Race: Created by the World, Accepted by the Church

On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student. Miss Williams wrote an essay on her impressions of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography the Narrative of the Life. This was part of an essay contest, but her essay was never entered. It offended her teachers so much that, after harassment from teachers and school administrators at School #3, Miss Williams was forced to leave the school.

…She reflected on how the “white teachers” do not have enough control of the classroom to successfully teach the minority students in Rochester. While she herself is more literate than most, due to her own perseverance and diligence, she sees the fact that so many of the other “so-called ‘unteachable’” students aren’t learning to read as a form of modern-day slavery. Their illiteracy holds them back in society. Her call to action was then in her summary: “A grand price was paid in order for us to be where we are today; but in my mind we should be a lot further, so again I encourage the white teachers to instruct and I encourage my people to not just be a student, but become a learner.”

Read this story in its entirety: here

This may seem {at first glance} slightly more political than spiritual; but, that is only at first glance.

I decided to write on the subject of race for three reasons. The all encompassing reason {umbrella reason even} is because the Lord told me to.

Yesterday I had quite an interesting experience with a young woman whom I have known for quite some time. I called her black and it infuriated her because she {and I quote} is not black she is Hispanic. I knew her mother was Dominican and I guess I assumed her father was black.

Other than this being a prime example of when you assume…, there is something else behind the mini spat. And to be honest, I brought it up to her even though it probably wasn’t the time {I couldn’t help myself}.

  • Race is purely a social construct
  • Yup. I said it. Those whom knew me in high school would be shocked to hear this {not so new} revelation coming from their fist pumping, Malcolm X shirt wearing classmate {thank you Jesus for renewing my mind}.

    I suggest to you that race is something that has been created by Satan to divide the Kingdom of Heaven in order to render it ineffective.

    Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. And they said, Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. And the Lord said, Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one anothers speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. (Genesis 11:1,2,4,6-8 NKJV)

    As you see, working together on one accord is powerful. Being of one mind, of one speech, renders a group unstoppable.

    By creating these groups that are classified as races, the Kingdom is no longer fully on one accord. There are even phrases such as the black church which divide the church by race. While I understand history, you cannot let history take authority over the Word and will of God.

    When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV)

    The Spirit is able to operate amongst a group of people whom are on one accord. Allowing race to cripple the church must end. There is coming a time where the black church, the white church, the Hispanic church, etc. will have to work together. Why not start now?

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