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Terry Angel Mason (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 07/04/2012
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AN URGENT OPEN LETTER TO HISPANIC AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN PASTORS REGARDING THE PAUL RYAN BUDGET


PAUL RYAN IS AT IT AGAIN! HE'S DOUBLING DOWN ON OUR ECONOMIC MISERY! BEWARE OF THE 2012 PAUL RYAN BUDGET!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of Jesus, Savior of the world and soon coming King!

I realize that many of you may not know me and since you are called to lead God’s people, I realize that the first thing you will want to know is what my credentials are. While I am tempted to go into great detail about who I am, I must be cognizant of the fact that this letter will be printed in numerous publications both nationally and internationally, and cannot be too lengthy.

Suffice it to say that I am first a born again child of God and I am a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ. I have been saved since the age of five, was called into ministry at the age of eight, and was ordained and licensed by ordained ministers in a credible non-denominational Church in San Diego, California, where I founded my first ministry. While I know that others of you will want to know more about my back ground, I ask that you not focus so much on those issues, but rather the urgent matter that prompted me to write this urgent correspondence that literally deals with what I feel are life and death issues that will affect many of us as well as those to whom we minister.

Beloved shepherds, the apostle Paul warned us in the epistle of II Timothy, chapter 3 that in the latter days, “perilous times shall come.” I think we all agree that the world is experiencing exactly what he prophesied in this profound letter written to the Timothy, his protégé. Brothers and sisters, I realize that we come from many different backgrounds and that we are as diverse in our interpretation of scripture as there are varieties of flowers on the earth and stars in the universe. But there are fundamental truths and basic tenants of the Gospel that I feel bind us together in a spirit of unity and it is in that spirit that I address you in this correspondence.

Because God has given me an international platform as a columnist and author, I am ever careful to give Him the glory for making this possible because I know that if it were not for His favor and wisdom, I could never have achieved success on any level. In gratitude to Him and because of the sincere concern I have for all of God’s people – the LOVE OF CHRIST IN ME WON’T LET ME BE SILENT about the issues I bring to your attention!

As you know, this election year deals with many issues such as birth control, contraception, the fate of Medicare and Medicaid, Obama Care, The Citizens United decision, Marriage Equality, gun control, laws (rightfully) in question like the “Stand Your Ground Laws” in Florida and many other states in addition to whether or not the accomplishments of President Barack Obama has met the needs of citizens in the United States that elected him to the office of president.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I know without a doubt that it was the Spirit of the Lord that inspired me to write this letter to you. Moreover, I believe that if you have the Spirit of Christ in you then the Spirit of truth will confirm this in your hearts and minds.

Because of what I do in the community as an HIV/AIDS advocate, Civil Rights Activist and pastor, I am constantly in the presence of people from every walk of life, with needs that often prick my heart in a way that I could never articulate. Many nights I find myself prostrate in the presence of God with tears in my eyes because I see people in such dire straits on a regular basis and admittedly this is somewhat disconcerting and overwhelming!
I have lived on the earth 55 years and I must admit that I have never seen such disregard for human beings as I have in the last few years. Jesus said that this would be, yet admittedly I am still amazed how we can even be considering doing anything in the realm of politics that will gut and obliterate the social programs that house the homeless, feed the poor, and provide medical assistance to seniors and funding to education programs for our children, youth and young adults.

While I realize that many of you have been speaking out about these issues, I also know because of my travels nationally, that most of us have been sinfully silent. Now just so you know, I am aware of what the laws say about separation of church and state and I am aware of the restrictions that a 501 (3c) non-profit status places on religious institutions and congregations. I know that none of us can mount the pulpit and recommend to any of your parishioners who they should or should not vote for, even though many of you do it anyway! You should know however, that Jesus made it absolutely clear in the Word of God that our heavenly mandate is to lead the lost to Christ, heal the sick, clothe the naked, visit those who are in prison, teach our children the statues and precepts in God’s word, and to lovingly care for our senior adults and widows in our congregations. While I know that many of you do a great job in many of these areas, if we take an honest inventory on a national and international scale, we are greatly missing the mark!

Thousands of men and women are in prisons in our nation and yet few of us have effective prison ministries. Countless youth, young adults and even senior adults are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus and only a handful of us have even taken the time to set up a ministry to these people because either we feel unqualified to do it or because we prejudge these individuals, while we shrug our shoulders and purposely look the other way because deep inside we feel they got what they deserved and thus are unworthy of any assistance our ministry could give them.

Sunday after Sunday I watch elderly people struggle to climb the steps of busses in my city that shouldn’t even be on the road because they are old, outdated and unsuitable to serve seniors and disabled persons, while more modern buses are assigned to rich influential areas in our cities and neighborhoods. What is even more troubling is the fact that while many of us can afford van and bus ministries that would address these needs; we do nothing to change this. The result is that our seniors, whom by the way are some of our most loyal and dedicated (tithers) and members, are forced to ride substandard buses, filled with violent people and youth who use foul language, engage in drug use while on the busses and have absolutely no respect for the elderly. Furthermore, it is to our shame and our misplaced priorities that after church has concluded, many of these same seniors stand on bus stops while other parishioners pass them by in their Mercedes, Cadillac’s, BMW’s, Chrysler 300’s, wave at them and won’t even stop to see if they can assist them with getting home.

In 2008, many Right Wing prominent rich evangelicals infiltrated our ranks and convinced us to vehemently oppose Proposition 8. Over 65 million dollars was spent to prevent same-gender-loving people from getting married because it was said that this threatened the family unit and was undermining the institution of marriage. This issue galvanized Pastors, Bishops, Priests and parishioners and proposition were voted down by a narrow margin. Many of us flexed our spiritual muscles thinking we had done the Lord a great service as our Right Wing elite brothers and sisters quickly retreated to the safety of their culturally and religiously isolated ranks, never to worship with us again, at least until they feel our support is needed when the next issue or controversial proposition comes up.

I was amazed when this happened and I will tell you why! Just think of what the body of Christ could have done with $65,000,000 dollars? We could have used that same money if we were really concerned about saving marriages to create national counseling programs where pastors could have been trained to minister to married couples and couples who are preparing to marry. Money could have been poured into already existing credible programs which are effectively providing counseling to our parishioners, creating stronger marriage relationships and perhaps decreasing the great number of divorces in the body of Christ. Oh my brothers and sisters, I know that it is easy to blame the gays for the conditions of our failed relationships, but the truth is when we stand before Christ (and believe me when I tell you all of us will), there will be no one to heap the blame upon but ourselves! An incidentally, the proposition will soon be overturned and the money used to fight it will be a wasted investment!

Many of us were ecstatic when Senator Barack Obama was elected as the first African American President of the United States and vowed to support him in every way. Yet, when we discovered that he was a President who had purposed in his heart to ensure that all Americans have equal rights, no matter what their religious convictions, age, gender, or sexual orientation, many of us bailed and joined the ranks of other prominent elite religious leaders, many of whom are used like puppets by right wing politicians to do their bidding.

Now here is the horrific reality that I find amazing! Many of us, as leaders, are willing to support a political machine that will strip away social programs that meet the needs of over 70 percent of our parishioners because we don’t have a correct understanding of the office of “Priest” and “King”. Barack Obama was not elected or ordained by God to operate in the office of Priest/Pastor, but rather the office of “King” which biblically is synonymous with President of the United States. Now don’t misunderstand or misconstrue what I am saying, thinking I am suggesting that any elected official is to misuse his office, forget the mandate of God, disregard the needs of the people and act like a dictator. But I point these things out to you because it is evident to me that many shepherds don’t have a correct biblical understanding of these offices and confuse the two or place expectations and demands upon the President of the United States that should never be placed on any elected official who serves in this office.

I challenge each one of you to do something radical! Get out of your lavish vehicles and for just one week, ride the buses and trains in your city. Instead of pulling up to the church grounds in your 2012 Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes or Bentley, use public transportation to come to church for just one week. I guarantee you that your entire perspective will change and that most of you will respond by making radical, much needed changes in your ministry; changes that will finally bring that growth that many of you have been praying for so desperately!

Find out what institutions in your city care for and offer services to the elderly, those suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Ask if you can come and see how they run these programs and what your congregation can do to assist them. Now what is going to startle many of you is how many of your parishioners’ faces you are going to see at these places when you visit them. And after you have visited these places, I guarantee you will not be so quick to mount your pulpit and foolishly bash these people and/or organizations, especially when you discover that many of them are doing a better job than you ever could, as they compassionately minister to the hundreds, if not thousands in your congregations.

I am know that many of you are aware that because the country now has an African-American President, many states have enacted voter suppression laws that will prevent hundreds of thousands of African Americans from voting in the 2012 election. While we cannot immediately reverse these laws, we can begin national campaigns to make sure that everyone in our congregation has appropriate identification documents that will ensure that they can vote.

Additionally, we can creatively arrange car pools so that voters can get to polling places. Recently, I heard it announced on television that many national organizations who are responsible for getting voters registered are totally abandoning all efforts because of voter suppression laws that place them in legal harm's way (or should I say, “illegal harm’s way”).

If we are honest with ourselves, most of our church calendars are filled with annual days that never address any of the issues that I have mentioned in this letter. Just imagine how grateful our congregants will be when we initiate a plan to help them obtain the proper identification so that they can vote this year. Since the vast majority of our parishioners already possess these documents, this effort will not be financially cumbersome or burdensome and it is not illegal, nor does it place our religious institutions in legal jeopardy in any way.

Year after year we diligently plan for the Pastor’s appreciation day, the Annual Usher's day, Youth day, Men’s and Women’s day and the list goes on. As a matter of fact, we have this down to a science, but now we must refocus ourselves and come to understand that our very livelihoods is at stake. We cannot allow the few programs that our government has in place which meet our medical needs, our educational needs, and other much needed social programs to be stripped away, while the rich get richer and feel no obligation to the poor, working poor or the endangered middle class.

In conclusion, I wish to state that many of us worry about the moral decay of our nation and because this is a concern, politicians use this as leverage to distract us. They know we think that the wrath of God will come upon our great nation because we feel that much of what the unchurched does is in direct opposition to the Word of God. But, the truth of the matter is that if our nation is destroyed and/or incurs the wrath of God, it will be because we pander to the rich, while totally disregarding those who are destitute and who are in desperate need of our assistance! Tragically and ironically, even if we don’t like what is being done by those in positions of authority -- still, we remain conspicuously silent!

Before you discount what I am saying, or disregard this letter, I ask that you act with the same resolve and urgency when you thought the institution of marriage was being undermined; because now there is a real Goliath on the battle field! And this giant looks like us, knows all of our religious terminology, knows exactly how we think and knows how to use what we think and believe against us. And if we are not careful, he will cut off our heads, desecrate our people and deny us our civil rights, all to benefit him and deceive us. But of course, only after he has plundered our parishioners, made a mockery of our spiritual mandate – WE WILL BE THE ONES TO BLAME FOR LETTING THESE ATROCITIES HAPPEN!

The choice is yours! The onus is upon us, the men and women who were called to shepherd God's flock. Will we step up, embrace and demonstrate the qualities of Christian Leadership with which we were gifted and protect our congregations? Or will we stand indolently and apathetically aside while we bear witness to the politically proposed evisceration of our poor, our youth, our seniors, and our already struggling and endangered middle class? Either way, I guarantee you that we will one day stand before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and give an accounting for our actions or lack of actions. I cannot speak for you, but when The Prince of Peace asks me did I feed and protect his flock? I want to look Him in the eye with pride as I say "Yes , Lord!" And not hang my head in shame!


In His Service,
Bishop Terry Angel Mason, Global Author and Intl. Columnist


OTHER COMPELLING ARTICLES PENNED BY MASON

The Endangered Middle Class is on Life Support.. and the Republicans are Poised to Pull the Plug
ARTICLE LINK: http://www.lasentinel.net/The-Endangered-Middle-Class-is-on-Life-Support.html


MASON WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE NATIONAL HIV/AIDS SPOKERSON FOR 2012

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Strategic Leadership Council has selected Internationally Acclaimed Author and Community Activist Bishop Terry Angel Mason to serve as a national spokesperson for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day held each year on February 7th. Bishop Mason has worked diligently to empower thousands of Black communities across the country to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the importance of getting tested and/or seeking treatment. Because of his dedication and passion to mobilize African Americans to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, we are honored to have him serve as a one of our national spokespersons.

For more information on the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please visit NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO VIEW FOX FIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH MASON
http://www.fox5sandiego.com/videogallery/67914839/News/black-hiv/aids-awareness-day#pl-62889739
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Terry Angel Mason (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 07/04/2012
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AN URGENT OPEN LETTER TO HISPANIC AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN PASTORS REGARDING THE PAUL RYAN BUDGET


PAUL RYAN IS AT IT AGAIN! HE'S DOUBLING DOWN ON OUR ECONOMIC MISERY! BEWARE OF THE 2012 PAUL RYAN BUDGET!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of Jesus, Savior of the world and soon coming King!

I realize that many of you may not know me and since you are called to lead God’s people, I realize that the first thing you will want to know is what my credentials are. While I am tempted to go into great detail about who I am, I must be cognizant of the fact that this letter will be printed in numerous publications both nationally and internationally, and cannot be too lengthy.

Suffice it to say that I am first a born again child of God and I am a Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ. I have been saved since the age of five, was called into ministry at the age of eight, and was ordained and licensed by ordained ministers in a credible non-denominational Church in San Diego, California, where I founded my first ministry. While I know that others of you will want to know more about my back ground, I ask that you not focus so much on those issues, but rather the urgent matter that prompted me to write this urgent correspondence that literally deals with what I feel are life and death issues that will affect many of us as well as those to whom we minister.

Beloved shepherds, the apostle Paul warned us in the epistle of II Timothy, chapter 3 that in the latter days, “perilous times shall come.” I think we all agree that the world is experiencing exactly what he prophesied in this profound letter written to the Timothy, his protégé. Brothers and sisters, I realize that we come from many different backgrounds and that we are as diverse in our interpretation of scripture as there are varieties of flowers on the earth and stars in the universe. But there are fundamental truths and basic tenants of the Gospel that I feel bind us together in a spirit of unity and it is in that spirit that I address you in this correspondence.

Because God has given me an international platform as a columnist and author, I am ever careful to give Him the glory for making this possible because I know that if it were not for His favor and wisdom, I could never have achieved success on any level. In gratitude to Him and because of the sincere concern I have for all of God’s people – the LOVE OF CHRIST IN ME WON’T LET ME BE SILENT about the issues I bring to your attention!

As you know, this election year deals with many issues such as birth control, contraception, the fate of Medicare and Medicaid, Obama Care, The Citizens United decision, Marriage Equality, gun control, laws (rightfully) in question like the “Stand Your Ground Laws” in Florida and many other states in addition to whether or not the accomplishments of President Barack Obama has met the needs of citizens in the United States that elected him to the office of president.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I know without a doubt that it was the Spirit of the Lord that inspired me to write this letter to you. Moreover, I believe that if you have the Spirit of Christ in you then the Spirit of truth will confirm this in your hearts and minds.

Because of what I do in the community as an HIV/AIDS advocate, Civil Rights Activist and pastor, I am constantly in the presence of people from every walk of life, with needs that often prick my heart in a way that I could never articulate. Many nights I find myself prostrate in the presence of God with tears in my eyes because I see people in such dire straits on a regular basis and admittedly this is somewhat disconcerting and overwhelming!
I have lived on the earth 55 years and I must admit that I have never seen such disregard for human beings as I have in the last few years. Jesus said that this would be, yet admittedly I am still amazed how we can even be considering doing anything in the realm of politics that will gut and obliterate the social programs that house the homeless, feed the poor, and provide medical assistance to seniors and funding to education programs for our children, youth and young adults.

While I realize that many of you have been speaking out about these issues, I also know because of my travels nationally, that most of us have been sinfully silent. Now just so you know, I am aware of what the laws say about separation of church and state and I am aware of the restrictions that a 501 (3c) non-profit status places on religious institutions and congregations. I know that none of us can mount the pulpit and recommend to any of your parishioners who they should or should not vote for, even though many of you do it anyway! You should know however, that Jesus made it absolutely clear in the Word of God that our heavenly mandate is to lead the lost to Christ, heal the sick, clothe the naked, visit those who are in prison, teach our children the statues and precepts in God’s word, and to lovingly care for our senior adults and widows in our congregations. While I know that many of you do a great job in many of these areas, if we take an honest inventory on a national and international scale, we are greatly missing the mark!

Thousands of men and women are in prisons in our nation and yet few of us have effective prison ministries. Countless youth, young adults and even senior adults are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus and only a handful of us have even taken the time to set up a ministry to these people because either we feel unqualified to do it or because we prejudge these individuals, while we shrug our shoulders and purposely look the other way because deep inside we feel they got what they deserved and thus are unworthy of any assistance our ministry could give them.

Sunday after Sunday I watch elderly people struggle to climb the steps of busses in my city that shouldn’t even be on the road because they are old, outdated and unsuitable to serve seniors and disabled persons, while more modern buses are assigned to rich influential areas in our cities and neighborhoods. What is even more troubling is the fact that while many of us can afford van and bus ministries that would address these needs; we do nothing to change this. The result is that our seniors, whom by the way are some of our most loyal and dedicated (tithers) and members, are forced to ride substandard buses, filled with violent people and youth who use foul language, engage in drug use while on the busses and have absolutely no respect for the elderly. Furthermore, it is to our shame and our misplaced priorities that after church has concluded, many of these same seniors stand on bus stops while other parishioners pass them by in their Mercedes, Cadillac’s, BMW’s, Chrysler 300’s, wave at them and won’t even stop to see if they can assist them with getting home.

In 2008, many Right Wing prominent rich evangelicals infiltrated our ranks and convinced us to vehemently oppose Proposition 8. Over 65 million dollars was spent to prevent same-gender-loving people from getting married because it was said that this threatened the family unit and was undermining the institution of marriage. This issue galvanized Pastors, Bishops, Priests and parishioners and proposition were voted down by a narrow margin. Many of us flexed our spiritual muscles thinking we had done the Lord a great service as our Right Wing elite brothers and sisters quickly retreated to the safety of their culturally and religiously isolated ranks, never to worship with us again, at least until they feel our support is needed when the next issue or controversial proposition comes up.

I was amazed when this happened and I will tell you why! Just think of what the body of Christ could have done with $65,000,000 dollars? We could have used that same money if we were really concerned about saving marriages to create national counseling programs where pastors could have been trained to minister to married couples and couples who are preparing to marry. Money could have been poured into already existing credible programs which are effectively providing counseling to our parishioners, creating stronger marriage relationships and perhaps decreasing the great number of divorces in the body of Christ. Oh my brothers and sisters, I know that it is easy to blame the gays for the conditions of our failed relationships, but the truth is when we stand before Christ (and believe me when I tell you all of us will), there will be no one to heap the blame upon but ourselves! An incidentally, the proposition will soon be overturned and the money used to fight it will be a wasted investment!

Many of us were ecstatic when Senator Barack Obama was elected as the first African American President of the United States and vowed to support him in every way. Yet, when we discovered that he was a President who had purposed in his heart to ensure that all Americans have equal rights, no matter what their religious convictions, age, gender, or sexual orientation, many of us bailed and joined the ranks of other prominent elite religious leaders, many of whom are used like puppets by right wing politicians to do their bidding.

Now here is the horrific reality that I find amazing! Many of us, as leaders, are willing to support a political machine that will strip away social programs that meet the needs of over 70 percent of our parishioners because we don’t have a correct understanding of the office of “Priest” and “King”. Barack Obama was not elected or ordained by God to operate in the office of Priest/Pastor, but rather the office of “King” which biblically is synonymous with President of the United States. Now don’t misunderstand or misconstrue what I am saying, thinking I am suggesting that any elected official is to misuse his office, forget the mandate of God, disregard the needs of the people and act like a dictator. But I point these things out to you because it is evident to me that many shepherds don’t have a correct biblical understanding of these offices and confuse the two or place expectations and demands upon the President of the United States that should never be placed on any elected official who serves in this office.

I challenge each one of you to do something radical! Get out of your lavish vehicles and for just one week, ride the buses and trains in your city. Instead of pulling up to the church grounds in your 2012 Cadillac, BMW, Mercedes or Bentley, use public transportation to come to church for just one week. I guarantee you that your entire perspective will change and that most of you will respond by making radical, much needed changes in your ministry; changes that will finally bring that growth that many of you have been praying for so desperately!

Find out what institutions in your city care for and offer services to the elderly, those suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Ask if you can come and see how they run these programs and what your congregation can do to assist them. Now what is going to startle many of you is how many of your parishioners’ faces you are going to see at these places when you visit them. And after you have visited these places, I guarantee you will not be so quick to mount your pulpit and foolishly bash these people and/or organizations, especially when you discover that many of them are doing a better job than you ever could, as they compassionately minister to the hundreds, if not thousands in your congregations.

I am know that many of you are aware that because the country now has an African-American President, many states have enacted voter suppression laws that will prevent hundreds of thousands of African Americans from voting in the 2012 election. While we cannot immediately reverse these laws, we can begin national campaigns to make sure that everyone in our congregation has appropriate identification documents that will ensure that they can vote.

Additionally, we can creatively arrange car pools so that voters can get to polling places. Recently, I heard it announced on television that many national organizations who are responsible for getting voters registered are totally abandoning all efforts because of voter suppression laws that place them in legal harm's way (or should I say, “illegal harm’s way”).

If we are honest with ourselves, most of our church calendars are filled with annual days that never address any of the issues that I have mentioned in this letter. Just imagine how grateful our congregants will be when we initiate a plan to help them obtain the proper identification so that they can vote this year. Since the vast majority of our parishioners already possess these documents, this effort will not be financially cumbersome or burdensome and it is not illegal, nor does it place our religious institutions in legal jeopardy in any way.

Year after year we diligently plan for the Pastor’s appreciation day, the Annual Usher's day, Youth day, Men’s and Women’s day and the list goes on. As a matter of fact, we have this down to a science, but now we must refocus ourselves and come to understand that our very livelihoods is at stake. We cannot allow the few programs that our government has in place which meet our medical needs, our educational needs, and other much needed social programs to be stripped away, while the rich get richer and feel no obligation to the poor, working poor or the endangered middle class.

In conclusion, I wish to state that many of us worry about the moral decay of our nation and because this is a concern, politicians use this as leverage to distract us. They know we think that the wrath of God will come upon our great nation because we feel that much of what the unchurched does is in direct opposition to the Word of God. But, the truth of the matter is that if our nation is destroyed and/or incurs the wrath of God, it will be because we pander to the rich, while totally disregarding those who are destitute and who are in desperate need of our assistance! Tragically and ironically, even if we don’t like what is being done by those in positions of authority -- still, we remain conspicuously silent!

Before you discount what I am saying, or disregard this letter, I ask that you act with the same resolve and urgency when you thought the institution of marriage was being undermined; because now there is a real Goliath on the battle field! And this giant looks like us, knows all of our religious terminology, knows exactly how we think and knows how to use what we think and believe against us. And if we are not careful, he will cut off our heads, desecrate our people and deny us our civil rights, all to benefit him and deceive us. But of course, only after he has plundered our parishioners, made a mockery of our spiritual mandate – WE WILL BE THE ONES TO BLAME FOR LETTING THESE ATROCITIES HAPPEN!

The choice is yours! The onus is upon us, the men and women who were called to shepherd God's flock. Will we step up, embrace and demonstrate the qualities of Christian Leadership with which we were gifted and protect our congregations? Or will we stand indolently and apathetically aside while we bear witness to the politically proposed evisceration of our poor, our youth, our seniors, and our already struggling and endangered middle class? Either way, I guarantee you that we will one day stand before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and give an accounting for our actions or lack of actions. I cannot speak for you, but when The Prince of Peace asks me did I feed and protect his flock? I want to look Him in the eye with pride as I say "Yes , Lord!" And not hang my head in shame!


In His Service,
Bishop Terry Angel Mason, Global Author and Intl. Columnist


OTHER COMPELLING ARTICLES PENNED BY MASON

The Endangered Middle Class is on Life Support.. and the Republicans are Poised to Pull the Plug
ARTICLE LINK: http://www.lasentinel.net/The-Endangered-Middle-Class-is-on-Life-Support.html


MASON WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE NATIONAL HIV/AIDS SPOKERSON FOR 2012

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Strategic Leadership Council has selected Internationally Acclaimed Author and Community Activist Bishop Terry Angel Mason to serve as a national spokesperson for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day held each year on February 7th. Bishop Mason has worked diligently to empower thousands of Black communities across the country to increase awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the importance of getting tested and/or seeking treatment. Because of his dedication and passion to mobilize African Americans to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, we are honored to have him serve as a one of our national spokespersons.

For more information on the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please visit NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO VIEW FOX FIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH MASON
http://www.fox5sandiego.com/videogallery/67914839/News/black-hiv/aids-awareness-day#pl-62889739
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