Too follow up with my rant from yesterday a brother recently asked why it seemed that the divorce rate in the UHOP was so high and the following was my response:<quoted text>
This is genius!! And yes, you are so right....satans deceit can go as far as ANY and EVERYTHING to keep humans focus from serving YHWH correctly.
Greetings dear sisters and brothers. I humbly apologize for my late post on this great topic. I would like to start with one of my favorite quotes. "Questions bring about answers, and answers prevent problems." We are fearful of being disrespectful to our religious leadership. I think Brother XXXX question was spot on. There have been some interesting responses but I view the major issue as marriage is not a priority in the UHOP. People are "married" and or committed to the organization because that's where they spend most of their time. Marriages in the UHOP are not cultivated because spouses are separated so often by "church" obligations. Therefore one can stand to reason that most spouses don't have enough time to devote to making their marriages grow and work. The problem is that we avoid saying exactly what has happened by using excuses like: "it's not the church it's the people." Well I counter that argument with the people are the church.
Being honest about this problem simply means that we recognize that it needs to be addressed and not solely blaming the church. However, in contrast we recognize that as black people we view the church as our spiritual hospital. Bishop Grace's marriages (plural) and divorces were hidden from most of the members. Just my humble opinion but it set the tone in the organization for why marriage is not a priority as it relates to UHOP leadership. The answer to every problem is 8:00 prayer.
The great Frederick Douglas said: "I prayed on my knees to GOD for twenty years for my freedom but it wasn't until I got up off my knees and started praying with my legs that things changed." We will never be able to resolve our marriage issues or reduce the divorce rate on our knees. It's going to take hard work, TIME, and commitment. Most importantly we have to acknowledge that in the religious culture of the organization it is a problem.