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“So you wanna be a hardcore gang banger…ok let me tell you bout this ive been a 5 year gangster startin at the age of 13 and let me tell you i hate it. i hate it with a passion more than them damn fuckaz who killed my baby brotha.. gangstaz cant live long only the lucky ones survive the ones who know the ways of the streets but if you aint got the skills you gonna get killed trust me this life ain’t all up to that glory you gotta get hurt, emotionally and physically to be a G to be respected shit if that’s the only way to get respect fuck respect sure i got mine thats from 5 years of pain that i cant even describe life aint eva gonna be the same for me shit if you dont believe me go head join a gang see how much “FUN” it is this shit aint fun get back to reality whats this rep gonna do for u if u dead?… Snoopy

This note and more can be found at:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/street-gang-articles/joining-gang/

 

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David Wilkerson impacted the life of Nicky Cruz and the gangs of New York, but he did much more, all because he was obedient to God’s whisper. If you want to change the world for the better, you might want to read this story about David Wilkerson’s journey of faith:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/aprilweb-only/rememberingdavidwilkerson.html

Live in the here and now. Live for the moment. Don’t think about the end of your life, only the now. Smile now, cry later. Those are things I hear from Gs who don’t want to think about the future. I ask about what it means to break God’s laws and they say, “I don’t want to think about that”. I ask them what comes after death and they say,”I don’t want to think about that” . I ask them what’s gonna happen to their kids if they get killed, and they say, “I don’t want to think about that”. Denial like this is like an ostrich that,  seeing a lion coming and sensing danger, sticks his head in the sand so he doesn’t have to see the approaching lion. When a G says,” I don’t want to think about that”, he’s doing the same thing as he ignores the reality of the coming danger. He’s ignoring all the warnings of God, Jesus, and the Biblical prophets because “he doesn’t want to hear that.”  While they all clearly say that while God is love, God is also just and will judge the unrepentant people who have ignored his call to open their hearts to him. These Gs don’t want to hear that, however, because if that’s correct, they’re in big trouble. Everything they’ve believed, said, and done is contrary to what God says he wants us to be.  For the moment, its easy to ignore what Jesus has to say about life after death, but the time is fast approaching when you will stand before Christ and you will no longer be able to ignore him. For some it will be sooner rather than later.  And when you’re standing there, you won’t be able to say “I don’t want to think about that” any more because “that” will be staring you right in the face. No more denying the truth of God. No more denying what he expects from us. No more hiding your head in the sand. No more alternative philosophies that have lied to you and made you look the other way. No more time, period. It’s judgement day and you’re dead meat. Without the saviour, you’re roadkill.

That’s my message to you, pure and simple. Think about it, just sticking your head in the sand because you “don’t want to hear about that” doesn’t mean its not going to happen. God’s judgement is on the way, whether you want to hear about  it or not.  Without Christ, you will be judged and, quite frankly, it will not go well for you. The good news is, however, that Jesus can and will change your life if you take a moment to listen. All you have to do is think about it a little bit and you’ll understand why you need Christ. With the huge mound of sin, transgression, betrayal, and pain you’ve created, it becomes clear that you can’t be rid of that mountain of trash you created by yourself.  You begin to see that the mound is to big for anyone but Jesus. Once this realization hits you between the eyes, however, seriousness of the situation may disarm you to the point where you think you should wait and try to clean up your life before coming to Christ. Don’t be fooled. He wants you and he wants you just the way you are. If you try to clean up from the outside and gradually work inward towards your heart, you’ll fail. You can’t clean yourself up well enough good to make yourself presentable to God. You can’t do enough good things to make him change his mind about judgement. What you need to do is come to Christ, confess your sins, allow Christ into your life, and let him clean you up from the inside out. You need to trust him to do the dirty work, and that’s what he did when he gave his life for you on the cross. He did the dirty work. All you have to do is accept it. So wat up G? Wat u gonna do?  Here’s what the Bible says to those  “that don’t want to hear that.” In the famous Parable of the Sower we read that:

 4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

   When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

   “‘though seeing, they may not see;
   though hearing, they may not understand.’[a]

   11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

~Luke 8:4-15

The moral here? Don’t ignore the words of the Bible. Don’t stick your head in the sand because the Bible tells us  that the “devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)” If you refuse to listen to what jesus has to say, you’re like the ostrich with his head in the sand. You will be ignoring the inevitable as that roaring lion pounces on you when you’re least expecting it.

So the next time you’re tempted to say, “I don’t want o hear that,” consider the warning of Jesus when he said,  “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Here’s a song for you:

Lecrae – Take Me As I Am: http://vodpod.com/watch/448911-lecrae-take-me-as-i-am

Tedashii at Blacktown 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F34oEiUsrog&feature=related

Lecrae at Blacktown 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y7IKrkQSyA&feature=related

A lot of Gs have told me that it scares them to have to close their eyes when they go to bed at night. It’s when you’re alone with yourself that all your misdeeds and crimes come back to haunt you in the dark. It’s when a G lays down and tries to sleep that he sees the people he’s hurt, the women he’s dishonored, the family he’s disgraced.  That’s when the faces of people he hurt come back to visit him in his sleep. It’s when he thinks of all the friends he’s lost and wonder where they’re at now. Is there a heaven, and more importantly, is there a hell?  It’s when a G wonders what’s going to happen to his own kids. Who’s going to get them? Will those kids face the same hopelessness as he faces? Will they grow up and have the same nightmares the G is facing now? What sort of legacy will this G leave for his own kids? Who’s going to remember him when he’s dead and gone, especially if the kids are dead and gone too. And that brings up another point. Its tough enough, its scary enough, when you’ve done bad stuff and have to get alone and face your past in the dead of night as you close your eyes. But that’s not the only time you lay down and close your eyes. As bad as the nightmares at night are to face, can you imagine what it will be like when you lay dying and have to close your eyes for the last time here on earth. What’s that gonna be like? What kind of fears will you face then? Oh, you’ll wake up, but this time it will be to face Christ, the divine creator that you’ve been dissing all your life, the saviour who you’ve ignored and even spit on, the eternal judge who has promised to dispense justice for those who remained unrepentant in this life. How do you think that’s gonna go…

To see how this affected a NYC gang leader go to:

https://ganglifechicago.com/2011/04/24/nicky-cruz-talks-about-his-life-as-leader-of-the-mau-mau-street-gang-in-nyc/

You might also want to try this video on for size:

Death Story by Lecrae:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cou5I3jcsRs

So you’re a G holding up the flag, keeping the colors. Are you out there gangbanging for some street cred? You say you’re prepared to go to prison for that flag, for the guys in the hood, to gain that street cred.  If that’s you, here’s something to think about before you get yourself locked up. These are the 7 options that D tells us that a G faces when he goes to prison. Are you prepared to face them?

1.  Are you prepared to spend the rest of your life in prison?

2.  Are you prepared to kill?

3.  Are you prepared to get killed?

4.  Are you prepared to spend the rest of your life in a cell?

5.  Are you prepared to be sexually abused (there aren’t any women in there)?

6  Are you prepared to go to Satan?

7.  Are you prepared to commit suicide?

How D got saved in prison:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/big-dformer-prison-mafia-leaderborn-againpart-1/

Check out this interview with a Mexican Mafia Leader/co-founder who became a born-again Christian believer:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/video/big-dformer-prison-mafia-leaderborn-againpart-1/

Some important thoughts if you are Thinking about Joining a Gang:

http://www.streetgangstyle.com/street_gangs/editorials/join-gang/

A G asked me the other day about evil. If God is so good, why does he allow evil in this world, and especially in my hood?  Why all the killing and pain? Why do people go hungry and starve? Why do people die in natural disasters? Why does it seem so hopeless that I hide behind closed doors to shut out the evil and groan in despair when I hear of another killing or catastrophic event. My response is simple: You’re asking the wrong question. The proper question is, “Why does God even think about allowing good in such an evil world?”

Understand, my friend, that we live in a fallen world destroyed by sin. We live in a world we have all helped to create through our own propensity to rebel aghainst God.  Evil and pain are the norm in a world controlled by powers and principalities of evil (Ephesians 6). The apostle John, in fact,  characterizes Satan as the “prince of this world.”  So, let’s think about this for a moment. If Satan is the “Prince” of this world, what kind of world do you expect to see? Certainly not one of beauty and goodness.  What results would you expect to see in a principality run by this kind of chief? I’ll tell you, its a world full of pain and suffering that groans for relief. It’s for that reason that Paul also says that the whole earth groans as it waits for salvation to appear (Romans 8:22). That’s Paul’s way of letting us know that creation has been overtaken by evil and agonizes in pain as it waits for God’s final redemption. You hear that groaning in your hood, in my hood, and throughout this city.

Understanding that we live in a world marred by human rebellion and shattered by purposeful sin helps us to understand the overabundance of evil that has appeared in this world. That’s why we have murder, rape, and the horrors of warfare all around us. When we consider a world that’s run by a “prince” who is the embodiment of pride, greed, arrogance, perversion, and hatred, we don’t have to look much further to understand the evil in our world and that should prompt us to ask a very  different question. I would suggest that we ask ourselves this, “If the world is so evil and if it’s ruled by evil powers, and settled by sinful rebellious men, why in all creation would God even consider giving us the slightest respite from the evil we have created through our own missteps? Why would he ever think of giving us a moment of peace?  Why would he ever consider allowing us to experience even the slightest hint of heaven’s beauty? Why would he ever allow us to experience even the slightest amount of good?

That’ question is what underlies all Christian faith and is what provides us with the source of true meaning.  The answer, simply put, is that God has a love for his creation that goes beyond anything that we can begin to understand or imagine. As John wrote many centuries ago:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes on him, will not perish, but have eternal life.”

 Because of that love, God  brought all the beauty and splendor of heaven into this world as a preview of things to come. All that beauty and splendor came in the person of Gsus, his son and the second person in the trinity. Gsus, who was the creator of all things that exist and who embodies all the wonder and beauty of creation came to be violated on the cross to give you an alternative to the pain and suffering of this world. Because Gsus conquered death, God can still bring moments of  forgiveness, peace, harmony, joy, meaning, beauty, and love into a world filled with pride, selfishness, anger, lust and hatred . That’s a gift we don’t deserve. That’s a love we can’t underastand. Unfortunately, in our twisted wisdom, we confuse ourselves by thinking that those moments of goodness are the norm in this life, but they are NOT.  This is a broken world because we all embrace sin and that love of sin leads to further suffering and pain. Its a fact of life, we are hurting people and history tells us that hurting people hurt other people.  All you have to do is look around and the toll of sin becomes all too apparent. Those moments of goodness and beauty we long for are the exceptions to the rule, the moments when God sees fit to infuse glimpses of beauty and goodness into our present world of pain and falleness. He does this so that we may catch a glimpse of what he intended us to enjoy for all eternity, to understand and embrace the hope that was manifested in the person of Gsus. That picture of heaven,  presented through the life, death, and ressurection of Gsus, was given so that we might see what God has in store for those who can look past the evil of this world and are able to grasp the beauty of a life with God that is offered through the undeserved love of God or what we call GRACE.

So, when you see a hood filled with evil that manifests itself in the form of a new killing or rampant drug addicition, don’t wonder why God allowed that to happen, remember that its the norm for a fallen and broken world that we created. Instead of being shocked, be thankful that in the midst of such despair, God has seen fit to perforate this darkness in the hood with patches of good. Cherish those glimpses of goodness, the promise of things to come, the opportunity to see what is real.  Pray as Gsus taught his disciples to pray: “may your  kingdom come, may your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven“.  Pray for more of his goodness to appear in the midst of  this present evil, and pray that you might be the conduit into your hood through which that goodness flows. See where YOU can make a difference. Turn around and be the hands and feet of Gsus in the hood, be that moment of brightness and good for another person as you let Gsus work through you.  That’s how you can make a difference that will last for eternity, one person at a time. Finally, pray that Gsus will return soon and that  God’s kingdom and all its goodness will then manifest itself on earth.

This article is about girls and gangs in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. It’s a year old but well worth reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/us/21cnclatina.html?_r=1

A rapper with something serious to say.  See his message at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DEMinistries#p/a/u/1/fIoMzeNrgas

http://www.youtube.com/user/DEMinistries

The tragic real-life story of a Southside Chicago gang member.

http://chicagoist.com/2010/11/23/yummy_focuses_on_the_tragedy_of_gan.php

This is not a specifically Christian video, but it is a powerful statement about  “stopping the violence” that plagues our city and our culture. It’s worth a view and definitely worth thinking about. What would you say if you could talk to a shooter?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTBStWcv5r0

Esperanza initiated Communities United to Empower Youth (CUEY), a program that serves over 30 percent of all Latino youth in Philadelphia. The program’s priorities are the prevention of gang activity, reducing youth violence, child abuse, and neglect.

http://www.esperanza.us/site/c.inKOIPNhEiG/b.5510123/apps/s/content.asp?ct=7555305