Knuck If You Buck: Why I Bring My Bible And Not My Vaseline Or Timbs To Church

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From Essence 

My grandmother, Nanny Esther, once hit a woman in church. She said, “That’s where she did her dirt and so that’s where she got her whoppin’.” It’s comical in a sense because my Nanny was in her sixties at the time. It is completely antithetical to the message of church, and I was reminded of that incident by something I recently witnessed on TV: A woman in was praising God in one scene and in the next pulling out her Timbaland boots, her Vaseline and a straight edge because she didn’t agree with something another woman said. (I won’t name the show, but you can see what gave me pause here.)

I consistently see people who profess to be of God act the furthest from Him, in their relationships. To me, this isn’t about religion, but more about practicing what you preach.  If you say you’re about a faith that teaches forgiveness, acceptance and love then, how can you mistreat the people that are closest to you?

I have a lot to say about the programming that’s on television right now.  It’s obvious that I do, indeed, watch a lot of it. I tell my roommate that I have to watch it for business purposes, and that is true to an extent. But, what I think many of us critics don’t give reality TV credit for is that many of the themes portrayed are real. We may not want to admit it, but we all have a sister or brother-friend who in one moment is praising God, and in the next, they’re exhibiting anything but God-like behavior.

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