“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
– Audre Lorde
This week, Empowerment Temple pastor Jamal Bryant has been under fire for a video that’s been circulating around the various social media websites recently. In Pastor Byrant’s latest sermon “I’m My Enemies Worst Nightmare” he decided to allude to R&B singer Chris Brown’s new smash radio single Loyal. In the heat of his sermon, Jamal Bryant said:
“Every sister, elbow another sister and say ‘he should’ve listened’! Every brother, would you tap another brother and say ‘I should’ve listened to her’! God help me. Old Saints, ‘yall forgive me but I gotta tell em these h*es ain’t loyal!”
After he made these comments, his congregation shouted and acted as if his comments didn’t offend them. But people got a hold of the video and started forming their own opinions. Jamal Bryant took to Twitter to defend the leaked parts of his sermon. He basically said that his comments were taken out of context and weren’t misogynistic in its nature. He retweeted this:
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) June 4, 2014
Now, I’m not here to debate morality and spirituality. I’m also not trying to debate over if Pastor Bryant’s comments were right for a church setting. That’s not my focus and it’s petty trying to debunk someone’s beliefs or opinions. However, I want to confront a broader issue that’s stemmed from this incident.
What was misogynistic about Jamal Bryant’s comments? I listened to the whole sermon and, outside that one moment towards the middle of the sermon, it wasn’t anything remotely alarming. He was speaking for the male members of the church, saying that their church experience is vastly different from that of women because of our natural mindsets. It’s documented that women are emotional beings while men thrive on logic and fact. He pointed this out, using specific vernacular to get a rise out of his congregation like every modern day preacher. Nothing more, nothing less.
To go even deeper, he made his message clear that both young men and young women are under attack by the “enemy”. After taking a listen to the sermon in its entirety, you can tell that Pastor Bryant wasn’t talking in a spiteful, misogynistic tone at all. I thoroughly listened to the sermon trying to make sure I didn’t miss anything. In my honest opinion, his comments were taken out of context. But, it’s not the least bit surprising.
We’re seeing media manipulation at work family. We need to understand that, in an argument or debate, the person with the most persuasive skill always has the upper hand. The media can have a title that’s biased but attention grabbing and easily sway the average person that decides not to research further to accept their stance. That’s true power.
Have your own opinion on the matter. I like starting intelligent discussions! But, look at all the facts on the table. Actually take a listen to the sermon before you start throwing shots! My only question to you is this: looking at the context of his words and the current state of relationship affairs (especially in the black community) was he right or wrong?
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