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MarkMohr
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:50 am    Post subject: Did Buu Cut Me? Reply with quote

Yes, Buju did try to cut me.

At the completion of my first booklet titled Rastafari and the Bible (An Eschatological Study of the Second Coming), we, (Christafari) began making my writings available at our shows in booklet form. It was after we joined the 46 city Reggae Sunsplash Tour that I faced an overwhelming amount of persecution for my beliefs and writings. After all of the other artists on the tour read my booklet the verbal abuse and spiritual attacks began. In fact, the headlining artist on the tour Buju Banton, (then the World’s most famous Dancehall DJ) even physically attacked me attempting to stab me with a knife in the lobby of our Cleveland hotel on the Fourth of July. He had verbally assaulted me the night before and was waiting for me for 3 hours in the lobby the next morning.

When I came out of my room and went into the lobby there he was! He approached me, yelled out "Tansoback, If your a soldier, you haffi cyan defend it!" Then he punched me in the throat which took me by surprise. He then pulled a six inch blade from his belt whipped it open and took a strong swing towards my gut. I know that he was serious and not just trying to cut my dreads or make a point because of the direction and speed of his swing. If I had not lunged backwards each time I would have been sliced open. He was then tackled by his band members and two of mine. He managed to break free and swing his knife at me three times before I escaped lobby and waited for the police to come. When they arrived they found the knife and asked me if I wanted to press charges. If I did Buju would have never been allowed to tour the U.S. again. Despite the advice of others, I forgave him and refused to press charges. I figured that I couldn't hope that he would ever accept my God of grace and forgiveness if I didn't offer it to him first as an example and representative of Christ.
Despite such persecution, Christafari remained on the rest of the tour and reconciled with the rest of the performers by the last show.
However, the threats on myself have not changed. The gospel is still an offense to many. I have been called “Satan”, the “Antichrist” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” for my belief system. My writing has literally been quoted as “the fulfillment of Rastafarian prophecies” by Rasta Elders. Just like the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is a stumbling block, will be considered foolish and will continue to be an offense to many.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:52 pm    Post subject: LAWD, no compromise! Reply with quote

That's really insane! Such a pity to hear of such a thing coming from Buju.
Hey Mark, you said you have been writing and if I'm not mistaken I heard that you were trying to publish a book. Is there anywhere I can get a copy of those handouts that you mentioned, and what is the progress of your book?
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MarkMohr
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry not yet.
Be patient
Mark
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2003 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read the booklets Mark wrote and I must say they are amazing! A big help for Christians with a ministry to Rastafarians. I have read them at least 4 times through and I think I'm due to read them again! Always good to keep the info fresh in your mind!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2003 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bro.Mark, I appreciate you giving a personal account of the incident that took place with Buju Banton as well as the abuse you were subjected to on that tour from other individuals. You are an inspiration as one who will stand for the cause of Christ in the face of opposition. Your graciousness and forgiveness towards Buju have to be regarded as totally unnatural and of Christ Himself. I can't imagine Buju or anyone else forgetting such a remarkable measure of kindness, but when someone is so focused on things of this world including fame, success, adoration or whatever- it is easy to not see the blessings that come from the Almighty or to recognize that He is the source of those blessings. Can you imagine if Buju had to meaure in dollars the lost revenue he would have suffered, both the touring and record sales had he been banned from the US?

I don't know where Buju Banton is today spiritually, but I am reminded by this post of the importance of prayer. We have the power and privilige to intercede for people like Buju Banton that they would experience the reality of Christ, unspeakable joy and peace that passes all understanding. Can we imagine Buju Banton ministering the gospel? Can we imagine him giving a testimony which would include the aforementioned incident in that he was able to look back on it and see God's grace, though he was blind to it at the time?

Could anyone have imagined Papa San being a music minister today? How about Stitichie, Prodigal Son or Chevelle Franklyn? I would say YES! I wish I could talk to people that were praying for their salvation because I know they're out there. Let us not forget to pray for the salvation of those in reggae music and culture who have not received Jesus Christ.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2003 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MARK-WOW!That's pretty crazy....Thank GOD that the light of CHRIST came through!!
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