As many of you know, I stand positionally against racism in any way, shape or form. I honestly believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God, and I stand for the oppressed, and against the oppressor, whenever called upon to do so.
Over the years, I have begun to learn the stories of the host peoples of America, the treachery, the atrocities, the broken treaties, and I have publically made the statement: In American history, the black man has suffered incredible injustice under slavery, segregation, and under racist policies today, yet to the credit of this great nation, we have had a civil war to end slavery, and a cival rights movement to begin the process of true integration into mainstream society. Obviously, there is much to be done, to provide true freedom, liberty and justice for all in our black communities. Yet, in the case of the red man in America, historically, anytime, anywhere a strong native leader rose up to speak for his people, he has been shot.
I am beginning to develop relationship here in Tulsa with the Afro-American resource section of the public library, and through them, have been introduced to the wonderful work of the John Hope Franklin Center for reconciliation.
As I have participated in several events over the past years, I was invited to read a tremendous book entitled “The Warmth of Other Suns’ by Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize winner.
It is the story, of many, many black American’s that migrated six million strong, from the oppression of segregation in the South, to the more relative freedom from racisim, to the north.
I was reading this account of the possible history of the Jim Crow laws, and the following Bible verse came to my attention.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
From Ms. Wilkerson’s book I quote:
“In the darkest hours of this era, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass saw his health fade just as everything he spent his life fighting for was falling apart. He said, in his last great public lecture, delivered in Baltimore in January 1894, a year before his death, “I hope and trust all will come out right in the end but the immediate future looks dark and troubled. I cannot shut my eyes to the ugly facts before me.”
It was during that time, around the turn of the twentieth century, that southern state legislatures began devising with inventiveness and precision laws that would regulate every aspect of black people’s lives, solidify the southern caste system, and prohibit even the most casual and incidental contact between the races.
They would come to be called Jim Crow laws. It is unknown precisely who Jim Crow was or if someone by that name actually existed. There are several stories as to the term’s origins. It came into public use in the 1830s after Thomas Dartmouth Rice, a New York-born itinerant white actor, popularized a song-and-dance routine called “the Jim Crow” in minstrel shows across the country. He wore blackface and ragged clothes and performed a jouncy, palsied imitation of a handicapped black stable hand he had likely seen in his travels singing a song about “Jumping Jim Crow.” Jim Crow was said to be the name of either the stable hand or his owner living in Kentucky or Ohio. Rice became a national sensation impersonating a crippled black man, but died penniless in 1860 of a paralytic condition that limited his speech and movement by the end of his life. “
Seems this verse was proven true in the life of Thomas Dartmouth Rice. He acted as a palsied black man, promoting segregation and Jim Crow laws, and died in a paralytic condition, not unlike the role he acted out as ‘Jim Crow’, to promote segregation across America.
Racism in any form, is evil. People are people, and no matter their station in life, are to be loved, honored, respected as people created in the image of God. Let us stand against racism, wherever it is found, in the name, authority, love and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is another article I wrote about racism some time ago, that you might enjoy: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/using-racial-privilege-to-promote-the-kingdom-of-god/
‘Father God, we come before you, in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus, you told us, that we could speak to mountains, in Your power and authority, and they would move. Truly, Racism, is a mountain in the United States of America. So, we command this mountain, MOVE, that Your love, honor, respect, and true freedom might prevail across this land. Amen’
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1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.
Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.
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Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.
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I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
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Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:
Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies
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