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indimuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 09:49 AM
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24. 3. Commitment to the "BLACK" Community...Church's Blk value system...

One might describe the list as good tinged with racial identity. One way to look at the list is to remove the racial references and see if the statements hold up:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the Community
3. Commitment to the Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all leadership who espouse and embrace the Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Value System.

Absent racial references, these statements of values are quite admirable. They mostly represent mainstream Judeo-Christian American values.

How would you feel about a church that proclaimed a White Value System, by substituting the word 'White' for the word 'Black' in the list above? I can hear the media

elites ringing condemnations already.

Perhaps the "pursuit of 'Middleclassness'" refers to crass materialism, something many might benefit from personally by disavowing.

I fail to see how a church that steeps its values in racial identity is not practicing racism. One wonders how welcoming that congregation would be to non-black

Christians. I would hope that Christian values would prevail. It would violate basic Christian values to pursue such racial divisions. These are the very same Christian

values that rang out so clearly in Dr. Martin Luther King's powerful speeches.

Let Americans never forget Dr King's reiteration of the American dream:

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

As one...NOT Black America..White America....One America..remember? I really don't get THAT message from Rev. Wright.
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