The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



     Contrary to popular opinion, it is NOT the times that defines a man; it is a man who defines the times!  In other words, a real man—especially a real Christian man—does not bow his knee to the whims of society when it comes to righteousness, beliefs, family, and the Word of God.  A true man under the power of God has the hidden strength to make the times bow to him because he can see the landscape and the type of traps that are laid out to cripple and possibly kill him.

     Caught a great example of this not that long ago.  Congressman Byron L. Donalds (R-Fl) was being interviewed on the “Varney & Co” show on Fox Business in January 2023 during the height of the ‘Speaker Wars’ in the U. S. House of Representatives.  A Black female Democrat had released at very negative statement about Donalds being nominated for the post House Speaker—the first Republican Black to get such a nod.  The Democrats had nominated another Black man—Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for the post, thus putting forth two Black men for the top job.

     Instead of having praise for the matter, liberal politics came out in the form of character assassination of Donalds, accusing him of being a token, while Jeffries was a ‘real’ Black man.  Donalds, without batting an eye during the interview, noted: “If you see a Black man rise, let him RISE!”  It seems that we have FINALLY seen liberal women—especially liberal women of color—being called out for the very behavior that they have ‘claimed’ ONLY came from the conservative side of society.  Donalds caught the hand grenade and lobbed it back to the source, and the explosion was MARVELOUS!  Yes, he did not make it to the final cut for selection—but it was nice to see that he was on the playing field.

     “If you see a Black man rise, let him RISE!” Is a statement that belongs on our refrigerators, coffee mugs and bumper stickers.  With one statement, Black men have had put into words what many of us have been dealing with from social media, Hollywood, professional sports, and the mainstream ‘mess’ since the pandemic—a coven of the liberal social terrorists who refuse to see that men not only have a RIGHT to grow in strength, but to acknowledge that men have the right to be MEN of upright thought and character.

     I had a conversation with a brother of mine outside of the USA; talking football and the fact that our favorite teams would soon be going head-to-head to keep their rivalry alive.  I was proud to see that he had acted on the vision that he set a few years back and was reaping the fruit from current successes.  He had invested in himself, did it with prayer and supplication, and things WERE coming to pass.  No, the progress did not come overnight…but as one preacher said years ago: “It came…over time”.

     Take note sisters: IF the men of any community are prevented from or fail to rise, that community WILL sink…and you and the children IN that community will NOT emerge unscathed.  Talk all you want you liberal women; the strong Black man is Black—and back for 2023 and beyond.  Those brothers who FAIL to gain in the Lord’s strength and blessing are not growing strong because they are hanging around with and listening to the ‘looney liberal’ crowd (BLM, feminists, environmentalists, Antifa, Hollywood, and a HOST of unions) who are still anxious to sell out Black folk for some ‘perceived’ power and thirty pieces of silver.

     In our modern era, Judas it seems has some kin named Judy.  BOTH should be avoided.

     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:  ©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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