As Chief Instructor of THE GANG LINE, I address the MSG (Modern Street Gang) issue from the additional vantage point of the spiritual dangers–something few in law enforcement, government or even the church are willing to tackle.
A few years back, the movie West Side Story celebrated its 50th anniversary. Sadly, many government agencies still view gangs as operating on that movie.
The new chapter of the Modern Street Gang goes back to the year 2001–the year the Twin Towers fell in New York City. Thanks to modern communications, an ever expanding Internet, and innovations such as Google, You Tube and Facebook, the gang member of today can recruit at will, cause havoc on a whim, and terrorize from the shadows. That’s why I have designated the gangs of today as ‘Modern Street Gangs’. Their attitude, bearing, aim and recruiting objectives from the top to the bottom are aimed at making money by any means necessary. Unlike their predecessors, MSGs are criminal enterprises and are NOT ashamed to be associated with crime; be it ‘blue collar’ or ‘white collar.’ Gang members of today are equally adept at using a gun–or a computer.
They also view themselves as a religion. Their ‘Constitutions’ are their ‘Holy Bible.’ They are fueled by witchcraft, drugs, liquor and sex. Their ‘street taxes’ and ‘dues’ are their tithes and offerings. Even their signs, symbols and colors are stolen from the KJV Bible, Christianity, Catholicism, Freemasonry, Islam, and Fraternities/Sororities.
MSGs have crossed racial lines, sexual lines, and risen above ‘turf’ bickering. Even in war zones, many of the major ‘food groups’ of the gang scene (Hell’s Angels, Bloods, Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, MS-13 and 18th Street–among others) have had their tags and their colors flying proudly…along with the Stars and Stripes.
The FIRST thing one should remember; a gang–ANY gang–is composed of individuals. Government grants and studies do NOT impress gang members. Gangs have used prayer marches and prayer vigils as recruitment tools. Bangers (my own designation) are not scared of judges, politicians, reporters, cops, or socials workers.
However, hit them with the gospel of Jesus Christ and it will DESTROY them. More To Come.
Guest post by: Mike Ramey
Mike Ramey is the Chief Instructor of ‘The Gang Line’, a company that trains law enforcement and non-law enforcement clients in dealing with gang issues from a spiritual and criminal perspective. Reasonable Rates. RameysGangLine@yahoo.com © 2013, Barnstorm Communications. Use granted to Bishop Outreach Ministries.