Tapman “Comes Out” as a Prophet

Hi again reader,

In the “About” page on this blog I title myself as a “self proclaimed” prophet. This isn’t entirely true – our congregation has run three “find your gift” programs of various kinds and all of them told me I was a teacher and a prophet. The interesting thing is that if you ticked the box that asked “do you believe that God can heal” you were told you had the gift of healing. I never really put much faith in the results of these programs but on one occasion a person said to me: “Of course this is your gift, I can’t believe that you can’t see it!” So I guess I got my hopes up, perhaps God has got a job for me to do. Perhaps I will be a voice calling out in the wilderness…….who knows.

What I need to come to terms with is the battle in my mind. Am I a prophet? Then what do I have to say? Why hasn’t my church helped me even after identifying my gifts for me? Perhaps they thought I wasn’t gifted and were just too polite to say? Do I write a public blog and wave the churches sins out for all to see? Am I too angry in my tone? Am I disobeying God and disrespecting the authorities that God has placed over me? Am I deluded?(the exact wording of this voice is, “am I full of shit?”) All these voices and questions  torment me in between blogs. One voice is clearer and becoming more evident – the one that tells me that we as a church are hurting women in our church, the one that tells me that we as a church discriminate and oppress people based on their Gender. Women, The Gay, the Lesbian, Intersex and Transgender. These marginalized people have no voice – particularly in our church. With no voice they rely totally on someone else to speak out for them.

The thing about me “coming out” as a prophet is this: somewhere in the bible it is said that if someone has a prophecy it should be listened to and evaluated to see whether it is from God. The church now has a biblical obligation to listen to my voice and either reject of accept what I have to say. Must look that bible verse up. Anyway, here is my first prophecy as one out of the closet:

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

If it has escaped your notice – We are on the precipice of social change, strikingly similar to the emancipation of slaves and the human rights gained for coloured people – women will soon be ordained as Pastors and Gay people will soon be treated equally, the wheels are in motion and gaining momentum. Here is the thing, Do we want to go down in history (like we have on numerous times in the past) as those who fought against truth and freedom? Do we want to go down in history as the Priest and Levite who walked on by, hoping someone else would make the effort or do we want to be known as the Good Samaritan?

Your choice. Although Jesus does recommend us to go and do likewise.

Thus sayeth the Lord.

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3 Responses to “Tapman “Comes Out” as a Prophet”
  1. cindy0803 says:

    Tapman,

    I wish I was as optomistic as you.

    I was born in 1965. I entered elementary school in Texas – TEXAS – in 1971. From as early as I can remember, even though there was discrimination, I always felt that if I applied myself and worked really, REALLY hard, that I could soar with the eagles (men.)

    But that was a time when I think even extremely bigoted men (and women) ignored girls trying to better themselves because it amused them. It amused them like watching a monkey try to get the lid off a jar of peanut butter; they might succeed occasionally, but by-and-large they were never going to be very good at it.

    As women proved that they were, in fact, good at a variety of things apart from opening jars of Jif, fear started to build up in the psyche of the onlookers until we arrive here: 2013. I have never in my 48 years felt such hatred (I am not even going to try and temper that word) toward girls and women. The only group blamed for more evil are Muslims. I think even gay men are not villified as much.

    Women and the liberal education system (women) are responsible for boys not performing well in school because it supposedly favors girls. Men are not getting into the best colleges because girls (and minorities) are being favored in the application process. Young men are dropping out of college because…..well, they don’t exactly say why, but it is always thrown in there when talking about how the women’s movement has ruined America for boys. Boys are choosing to live in their parents’ basements playing video games because somehow girls achieving THEIR potential emasculates boys and kills their desire to succeed and because their mothers had the audacity to kiss them when dropping them off at kindergarten. There are too many children living in poverty because lazy minority women devoid of any morals whatsoever will not keep their legs shut and socialist women (and girly men) are giving them handouts so that they never have the desire to make it on their own. All women in power (except the wild-eyed Republican pretty girls) are mocked for being horse-faced harpies; at least by those who want least to see women succeed.

    If this was only coming from fundamentalist Christians or from Republicans or from men, it might not seem so scary. However, it comes from all over; including the mothers and fathers of underachieving boys, even if they also have girls.

    And this is a good start for my next blog. Thanks for letting me vent.

    • Tapman says:

      Optimism gone – I thought the last frontier was getting the Church to accept women as leaders in the Church – will drop in again and read some of your posts 🙂

  2. cindy0803 says:

    And I forgot to mention: No one cares what Jesus said anymore, including Christians (which was the subject of one of my blog posts.)

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