A battle is raging, and it is fierce…but as long as we continue to think we are fighting flesh and blood, we will never have a resolution.
Discussing racism is dangerous territory. Emotions run high, and most everyone feels as if they have been just as mistreated as the next person. Disagreement comes early in the conversation, and not long after, the name-calling begins. Neither side agrees on exactly what racism is. But it is rampant, and it affects everyone. So many Christians don’t talk about it, at least not for very long.
Racism is much more complex than just the way people are treated, and people want to keep the problem white vs black. While it is true that both sides have room to grow, to change, to understand, to concede, and to forgive, those things do not come from a behavior change, but a heart change. The tactic of the devil in this thing called racism is to get our eyes on each other instead of God because he knows the only way to conquer the misconceptions about what is truly going on is by the revelation of Christ in the hearts of His people. A lack of knowledge will kill us.
The need is so very great for Christians to focus on Jesus and not be so attuned to the world around them. We cannot afford to keep looking to the left and to the right. Now, more than ever, we need to seek His face.
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
When we come together seeking His face and not outside acceptance, we will find that vengeance really is His and the battle belongs to Him. Justice poured out from a righteous God is infinitely better than any worldly imitation of justice. Counterfeit justice is all the world can give. When we come together as one body, putting God first in our lives, the blessings that follow are far beyond social justice…it is supernatural justice! And believe me, once mercy and grace is received, we want justice!
If we heed Jesus’s commandment to love one another as He loves us, lives will be transformed. We can’t continue to let how we feel drown out the voice of the Father who is no respecter of persons.
- If there is hate and mistrust against a brother or sister in Christ, skin color is not the issue, the heart is.
- If feelings are hurt, skin color is not the issue, the heart is.
- If unforgiveness is in the heart, skin color is not the issue…it’s the heart.
- If lies are believed about who you are, or who someone else is, skin color is not the issue!
Who can change hearts? God.
Unfair is unfair.
A hurt is a hurt.
Discrimination is wrong.
An injustice is an injustice;
It doesn’t matter what body God placed you in.
And rest assured, God does not like injustice.
Until God’s people realize the origin of racism, we will never put out the spreading flames or stop the destruction. It is a tactic of the one who kills, steals, and destroys, and when we try to fix the issue by keeping it in the ugly box of flesh and blood, we are helping him.
If we really want to stamp out racism for good, we must start with PRAYER. Then we must continue with PRAYER; and more PRAYER.
You know what happens with much prayer? Repentant hearts. What comes from repentant hearts? Relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we have true relationship with the Father, it will spill over into the rest of our lives and our relationships with our brothers and sisters. Then it will spill out of the church and into the world. A coming together of the Children of God! The church should have always shown the world how to love each other. But we aren't. We're showing the world more of what they have.
The only way to stand up to racism is on our knees. Our altars need to full of people without labels calling out for Truth so that we see each other as God sees us, not as how some other human being is telling us we should see each other. I wish churches would begin having old fashioned prayer meetings, with people who are willing to fast and pray the price for victory. A meeting of people who have the sole purpose of praying God's will, a change in hearts, unity, love, and change in the body of Christ. A meeting for prayer, not discussion, without loud music, but with scripture reading. Sadly, too people do not like to attend prayer meetings, but they do like to talk, and the devil really likes that in us.
Discussions about racism = argument.
God's Truth in any situation = healing, light, love, peace.
The choice is ours: Talk about it or pray about it.
So let’s not talk about racism.
Well, not until we’ve come together for much prayer.
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