The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      The title of this column has been one of those questions that many of us have had to examine from time to time.  Believe it or not, those who are under the name of Jesus Christ have had to contend with this issue in a variety of places.

      Do people want you or only what you can do for them?

      If you know your KJV Bible, Jesus himself had to contend with this matter after he fed the multitudes.  They followed Him so that they could get their needs met.  They didn’t want to change their attitudes or behaviors.  These people were content to be ‘takers’ and not ‘givers.’

      Sounds a lot like today, doesn’t it?

      Since the pandemic, more and more people have decided to ‘opt’ out of a physical church presence, and head for the Internet for their worship experience.  Why?  Well, outside of the ‘fears’ associated with health reasons, folk—even Christians—get tired of churches accepting their tithes and offerings, but not ‘allowing them’ to be counted as ‘true’ members.  In short, these members are not really ‘members’ of their local church as they are ‘restricted’ by ‘more established’ members of that church.  Sure, these ‘second class members’ are good for clean-up work but are never ‘invited’ into ‘real’ fellowship—or the ranks of leadership with the ‘first class members.’  Just keep paying your tithes, shut up, and we ‘may’ let you decide on the color of the toothpicks to be ‘used’ at the next church picnic.

      No wonder church attendance continues to drop in some cities.

      But wait, there’s more!

      Folk will enter relationships on selfish grounds and are shocked to find out that the person whom they sought to ‘mooch’ off eventually comes to their senses and finds their way out of the relationship.  Better yet, you scan the Social Media scene and find video after video of people ‘wondering’ why they don’t have a romantic relationship—then they answer their own question by admitting that they are NOT willing to change themselves to meet a potential mate ‘halfway’.  In short?  They are quite content to have someone ‘do’ for them for the ‘privilege’ of being in a romantic relationship with someone.  They are content to be ‘takers’ and not ‘givers.’

      If YOU find yourself on the short end of your church, your relationship, or other areas because you are ‘only’ asked to be around because of what you ‘can’ do for others, it may be time for you to take the advice of Pastor Adrian Rogers: “Saturate the place (relationship, etc.) with your absence.”  Further, count on God—through His Word—to refresh you and lead you to people who are quite willing to give AND take—rather than just taking from you.


     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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