Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
What we see happening in society with the races in our nation and the nations of the earth, is no more or no less than society experiencing the birth pangs of the birthing of a new age – The Kingdom Age. Matt 24:7 says, speaking of the signs of the coming of a new expression of worship and relating with God and one another in His coming kingdom,….and there shall be nation (ethnic groups) against nation (ethnic groups)…..and these are the beginning of sorrows (Birth pangs). Racial conflict is the birth pangs signalling a new expression of relational interaction coming with God and man, when the gospel of Christ, the messiah of the whole earth, is preached in all nations, right before the end of this present age. Matt 24:14 goes on to say, concerning this shift and transition into this new age, that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come to racial conflict, wars, and natural disasters of the earths groan, in the present age and expression.
Racial conflict is people groups at enmity with one another, as a result of racial differences, racial pride or races competing for position, resources, standing, etc. This has been seen beginning with Isaac vs, Ishmael, to Jews, Gentiles, to our present time throughout the nations. Racism is different and requires laws and systems that are put in place by a power-group to dominate and control another group of people for their benefit. Racism is more systemic.
Racism from a legal systemic vantage point has been outlawed in society, even though there may still be racists attributes in society, like discrimination, prejudice, and race hatred, etc. This technically is not racism. Even though some in society may try to circumvent the laws that have outlawed the practice of racism, to implement racists policies to continue various systems, like the disproportionate penal system imprisoning of Black youth. If an oppressed people group brings these policies and patterns to light, that system is supposed to be dismantled. But racial conflict at it’s root deals more with disputes between groups that are trying to live together without dialogue, understanding and love
To defeat racial hatred, racism and overcome racial conflict, we must do as Jesus showed us while on the earth. Jesus came the first time during a time of severe racial oppression happening against His people at the hands of the Roman Empire, as they had colonized the nation of Israel and were keeping them down by ongoing marital law. But Jesus revealed how to respond, and Peter preached about it once God opened his eyes concerning his racist’s attitudes, prejudices, and biases in Acts 10:1-39.
Act 10:34. So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I now understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace (reconciliation) through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all).
It took a vision from God to two men, Cornelius and Peter for God to break down the racial divide and heal the breach that had been built up over hundreds of years between the Jews and the Gentiles (Romans). Once God got both Peter and Cornelius' attention, and revealed to Peter that God was no respecter of person, Peter was able to see How Jesus of Nazareth had dealt with racism while He was on the earth.....By going forth with the anointing of the Holy Spirit and Power, doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil. Those who will be Christ-like will have to do the same....Overcome evil with Good.
Romans 12:21 says, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
God wants to anoint his body with the Holy Ghost and Power to go about doing good and healing ALL that are oppressed of Devil. (Acts 10:38). The young man, Dylan Roof, who in 2015 went into a church in Charleston S.C. where members of the Emmanuel AME church were having a prayer meeting and shot and killed 9 of them, was most definitely oppressed with the evil spirit of Racism.
Racism is an oppressive spirit from hell that needs to be healed by the power of God, and overcome by combating evil with good. What's happening in our society can only be healed by the power of God. We must all ask God how we can participate in the healing of the scourge of racism and racial hatred by going into our communities to people that are not like us and intentionally doing good, healing all that are oppressed with the devil.
We must look at racism through the eyes of Jesus Christ, and how to combat racism through the power of Christs’ Church, to come together through Love, forgiveness and the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21). We must also explore the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ascertain his revolutionary spirituality to release hope into our nation – both black and white - to arrive at constructive action, community healing, forgiveness and reconciliation of all racial, ethnic conflicts in the earth. Above all, Jesus has the answers and the solutions to our past and present racial persecution and social inequalities. If in our Christian faith, we worship this Man, who was unjustly tried, convicted and sentenced to death on the cross, saying, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” we, as African-Americans, have a responsibility to go beyond what's happened or happening to us, on to what we are to do, and how we are to respond to what’s happened to us. In my book Religion, Racism and Reconciliation - a message from God's word to African-American Christians about injustice forgiveness and reparations, I call the African-American Christian community to arise with the spirit of constructive revolution, that begins with unceasing prayer and forgiveness, and leads to the release of true Justice, reparations and yes, reconciliation.