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 !
Fill in the blanks.
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
WHAT ABOUT THE �UGLY� PEOPLE !
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.
The word spam means " " Before I wrote this , it meant unwanted or unsolicited mail or literally speaking, Stuff that you see in your email inbox from someone you don�t know and you are not very keen on knowing, electronic garbage to put it digitally, that you have to dispose off with your own money and time . Imagine waking up every day and meeting tons of garbage out side your doorstep that you have to take out else the Sanitation authorities will penalize you and the smell is awful too! Now that is a graphic description of Spam, that means the stammer is the original web lowlife, bottom of the chain in Digital Ethics ,morals etc Well sorry to say .I fess up and say proudly. I am a "SPAMMER". It is a funny confession, I bug peoples mailboxes with Christian articles etc and you trust humans they bug me back with replies and requests, some nice, others plain dumb, some very expletively REMOVE ME FOM YOUR MAILING LIST! Since I started my �SPAMMING� career this last group got me thinking, and they actually got me worried and harassed as I was new to this business of sending out Jesus mails to people I never knew before .Like the proverbial Nigerian 419(con or scam artist) funny Spam and scam go together, see! They actually rhyme (it is a �p� and �c� that distinguish, short for PC some coincidence huh) Well, back to the gist. I used to think, this is really bad, sending out Christian articles to people that don�t want them esp. to those that scream bloody murder (forgive my French) when they hear the "J" word (J is for Jesus, say it loud, �JESUS LOVES YOU!�) . It amazed and bothered me initially, that I was getting really, really bad replies from folk about my SPAM cum �SCAM� tactics. Well, then I used to unsubscribe them at their request thinking to my poor capitalist self, we are in a "CHOICE" world. �FREE WILL� is what got us here in the first place and as the Blessed Lord said Mark 6:11 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment, than for that city. KJV Well that was what I just did then I quickly shook them off my Subscribe list just like that, UNTIL now. You might be getting bored or better still gearing up for what adeche has to say ...."dis guy no dey tire sef " (sorry, non pidgin readers best phrase i could come up with ) Everyday recently I have noticed a new kind of Spam (yes I get spammed too) in my mailbox .It is "THE SCAM SPAM OF FREE PORNOGRAPHY) all sorts mails from fictitious email addresses that have pseudo gobbledok like email@example.com etc.. and they just land inside my mail box with all the audacity of the internet . Well initially, I used to bother meself and reply back with emails telling them about Jesus etc but I got even more mail from these folk so I stopped doing that. It was pretty funny and amazing the kinds of stuff advertised out there, FOR FREE, I sometimes imagine what teenagers are facing now with the ease of the Internet to distribute corrupting wares, It must be quite overwhelming, in those days in boarding school old bad boys had to get a hold of a playboy or a penthouse magazine and those didn�t come easy or cheap. Now, just go to the google search engine and type in the words you want and append "free" and I bet you the list of sites out there will amaze you! For some time it got me really angry, etc but then I thought to myself don�t get mad, get even! So, I stopped throwing my digital tantrums because I simply just delete them (porn and get rich quick schemes) off my inbox/bulk folder whenever I can and thank God yahoo now gives 100mb free! God bless yahoo. (I, like a lot of folk I know LOVE free STUFF). I just trash them off and don�t even bother to find out where they came from obviously from some poorly configured email relay server somewhere in China or Timbuktu!. (See attached spamming manual or better yet send in a request for one) Ok guys, on to the rest of this short gist. Well, it got me going cos the more I responded to these unsubscribe requests the more I felt bad at the language proffered by my angry readers in making them. Also, my readers list got smaller (sigh congregation numbers low not good for netchurch "purse" incidentally we are a free site) UNTIL I read somewhere in that same wonderful Book the HOLY bible that: Matt 24:14 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. KJV And then "eureka!" enlightment came in. I reckoned to my self, well who wants out should get out as long as the gospel has been preached ,Apollos planted, Paul watered but the Holy Spirit is the one that giveth the increase amen ! I began to unsubscribe those that did not want to hear and to thank God for those that didn�t esp. the ones that replied with kind words of encouragement , and yes, maybe the others did not just give a damn about netchurch and our "junk mail" eeeyah, (funny word my Pastor says when he feels really, really sorry for you) Well now on to the main topic The theory of SPAM All around us today there is Spam everywhere , from when you wake up in the morning till you lay you down to sleep ,you are being spammed and in most cases scammed. Even in your dreams, so there seems like no escape from this, except us Christians have a reply. Peculiar huh? Well �we are a peculiar people� 1Pet2:9 and O yes, I agree we get spammed too but no sir we aren�t supposed to get scammed for �GREATER is he that is in us ... We have the mind of Christ.� You might not notice, all around you, from whenever you do your free willy thingy (nice movie it was too, boy and fish) there is either a Spam or scam going on or a combination . As Spam means unsolicited messages, scam means a conception of deceptions from the adechefranksters dictionary. From the time you wake up or your alarm clock does the job and look at yourself in the mirror in your bathroom (if you have the time unlike me) and lets assume you got spammed while you were dreaming (nightmare !) and somehow you know "it is gonna be a bad day. WHAM! SCAM done! BUT: those are them days when the Son or Daughter of God El Shaddai says Lam 3:22-23 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, For his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. NIV From then on the great SPAM/SCAM continues. How you dress depends on what Gucci, Calvin Klein etc have spammed and scammed you 300dollars for a Shirt! Because you want to be part of the in crowd. How you choose your breakfast depends on what Cadbury, Nestle or Sainsbury has spammed you with. You drive (BMW, Benz, Toyota, and Honda Spam) to work and see variations of "britney spears" and �R.kellys� with or without any clothes SPAM again! You notice the cute blonde dressed just like britney and you stare with your wife riding shotgun, SCAMMED too! You get to work and one look at your boss and you know it is gonna be a bad day SPAM. (He got spammed too!)All through the day it is work, work and some kinds of work is like spam, plain backbreaking ugly monotonous job that you have no desire or skill for, but it sure pays well, so you do it to pay for the BMW,Gucci,Bel Air mansion (SCAM done again). And so it goes on and on until you get home and switch on the Mother Ship of Spam the ubiquitousTelevision Set, which you watch until you go to bed that day and you say it out aloud. "What a day!� When it is clear that it should have been �What a Scam!� Oh yes, the scam/scam game will continue until Christ returns but God still calls us all to: James 4:7-8 NIV �submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 1 Cor 2:14-16 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. KJV
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