In my last post I made a statement that needs to be clarified. Here’s the quote without any context: “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.” Upon later consideration, the title of this post came to mind, (although the stars were filled in with the thought). If I were black, I could easily consider this statement to be very racially motivated and insensitive. But that was not the intention at all. As shown by the context of the message, it’s already a proven fact that blacks are more predominantly Christian than whites. So the admonition to forgive should already be a given.
But the act of forgiveness isn’t meant for blacks to absolve the sins of white men, it is to release the power of the sin to God. If you believe in God, then you know that God’s vengeance is far more fearful than anything we can do as men and women. In the same process that forgiveness is given, the power of the sin over the man or woman that was wronged is also released. The sin of the white man no longer holds any power over the black man. The one who was sinned against is free from the bondage of anger, hurt, turmoil, and vengeance. They are free from harboring guilt any longer and know that God will provide the proper reparations at the proper time. So forgiveness is truly a proper, Christian act against any wrongdoer. I’ve had to learn this lesson myself and apply it to all those people who were bully’s in my past as well. It was the only way for me to get peace in my life and be able to grow with God.
But now that leads us to the next phrase: ” let go of the slave mentality imposed upon them during the entire history of the United States.” Letting go, does not mean or imply to mean, forget. Let’s first look at God’s standard.
Psalm 103: 10 – 12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
God will forget our transgressions against Him, that is transgressions committed by those who love Him. But concerning those who hate Him, He says this:
Exodus 20: 5b “for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
He does not forget the wrongs done to Him by people who hate Him. He never expects us to forget the wrongs done to us either. The phrase “let go” is not meant to imply that anyone should forget wrongs done in the past in any way. When someone has hurt you, trust is lost forever. That trust will never, ever be earned back. It’s impossible to regain lost trust. So hurt and bullying can be forgiven, but they should never be forgotten. Now we can address the question: What is meant by “let go?”
The average black child has an ingrained attitude of being second rate against the white child. From the very beginning of American history, even before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, blacks were captured in Africa and forced into slavery. The trade triangle in the Atlantic was fully established long before there was a United States. The English and the Dutch took full advantage of the tribal rivalries in Africa to purchase prisoners of war from tribal warfare and sell these prisoners overseas in America. So the real truth is this, black tribesmen sold their black prisoners to white European sailors as “spoils” of war. Then these white sailors sold the black prisoners to plantation owners in the Bahamas for sugar, cotton, and rum. Then they took the sugar, cotton, and rum back to Europe to sell for the final profit and used the money to repeat the process.
If black people really wanted to be honest, they should place the blame squarely on the shoulders of their own black African rivals that beat them in battle, and sold them to the European sailors. The first act of transgression is really the cause of the tribal warfare in the first place. This is really the first place to lay the blame for having black Africans in American land. In today’s climate of black and white racial tensions, it’s very unlikely that a black man will blame another black man for having a family history that includes American slavery. Blame usually begins with the European sailors and continues with American slavery, but leaves out the influence of warfare and black tribesmen in Africa.
But to be honest, white Americans have feared the freedom of black people in America and used every means possible to “keep them in their place.” “Their place” has historically been at the tail, keeping white people at the head. Even when the Declaration of Independence was framed, “all men” in the phrase “all men are created equal” meant all white men. Black men were regarded as servants, slaves, or property, (much like animals on a farm). It is the attitude presented by segregation, Jim Crow laws, white supremacy, the KKK, and is embodied by the choke hold used by law enforcement. When it becomes an act of bravery to walk to school, drive to the store, or even attend church simply because you have darker skin than a white man, you simply know that you’re not really free and that you are persecuted and despised.
The bad thing is this. No matter what you do or say, it all falls upon deaf ears. Unless there is a financial penalty involved, white leadership will never do anything to rectify the situation. For this reason, “peaceful protests” will never accomplish a thing. But the alternative is even worse, violent protests only produce property damage, (vandalism) and reinforces the white opinion that black people are savages. (Harking back to the African origins of slavery in the 17th Century.) If black people really want to make a change, here is a radical solution.
The Democratic Party has historically worked to prevent black and white equality, while simultaneously presenting itself as the party that supports black rights. It is the Party that supported segregation, restrictive laws against blacks, and defeated the Equal Rights Act of 1957. It is the dominant party of the south where Jim Crow laws prevailed until 1968 and it supported slavery in the 19th Century. It was the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln that spurred secession and the Civil War. Even though slavery was the dividing issue causing the Civil War, it was the question of “States Rights” versus Federal power that caused the South to secede from the Union.
If Black people really wanted to make a lasting change, maybe they should seriously consider abandoning the political party that has done them the most harm historically, (Democratic Party) and support the party that has fought the most on their behalf, (Republican Party). This is part of the “letting go” process. In order to make a lasting change, it is necessary to do something lasting and different. Social reform through protests is only a temporary fix and only addresses the focus of the protests. This current “Black Lives Matter” movement will only make the choke hold nationally illegal. It will not address the real issue of black subjugation.
Keeping black and white churches segregated only exacerbates the problem. When I was the Associate Pastor of a black church, the pressure to keep the church segregated came from the black leadership of the church itself. It was undeniable even though the church started out integrated. Every reason to separate white involvement in leadership was employed and successfully utilized behind the head minister’s back. He never caught onto the problem and allowed the established black leadership to exert their power and influence over him to determine the spiritual direction of the church. Using doctrine and tradition, the head minister changed the course of the church from following a Biblical and spiritual direction of integration and power to continuing onto the tradition direction of doctrinal law and traditional divisions. My family was the only white family in the church so prejudice and segregation is as deeply ingrained in the black culture as it is within the white. Only a true allegiance to God’s Word to build a spiritual relationship with God will change this attitude. Allegiance to doctrinal patterns of division and compliance to men will only maintain the old attitudes of separation and carnal Christianity that needs to be replaced by true Spiritual Christianity.
The only real benefit that came to the black culture as a result of slavery is the introduction of Christianity to them. The beginning of black Christianity in America was also evidenced by the huge display of God’s power and grace upon their lives and churches. “Negro” Spirituals were the hallmark of black churches throughout the 18th to 20th Centuries. The loss of the true spiritual relationship that God developed with the black church leaders of the past has been replaced by the doctrinal law and traditions of the present church.
In an effort to inject the Spirit of God back into the service, songs, dress codes, and black oriented teachings are used in church to build a feeling of black empowerment but it also increases the chasm of separation between Black Americans and their white Christian brothers and sisters. This was the point of contention between that one church and my ministry method. They wanted to stay firmly based upon the doctrines and traditions of the past and of the flesh. They did not want to experience the power of God when it did not conform to their preset expectations. I was quietly asked to step down so as not to teach or demonstrate God’s power openly in the service any longer. They wanted to maintain the status quo and this is one of the things that black culture has to let go as well. If you want to make a change in culture, you cannot demand to maintain the carnal, spiritual, status quo any longer in worship. Only a true and vital relationship with God will close that separation and only the individual follower of the Lord Jesus Christ can do this.
Letting go of the past is easy for an individual. But it will take many individuals letting go of their horrid past and embrace a future with God to change culture. This is not an indictment against black culture alone. Even the white culture needs to make the same change. The first thing we all need to acknowledge is this:
Acts 17: 26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
Men separate one another by skin color. God looks upon all of us as a single family bound together by the same blood. We all share the same blood no matter what nation or color we are, we all share the Spirit of Mankind, (our soul). The only thing that will unite us is the Spirit of God, (coming from the Lord Jesus Christ) or the Spirit of the World, (that comes from the enemy of God). There are many who are embracing the spirit of the world today. It preaches a gospel of peace and harmony with one another and with nature and the universe. It teaches of physical and financial rewards by harmonizing our “mental frequencies” with the “frequency of positive energy.” It also leaves out man’s need for wholeness and redemption through Jesus Christ. The world rejected the message of Jesus for salvation and communion with the Father long ago.
This watered down gospel without Christ has injected itself into many of our churches as well. The truth is simply this. Without Christ, there is no salvation because only Christ was able to pay the price for the sin of all mankind making it possible for anyone to become one with God once again. The price He paid was obedience to all the law of God until death. He alone was able to obey all the law, every jot and tittle, every Word God spoke to Him and despise the temptations of the world and of the devil all the way to death on the cross. For His obedience, He was given the keys to heaven and hell. The only true unity we will ever attain on this earth is the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4: 3) And only a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ will obtain this unity with other followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Kingdom of God, there is no black or white. There is no white supremacy. We all follow the same Lord, Jesus Christ the King. We all have the same spirit, The Holy Spirit given on Pentecost. We all worship the same God, the God and Father of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This is the unity we have to build in our hearts first, then we can look upon our brothers and sisters in Christ without any respect of color. We have to make Jesus our Lord instead of the men and women who presume to have leadership authority because they can give and take authority by their will without respect to God’s will. When we all walk with God, those who walk with the world will still hate us. But we will know that we are bound for eternity with God.
Prejudice will never cease as long as Satan is the god of this world. This is the true battle we all face as believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a spiritual battle and our enemy wants nothing less than to keep us divided by the doctrines and traditions of the church, our skin color, our political affiliation, or any other means of division he can make the focus of the time. Chasing after miracles is fruitless because the spirit of the world can also produce miracles. Building a personal, spiritual, and power filled connection with God is the only answer to combat prejudice. It means letting go of the past, letting go of history, letting go of wrongs done to us individually and culturally, and doing what Jesus did on the cross.
Luke 23: 34a “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
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Ephesians 6: 12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
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Ephesians 6: 13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
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We are powerless when we work alone, but together, we can regain our culture and back off the power of the adversary for another season. Let’s fight against him spiritually to really make a change against prejudice. It’s not just “Black Lives Matter” but every life that matters. Yes, forgiveness is imperative, no, it’s impossible to forget, but we can all “let go.” That is the true will of God and it begins with the individual, you.