For the last three weeks, since Charlottesville, another incident further exposing the widening racial divide in our nation, I’ve been posting provocative racial memes aimed at stimulating discussion across the racial divide about racism, white and black racial frustrations and hatred, and the foundational ideology of racism in America, White Supremacy. These memes have also been aimed at exposing the heart posture of many on both sides that have hidden their true thoughts and hearts under the thin veneer of a postmodernist, supposed post-racist society. These movements attempts a subtle uniformity of thought in our nation about patriotism, race and political policy, aimed at ignoring, burying or re-writing the less desirable foundations of this nation’s genesis, making reconciliation and healing impossible.
Not many understand what I’m doing. Many have thought I’m bitter, or unforgiving, or that my focus is misplaced and that my posts are divisive, or even ungodly. And I know I’ve made many of my Facebook friends uncomfortable, causing my FB following to drop like a rock. Haha! Fortunately, I’m not doing this for friends or followings. I’m doing this because I’ve been given a God-given ministry of reconciliation, And I believe this misunderstanding of my motives and heart is directly tied to a lack of understanding of what it actually takes for reconciliation.
Reconciliation has 3 phases: # 1. It requires us getting a revelation of who each of us were before we were labeled what we’ve been labeled in a fallen racist society. In biblical terms it requires a revelation of our new nature in Christ, which requires us understanding 2 Cor. 5:14-18, which begins by saying “Know no man after the flesh, even as we no longer know Christ after the Flesh.” Reconciliation then requires us becoming a new creation in Christ, and no longer seeing Christ after our own image, but US in HIS image, and then those who have begun to live out of that new nature are given an actual ministry, called the ministry of reconciliation, reconciling humanity to God, and humanity to itself, (one another).
#2..After new creations in Christ begin living out of their new nature they then need to break down the walls of enmity separating us, spoken of in Eph 2:13-16 (which I believe was begun with the walls of legal segregation being removed in the 60’s, civil rights movement). #3. But walls separating us being removed still doesn’t automatically result in reconciliation, if we don’t come together to sit and converse at a table, about the revelation of how Christ in us in the grace of God brought us through our past, and immediate pain and suffering to reign together in Him. Dr. King called this table THE TABLE OF BROTHERHOOD (Psalm 133:1-3).
However, 50 years after Civil Rights removed legislated segregation and discrimination, and after a two term Black President, We STILL are in need of establishing in our communities, networks and church’s that table of brotherhood. Dr King’s I HAVE A DREAM speech mentions this table when he says;
I have a Dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the Sons of former slaves and the Sons of former slave owners will sit down at the table of brotherhood as brothers and sisters.
This table is how we would be able to connect the different views of the Sons of former slaves and the Sons of former slave owners around dialogue of how we see things from our two different inheritances in this country. For example: The Sons of Former Slave owners came over as immigrants in search of a dream, and the Sons of former Slaves were brought over as slaves in chains to a nightmare. SO WE SEE THINGS DIFFERENT, BOTH IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN LIFE. AND THAT’S OKAY. And we’re not supposed to let it go. WE’RE SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT WORK FOR OUR GOOD. And in order to do that, WE MUST TALK ABOUT IT, about how we feel when we feel prejudiced, stereotyped or discriminated against, about how we feel when we’re labeled racists, or labeled for what our forefathers did, or didn’t do, and finally, about how we see things because of the two different inheritances.
Therefore, WE MUST TALK ABOUT IT, AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, NOT AS ENEMIES, which requires Christ making us new in Him. Many believers either think racism is no longer an issue, as society tries to convince us, so we should just not talk about it and get over the ongoing reminders of racism lingering and yet still remaining in the legislative and penal systems, that black people experience regularly in our society. Or many believers think like Rick Joyner suggested, it’s only an issue because of Obama, or because BLM has triggered a resurgence of White Supremacy, or White Nationalism. But it’s really never gone away. It doesn’t go away until we talk it away, UNTIL WE CONFESS OUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER THAT WE MAY BE HEALED (James 5:16).
It doesn’t go away because we elect a Black President, or because we refuse to talk about it. All that happens If we don’t talk about these sensitive issues across the racial divide, especially in the church, is we allow the secular media to spin their narrative, and the hate groups to lead in establishing or resisting racial hatred & racism in society, while the divide in the Church widens over insensitive statements out of ignorance, or erroneous platitudes of spirituality like I DON’T SEE COLOR, or THERE’S ONLY ONE RACE – THE HUMAN RACE, etc, etc. Yeah, We’re not to judge by color, but by the content of our character, and we ARE all apart of humanity, but their are different people groups and ethnicity’s which God made on purpose, not to be like the other, but to compliment each other, and help complete one another’s mission and purpose in the earth. So, we must see and appreciate the differences in our different cultures and ethnicity’s if we’re going to have true unity after we reconcile.
In 2016 I wrote a book to address the widening divide around the issue of police brutality and racism in our Urban Communities, and why we see things so different across the racial divide, as well as how black people can address these issues in our own communities with the help of our white counterparts empathetic and compassionate understanding of why we feel the way we feel and see what we see.