The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey




      During my ‘active’ years as a Minister, one of the complaints that I most often heard coming from congregation members of various churches in the Black Community was the following: “I can’t get ahold of my Pastor.”  I never really had a good explanation as to why this was so until I checked out the local political news over the past few years.

      Seems that Democrat office holders have little problem getting ahold of a Pastor—or a congregation—on a Sunday morning in our communities, especially when they are worried about keeping Black voters ‘lined up’ and ready for sacrifice on their altar of politics.

      I’ll get to my list of some of the more recent examples, but first I wanted to put forth a warning to Pastors who ‘play the political game’ over preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The reason WHY the church has lost much of its power is that it is so ‘hooked up’ with the political process, that they have forgotten some words of wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The CHURCH is the CONSCIENCE of the state.”

      Churches in many a neighborhood don’t seem to have problems in securing a variety of grants from federal, state and local agencies.  All they must do to qualify for those grants is NOT to evangelize those who participate in the grant-funded program.  Thus, if someone in that program came to a church member or a Minister concerned about their soul, and they are led to faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17 KJV) the grant(s) will be killed off IMMEDIATELY.  Never mind the fact that a soul is worth more to the Kingdom of God than grant money—but far too many churches don’t seem to mind taking the thirty pieces of silver to keep their doors open.  Of course, if the Pastor and Deacons would do more to teaching and modeling the benefits of Tithing to the work of the Lord, NO grant money would be needed.  Silly me!

      The Democrat party excels at playing the Black community for suckers on Sunday morning.  First, various Democrat leaders came up with the idea of bussing congregations down to the polls for Early voting—right after Sunday morning services.  Then, we have had Hillary Clinton, Fani Willis and now Joe Biden spending Sunday morning in some Black Church—IN the pulpit no less—‘bucking, winging and pandering’ before God’s people about why they deserve ‘another’ term in office (so they can forget about them until the next election).  Remember: the same politicians 'locked down' the church, but kept the liquor and weed stores OPEN.

      Want to know something?  God’s pulpit is sacred; reserved ONLY for God’s man (I Timothy, Chapter 2:9-15 KJV).  EACH one of those Democrats (and others) have been cursed by mocking God’s pulpit and God’s people.  Further, the Man of God who is the Pastor of such a church ALSO is punished on a variety of fronts.  Dancing with the world ain’t worth the price.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his 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:  ©2024 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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