Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Shaundrie Follows God...Not Man

What I want Americans to stop doing is telling adults how to live. I want people to stop influencing their culture, politics, and principles on one another. I have a problem with religious institutions trying to govern what everyday Americans do within the privacy of their own home. Let the Word of God govern their decisions and you mind your business.

Now let me clarify that I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died for my sins, was resurrected on the third day and is with God as I type! Furthermore, I believe that God gives you free will to make choices in your life. God preordain that man would have free-will, the ability and responsibility to choose to obey Him (cf. Josh. 24:14-19). Leviticus 18:22 clearly states, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." Following God means that you WILL follow HIS Word. Its up to you to make the CORRECT CHOICE.

Now, lets discuss "choices". Choices were given at the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden. Eve CHOSE to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit (cf. Gen. 3:1-6). Your decisions in life are solely based on YOUR MORAL COMPASS. However, there will always be consequences for your actions. Just as Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, you also will reap what you sow (cf. Galatians 6:6-8). Only YOU will be held accountable for those actions. Therefore, I will not judge (see previous post).

Now, God can give you free will....who is man to tell you how to live?


The statement that disturbed me the most is at the 2:40 mark. Father Johnathan Morris said, "....take the principles to influence influence influence work place with the values that you believe in." I do not know if your values are God's values. History has taught us that not every man of the cloth is of God. I will not follow your principles and values.

Pastor John MacArthur, of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, clarified this perfectly with his sermon, "The Foolishness of God, Part 1". He said, "You don't need human wisdom. You don't need human philosophy. You need the word of God. If you know the word of God and you understand the word of God, you know the reason for everything. You understand what you need to know and you have solutions to your problems. You see there are only two views of anything, man's and God's. And this is how man's goes. Indulgent, shallow, short-sided, unrealistic, pandering to the flesh, elevating desires, supporting pride, advocating independence. Makes man the center. And who wants it?"

Furthermore, forcing a man's hand to do anything will make him hate it or flee away from it. So by imposing influencing a religion's values on politics, work places and cultures, you are pushing the very people you are attempting to save away.You do not force a person to believe in your values and laws. God's Word should always be presented to them. Then allow GOD to deal with that individual in the manner that draws him unto Thee. Moreover, we must accept the the "whole counsel of God on this subject instead of the wisdom of men (1 Cor. 1:18-21)."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Shaundrie Cares...Michael Ealy Does Too...

On Saturday afternoon a very interesting tweet scrolled through my timeline." I am hosting the 2nd annual Lustgarten Foudation NYC Pancreatic Cancer Walk at Hudson River Park tmrw May 6th." via @MichaelEaly. Now, most should be familiar with this handsome, but humble, crystal blue eyed actor. He has starred in such films as Barbershop & Barbershop 2, Sleeper Cell, Takers, Miracle at St. Anna and Think Like a Man. He is currently enjoying a successful ride as "Think Like a Man" has been the NUMBER ONE film for two weeks. His performance also caused a barrage of marriage and indecent proposals on twitter! Lol. Promoting his new television series "Common Law" which will premiere on USA this Friday, Mr. Ealy is a busy individual. Most celebrities rarely take time from their busy schedules to promote and host such a beneficial cause. So when I read the tweet, I thought, "How noble of him!" Then instantly, a thousand other questions began to formulate in my thinking space.

As a science teacher, a familiarity with pancreatic cancer is within me. However, I have so many other questions.  What causes the disease? Are there any symptoms? Who gets pancreatic cancer? How is it diagnosed? Is it preventable or treatable? With so many questions, there was only one answer. GOOGLE.

I abhor not having a complete  understanding of any scientific matter. Being the nerd that I am, researching this disease was a MUST!
According to WebMD, "Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. The pancreas produces digestive juices and hormones that regulate blood sugar. Cells called exocrine pancreas cells produce the digestive juices, while cells called endocrine pancreas cells produce the hormones." This organ is also the sight of diabetes, which is known to plague the African American community at an ALARMING RATE! But, health disparities within the African American community is another blog in itself.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include jaundice, pain localized to the location of the pancreas, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite and depression. Have you noticed that depression is linked to numerous diseases as a symptom? Hmmm, could that be a dissertation topic?! Anyways, its diagnosed by physical examinations and other special exams like CT scans, MRIs, and biopsy. Some of these tests can be pretty invasive.  There are various  treatments for pancreatic cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. As I continued to read, I stumbled upon heartbreaking news. The American Cancer Society reports that only about 23% of patients with cancer of the exocrine pancreas are still living one year after diagnosis. Only about 4% are still living five years after being diagnosed. Which ensures me that early detection is the key to survival. Being aware of changes within your body, eating healthy, exercising and seeing a physician regularly is ESSENTIAL for good health. For more information on pancreatic cancer please visit
I am extremely grateful for celebrities that use their voices to make a positive impact on the world.   He inspired me to research the disease; which inspired me to author this blog. By sharing this information, maybe someone will benefit as well. I wish more celebrities would comprehend the profound impact they have on society and make a difference as well!  Michael Ealy, Ms. Jones gives you an "A+" for your work today.

Check out some pictures I saw on twitter today!! Thank you for sharing your pictures on Twitter: @AceLadyMcQueen @kgot_it  @SteffUghhKnee and @MichaelEaly