We are all born into a particular family that helps to shape our identity and even gives others a reference point for knowing who we are. In fact, it is as if the questions who yo’ people? and where are you from? are conjoined twins. When Philip introduces Jesus in John 1:45, he essentially says that he is Straight Outta Nazareth and he is Joseph’s boy calling him “Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” But these are only descriptors not definers of one’s identity nor limiters on one’s capacity.
Now, whether you find N.W.A.’s message and method palatable or not, there are a few factors this group shares with Jesus, the Liberator and Emancipator Straight Outta Nazareth! They both ignited revolutions, gave voice to the oppressed, and spoke the unadulterated truth to abusive authority. Now, Jesus certainly was not known for his vulgarity, but Jesus did not mince his words nor water down the truth. So, don’t just accept the “meek and mild” depiction that we have been sold wholesale. Jesus used his share of harsh words from “you brood of vipers”,”you snakes”, “you hypocrites” to “you blind guides”, and “you blind fools”–just to give you a few. And if you think I’m making this up, read up on the Seven Woes in Matthew 23.
Between the time that Jesus was conceived by the Spirit and the time he was affirmed by the Spirit at his baptism, Jesus, like each of us, had a plethora of life experiences–some that reminded him of his true essence and others that tried to distort the image of the divine in him. The extent to which those experiences impact us varies, because not all experiences are created equal, but they do not change the truth.
When we lift up the more masculine form of power without balancing it with the feminine, we deny and negate the inherent yin and yang partnership between the feminine and masculine, between the heart and head, between the intuition and intellect.
An over-reliance on the ego not only rejects the divine feminine, but rejects God–Who is Spirit and encompasses both feminine and masculine energies–and rejects one’s own self–denying the efficacy of the yin and yang of legitimate power that resides in each of us. Jesus’ 40 day journey in the wilderness was not about the exertion of excessive masculine power over things or people–which is the societal default for power–but instead Jesus demonstrated balanced feminine and masculine power that was over himself and that demonstrated mastery of himself.
The legitimate power of Spirit is in direct opposition to the illegitimate power of empire–the likes of which Jesus encountered in the wilderness. In Matthew 4, Jesus does not prioritize his self-interest by turning bread to stone but the food industry has prioritized profits over people by genetically modifying our food supply–that’s illegitimate corporate power. Jesus does not prioritize self-importance by creating a “disaster” to prove his superiority and privilege but white supremacists have created #trumpzilla to protect their delusion of superiority and preserve their privilege–that’s illegitimate cultural power. Jesus does not prioritize self-enrichment by sacrificing his soul for filthy lucre, but our flip-flopping and often spineless politicians give in to the idolatry of corporations and their lobbyists at the expense of the people all the time in America’s pay-to-play political system–that’s illegitimate congressional/political power. The bottom line is that everything is out of balance, because without Spirit, there will be no balance and there will be no power to operate in truth.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN US FOR 40 DAYS 2 BLISSFUL AUTHENTICITY Over the past two days, we’ve touched on the questions–Who you be? and Where are you from?–and today the final question we will tackle in this trifecta of truth is Whose are you? As a gullah-geechee girl from Charleston, SC, which we affectionately call […]
In answering the question, it is typical to name a place–perhaps the city and/or state where one was born or maybe the city and/or state of one’s current residence. Either way, it is typically a geographical location that you can find on a map–but is that really where you are from? That may be where you live or reside now or where you were born or grew up, but that is not where you are from–I mean it can’t be, if you are more than your physical self…if there is more to you than meets the eye. Sure, we can put a GPS on your physical self to pinpoint your location “in time”, but the essence of your being is from “beyond time” where a GPS has no access, no ability, and no authority.
In my late 20’s, while I was working at the community development corporation of a for-profit bank (an oxymoron of sorts), I met a woman working with the Department of Housing & Urban Development who on almost every occasion that we interacted asked me the same pointed question, “Who you be?” I gave the typical […]
As we safari through the wilderness of our beings, we are bound to come upon some weeds and debris that we will need to cut through to create a path to answering the all-illusive question: Who am I? This is probably the most dreaded job interview question that almost every interviewer asks, and for which […]
We are all born into a world that is constantly trying to define us, to proclaim and sometimes proscribe an identity for us, and to project itself upon us to meet its own self-serving needs whether those needs align with our purpose or not. It is up to us to know ourselves, because everything we […]