Throughout history, various groups of people have considered themselves to be the chosen people of a deity, for a particular purpose. The phenomenon of a "chosen people" is well known among the Israelites and Jews.
Some claims of chosenness are based on parallel claims of Israelite ancestry, as is the case for the Christian Identity and Black Hebrew sects—both which claim themselves (and not Jews) to be the "true Israel".
Others claim that the concept is spiritual, where individuals who genuinely believe in God are considered to be the "true" chosen people. This view is common among most Christian denominations, who historically believed that the church replaced Israel as the people of God.
In Judaism, the concept of the Jews as the chosen people is the belief that the Jews, via descent from the ancient Israelites, are the chosen people, i.e. selected to be in a covenant with God.
The term implies that the Jewish people have been chosen by God to worship only him and to fulfill the mission of proclaiming his truth among all the nations of the world. NBA star Kyrie Irving has been under scrutiny since a social media post - October 2022 - in which he offered a link to Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, a 2018 film.
"Offered a link", seriously?
America, whether we agree or disagree with Kyrie, this is taking censorship to an entirely new level.
You had a bunch of idiots sitting courtside wearing tee-shirts criticizing Mr. Irving and everyone was OK with that.
Any other African-American athlete who dares to support the suspended Brooklyn Nets basketball player would be ostracized and possibly suspended as well.
The reason for the backlash against Kyrie and why he was labeled anti-semitic is because the film suggest that "Black Hebrews" and not "Jews" are "God's chosen people."
Newsflash: THERE ARE NO CHOSEN PEOPLE !
We are all branches of the same tree. We're cut from the same cloth.
Here's an analogy:
The deity referred to as "God" would be the ocean and humankind would be the waves of that universal ocean.
To suggest that a certain group is chosen over another would be tantamount to saying one set of waves are more special or chosen over another.
The "chosen people" historical argument is pure and unadulterated pious balderdash!
This is why the NBA has indefinitely suspended Kyrie Irving. We need to stand up, to stand strong in our support of him.
In 1967 Muhammad Ali defied the Vietnam Draft. The champ stated:
“No, I will not go 10,000 miles from here to help murder and kill another poor people simply to continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people of the Earth... The real enemies of my people are right here—not in Vietnam.”
“Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” Ali said. “No Viet Cong ever called me ‘N*gg*r.’ ”
Ali was 25 years old then and would miss more than three years in the prime of his career. Less than a year later, Dr. King would be murdered. It was an angry, violent time with Ali being a major player, blending race, religion, sports and politics.
That blend still exist today except the athletes are AFRAID to take on the challenge. You have to do more than wear matching tee-shirts.
If your idea of a politicized athlete is former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem, consider what occurred after Ali took his stand.
Five weeks later in Cleveland, an extraordinary group of black athletes gathered alongside Ali in support.
June 4, 1967, the "Cleveland Summit" included Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown (he presided over the meeting of top African-American athletes), Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten.
Ali’s defiance inspired other black athletes as well. A year later, American Olympic track medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrust black-gloved fists upward in a Black Power gesture during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Mexico City (their careers were destroyed but they took a legendary stance nonetheless).
In Clay v. the United States, Ali's conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971. He won back the title in 1974, a year after the draft was abolished.
Kaepernick was the catalyst of the 21st Century revolution and we severely let him down. Ironically, his taking a knee was symbolic to the horrific, public murder of George Floyd... and the murders of unarmed African-American men, women, and children continues.
Jews are NOT the chosen people!
Hebrews are NOT the chosen people!
WE ARE ONE...
"Never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee."
Cleveland Summit June 1967
Slavery taught black people how to survive but not how to live. This is what we passed on to each other, along with Christianity.
The mentality of our enslaved, emotionally, spiritually, and physically abused ancestors still haunts us in 21st Century America. It hovers over this generation of African Americans like an infectious malodor, eating the flesh of an entire race. When we know the origins of our psychological afflictions, we can do better. We can find collective ways to rise above our condition. By now we should be keenly aware that help is not coming from White America.
Historically, our inherited pious belief system; our medieval methodologies are clearly not the way. In the article, "Black Evangelical Offerings", the statistics reveal startling numbers. There are approximately 34,747,436 African American Christians. The average monthly donation per family (based on the low-end of contributing 5% of your monthly income) is $246 ($58,985 divided by 12 months = $4,915 per month x 5%). Take the $246 and multiply it by 34,747,436 Black Christians and you have an astronomical total of $8,547,869,256 that is handed over to their respective churches.
Black folks are forking over 8 billion, 547 million, 869 thousand, 256 dollars per month in tithes and 'love offerings'.
This means there is no return on your investment. You're giving away your hard-earned cash and making the pastors of these sacrosanct edifes RICH.
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This article by taskeinc will cut directly to the chase. Black folks, you are throwing your money away in the most absurd, the most religiously conditioned ways imaginable.
Here are the numbers and the data to back up this tragic fact.
Population estimates, July 2019, 328,239,523 people in the U.S.
Black or African American = 13.4% of the U.S. population.
79% of African Americans are Christian
43,984,096 x 79% Christian African Americans = 34,747,436 Black Christians
Most African American Christians do not give 10% of their 'required' tithes and offerings. Some give more, but most give less. The calculations are based on the low end at an average of 5% monthly that Black people donate to their respective churches.
Household Income in the United States
Mean household income (average income earned by American households) in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau 2014 Annual Social and Economic Supplement, was $72,641.
$58,985 divided by 12 months = $4,915 per month.
$4,915 x 5% = $245 average per month - per family - donated to the church.
34,747,436 Black Christians x $245 = 8,513,121,820 = 8 billion, 513 million, 121 thousand, 820 dollars... spent per month in tithes and offerings.
I'll give you a minute to pick yourself up off the floor before I continue.
Albert Einstein's definition of insanity:
"Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results."
So I'll ask the question. Are African Americans insane? It's a fair question when you see - in black and white - the amount of money, collectively, that black folks are giving to the church. Mind you, a good percentage of your donations filter up to the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican, the hoarders of the world's wealth, along with the one percent financially elite.
This explains why the Church, and especially the Pope, never stepped in to put an end to Chattel Slavery; never stepped in to prevent the Holocaust; to stop wars for profit; to prevent the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Is not the Pope considered the "Vicar of Christ", or the "representative of Christ on earth"? He certainly has the finances to do so. To humanity's misfortune, practically every single Pope dating back to St. Peter, St. Linus, St Anacletus, and up to the present Pope Francis, has been silent regarding the skulduggery of our world. This is beside the point, but who bestowed these nefarious men with the epithet of "Saint"?
My brothers and sisters if we want to be treated and respected as first-class citizens of the United States, we must stop throwing away our money. For heaven's sake, God doesn't need your money. Money is an inanimate object, which means that our Creator - 100 percent energy, 100 percent LOVE, 100 percent Spirit - has no use for your money.
As Felix Martin wrote in Money: The Unauthorized Biography:
“The problem is that money is not really a thing at all but a social technology: a set of ideas and practices which organize what we produce and consume and the way we live together. When it comes to money itself – rather than the tokens that represent it, the account books where people record it, or the buildings such as banks in which people administer it – there is nothing physical to look at…But currency is not itself money…Coins and currency, in other words, are useful tokens to record the underlying system of credit accounts and to implement the underlying process of clearing these accounts.”
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