Respect Your History and Your Elders

Respect Your History and Your Elders

Respect your History and Elders…

Job 8:8 ¶ For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
You know, as I study the Word, and am learning the ways and traditions of various North American Indian tribes, there is a simple tradition:
‘Respect the Elders!’

Seems many white folks have lost this. Instead of esteeming and celebrating with them the wisdom of the years of their lives, of our elderly, we often place them in ‘retirement homes’ or ‘assisted living’ facilities, safely tucked away from the mainstream of society.

Yet, in many cases, they are neglected, and at best not esteemed, or sought out for instruction, and wisdom.

I like the saying I heard in Africa: ‘When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground!’

I know that not every old person is wise, but they can be still honored, loved, and respected.

Job 32:7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.
respect elders native

Yet, if a person did not serve Jesus their whole life, or attend church or in some way learn, grow, or develop in the Word of God, then seems that the best we can offer, is to love, honor and respect them.

Want to get blessed by God?

Le 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
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Ex 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Just a Native American tradition?

Nope, this is the eternal word of God, a principal eternally established in the heavens, for all time.

So we must respect elders, and our parents, whatever age they might be, even if they frustrate us, and in our eyes, are not honorable.

Even if they are wrong, in their counsel, or lifestyle, according to the Word of God, we can still disagree with them, without being disagreeable.

1Ti 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
There is much to be said in the Scripture about our treatment of elders, but it all boils down to this:

Love, honor and respect them, no matter what they do….
learning from elders
Let’s pray:
‘Father, place in my heart, love, honor, and respect for all parents, and elders around me, no matter what they do, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

Wisdom of the Elders

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The Wisdom of the Elders

Some years ago, up in Canada, I was driving to work, and happened to tune the radio into CBC to catch the morning news. Instead, I heard a wonderful interview with an Ojibwa elder, an older women who was being interviewed, about some of the high suicide, alcohol, and abuse rates that were being reported on the ‘Grassy Narrow’s’ reservation. Seems that a social worker had reported that eight infants, had been literally dropped in the snow, in sub-zero temperatures, on ‘check-day’ on the reservation, while their mothers and fathers, were getting drunk and high at some party.

The interviewer was trying, with some degree of compassion, to understand the dynamics that would cause such behavior, and had quoted some serious statistics regarding alcohol, drug abuse, domestic violence, and suicide and substance abuse related deaths on the reservation.

The interviewer asked: ‘With so much money, and resource available to help your people, why is this so?’

The reply of this wise woman, has stayed with me all these years, and as a minister, I have used her story, several times over the years. She replied:

“Let me tell you a story. There were four Canadians who had travelled all the way to the Pacific ocean, to walk the beach. There was a black man, a Chinese man, a white man, and a native American Indian. It was the time of Spring solstice, when the moon is full, and tides are great, and this particular afternoon, the tides were especially low, exposing miles and miles of tide pools, as far as the eye could see along this great beach. They decided to take advantage of this, and each grabbed a bucket, and headed out on the beach to attempt to catch crabs for an evening meal. Several hours later, they came together again, and the white, black and Chinese Canadians had empty buckets, while the Indian had a full pail! The white guy immediately exclaimed: ‘I don’t believe it! How did you catch so many crabs? Seems every time I caught one, and then turned around, it quickly climbed up the side of the bucket, and escaped to freedom, hiding under a rock before I could re-catch it!’ The black and Chinese men nodded with understanding, having had a similar experience, when the Indian exclaimed: ‘Well, I only catch Indian crabs.”

“Indian crabs? What on earth is an Indian crab? They all look the same to me!”

“Well,” the Indian continued, “All I do, is catch two crabs at once, and put them in the bucket together. When the first one tries to climb out to freedom, the other one grabs his back legs, and pulls him back into the pail!”
Wisdom of the Elders
This elder then went on to say, that this was the plight of her people. Yes, there was great poverty, substance abuse, and heartbreak on the reservation, but when a young person decided to try to escape, and to get a job off the reservation, or go away to school, that when they came home, they were usually called ‘a disgrace to the race, a red apple, red on the outside, but white on the inside,’ That unless that person was exceptionally strong, they were rarely if ever able to escape the peer pressure and ostracization of family and friends, and usually fell back into the cycle of partying and substance abuse.

I have used this illustration over the years, as I taught an alcohol drug rehabilitation course.

In the Bible, we learn that close relationships have the power to either promote, drag us back into our horrible habits. That it is important to make a clean break with people, places and things, that would bring us down, and until we are strong and healed enough, certain people needed to leave our lives, whether friends or family, in order that we get free of our addictive and destructive lifestyles.

Yet, over the past year, I have been studying intensely, the history of the North American First Nations peoples, and it is a story that needs to be told. Horrible atrocities have occurred in terms of broken treaties, genocides, forced removals from tribal lands on to reservations, and children placed in boarding or residential schools, where dehumanizing things occurred.

As I listened to Ivan Doxstator speak, an Iroquois counselor to First Nations people’s, he made a statement, that is a far deeper answer to that question that many white people ask, with respect to suffering Indians living in dire circumstances upon reservations. “Why don’t the leave the reservations?” Ivan replied: ‘Because they feel that the government will take their land.”

This is no nebulous fear, if you understand the history of broken treaties, in the occupation of traditional Indian lands by treachery or the power of the cavalry across North America, and one that needs to be addressed adequately by both the church, and the US and Canadian governments, if we are to see justice, healing, and true reconciliation come to the Indian reservations of North America.

Let’s pray:
‘Father, forgive us for destroying our lives away from You. Where we need to leave unhealthy relationships, places, or spaces that are destroying us, give us strength, courage, wisdom, direction, and provision to get to where we need to be. Deliver us from our fears, and grant to us healing, true justice, grace, and protection. We choose to forgive those who have lied to us, stolen from us, and tried to steal our destiny, language, culture, lands, and identity in You. If there be any real danger, of predatory businesses, or corrupt governments still attempting to steal from me, my family, or my people, STOP them, in the name and authority of Jesus I pray, Amen.’

Prayer as Incense….

Prayer as Incense....

 

 Incense as a prayer….

One day in our yearly Bible reading, as I began to meditate upon my journey this year, as I have been studying diligently, the plight of the North American Indian tribes. I am convinced that this is the number one agenda upon the heart of Father God, our Creator, that will unlock the move of the Holy Spirit we all seek, in this land we call the United States of America.

Psalm 141
King James Version (KJV)
141 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Prayer as Incense....
I am called to somehow bring the love of Jesus, and the truth of God’s covenant to these precious people, after the traditional church, has radically failed, in many cases to do so.
The general history of Christian missions to the Indian tribes, is, at best horrendous, although I am sure that there have been myriads of good hearted Christians (like the Christian missionaries that walked the ‘trail of tears’ with the Cherokee and Choctaw), who honestly did not have the understanding we now have of the Word of God, and a better perspective, of the visitations of the Creator, the Great Spirit, who we call the Holy Spirit, among the Indian tribes, over the centuries.

prayer incense of heart

It has been said of a true missionary, that their true job, is not to go make disciples of their version or interpretation of how they believe that people should serve God, rather, to go, and learn the language, customs, traditions, and culture of the people they are sent to, “TO DISCOVER THE WAYS THAT GOD HAS ALREADY VISITED THAT PEOPLE!’

smudging

Notice I have deliberately capitalized this thought, for the Scripture states that:

1 Peter 4:17
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Where the church has failed the indigenous peoples of North America, there has been judgment, and lost blessing, I am convinced, upon this nation.

Now, is the time to make wrongs right, and together with the red man, heal the land.

This is the amazing truth of American history: Not that the US has always done right, but in this land of the free and the brave, where we fight for freedom, liberty, and justice for all, that where America has done wrong, historically, they have always endeavoured to make wrongs, right. We have seen this in the cival war, to end slavery, and later under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr in the cival rights movement, that where injustice or institutionalized evil is in place, there have always been champions of justice, to bring course correction to America, to keep her from the shipwrecks of God’s judgement.

The three battlegrounds to be championed in this generation are, in order of importance: The plight of the US Indian, Racisim again, and the elimination of abortion. May God raise up voices and champions of truth in each of these battlegrounds!

As a spiritual leader, with anointing and power with God (yet no earthly title or recognition as of yet), I actually believe that God has been visiting the Indian tribes, long before the white man came to this land.

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Crazy Horse (Lakota: Thašųka Witko, literally “His-Horse-is-Crazy”)

“Crazy Horse’s vision foretold the darkness that descended on his people. He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes and the tragic world wars of the modern era. He saw his people gradually awakening after the last war and beginning to dance again under the Sacred Tree. Then amazingly he saw that dancing along with his people were representatives of all races who had become brothers. Thus he foresaw that the world would be made whole again, not just by his own nation but by all peoples working together.” – Bette Stockbauer
http://bci.org/prophecy-fulfilled/ancient.htm

The Teton Sioux Chief Crazy Horse had a final vision in which “He saw his people being driven into spiritual darkness and poverty while the white people prospered in a material way all around them. But even in the darkest times, he saw that the eyes of a few of his people kept the light of dawn and the wisdom of the earth, which they passed on to some of their grandchildren. He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes, and twice he saw the great darkness and heard the screams and explosions when millions of people died in two great world wars.

“But he saw, after the second great war passed, a time come when his people began to awaken, not all at once, but a few here and there, and then more and more, and he saw that they were dancing in a beautiful light of the Spirit World under the Sacred Tree even while still on Earth. Then he was amazed to see that dancing under the tree were representatives of all races who had become brothers, and he realized that the world would be made new again and in peace and harmony not just by his people, but by members of all races of mankind.” – Vinson Brown, Voices of Earth and Sky; 1974, Harrisburg, PA
http://www.rexresearch.com/usa/usaproph.htm#us10

Crazy Horse had a vision he shared with sitting bull during a pipe ceremony just days before he was murdered. He said, “Upon suffering beyond suffering, the red nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for the sick world. A world filed with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations, when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day, those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come, to those of my people to ask for wisdom. I salute the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells, for when you are at the center within you and I am at the at place within me, we are as one.” – Crazy Horse from James Medicine Tree

http://www.heyokamagazine.com/HEYOKA.6.PIPE.JimMedicineTree.htm

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/and-the-young-white-ones-will-come/
This prophecy, uttered by chief Crazy Horse, in the presence of chief Sitting Bull (to my knowledge, the last free Indian chiefs), is widely accepted as being from God, by many, many Indian tribes and elders.
I too, believe it to be true.
It is now the time of the seventh generation, and I see myself as one of ‘the young white ones, with the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells,’. That light in me, is Jesus, Christ in me, the hope of my glory!

Prayer as Incense:

 

prayer as incense
Today, as I think of the Indian tradition called ‘smudging’, where cedar, or sage, tobacco, or sweet grass is burned as incense, or an offering to our Creator, I see a great similarity, between First Nations worship, and the worship prescribed by God to the Hebrews, in the temple, before the ark.

High_Priest_Offering_Incense_on_the_Altar

 

Here are some Scriptures, where God ordained the burning to incense to be offered up with prayer and worship:
Exodus 30:1
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.
Exodus 30:7
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
Exodus 30:8
And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

Malachi 1:11
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
Luke 1:9
According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Luke 1:10
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Luke 1:11
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Here we see prayer in heaven being received by our Creator, offered before Him by angels, with incense!

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Revelation 8:3
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Revelation 8:4
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.,

These verses speak of incense, being offered with prayer, as a sweet aroma before the throne of God.
prayer incense

Yet, traditional white missionaries, in many cases, at best, misinterpreted this traditional tribal

practice, seeing it as pagan, demonic, or at best merely traditional. Read this article from a Catholic brother, that I agree with: http://www.peace.mb.ca/00.Native/nlrnz06-sweetgrass.php
I quote:
“Holy Smoke –
Fragrant smoke is one of these sacramentals. It has been used by peoples all over the world for thousands of years. Sweet grass, sage, cedar, etc. are forms of incense found in many First Nations cultures. It is used as a way of honouring the Creator, as a sign of prayer rising to God, and of the sweetness of prayer. It is a sign of humility (the humbleness of plants) and purity (the purifying effect of fire). Also for Christians, smoke is a reminder of the shining cloud that veils the glory of God.”

Smoke Signals:

prayer as smoke

Yet, I believe the burning of sweetgrass, cedar, sage, as part of First Nations worship to be Biblical, spiritual, and one of the forms of worship God loves, as:
Revelation 5:9
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 7:9
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Again, as I have said before. Jesus did not come to destroy language, culture, and sacred traditions of elders and tribes, rather to redeem it, purify it, and bring it back to our Father, Creator, the Great One from whom all life flows.
May we learn to love one another, in purity of heart, and true holiness, seeking to honestly understand, in humility, the visitations of God in other cultures!
Let’s pray:
‘Father, again, I lift up a cry, for the North American Indian! Father, again, visit them, heal them, deliver and redeem them, and please, visit us, heal us, forgive and deliver us, redeem us, and open our eyes, to see You, in Your movements, traditions, and the worship of other people groups than ourselves. May we be instruments of reconciliation, peace, justice, and healing, revealing Your love, power, and redemption. Father, open our eyes to the ways we must change, hear, and walk, in order to heal this great land, we call, the United States of America. We ask, knowing we are heard, for we come only through the precious shed blood of Yeshua, Jesus, God the Son, risen from the dead, they we too might live in Him, Amen’

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

Hearing the Voice of the North American Indian!

You know, here is a thought: I hate racism. Whether a brutally oppressive white man, or a bitter black man wanting vengeance, it all reeks of pride, hatred, murder, bitterness, anger, rage, and wickedness. We must rise up in honor, to become who God created us to be. To love, respect, and seek to understand one another’s unique gifts, to build bridges instead of walls.

The cure for racism is still Jesus, reconciling us into covenant with God, through His cross and His blood. Although God sees and understands different skin colors and cultures, He is not preferential to black, white, red, or yellow men. We each bleed red blood.

God is not pro-black, white, red: He is looking for covenant men. Sons and daughters that will accept His offer of royal adoption! People who will accept royal rank, privilege, and eternal destiny, not of this earth, rather, heavenly citizenship.

Yet there is a thought today, that will not leave me.

Though there is still much work to be done in destroying racism between the black and white man in the United States, battles have been fought against slavery – there was a Civil War over this!

Then, my generation saw Martin Luther King Jr raise his voice against the hand of white oppression, and many of us paid a great price to see schools integrated, and social justice and an attempt at equality in the workplace.

Yet, as I study the plight of the Red Man here in America, and I study the histories of myriad First Nations peoples, I read of horrors untold, injustices, murders, and treacheries that, if they were not true, would be unbelievable in this great land, home of the free and the brave, with supposed freedom, liberty, and justice for all…

“Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.
June 2, 1924
Native Americans have long struggled to retain their culture. Until 1924, Native Americans were not citizens of the United States. Many Native Americans had, and still have, separate nations within the U.S. on designated reservation land. But on June 2, 1924, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act, some Native Americans weren’t allowed to vote because the right to vote was governed by state law. Until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting”

As I study, pray, and listen to Holy Spirit for His heart with respect to the American Indian, I find myself dwelling on this recurring thought:

The black man has had a war fought to end slavery, and his voice has been heard to some degree in the Civil rights movement in the 1960’s, but the voice of the Indian has never been heard!

It has been muted, muffled, muzzeled and silenced from main line Media, and in generally omitted entirely from US History texts in our schools.

The devastation and tragedy of the First Nations peoples of the United States is a story as yet untold, a very shameful chapter in this great land and nation.

The question screaming inside of me is this: ‘Who will be their voice?”

Who will tell their story?

Jesus is alive!

Heaven is real!

Those great peoples of our ancestors, still live before the throne of God, and I believe that God Himself, is now about to take up the cause of the red man in America.

This, will be the thing, that brings healing back to this land, as justice, understanding, love, and acceptance is brought to these people, who have suffered horribly here, for many generations….

There is a cry I hear from heaven: ‘Red Man Rising!”

Let’s Pray:

‘Father: Open the eyes of America, all people, to understand, and to embrace the First Nations peoples of this country. Give us eyes to see, a heart to understand their pain, their culture, language, honor, traditions, and the ways that you Jesus have visited them in the past. Somehow God, heal their hearts, their lands, and ours, where we have lacked so much, in the rejection of the gifts you have given them. Make impossible wrongs, somehow right, through your cross and shed blood Jesus! Deliver us from our blindness, our foolishness, our pride and foolishness of way, and somehow reconcile us! Give us grace to see and hear truth, and to turn from our wickedness and treacherous ways, and forgive and have mercy upon us, for our great sin in Your sight! Somehow, Holy Spirit, visit each and every Indian tribe here, and heal, restore, reveal Your love, and give them courage to be able to forgive us, that somehow we might walk before You in honor, respect, dignity, strength, humility, and love and truth. Let their stories be told, restore to them their voice in the land! I ask this Father, in Your great name Lord Jesus, Amen…’

Red Man Rising!

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Red Man Rising!

Had an interesting thought yesterday, as I sought the Lord for His heart with respect to First Nations people’s here in North America.

I have been very troubled, over the teaching of ‘manifest destiny’, which has caused such devastation among the Indian tribes of this land. The thought, preached in many Christian churches, that the United States was given to the European settlers by God, and that like the Israelites destroyed or drove out their enemies from their lands and houses by conquest in the book of Joshua, that God, through Christian calvary, had ordered the genocide of First Nations host people in America.

Depending on who you talk to, or what you read, approximately 80 million Indians died on US soil after Columbus landed in 1492.

Seems more of them died from sickness, than from war or genocide, yet the destruction and devastation was and is horrendous.

Yet, here is the thought I just had, after yet another day of prayer in the Holy Spirit, seeking God for understanding.

Satan always does evil, then blames God for it.

Why?

Simple, it is all about the gospel.

The gospel is the power of God that destroys his work in the earth, that gives men new birth, and translation out of his kingdom, into the kingdom of God’s family, where Jesus is Lord, and dominion, dignity, and authority over demons and creation is restored. He must stop the gospel!

The annihilation of the north American Indian has his fingerprints all over the crime scene.

Remember how he works:
Through deception, he is a mind blinding spirit.
He comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (exactly what has been done, to all Indians with respect to the murder, the theft and destruction of traditional lands)

Through sickness, Jesus came to heal, and God is not the author of sickness, it is a result of the fall of man. God did not create it, for surely, sickness, suffering and disease is not good, and when He created the heavens and the earth:

Gen 1: 24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Acts 10:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus only did the will of our Father, the Creator, and everything He did while on the earth, was only good. In this verse we see Jesus going about doing good. What good? Healing. Healing Who? All those oppressed of the devil. Who brought sickness? Satan and his minions, NOT GOD!

I will expound on this more, at a later time, but I am now convinced of this one thing.

God did not kill, orchestrate, nor in any way participate in the destruction of the North American Indian! In fact as I spend these years praying for various Indian tribes, what I hear and feel heaven saying on their behalf, is anger, and overwhelming grief. I find myself, weeping, sometimes sobbing uncontrollably, as Father God shares His heart for my Indian brothers and sisters, whose blood still cries from the earth.

I am convinced that many of those, are these described in Rev 6: 9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the heavenly altar the souls of those murdered for holding fast to the word of God and their testimony. 10 They cried out in a great, singular voice.
Murder Victims: How much longer, O Lord, the holy One, the true One, until You pronounce judgment on the inhabitants of the earth? Until You avenge our blood
From the great cloud of heavenly witnesses, there has arisen a cry, for justice in the earth.

Now, at this time, I believe God, our Creator, the Great Spirit, has heard, and is answering…

Satan fears the North American Indian greatly, and is determined to destroy Him.

He has used sickness, disease, treachery, and deception planted in minds of wicked men, to do what he always does: kill, steal, and destroy, a great people, created in the image of God, for His glory.

“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

We see the mind of godless men, described in Romans 1:

Romans 1:26-32
The Voice (VOICE)
26-27 This is why God released them to their own vile pursuits, and this is what happened: they chose sexual counterfeits—women had sexual relations with other women and men committed unnatural, shameful acts because they burned with lust for other men. This sin was rife, and they suffered painful consequences.
28 Since they had no mind to recognize God, He turned them loose to follow the unseemly designs of their depraved minds and to do things that should not be done. 29 Their days are filled with all sorts of godless living, wicked schemes, greed, hatred, endless desire for more, murder, violence, deceit, and spitefulness. And, as if that were not enough, they are gossiping, 30 slanderous, God-hating, rude, egotistical, smug people who are always coming up with even more dreadful ways to treat one another. They don’t listen to their parents; 31 they lack understanding and character. They are simple-minded, covenant-breaking, heartless, and unmerciful; they are not to be trusted. 32 Despite the fact that they are fully aware that God’s law says this way of life deserves death, they fail to stop. And worse—they applaud others on this destructive path.
These verses, about sum up the interaction of the first immigrants of the United States, with the indigenous people, or Indian tribes currently living here, when they arrived.
Yet, understand that humanity has a fallen nature, original sin, and that the one who fuels, empowers, and works through this murderous bunch is satan himself, planting in the minds of fallen men, destructive murderous thoughts.
2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Reminds of the guy who was walking down the street, when a ferocious dog bit him, and grabbed hold of his leg. He began to scream: ‘God, why did you let this dog attack me! God, I hate You for doing this to me!’

All the while the dog is chewing on his leg.

Moral: Kick the dog, not God! Kill it, but know that God is a good God, and that He did not send the dog to teach you something, or to punish you, but that an evil master did.

Do not blame God for the devils work!

Now, as for the wicked, deceitful white men that greedily killed, stole, and destroyed, they will keep their own appointment with Jesus, alone, to give an account of their lives. There is surely a heaven, and a hell, and I am convinced that many of them are presently burning there.

Forgive them! Rise above it. Refuse to be like them!

Hebrews 10:30
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Some have said, but they deserve to die! Yes, but murder, bloodshed, vengeance, hate, and bitterness, only poisons us, they are already dead men walking. We will all give an account of our lives, alone, before Him who made us, one day, not so far away.
There are only two types of spirits in the earth, good and evil, God and devils, love or hate. Jesus said it this way:
Luke 9: 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”[e]
55 But He turned and rebuked them,[f] and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
Nor do you, warrior. There is a fight for peace, justice, truth, healing, restoration, against hatred, bitterness, murder, and all that mess.
Yet, God is not calling us to lower ourselves to the wickedness of devilish men, but has given us far greater weapons, weapons of spiritual warfare, through the Word of God, to not only walk in dignity, honor, respect, and power, but also to attack satanic strongholds that hold the minds of men.
Let’s Pray:
‘Father God in Heaven, Creator, Great One, Giver of all life: Help me to see You, Your heart, Your truth, Your Son Jesus, and His way of honor, respect, dignity, mercy, and love. Father, teach me Your truth, make me a warrior for You, against sin, sickness, injustice, and every other work of devils and the devilish people that serve them, that I might fight for true justice, peace, healing, and the restoration of my people, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’