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Loving In Deed And Truth–America’s Racial Tensions

By Watchman | June 5, 2014

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.  And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 John 3: 18-19.

     Several months ago, God laid on my heart a need to write about the racial tensions that are so escalating in this country that  we are too often exhibiting an “us against them” mentality.  With some cowardice, I have put off this post because I have doubted that my writing skills can adequately enough–or indeed, delicately enough–phrase what the Lord wants me to say.  However, He who has decided the content of this blog since its inception will allow me to put it off no longer.  While I hope that no one will be offended by my words, I have always promised to tell the truth in love, regardless of whether or not that truth is readily accepted.

     God hates the acrimony between black people and white.  He is on neither one side nor the other; He wants only our obedience to His word, and His word demands that we love all people regardless of their nationality or color.  Today, Christians are behaving as though they must be on the side of one racial group or another, rather than on the side of what is godly.  In Christ, there is no male or female, no black or white, no American or African.  There is only a body of believers equal in His sight and for whom He spilled His precious blood.  When we do not act as a united body in Him, it is impossible to effectively spread the Gospel or to reflect His love to others.  This division is not an exclusive fault of the black community or of the white: the fault lies within us all.

     We speak constantly of the “black community” and the “white community” as though they are two completely separate entities, each having but one mindset and lifestyle.  How ridiculous is this?  Yes, in the past there have been sins of slavery and discrimination, but we cannot allow that past to define who we are, what we will become or how we will behave.  In their past, Jews have been enslaved, slaughtered and oppressed; but they have not allowed that to stop them from being all that God intended them to be.  The Greeks were enslaved by the Romans, yet once out from under that punishing yoke grew again into a great nation.  Slavery cannot be used as an excuse 150 years later for the failure of racial groups not to coexist peacefully.

     To white Christians:  What kind of “love” have we been exhibiting that allows such hatred to foment between us and black Christians?  Have we not been loving more “in word or in tongue” than in “deed and truth”?  Every time a crime is committed by a person of color (be the perpetrator black or Hispanic), the internet is awash in posts and comments about how “those people” behave.  What have we done to alleviate the sufferings in the poorer communities?  What have we done to alleviate the tension between ourselves and those who live in these depressed urban areas?  Was it and is it not our job to penetrate into those communities and share the healing love of Christ with those who are discouraged and wounded?  And although, yes, crime is rampant in the predominantly black inner-city communities, must we constantly lump all black people into one category and condemn them?  Millions of black people in this country are working, loving, worshiping God, raising decent and law-abiding children, but all too often we behave as though those people don’t exist.  For every race-mongering, hate-filled and fraudulent black minister ( like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright) there are hundreds of black ministers teaching the true Gospel and preaching the way of the light and the love of Christ.  It is time we broke from the world of hate and began to truly love.  True love is hands-on.  True love is wading into the trenches if need be in order to reach out to young women who have not been taught that there is a better way of life than giving birth to several fatherless children and so condemning whole households to poverty.  I know it is easier to complain about the welfare payments they may collect and the food cards they are given, but that helps no one.  To say they should have no aid because their children going without food is not our problem is evil.  To grumble about young gang members in the ‘hood without making an effort to teach them a better way of life and to instil in them a sense of their worth in God’s eyes is not feeling or showing love.  Christians, it is time to be proactive in our faith.

     To black Christians:  What kind of “love” are you exhibiting that allows such hatred to foment between you and white Christians?  What kind of love is it that allows young black men to roam city streets terrorizing white people with the so-called “knock out game” and then blame others for their actions? While only the few white-on-black crimes seem to make the news broadcasts (causing even more racial disharmony, which the media loves), black-on-black violent crimes are at epidemic proportions in the inner cities.  Black women have the largest percentage of abortions in this country, and their unwed birth rate now far exceeds that of black children born to married parents. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, black families had the fewest unwed pregnancies in the country.  No matter what their financial circumstances were, they understood the need to follow God’s word and live decent and God-fearing lives.  The restoration of these communities may well lie with you women:  understand and teach your boys that poverty and irresponsibility go hand in hand.  White people may have owned slaves early in our history, but another modern day form of slavery is created when men have too many children and never a marriage; when they follow the regurgitation of hatred of white people that distinguishes the speeches of certain current black heroes on TV.  Pay attention to the words of godly men in the black community: Mychal Massie, Creflo Dollar (I don’t agree with his prosperity teachings, but otherwise his theology is righteous), Ben Carson, Alan West, Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes…the list could go on for another half-page.  Teach them that self-respect  comes with obeying our holy Lord, not with gaining money by any means at hand or with gang affiliation and drug use.  Many of these young people are the children or grandchildren of good believers, but the faith is not being handed down properly to the younger generations.  Teach them to love once more and eschew hatred. Christians, it is time to be proactive in our faith.

    Racial tension isn’t just confined to color, either.  I am as appalled as anyone could be at the rise of Islam in our country, and I deprecate the suppression of Christianity by an administration anxious to appease and protect atheists and Muslims from having to hear the true word of God.  No matter what our ethnicity is , we must fight these evils and try to restore this nation as one under God’s authority once more.  However, we must never forget that the Muslims and the atheists are also creations of our Lord, and He died for their sins as well as for our own.  As God’s heart is grieved by their unbelief, so should ours be.  Our concern should be for their souls as much as it is for our freedoms of speech and religion.

Prayer works wonders.  Should any of you at this point be wondering what I think you need to do immediately about the evils I’ve outlined, I believe that we must begin with prayer.  Prayer that our own prejudices and resentments against others be washed away and forgiven so that we might truly reflect God’s love to those around us.  Prayer for the unity of all people in Christ; that we will learn to see others through the eyes of God.  Prayer for the souls of those floundering in a morass of sin and following false gods.  Pray that “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.”  Pray that He will show each one of us exactly what we need to do to ease the tensions and sow a seed of Godly love.

Maranatha!

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2 Responses to “Loving In Deed And Truth–America’s Racial Tensions”

  1. Robert fleming Says:
    June 6th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Interesting read and understand you’r point. Prayer is where it all starts no doubt!
    Verse of the Day
    so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  2. Shirley Says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I’m reminded of a comment I heard in a movie. A young, white girl was talking to her friend, an aged black man. She said: “God made us both from dirt. I am the color of sand and you are the color of the field that has just been plowed .” I am also reminded of the many words that have been written in the Bible. Consider Jesus’ comment about love in the story of the Good Samaritan. Consider the words written in I John: Dear brothers, I am not writing out a new rule for you to obey, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the start. You have heard it all before. 8 Yet it is always new, and works for you just as it did for Christ; and as we obey this commandment, to love one another, the darkness in our lives disappears and the new light of life in Christ shines in. Can we all say Amen to this and mean it?

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