Have you ever been hurt by a friend? I mean a friend you really know and trust. One that you have trusted with everything. At some point in many of our lives, we’ve had just this sort of experience. It may be a divorce, a lost friend, a business partner, or family. It may even be our own parents. This is probably one of the most disturbing and harmful experiences we can ever hope to have in our lives. When someone we trust as a friend is really our foe.
Christians have a spiritual target on our backs. We have also forgotten this truth. The world will say it’s a fact, not a truth. But when the Word of God tells us that (Acts 14 22b) “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God,” it is a Biblical truth and not a “fact of life.” If you call yourself a Christian, and you strive to live your beliefs, you will experience hate and prejudice in many ways. This is what Jesus told His disciples.
Matthew 10: 22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
We may say that George Floyd’s death is entirely race related and a hate crime, but there is also an underlying hatred brewing in this country that is being ignored against Christians as well. Here is a headline from a 2018 Pew Research article: Black Americans are more likely than overall public to be Christian, Protestant. (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/04/23/black-americans-are-more-likely-than-overall-public-to-be-christian-protestant/) This is the underlying, spiritual cause that nobody wants to admit. It is also the same cause for the hatred against Hispanics.
We may be hearing all about the crime, drugs, and job losses that are the result of Mexicans crossing the border. (And they are all true.) But by and large, the people crossing our borders illegally, are also Roman Catholic. They look upon our country as a refuge against evil within their own country. They come here to get the jobs nobody here wants to work. And they work very hard for very little wages doing the hard labor that teenagers used to do only a few generations ago. Both legal and illegal Hispanics are working fields all across our country picking the fruit and vegetables we buy in our stores. When they are paid, they keep what they need and send the rest to their families back home. They come here to give hope to their families back home.
We charge white people for hatred in America, but hatred is is non racial. Even among the white population, there is a growing hatred against Christians. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to spot hatred and prejudice. But when white Christians have become a minority within the white community, that is evidence of a spiritual battle that the white race is losing. Look at this headline from a PBS article from 2017: White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says. (https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/white-christians-now-minority-u-s-population-survey-says) As more white people reject Christianity, hatred against all Christian people will continue to rise and the white Christian community will find itself without allies.
You may ask, how can a white, Christian, male say these things today about his own race? Well, the first thing I can say is this, I’m not really all white. I’m only 1/2 white. My mother was Japanese. Though my father was white, he was also Ojibwa and Choctaw Indian. So even my own father wasn’t really all white either. But the children I grew up with in school didn’t consider me to be white at all. I was mixed-race to them. In fact I was Japanese to most of them even though I couldn’t speak Japanese at all. I am well over 50 years old, but still remember the beatings, fights, accusations, and prejudice I endured as a child because of my Japanese mom. It took many years to make any friends in school. I learned how to get along with the most unpopular and dirtiest children who were simply poor because I was not acceptable to the most popular and wealthy children. From a very young age, I learned that race and wealth really mattered. And I was on the wrong side of both.
Black people are getting the attention of racial injustice and reparations now in the wake of police brutality and George Floyd’s death. But there will be no real change until the black race can learn to forgive and let go of the slave mentality imposed upon them during the entire history of the United States. The real battle is not against white people, but against the spiritual forces that run our nation itself. Against the political and business powerhouses and families that really make the rules we all follow regardless of race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.
Our government feeds on hatred and strife. Our government is neither fair, nor Christian. It favors the wealthy. It rewards incompetence. It despises the controls placed upon itself by the Constitution and over the course of the last 250 years, it has successfully overturned every part of the Constitution by law. It can suspend the entire Constitution legally now under the guise of “National Emergency.” Whether true or false, we are all living in a “National Emergency” right now with the Covid-19 pandemic. The news of the day is the “Reopening of the Nation.” Many of us have been forced to stay home and live without income. Pandemic relief hasn’t really been spread evenly, or fairly across the nation, but you can be certain of this: When it’s all over, we will all be paying for the relief later.
During the 1950’s, the Japanese were hated in America in the wake of WWII and the hatred lasted into the 60’s. During the 1960’s, racial tensions ignited protests and changes that were poorly implemented. The racial tensions were never really addressed and our police forces are paying the price today for never making the proper changes in the first place. Changes that should have been taken care of sixty years ago. During the 1970’s, religious apathy entrenched itself in every Christian church and a spiritual shift was started. The Muslim faith began to grow in America. During the 1980’s easy money could be made with the .com era. It’s too bad that many of us were trained to look for wealth in the manner of the 1950’s and missed the opportunity of the 80’s. With the rise of car bombs in the 1990’s, the World Trade Center was bombed by Muslims on Feb. 23, 1993 then brought down on Sept. 11, 2001. This ushered in an era of Muslim hatred. This was followed up with gay pride and gay rights when same sex marriages became legal in 2003. As of June 15 this month, the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are now applied to all homosexuals. The sad truth is this, religious Christians will answer with more hatred, and intensify hatred against all Christians in the process. Religious Christians will become the enemy of the nation and Satan will continue to win the spiritual war.
If you call yourself a Christian, are you religious or spiritual? A religious Christian is bound to the doctrines or dogma of the church they attend. They must rely upon the attitudes and opinions of the leadership they follow as guidelines for the attitudes and opinions they project. Religious Christianity is easily defined and easily judged based upon presupposed criteria of attendance, tithes, service, and rituals. A spiritual Christian on the other hand is bound to the Word of God and their personal relationship with the Father. It is possible for a spiritual Christian to also be a religious Christian. It is however difficult for a religious Christian to be spiritual. In this time of civil hatred and unrest, religion alone will prove to be callous and even hateful. Do you really believe that this is following the example of Jesus Christ?
If adhering to the rules of your church means to be hateful to anyone else, how can your church be spreading a gospel of love? If your pastor hates homosexuals, how can you expect to deliver a homosexual from bondage? On the other hand, if a homosexual confesses to be Christian, loves like a Christian, gives like a Christian, cares like a Christian, and miracles happen in their life in Jesus name, how can you kick this person out as a non-Christian? Love and compassion goes both ways and deliverance from bondage can only be provided when the need for deliverance is recognized. Until then, aren’t we still called to love?
If you are a white Christian and know a Black or Hispanic Christian, shouldn’t you also regard them as your brother or sister and care about their lives as you would your own? If you are a Christian police officer, aren’t you still bound by the presumption of innocent until proven guilty? We do not live in a de jure police state. It may appear to be a de facto police state, but the appearance is illegal and the officers who support de facto military like practices deserve to be prosecuted. We cannot accuse the entire police force for brutality on account of the publicly presented few. This is applying the rules of prejudice against the entire law enforcement community.
There are many more law abiding and caring officers than there are crooked and demeaning officers. Maybe “now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Now is the time to speak up when you witness injustice and have the power to stop it. Now is the time to clean up the evil you can clean, expose the evil you can expose, and live the walk of love and compassion you were called to walk. If you’re black, maybe you need to love your white neighbor. If you’re white, maybe you need to love your black or Hispanic neighbor. If your straight, maybe you need to have compassion on your homosexual neighbor. If your homosexual, maybe you need to have compassion on your straight neighbor. We all have to work together to stop the fighting and bullying. When we look at our neighbor who is different, we are not looking at an enemy. We are only looking at our neighbor who needs and deserves love, just like we do. If you want to receive love, you have to also be willing to give it out to others.
Our enemy is not our neighbor, but the devil himself and his ministry is simply this:
John 10: 10a “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:”
When you walk by the logic and reason of the flesh, you are playing into the thief’s hands. His aim is to steal all you have including the culture around you, to kill your dreams and goals, and destroy your future. This is the spiritual ministry and goal of the devil against you. But when you walk and talk with Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then you are a Radical Christian and spiritually strong against the devil. Jesus finishes this verse with His promise for you:
John 10: 10b “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
The abundance encompasses every part of your life and being. Your family, your friends, and your neighbors. If you don’t like something that you see, ask God what to do and He will supply the answer. When you receive the answer, act upon that answer. This is the only way to defeat and overcome the culture that the devil is trying to impose upon all of us. We don’t have to live in hatred and fear against one another. Blacks against the police. Whites against everyone. Straights against homosexuals. The battle is spiritual and against the God of Jesus Christ. If you want to learn how to fight spiritually in Christ, get this book below. If you like what you read, please vote for the book at the Author Academy Award site as well. God has called you to success, this book will reveal the tools and tactics you need to succeed. You may find you have more friends, than foes.