Pastor Keion Henderson is the lead pastor of The Lighthouse Church in Houston, Texas Lighthouse is an organization that serves the body of Christ through our 5 pillars. We always ANTICIPATE a move of God in every experience, so we constantly set a great ATMOSPHERE, and we ACCEPT everyone through love. We believe the best way to impact people is by being AUTHENTIC to who we are and by taking ACTION to move everyone towards greater.
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Pastor Keion (00:01):
Oh, I am talking to somebody here today. Oh, now it’s time to go in This year the only thing I want you to fight is something worth fighting for. God says My word is not hard to understand. Sin has clouded your judgment and you have to twist the word of God into the position where it makes you not feel bad about yourself. Bible says, bring the first scripture up. Matthew chapter five, verse 43. The Bible says in Matthew chapter five, verse 43, it says that you have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. Well, who told you that? Your mama, your daddy, your brother, your sister, your friend. Somebody said that somewhere. Even if you told yourself love your friend hate your enemy. Jesus says, but this is what I say to you. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be the sons of your father who is in heaven.
And we counter that by saying, well, they did me wrong first. So why I got to, they offended me. So why I got to say I’m sorry. You see? So now we twist the word of God so we feel good about our position, but God ain’t. He said what he said, he said, I’m clear you’re cloudy. Are you listening to me? It’s what I call the sin spin. Have you ever watched the news and the news? I’m sorry. You watch the news and they spin the story. It is like the same thing will happen. And then you go to Fox News, they’re saying one thing, you go to C n n, they saying another thing. You go to M S N B, they saying another thing. And then you sit around the table with your friends and you figure out how they all lying. And then you say another, it’s the sin spin. Why? Because the sin that has beset you determines how you see everything, right? So if you watch this, so I’m going to use a scripture in the Bible. Now, there is a story about the prodigal son. How many of y’all have ever heard it in Western society? When we talk about the prodigal son, here’s our perspective. That boy took his daddy’s stuff and went out and lived in Riotous living, and his daddy was just there waiting with open arms.
Speaker 2 (02:59):
We talk about the father and son relationship and the prodigal son’s story so much is because in Western society, especially in the African-American community, 50% of our fathers are absent. So when we look at the prodigal son story, we see the father and the son dynamic because our trauma is parent related. You go over to Eastern America and they never mentioned the father because divorce is not happening in some of those countries. And the father is always there, but there is something they always deal with is famine. So when you preach the prodigal son in an Eastern society, most of the preachers over there are talking about the famine, not the father.
There is a story that I just read in the book that talks about why in the past why Christianity did not take its roots in Japan like it did in other nations. And one man says in a story that I was reading, he says that the reason why, and I’m not saying that no Japanese are not saved, and I’m not saying that God is not in the nation for anybody who’s watching. I’m not saying that. I’m talking about an anecdotal story as to why in a times past Christianity didn’t take root nationally like it did in other places. And he said, because in America we are individualistic. But in eastern societies they are collectivists. And he says The reason why Christianity didn’t take root in that country at that time is because they do everything together. But the Bible says that I had to believe God for myself.
So he says, I could not believe in a heaven where my ancestors couldn’t go with me. So at the expense of leaving their family behind, they could not subscribe to a relationship and a religion that says that I alone individually had to believe in God for my own salvation. And so they opted for something that says that we can all go together. Because culturally, it always determines how you see a thing in Indonesia, they don’t allow their children to go on dates beneath a certain age. Why? Because they said, why would we allow two people who don’t know each other to go to a place where only willpower can keep them off each other? So when their children go on dates, the parents go with them. Now see if that happens today in Houston, Texas, in Florida. Let your 21 year old say, mama, I’m getting ready to go out on a date. And you say, where we going? You know what they’re going to say, no way. I’m just ain’t going to date. I’m just staying home.
But it’s because of where we are, because if we live somewhere else, they wouldn’t have a choice. But our problem in America is we’re individualistic. There is data that shows that wearing uniforms to school reduces bullying, increases grade point average, and allows security to know which kids go to the school and which kids don’t. But because we want our kids to be individuals, we will march to make sure that they don’t wear uniforms so they can remain individualistic. And it is this individualism that has made our country selfish. I don’t care if you say, man, I’m a preaching here today. It is individualism that has made us bad husbands. It is individualism that has made us bad wives. It is individualism that has made us bad leaders and it is individualism that at some times has made us bad as a congregation and church. Why? Because here God is saying, when we all come together, what a time we will have. And here we are trying to say, I don’t need no toxic people in my life. This is the year for me to love myself. This is the year for me to get it myself. This is the year, and you’re creating the very poison that’s keeping the cure away.
We are so individualistic that you almost got anxiety because somebody close to you right now, every time they leg touch yours, they leg brushed up against mine. I don’t play like that. That’s one reason. There’s several reasons that makes the Bible hard to understand, but I want you to write this down. The primary reason the Bible is hard to understand is because of culture. Culture. Every body in this house and watching online has a personal culture. That’s true. Everybody’s house has a subculture in your house. You can leave dishes in the sink and go to bed. Oh yeah. It wouldn’t be no roaches if that wasn’t true. If somebody’s culture is true, come on. Now, Houston, by the way, was just voted the nastiest city. I don’t know if y’all saw that. So don’t tell me Uhuh, don’t tell me. It might not be you, but when I say you ain’t talking about you, I’m talking about somebody touch your name and say, not you, but you
Pastor Keion (08:56):
Somebody else’s culture. If you don’t wash them dishes before you go to bed at night, somebody getting woke up with a belt to go wash those dishes. Somebody’s culture. Why make up the bed? I’m getting back in it. I’m so judgmental. I was driving down the street yesterday and I looked at one apartment buildings and the window was open. I seen all them people beds I made. I’m like, Ugh. How’s it three o’clock and your bed ain’t made and you ain’t in it? Somebody else’s culture. Soon as you get up, you make the bed. One culture says, Hey, you don’t drive your car with the gas light on somebody else’s culture. When the gas light come on, I still got 50 miles sit down. That ain’t no good thing. I’m just, she talking about, yeah, rev showed up. Sit down, put some gas in your car. We all got different cultures.
Some people show up to church early and some people say, well, I don’t want to be there when they sing. I’m just going to get there right when Rev get up. And then as soon as he get done, I ain’t stand for no offering. I’m giving a line. I’m going out the door. I don’t want to be in that parking lot fooling with them people. Some people spank their kids, some put ’em on timeout. Come on, Johnny, you didn’t eat your brussel sprouts. You’re going to be on a timeout. My mama said, you ain’t going to eat, but sit there until you get hungry. I have had to sit at the table 12 days for some Brussels sprouts. I’m going to tell you right now, I was 12 when I sat down. I think I was 13 by the time she let me up from the table, by the time I finished eating. It’s all culture. And guess what she got it from? Guess where he got it from? You see? And we pass our cultures on, and it is the reason why you are in this room right now, and I promise you, I’m preaching one sermon and all of you all are hearing something different. Somebody’s like, oh, he being hard today. Somebody else is like, this is exactly what I need.
Somebody’s like, oh, this is boring. I don’t want to hear it. And somebody’s like, no, this is exactly what I need because we’re all in this room twisting what I am saying right now to fit the narrative that makes you continuously feel good about yourself. And the scripture doesn’t work until you use it as a mirror and not makeup. No, no. I got Bible one Corinthians says, for we see through a glass darkly, that’s a mirror. In other words, I’m supposed to look in the scripture and see my distorted image and do something about it and not hide it to say he understands my sin, he understands my heart. He knows who I am. It’s not makeup. It’s a mirror.