WHY ARE THERE TWO SPIRITUAL CALLINGS BLACKS SEEMS TO FLOCK TO OUT OF MANY
The Civil Writer Magazine
How Strange is it that African Americans do not flock to the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, and piety. Is it because they are non- revenue producing gifts. They don't embrace the calling from God involving teaching, another non-revenue producing gift.
It seems that the gifts of preaching and singing are the most influential gifts that are embraced by African Americans the most. Does God only call African americans to preach and sing.
Of all the gifts of God and the spirit, only two i.e., preaching and singing seems to dominant the callings and can be lucrative. The other dozen callings are not profitable. Examples of profit: A gospel musician that people are familiar with is Kirk Franklin. $8.5 million is what Franklin is estimated to be worth just for singing. Shirley Caesar an American gospel singer-songwriter has a net worth of $16 million dollars. The median salary for clergy was $50,800 in 2017, meaning half made more than this amount, while half made less. For senior pastors salaries ranged from $85,000 to more than $265,000, though the majority of the salaries cluster around the $100,000 to $140,000 range, an exception are the million dollar preachers.
Why are there only two callings preaching and singing that seems to get through during a midnight sleep that so happens to produce dividends on a good day but the other dozen callings falls on death-ears. Are the two callings influenced by greed, notoriety and self-elevating? In my 60 years I have witnessed dozens upon dozens called to preach and sing, but teaching and other callings doesn't get the church's time or acknowledgment.