Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Black Churches Must Embrace Urban Regional Power by Akindele Akinyemi


Many times you often hear me talk about how the Black church is the catalyst of revitalizing our community from within. As we begin breaking ground on urban regional power in in areas like Benton harbor and Inkster we need to fully understand how the faith based community will play an critical role of redevelopment and begin a revolution to reestablish cultural values in our community.

The biggest obstacle facing our community is ourselves. Not the Democratic or Republican parties, not the TV or Radio, and not government. We need to re-evaluate ourselves as the Black community. After 40 years of liberal policies in urban communities across Michigan we are still stuck at square one.

Fighting the "white" power structure is far from the answer and due to this false pretense we have lost not just one but two generations of leaders due to keeping them stuck in a mindset of where hey might not never pull themselves out of mental poverty. Part to blame for this is our churches.

The African American church is the most powerful institution in our community. It will play an important role in building urban regional power on an economic and educational level.
However, we must redefine the role of the church in 2007.

The Black church must begin to organize on true Christian principles. Far too often (and I have said this many times) that it is a crime to turn the church into a fashion zone, a political derby for liberal or conservatives, a bling-bling for those with money or wealth, Black Theology that is rooted in communism/socialism or Marxism, or old membership that is ready to die off.
The root of ANY church should be its children/youth ministry. This is where we should be establishing legacies. What I mean by that is developing leadership based on God, accountability, integrity and trust. We should be exposing our children to free market enterprises, investments and wealth creation.

We should be teaching the spiritual side of sex to our young people. Sex should be explained as a mental and spiritual development first before physical. Of course, explain the dangers of sex as well as developing a healthy spiritual lifestyle.

The other thing we should be teaching our young adults who are eligible to vote is to vote their values. If we are teaching our children that abortion is wrong in the church and then vote for Jennifer Granholm (a governor who supports abortion) then that is sending a mixed message. Our community is confused because we want to be liberal politicians who preach about Black this and Black that but want to teach our children conservative values. This will not cut it as we build urban regional power in our community.

The Black church also should stress the importance of spiritual prosperity FIRST before economic prosperity. We have some churches that will not engage in either and teach our young people to have a hand-out mentality. This is the problem in Benton Harbor, MI. We have religious leaders begging Whirlpool Corporation to build the Black community when they should have already established an urban regional network with Berrien, Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Calhoun Counties. The Black Chamber of Commerce should already be in place. Economic development should already be in motion. Thanks to liberal policies and hatred for other people that do not look like us we hinder our social, economic and political development.

The Black Church should stop giving social programs (where our people become dependent) and begin to develop educational and wealth creation programs (which will give them a sense of self-determination) we will begin to fully appreciate what God has in store for us. Social programs are riddled with scandals, political jockeying and embezzlement. We need to educate our families within the church structure on how to conserve their money, invest for their children's future and most importantly live comfortably. Churches that are fighting the system only to receive the crumbs that fall from the table of the "White Power Structure" for a few social programs is keeping us enslaved.

Free market economics is the key to transforming Inkster, Benton Harbor and Ecorse.
Black churches finally should embrace and invest in educational choice. We are responsible for expanding charters in our own community. We have the prime opportunity to compete with traditional school systems to prepare our children for a 21st century global job market.

If the Black church revolutionize themselves in 2007 with fully embracing conservative technology then we will succeed in building urban regional power in small urban communities in Michigan.

6 comments:

Free-Man said...

The Black Afrikan Church should form a solid movement for peace in Iran - Iraq - Afghanistan & urge the US to bring its soldiers home NOW!
The Black Afrikan Church should reject White European Supremacy that founded the Charter Schools to not have all students trated equally in public schools
The Black Afrikan Church should teach that "Free Market Enterprise" is based on Poor People in the US Military killing poor people in NonWhite European Countries for White European Supremacy - Free market Enterprise is a lie & it is contrary to the Christian Holy Book the Bible

akindele akinyemi said...

Free-Man said...
The Black Afrikan Church should form a solid movement for peace in Iran - Iraq - Afghanistan & urge the US to bring its soldiers home NOW!

And let the Islamic insurgents to kill everyone..including you. wow.

The Black Afrikan Church should reject White European Supremacy that founded the Charter Schools to not have all students trated equally in public schools

and send our children back to failing public schools. i work in charter school and these kids are extremely happy to leave DPS. but you suggestion is to send them back to an unsafe and unjust system. ok.




The Black Afrikan Church should teach that "Free Market Enterprise" is based on Poor People in the US Military killing poor people in NonWhite European Countries for White European Supremacy - Free market Enterprise is a lie & it is contrary to the Christian Holy Book the Bible

So we should live in a poverty stricken society where its cool to be poor and broke, cannot take care of your children and raob and steal from those who have nice things because you are too lazy to get it yourself in a Christain way.

Free-Man said...

Coopted Puppet The Black Afrikan Church should seek the peace of Islamic Insurgents because the Black Afrikan Church follows the Prince of Peace Jesus of Nazareth -"Follow peace with all men, ..." Hebrews 12:14 Bible The Black Afrikan Church should fight to make public schooling equal for all students - The reason why public schooling does not work for Black Afrikans is because White European-American Supremacy system does not want to educate Black Afrikans to benefit the Black Afrikan Community -
The Black Afrikan Church should fight to make sure that everyone in society has equal opportunities and everyone's basic needs are met

akindele akinyemi said...

Coopted Puppet The Black Afrikan Church should seek the peace of Islamic Insurgents because the Black Afrikan Church follows the Prince of Peace Jesus of Nazareth -"Follow peace with all men, ..." Hebrews 12:14 Bible

I used to parctice Islam. You didn't and it shows. The pale arabs cannot stand the fact that the original Muslims were Black. We are persecuted by Islamic Insurgents overseas daily.


The Black Afrikan Church should fight to make public schooling equal for all students - The reason why public schooling does not work for Black Afrikans is because White European-American Supremacy system does not want to educate Black Afrikans to benefit the Black Afrikan Community -

Ignorance is the reason why we cannot get anything done in Detroit.The Detroit Public Schools are segregated and I have proof of this first hand. You have no proof that charters are segregated. This is a lie that you Black Socialists continue to perpetuate.

The Black Afrikan Church should fight to make sure that everyone in society has equal opportunities and everyone's basic needs are met

Society has rejected opportunites just like they rejected Christ so what is your point?

Only a fool like you would keep us enslaved.

Free-Man said...

Coopted Puppet - you don't understand the issue - The issue is White European American Supremacy System does not want to educate Black Afrikans to benefit the Black Afrikan Community - whether the Black Afrikans are schooled in Charters or Traditional public Schools

Bill said...

Akindele,

It's refreshing to hear another voice from the Black community. I wouldn't pretend to "tell" you what you need to do to succeed. Obviously, you're living it -- and your outline of the solution makes good sense. Good luck.
With the free market and good will, much of Michigan can come back for the benefit of all.

Bill Gelineau
Libertarian Party of West Michigan