The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey


      Recently, I happened across a toy commercial on television.  It featured the modern update of a popular doll series for girls.  The doll in question could be anything.  However, out of the nine or ten dolls displayed, not one of them had the TOP vocation of wife and mother.  For—as we all know—without wives and mothers the REST of the careers soon become meaningless.

      Take Women’s History Month.  It is much the same thing as the doll commercial I mentioned at the beginning of our time together.  Many of the women are selected by the ‘mainstream mess’ (MSM) of which I include the social media mob, and the alphabet mafia.  This year—I kid you not—a biological man was selected as a woman to be honored.  Yeah, right.  But I digress.

      There are only two types of women—and variations of them within the two main categories: The godly woman and the ungodly woman.  The ungodly woman seemingly gets all the traction, but she has little in the way of ‘real’ social staying power.  The ungodly woman—in one of her subgroups—will take a selfie of herself in the most outrageous of places.  The godly woman—the woman who fears God—is a woman who knows her place in the broader society.  If she is single, she is an uplifter.  If she is a wife and mother, she is a world shaker and a society builder.

      Examine the women who have been prominently mentioned in Black History.  They knew who God was and had a firm relationship with Jesus Christ.  These women supported their husbands and protected their children.  They did NOT ‘down them’ but were there on the front lines against REAL racism and oppression.  Many of these sisters were blessed by God to do exploits FROM their homes which became legendary and bedrock portions of our history and society.  They worked WITH their Black Men and NOT against them for the ‘gain’ of a title, power, or praise.  These sisters UNDERSTOOD that unless the Black man and the Black family rises with the lead of godly men and upright women, honors are meaningless, and destruction is swift and sure.

      Let us honor the godly woman this month, whether she is from the first world, second world, or third world.  Without her, there would NOT be much of a world.  In turn, when Men’s History Month comes around, and there is an International Men’s Day, our godly women will honor then as godly men have honored her now—and every day.  Society likes to push the ‘hip hell-raising ungodly woman’. 

      My honor always goes with those who honor and serve God, in a very dark world.

      The late Marva Collins, a teacher who saw the Chicago schools failing her children and others, with the help of her husband built a school from scratch and taught her children in a better environment of learning.  Other children came to her school, and out of the public school ‘hellholes’.  We have had her godly example buried under excuses and ‘substandard’ women in the education field.  Marva Collins was featured on 60 Minutes, wrote several books, toured various parts of the country and lectured on how to open schools like hers with a minimum of hassle.  I had the chance to watch her speak in Cincinnati, Ohio a few years back. 

      I’ll leave you with two of her quotes to wrap up my column.

      Here’s the first one.  When asked—in her early days—when her school faced financial problems how she would keep the school open, Collins replied: “If Jesus could teach under a tree, then so can I.”  Then, there is this Firestarter for Woman’s History Month from Collins: “Don't try to fix the students, fix ourselves first. The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed.”

      Wanna have a great Women’s History Month? Honor godly women!  Buy one of Marva’s books and read how a godly woman ‘got it done’.  Word!

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Gospel Minister, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist living in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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