By Eric Stradford, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
TEN POINTS OF LAW OR ONE POINT OF LOVE? You choose. The U.S. Supreme Court "mansplained" a woman's right to choose what happens in her own body. It over ruled " Affirmative Action Enforcement" as an exercise in futility.
It "Black-faced" diversity until #WomanKing took her seat at the front of the bus. Our discovery entrusted to the futuristic seven justices of #KwanzaaCourt invites legal argument from religious scholars, historians, theologians and politicians on evidence that “Melchizedek” was possibly a SHE and not a HE. Th plaintiff's petition seeks repair for a European/Colonial American false claim of #ManifestDestiny in a #MatrinealCulture.
AMWS, July 1, 2023, Atlanta -- Awakening from yet another sleepless night in the metaverse, I am in awe of #ThePentecostReality. Most of my friends-n-kin don’t get me. To appropriate from the gospel according to Shaft, “He’s a complicated man, and no one understands him but his woman.”
My bride of three decades is the lovely Stephanie Antoinette Walker Stradford. And, this is neither history lesson nor Bible Study. It is a love story.
To appropriate from the Gospel of JOHN Lennon, #AllYouNeedIsLove. On June 25, 1967, an estimated 400 million humans in 25 countries received Great Britain's contribution to Our World, the first live global television link.
Remarkable as it was at the time, Great Britian’s contribution to “Love Thy Neighbor” barely met the ten percent tithe rule imposed on historically disadvantaged heirs of the biblical “Father Abraham.”
To appropriate from the gospel of the internet, on July 1, 2023, two in 2.4 billion believers declared an end to poverty. #NoPoverty2030 is the global effect of that declaration.
The Case of Stolen Peoples’ Equity before the seven justices of #KwanzaaCourt is in “discovery mode.” The King of England and the President of the United States are once again seeking relief through separate trials. They learned from past mistakes that, “No Kingdom divided can stand.” Their hope is that believers can be sifted like wheat. Attorneys for the plaintiff are counting on ka TUMELO re lelapa as a value for ensuring justice.
On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was raised by the Continental Congress to settle a dispute over appropriated lands they called “America.” The “families” waged a Revolutionary War. The family squabble was justified as a struggle for independence and democracy between Britain and its 13 American colonies between 1775 to 1783.
In the midst of the struggle, my bride emerged as The Church of Jesus Christ, faced with the historically recurring choice of COMMUNITY over CHAOS. The “church” chose to divide itself over the issue of constitutionally and statutorily enslaving Free Africans.
By 1812, the co-defendants were back at it. The War of 1812, (June 18, 1812–February 17, 1815), continued the family squabble between the United States and Great Britain over British violations of U.S. maritime rights. It ended with a compromise negotiated in Belgium as the Treaty of Ghent.
This pattern of behavior pre-dating the Treaty of Ghent is described today in 18 U.S.C. §1962(c) as Elements of the Offense: RICO – Conducting or Participating in the Conduct of the Affairs of an Enterprise Through A Pattern Of Racketeering Activity. But, two or more Generation Alpha believers can break some traditional norms for 2.4 billion followers. In virtual reality, a vision is yet for an appointed time. It is, however, a common ingredient for anything that ever became.
Women In Ministry (WIM) are pregnant with possibilities since reclaiming their KEA LUMELA. They have called on the Women’s Missionary Society to partner with the Free African Society on healing a hole in their family’s soul.
On June 10, 2023, the AME International Health Commission convened a four-hour zoom meeting on HIV Training and COVID. The commission, chaired by The Right Reverend Francine Brookins, 141st Elected, Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and presiding prelate of the 18th Episcopal District, was unavailable for comment on strategic planning to engage youth church members as heirs of salvation.
#MiracleWhip, a beloved condiment for millions, does not necessarily appeal to everyone’s tastes, but through medical science, one might advance another’s belief with a medical opinion. “#MiracleWhip can be a good thing,” said the chief medical officer for The #TumeloFamily Medical Center. “It can be even better with a little #MustardSeed.”
Before Pentecost, there was law -- made by men, for men, showcasing the history of MANkind. But, one woman banked on what she believed children in Lesotho could achieve. The Reverend Maselemeng Molupe, shepherds the Theresa James African Methodist Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity #IamAME, a #DoubleDogDareYou vision of the future for sustainable ministry. Her Bishop, The Right Reverend Brookins, Esq., a former member of the Judicial Council, is whipping up a mess of miracles to “carry out the spirit of the original Free African Society in the Mountain Kingdom and across neighboring nations of the Motherland.
Her church’s first Episcopal team of two female preachers is making business as usual a practice of the past. Before COVID-19, The Reverend Dr. Miriam J. Burnett, M.D., Supervisor of Missions, had already won hearts and souls in Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, the North East and Lesotho by imagining a medical miracle for a global pandemic. Her 98,000 patients here are healing themselves and their planet by empowering and engaging a whole new generation of believers.
Uncommon collaboration among Generations X, Y, and Z, is drawing prophecy from Malachi 4:6 to shape “herstory” into a sustainable, replicable model for humankind development. In a practical, measurable approach to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #1, #NoPoverty2030, today’s generations have met their “Melchizedek.” But this time, she’s revealing trust assets they never knew existed or were for them.
The believer might be encouraged through the built-in call to wait. “The vision is yet for an appointed time, though it tarry wait for it…it will surely come.” If true, mankind will eventually realize that God Almighty, in His infinite wisdom, chose woman (and not man) to birth the entire world. Maybe then, believers will value the possibilities through #WomanKing.
18 Melchizedek king of Salem also went to meet Abram. Melchizedek was a priest for God Most High.
“Abram, may God Most High give you blessings.
God made heaven and earth.
20 And we praise God Most High.
He has helped you to defeat your enemies.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had brought back from the battle.
The Priest Melchizedek
Melchizedek was the king of Salem and a priest for the Most High God. SHE met Abraham when Abraham was coming back after defeating the kings. When they met, Melchizedek blessed Abraham. 2 And Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had brought back from the battle. First, Melchizedek’s name means “king of goodness.” Also, SHE is king of Salem, which means “king of peace.” 3 No one knows who Melchizedek’s father or mother was. No one knows where SHE came from. And no one knows when SHE was born or when SHE died. Melchizedek is like the Son of God; SHE continues being a priest forever.
4 You can see that Melchizedek was very great. Abraham, the great father, gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything that Abraham won in battle. 5 Now the law says that those in the tribe of Levi who become priests must get a tenth from the people. The priests collect it from their own people, even though the priests and the people are both from the family of Abraham. 6 Melchizedek was not from the tribe of Levi. But SHE got a tenth from Abraham. And SHE blessed Abraham, the man who had God’s promises.
7 And everyone knows that the more important person blesses the less important person. 8 Those priests get a tenth, but they are only men who live and then die. But Melchizedek, who got a tenth from Abraham, continues living, as the Scripture says. 9 It is Levi who gets a tenth from the people. But we might even say that when Abraham paid Melchizedek a tenth, then Levi also paid it. 10 Levi was not yet born. But Levi was in the body of his ancestor Abraham when Melchizedek met Abraham.
11 The people were given the law concerning the system of priests from the tribe of Levi. But they could not be made spiritually perfect through that system of priests. So there was a need for another priest to come. I mean a priest like Melchizedek, not Aaron. 12 And when a different kind of priest comes, the law must be changed, too. 13 We are saying these things about Christ. He belonged to a different tribe. No one from that tribe ever served as a priest at the altar. 14 It is clear that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah. And Moses said nothing about priests belonging to that tribe.
Jesus Is Like Melchizedek
15 And this becomes even more clear. We see that another priest comes, who is like Melchizedek. 16 He was not made a priest by human rules and laws. He became a priest through the power of his life, which continues forever. 17 In the Scriptures, this is said about him:
“You are a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
18 The old rule is now set aside because it was weak and useless. 19 The law of Moses could not make anything perfect. But now a better hope has been given to us. And with this hope we can come near to God.
20 Also, it is important that God made an oath when he made Jesus high priest. When the others became priests, there was no oath. 21 But Christ became a priest with God’s oath. God said:
“The Lord has made a promise
and will not change his mind.
‘You are a priest forever.’” Psalm 110:4
22 So this means that Jesus is the guarantee of a better agreement from God to his people.
23 Also, when one of the other priests died, he could not continue being a priest. So there were many priests. 24 But Jesus lives forever. He will never stop serving as priest. 25 So he is always able to save those who come to God through him. He can do this, because he always lives, ready to help those who come before God.
26 So Jesus is the kind of high priest that we need. He is holy; he has no sin in him. He is pure and not influenced by sinners. And he is raised above the heavens. 27 He is not like the other priests. They had to offer sacrifices every day, first for their own sins, and then for the sins of the people. But Christ does not need to do that. He offered his sacrifice only once and for all time. Christ offered himself! 28 The law chooses high priests who are men with all their weaknesses. But the word of God’s oath came later than the law. It made God’s Son to be the high priest. And that Son has been made perfect forever.