- From the Cedar Street Times, Pacific Grove
What does God say about white supremacy and black power?
What do white supremacy and black power have in common? They both divide us by the color of our skin. They both make claims that are rooted in division and hatred for our brothers. Neither speaks to God’s way, which is unity, 1 cor 12:18-25, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” We are one people and each of us has a part to play in the family God is creating. No one should think himself or herself more important to God than their neighbor, Gal 3:28-29, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.” God calls all of us to unity.
God created us to be people united by love not divided, it is the devil that tries to divide us into warring parts, Rom 16:17-20, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
Prov 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Not all of us will choose to follow Jesus, which leads some to, Jude16-19, “These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” We are all brothers and sisters in God’s eyes and He wants us to love each other, 1 Jn 4:20, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” God creates all of us to love our brothers and sisters and to follow Jesus, which is how we become one of the sheep. When we do not love each other, we separate ourselves from God and become one of the goats.
Jesus came to teach us God’s way and to have us divide ourselves into two groups, the sheep, and the goats, Matt 25:31-36, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” We divide ourselves by the choices we make in this life and God has told us unselfish behavior is the fruit of the Spirit of God.
We only need to follow Jesus and He will lead us home, Jn 14:5-6, “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
God says we are all equal and we should not divide ourselves by race, skin color, status in society, political party or in any other artificial means, Acts 10:34, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” We are all God’s children, if we choose to be, Col 3:12-15, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” and Rom 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Amen!
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