:12 12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the Excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

KJV I had been on this article for some time wondering how I wanted it to go. Now I know thank God. I have also been with a lot of people, had conversations with Guys and Girls , fine beautiful, rich ugly, nice ,mean or downright creepy.

Something always struck me .The excellency of knowledge was hardly manifested . 99% of the time wisdom was not a means to give life to them that had that wisdom.

People ignore the stereotypes of wisdom and shirk them as social misfits , it is the turkey and eagles syndrome . Attaining perfection is for Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein and Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson's in the secular world while D L Moody, AW Tozer  Peter Paul & john  are mutants, X men like the comic book , they must be ! They are just geniuses God made them so !

The story behind these successes is usually unpalatable because of the hard work behind it !

No one wants to hear about Abe Lincolns failures or John sweating it out on the Isle of Patmos  before the Revelation interlude or that Job even praised God on the day his Children Died  !

I have heard girls (some 'ugly' too !) say that if the guy is not about six foot tall or as handsome as Denzel Washington , Nothing for him at all ! Mr Right is not in the house ! Guys go the same way too ! In marriage , in Relationships even getting a Job The physical outlay is of great importance to the Human Race.

Even in church we have ugly people, all the so called spirit folks that have Gifts of the Spirit sometimes look down at the struggling Christians still trying to come out of sin�s clutches and umph ! at them and forget that a gift is simply that .It was given ! and that it is the blood that cleanses and not by works !

Then I feared greatly for the people and I declared to myself


Should they go and die ! ? Have they nothing to offer the world ? did the God who said

Luke 16:15 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. KJV

It struck me also that amongst the �ugly� were fat, skinny, dunces, short, very tall and some deformed also .Some beg on the street, some have been made ugly by accident and disease ! Yet we still meet folk that look down on 'ugly� people and we still also meet �ugly� people that look down on other �ugly� people .

I have met beautifull people that think they are �Ugly� , I have met very �ugly� people that not only think they are beautifull but also know it ! I have met some Miss universe type people that should get on ebay and purchase horns for the devilish ugliness they eventually belie .

And I became �mad� at the �ugly� people ! I was very Angry at them ! Who told you that you are ugly !

Thank you Albert Einstein ,Abe Lincoln, Paul and a host of others that eventually understood the excellency of wisdom, that a Woman or man's beauty is not a function of his outer appearance but of what God says he is �Fearfully and wonderfully made.�

Psalm 139:14 Then I became Afraid !

That was when I realized that I was still sitting in a predominantly Jamaican Church and they were speaking and praying in tongues and not Patois, Jah man come say whatta fi gwan then I and I come give enuff rispect !

Blessings from Dad who is EVERYTHING.

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Comment by ogie on March 9, 2010 at 1:16pm
AWesome stuff!!!
Comment by Soji on March 8, 2010 at 8:25am

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