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Dr. Melvin L. Johnson is the pastor of the Heart of Christ Community Church in Brazoria, TX. and is the author of the books Overcoming Racism Through the Gospel and From Heaven to You.
Posted 11/13/17 at 11:50 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
As Democrats and Republicans play the "good cop, bad cop game," much of what we experience seems to be too much of the same.
How long will it be before our “governing class” becomes our “ruling class, or has it happened already?” At least there is one group of people who see it this way (and perhaps even more!) This is what former president George W. Bush stated during the fund-raising concert for victims of hurricane Harvey as he lamented that “Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs.”
Governing class? What governing class? Perhaps this explains so much of what is happening in America today. Maybe there has been an aristocracy that has slowly but certainly evolved and is now entrenched in Washington, D.C. itself. This class of people now believes that this nation’s future course can no longer be entrusted in the hands of the common folk, especially with the election of such an outsider of the likes of Donald Trump. Remember in his January 29, 1991 State of the Union Address, then president George Herbert Walker Bush (41) spoke so proudly of us one day coming into an era of a “New World Order.” Each of the former presidents who stood on that stage that night have been definite contributors towards reaching that state of existence—some more than others, but steadily and consistently in that direction. FULL POST
Posted 10/18/17 at 1:16 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
With all due respect to the men and women who have fought and died to keep this nation free and independent, I must take a moment to reflect upon what it means to have reverence for those things that actually mean so much: God, country and family. Each of these are also reflective of what the great symbols also represent, and inspires moments of solemn sacredness whenever they are presented. To illustrate a sincere respect reminds us how blessed we truly are even as Americans, and motivates some of us to go above and beyond common citizenship and seek to serve in the greatest military force the world has ever seen.
Growing up in a small southern Texas town during the final and last dying gasps of racial segregation still had not dampened the strong feelings of pride within me and my fellow schoolmates at the all-black Henry O. Tanner Elementary School in Brazoria. Attending this school during the early to mid-sixties just as much of a process for preparing young black kids for life in America as it was for academic education. The teachers and the community worked together to prepare us for citizenship even more so that our white counterparts because we were taught that “all people were created equal by God” … no exceptions. We knew that even as black people, we were full-fledged citizens in spite of the circumstances created by segregation and racist ideology.
One of the things we were taught was to respect the flag of the United States of America—Old Glory. At Henry O. Tanner Elementary School, the male students were taught how to care for the flag. We learned how to raise it on the flag pole in the morning, and lower it at the end of the school day. We were taught how to fold it with a care and reverence that somewhat felt that God himself with whack us across the bottom if we were to start horseplay and carelessly cause it to touch the ground. Then we would take it to the principal’s office where it was stored, and after careful inspection by Mrs. Cooper, would give her nod of approval (or disapproval) to place it in its proper place. If it was not folded correctly or to her liking, she would command refolding. But the flag meant something to us—something I would call sacred. FULL POST
Posted 10/10/17 at 6:52 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Though craftily manipulated, the one thing the NFL and other professional athletes have done was to bow to one person who relishes the very fact that they deplore the flag of the United States of America is a mysterious billionaire named George Soros. In their efforts to demonstrate against what it stands for by kneeling, the gladiators kneel to his rule and domain.
It is he who admittedly sees himself as a “kind of god,” must also feel the power of his will to bring down not just America, but the world itself in order to continue the dreams of his own father—to create a one world society, complete with its own unique language known as Esperanto. In fact, George’s actual name was supposed to have been Schwartz, but his Jewish father Tividar changed the family’s name to Soros, which in the Esperanto language means “to soar.” in his 1991 book Underwriting Democracy, Soros said: “If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood,”
Although and atheist, Soros has also described himself as being similar to the God of the Old Testament. He believes that he and Jehovah share some of the same attributes. In addition to being “some kind of a god,” he envisions himself of being “the creator of everything.” Like God, Soros adds, “[Y]ou know, like invisible. I was pretty invisible. Benevolent. I was pretty benevolent. All-seeing. I tried to be all-seeing.”
Soros is Hungarian, born in Budapest in 1930 and by the time the Nazi war machine had begun its campaign to identify and eventually begin the systematic extermination of the Jewish race and others, Tavidar had arranged to divide his children among non-Jewish friends and business associates. He paid them bribes to conceal their Jewish background. George’s “godparents” took care of him and at the age of fourteen he sometimes accompanied his godfather on his routes to deliver deportation notices to the Hungarian Jews, and confiscate their property on behalf of the German government. FULL POST
Posted 9/5/16 at 8:38 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Reuters Apparently Panicked When Black Congregation Blessed Trump
As I sat in my living room and witnessed Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump enter into the sanctuary of the Great Faith Ministries International and presented himself as one who expressed concern for the plight of many black Americans. After his well-received speech, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson then produced the Hebrew prayer shawl—the tallit—and told Mr. Trump (and America) its historical and spiritual significance.
Some may describe the moment as an atmosphere filled with electricity, but those who know and understand, recognize that the moment was filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. One thing was certain: the Reuters News cameraman was ordered to cut the live feed. My suspicion was aroused when at that very moment the coverage on FOX News was interrupted and a reporter appeared in a vain attempt to explain that Bishop Jackson was presenting Mr. Trump with a “prayer rug.”
I immediately turned my TV to the MSNBC channel and was just as disappointed. Neither ABC, NBC, CBS and not even C-SPAN were continuing (if they ever started) the coverage at the point whether the bishop and his ministerial staff would pray for Mr. Trump and/or anoint him with oil. In either case, the moment was a highly spiritual one! The predominantly-black congregation was cheering, praising God and expressed voices of approval during the entire event. FULL POST
Posted 8/10/16 at 9:56 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Setting the (Historical) Record Straight About Uncle Tom
By Dr. M.L. Johnson
As most of us know, it was merely a matter of time for the race-cultists come after Pastor Darrell Scott with scathing attacks of name-calling and denigration because he has voiced his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump. Hell’s hounds have jumped his trail, and are now determined to sink their jagged teeth into his flesh and drag his beaten and bloodied body back to the plantation of dependent mediocrity. But before we give our silent nods of approval, let us take a serious look at what or who Uncle Tom was.
Uncle Tom was the primary character in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. He was the heroic figure who drew on our emotions practically every time he presented himself—an old black slave who himself lived a hopeless life for himself, but was able to create hope in the minds and hearts of the poor slaves he came into contact with. It did not take long for the reader to realize that Stowe created Tom’s character to be the Christ figure, a person that most of his detractors could not figure out. FULL POST
Posted 6/26/15 at 9:18 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Darwin's Theory of Evolution that supported racial supremacy also gave meaning to the Confederate flag.
Since the terribly tragic murders of the nine members at the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina there has been a rising crescendo of voices demanding the expulsion of the Confederate flag from public view and display.
In other words, Darwin’s position gave justification for the modern world’s monsters like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Dung, and even Fidel Castro to murder over 100 million people. But before any of them came into power, Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (1959) had laid a foundation for what many people believed was also applicable to humanity:
“In the distant future, I see open fields of far more important research where psychology will be based on a new foundation that of the necessary requirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation… life will be shown in the origin of man in his history.”
Although On the Origin of Species… did not place man directly into the picture at that time, the implications were throughout. Darwin explained variations and adaptations in animals and plants while subtly pointing back to a common point of origin. He drew conclusions based upon what was considered logic and reasoning while emphasizing that these changes were all processes of natural occurrences over hundreds of millions of years without the intervention of an Intelligent Being. FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 2:14 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Reclaiming True Black Heritage Will Bring Solutions to Many Ailments
1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? (Psalm 137:1-4)
When the Israelites found themselves in captivity in Babylon, their hearts were broken because of their longing to be home—in an environment and culture that allowed them to be safe, productive and prosperous. Their obedience resulted in God’s blessings. It was only then did they remember how good things were for them, and the generous provisions their God had provided them for more than a thousand years. It was ultimately their disobedience that caused them to be conquered and then taken away to a land that was strange and alien to their ways. They became powerless and despondent, subject to the rule of the Babylonians. Poverty, sickness, broken homes and families, education and training in the ways of the Babylonian gods instead of the one, true God YAWYEH led to their spiritual degradation, and that decline led to social and cultural decay. Living in the strange land brought to the Israelites much pain and little hope. Does this suggest a similarity? FULL POST
Posted 11/6/14 at 11:38 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
For the Body of Christ, do we not have the same Father who created us in His own image? Have we not all confessed the same Savior and live by that profession of faith? Do we not feed spiritually from the same Bible as the source for living and for life itself; and though diverse do we still not cherish the many and various versions of the inspired Word of God? Do not even the many and various versions of the Holy Book still lead us to the same essential truths! The same holy blood that was shed at Calvary for one, is it not the same blood shed for all? On the most part, we assemble ourselves together on the same day, and for the most part for that same and very sacred moment, seeking the opportunity for those intimate and personal as well as corporate moments of praise and worship to our God! Do we not sing basically the same songs of worship and praise? Do we not all hold to the truth that there is one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism! If these things are a resounding “YES” to all, then why are we so at-odds over some of the most basic and fundamental teachings that the Bible offers?
We observe and practice the Holy Communion, though globally-dispersed, we all obediently and willfully succumb to the quiet, peaceful request of Christ himself, “This do in remembrance of me!” Yes, we are all our father’s children, and are eager to “Let or lights so shine!” Do we all not rejoice and express and shed tears of gratitude for the perfect work of Christ in our own wretched lives, spiritually transfused to us through the first sinner Adam, but transformed within us a new nature by the second Adam, Jesus? Are we not filled and guided by the same Holy Spirit, whose indwelling presence brings us all into the spirit of unity, brotherhood and fellowship? He is that presence we may not hear during the heat of battle, but certainly audible in the quite of the night as we lie in the bed of reflection of our day’s events. Do we not share that same presence? Most importantly, do we all not express in some shape, form or fashion our devotion and undying love for our Savior Jesus, the Anointed One of God? If so, then why does it seem that we and God’s word are so often in opposition? FULL POST
Posted 2/13/14 at 8:56 PM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Preacher's Attack Language On Sen. Tim Scott Not Original
The Reverend William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, has recently vilified South Carolina’s Senator Tim Scott as being merely a ventriloquist’s dummy because he is black and does not meet the aspirations of the organization. Rev. Barber snipe at Sen. Scott as other black conservatives is not original.
“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy… the extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be a senator and claims he’s the first black senator since reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C. and articulates the agenda of the TEA Party.”
But let us take a serious look into who is actually repeating what has been spoken before. Rev. Barber himself did not utter an original thought when he attacked Sen. Scott and black conservatives. If we would go back to the July 9, 2005 speech at the NAACP National Convention, then board chairman Julian Bond said this in criticizing black conservatives:
They've [enemies of justice and fair play] had a collection of black hustlers and hucksters on their payrolls for more than twenty years, promoting them as a new generation of black leaders. They can't deal with the leaders we choose for ourselves? So they manufacture, promote and hire new ones… like ventriloquists' dummies, they speak in their puppet master's voice, but we can see his lips move and we can hear his money talk.[i] FULL POST
Posted 10/26/13 at 12:06 AM | Dr. Melvin Johnson
Should Be Judged by Its Historical Impact Upon Humanity and the World
I cannot and never will be able to accept Darwinism because as a black man who understands why Charles Darwin wrote “The Origin of Species…” in the first place and the basic nature of the arguments that stem from the discussions. In fact, the actual title of this book continues with “… By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.” The truth is that Darwin wrote this book and the subsequent book The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex as a means to explain through a biological format why black people in particular could and should be maintained as slaves. What does “Favored Races” mean? The term race refers only to humans, and there have been no voices in any of the hearings that I am aware of who have pressed this point. FULL POST