If I were Jesus, I’d be pissed.
Think about it.
For my birthday, the second most important event in Christianity, I get upstaged by a fat guy in a red suit. First of all, I never, ever asked or suggested that anyone celebrate this event. Then they move the date to coincide with the birth date of some other deity. Nobody’s trying to get to know me better, they’re all just trying to see who gets the best material gifts for themselves…kinda the opposite of what I was pushing.
Then for my death and resurrection, one of the greatest miracles in the Bible, y’all spend more time and effort staging ‘Easter egg’ hunts than teaching why this is the most important event in Christianity and the possibilities it offers humanity? Rabbits, candy and new clothes are the focus of the day.
Both of my holidays have been thoroughly pimped; reduced to commercial gimmicks to get people to spend money, usually money that they don’t even have, to impress others who don’t even care.
Worse yet, both of my holidays are celebrated by lying to children. No wonder folks have a hard time developing a practical, meaningful spiritual life. Heck, if you grew out of believing in a Santa you never saw, and a bunny that you never saw, why shouldn’t you grow out of believing in me?…or my Daddy?
Yeah, I’d want to hurt somebody.
Thankfully, I’m not Jesus, just an employee. I refuse to join the preachers who claim that God is angry every time they are angry. That’s just religious b.s.
I personally believe that if Jesus were here in the flesh today, he would be spending a lot of time in jail for putting his foot in the behinds of religious and political leaders. If he saw the foul things that political and business leaders have done in the wake of Katrina, he would go straight off.
There is nothing that the moneychangers in the temple did that was more profane than what the powers-that-be have done to the Black and the poor in New Orleans and Louisiana. Jesus was always down with the downtrodden and he would not be sitting around just yakin’ about how bad it was.
Some friends of mine in New Orleans are about to bust a Jesus-type move this Easter Sunday. Survivors Village is a group of former St. Bernard Housing Development residents and their allies. The demolition of St Bernard and other public housing developments in New Orleans was “justified” with the promise that residents would be granted newer, safer, and more modern housing. Instead, residents are being systematically excluded from the land they lived on prior to the storm by manipulating the criteria for getting the housing. From the beginning, plans excluded them from 75% of the rebuilt apartments which were reserved for mixed income (non-poor) tenants.
On Easter Sunday, April 4 at 5 pm, Survivors Village is hosting a Right to Return March and Rally. The rally at 3800 St. Bernard Ave. will also serve as the starting point for the Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)’s march from New Orleans to Detroit Michigan for the US Social Forum.
April 4th, as some of you know, is also the date of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, who lived and died fighting for justice as a practical and necessary exercise of his faith.
I am urging people of faith and goodwill in the area to support this rally and the rest of us to get involved in the critical justice issues of our time, wherever you may be.
Black people have been a dead nation for far too long. The stench of spiritual, cultural, economic and political decay hovers like a cloud over most of our communities. We have within us the resurrection power to wake up and shake up and change a world that is in danger. Angels, aliens or ancestors will not, and should not do this for us.
All that remains is the challenge to answer that eternal question: