Thursday, February 7, 2013

DL Brothers (Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day)

In the spirit of this day, I want to revisit a lesson I typed back in April of 2004.

I'm noticing that I've been receiving a lot of E-mails about DL brothers, and I'd said to myself, "the next time somebody sends me that E-mail, I'm going to type this E-mail." Well, I want you all to listen to every word I say (some of you know that song - smile). This drama needs to stop and this E-mail is the only way to stop the drama about DL brothers. About 10 years ago, homosexuals and lesbians were coming out of the closet, now our race is coming out of the closet and we think it's OK? Allow me to say what Carman said: America's dying hand is on the threshold of the church, while the spirit of Sodom & Gomorrah vex us all. When it gets to the point when people would rather come out of the closet than clean it, it's the sign of judgment of God's going to fall. If you don't know what I'm talking about, turn in your Bibles to Romans 1:18-32 (now for those of you who aren't familiar with scripture, you need to look at this - and by the way, once you read something in the Bible, you are accountable for it - Luke 12:36-48). Anyway, as I'd glanced through articles of this kind, this is the world (and it's sad that we as the body of Christ gets so involved with it - instead of putting the world down, we need to pray for everybody).

This is my story (many of you know the bulk of this story, but I'm going to take my testimony from a different standpoint - wow, this is the first time I've openly shared my testimony via E-mail). If you feel that your heart and/or spirit isn't ready to read this, you can now save it for later or delete it. You know I'm not too graphical, but I'll say things just to prove a point. Otherwise, let's get into it.

At the age of 8, my uncle (who was 10) came to live with my family because he had failed the fourth grade. I'd endured physical abuse and probably emotional for about 2 years. Well, around August of 1984, my uncle started sexually abusing me. When it initially happened, I didn't think anything was wrong (I'd actually didn't mind it). But after about a few more months, my uncle would use that against me (basically, make me get in trouble and then I'd have to give in just so he wouldn't tell my parents). And I was of course scared to tell my parents because they would believe my uncle over me (if I told my parents the truth, my uncle would stomp a mudhole in me). This carried on for about 8 months. So, here I am at the age of 10 thinking this is OK and it's natural (and it's truly an abomination)! When I look back today, I'm thankful that I didn't end up with AIDS - believe me, there's more to this story. Look at the YouTube link on the right for the entire testimony. And yes, this was the anchor for my story Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid.

I'll close by saying this: If God can save and deliver me from my mess, he can deliver these DL brothers or anybody out of that lifestyle (but they have to want to change - like I did, and we as the body of Christ need to pray for them). And not only did God deliver me from that lifestyle, but from November 1, 1986 to this point (me typing this E-mail), I've been celibate (and all glory goes to God). Somebody knows what I'm talking about, but you need to count your blessings (because some of us could still be drowning in our sins) and praise God for His goodness (because I'll tell you and I'll say what Smokie Norful said and it's true for my life: In spite of everything I've been through, I still got to tell the Lord thank you)! Hallelujah. But we need to stop putting each other down, and start feeding these lost people the spiritual nourishment they really need. If you feel this E-mail has been a blessing to you, feel free to respond or pass it along. But Jesus is only key to freedom. God bless you all and I love you all.