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About a decade ago, I received Jesus Christ into my heart. I will never forget the first church service I attended as a born-again Christian. It was at Victory Christian Center, a non-denominational church located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During a Sunday morning service, the Pastor called out the name of various nations from all over the world. People came forth of all colors and backgrounds, wearing native costumes endemic of their cultures. It was truly an awesome sight, for I love being around all nationalities.

I will never forget that service. A young man performed an Indian ceremonial dance in honor to the Lord, dressed in traditional Native American clothing and headdress. It was fascinating to watch. I, myself came from a mixture of "Black", Cherokee, and French ancestry. I thought to myself, "this is genuine respect for all people regardless of color… this Christian stuff is real! People really can come together and love one another." It is real-- yet people are not perfect, although we have His perfect Spirit dwelling in us. Later, the Pastor had an altar call for people struggling with racism and prejudicism. Many people came forward. Those coming forth recognized they had a problem racial in nature, and did not run from it. They wanted to please God rather than keep the bad attitudes and rationalizations they once embraced. These were the ones who comprehended, that maybe, prejudice is unpleasing to God. Certainly, even more remained seated, content and smug their prejudicial beliefs represented "truths".

 I John 1:9 NIV
9  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
10  Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
11  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

However, during this past decade, I have encountered many types of people and I have learned a rather disheartening fact…born-again Christians reflect the world when it comes to racial prejudice in their hearts. It was a rude awakening to me. In the past, I was accustomed to seeing it and experiencing it in the world; living in darkness and myself, being a child of darkness. Going by my experience, many Christians are no less racist than the world, nor or we any more racist than the world. There are a few differences, however…Christians hide it better (with the love of the Lord, of course), and they present "prettier" rationalizations. Are these rationalizations really based on the kind of love God has commanded us to demonstrate and feel towards each other?

To most people I "look" Italian or Indian. In fact, I am Black, Cherokee Indian, and French. I however, consider myself a Christian before I consider myself "anything". I have experienced racism from both whites and blacks. Blacks at times have accused me of being "high yellow" or "Uncle Tom"---people who had no clue about me personally. Because of my complexion, most people cannot tell I am a "black" person. Often, people "forget" I am black. I remember one day a white Christian co-worker loudly told other Christian co-workers around me how she could "no longer go to a certain gas station for all the "niggers" hanging out there". I was stunned. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard white people say "nigger" around me, unaware of my race.

Some will protest here, and say 'we call ourselves "nigger"! That is a blanket assertion placed on entire race--many black people hate the word like I do, and we do not use it among ourselves. I also find, when you bring these things up to Christians who claim not to be racist---the same ones which say they hate racism; they immediately accuse you of "complaining" and "stirring up racial tensions". "Why do you people always complain…forgive", they say. Have they forgiven or do they retain lies and stereotypes about people who look different, speak different,… than they? But the fact is, divisions have existed long before this article. These racial divisions already exist, and some people are leaving Christianity, tired of the hypocrisy.

Martin Luther King forgave. Thank God for him. He wanted to see unity among Christians and non-Christians. We should forgive, we are commanded to. But forgiveness and fighting for a good cause are two separate issues. Ultimately, when standing up for any cause, if you align yourself to the Word of God as your foundation to the battle, you are ok with God if you are in obedience to Him. There are times to take a stand, and then, there may be times, when He commands silence or inaction.

These disparities between particularly white and black Christians have often been misused by people to continue to condemn members of other races. For example, I have heard very spiritual white people say, "my neighborhood has really gone down, so many blacks (or Hispanics) have moved in".  "Crime rate going up, black folk moving in"...Yes, at times groups get offended at racist comments (such as by Imus); but they should forgive. What remains remarkable, is the disdain exhibited towards those who take a stand against racially offensive remarks. Whether this is insensitivity towards others, are just in agreement with such comments is almost irrelevant.  How often have you heard of these two great commandments?

MATTHEW 22:37-39  KJV
37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38  This is the first and great commandment.
39  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Racist Christians routinely chatter this among themselves in demonstrating their spiritual prowess, and some of these are the same ones who if they were honest with themselves, have deep-seated racial prejudice in their hearts. It almost always come out in conversations or their deeds; whether its disdain and insensitivity towards another’s group suffering, "them kind" moving into their neighborhood, ugly stereotypes, and opposition to interracial marriages (which the Lord even defended Moses of…and instead God was focused on the bad-mouthing of His servant by Miriam and Aaron).

Numbers 12:1-10 NKJV1  1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

2  So they said, "Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?" And the Lord heard it.
3  (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
4  Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting!" So the three came out.
5  Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward.
6  Then He said, "Hear now My words: "If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
7  Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.
8  I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?"
9  So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed.
10  And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper.

Racism and prejudicism are insidious, and often it is subtle as opposed to being overt. Christians can portray themselves as friends with people other races, but inwardly have strong racial prejudice in their hearts. How does one know it’s strong? We can ask ourselves, would I act differently if this person was white, or black, green or blue…would I do "Y" as opposed to "Z". Do I have unique rationalizations to inhibit interaction between particularly races? Do you hate when people of another race move in your neighborhood? Many people protest two people marrying outside their particular race. Such protesters immediately point to the non-existing children. That’s the more prevalent reasoning, and it sounds and looks good.  These same people who say such marriages create social problems often say racism in society is hardly a problem any more. Then why protest in behalf of the non-existing children if racism no longer exists? Or perhaps, Jane Doe, you are marrying "beneath" yourself by marrying this black man? Are these bi-racial children any more persecuted than being a Christian and targeted for righteousness sake? Funny, we are expected to endure that, which is generally the most intense persecution of all forms of persecution. Even Jesus said according to Matthew 10:35  "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." Persecution can come from our own family members.

Matthew 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

John 15:18 
 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

1Corinthians 4:12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

2Corinthians 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Recently, my sister was emailed a very insensitive article from a white Christian co-worker, implying blacks took advantage of Hurricane Katrina. That’s laughable, considering how many died during the catastrophe, were displaced, left jobless, and homeless. How insensitive to those who have suffered great loss! As with any disaster, there are some unscrupulous people out there who will take advantage, but by far, this is a minor number compared to those who suffered in the flooding.

Do you roll your eyes when a black person speaks of the socioeconomic effects slavery has had on generations? Then question yourself, do you roll your eyes when Jews discuss the effects of the Holocaust on them as a people? Native Americans in the United States came close to being wiped out, and even to this day, many are isolated amongst other community members. Could it be that one can remember these things because of its serious impact upon them, and yet, also forgive those who initiated such things?

Here’s the long and the short of it. It's time for the Body of Christ to start dealing with racism. I will never forget watching a white woman, with a prophetic calling on a Christian television show. She was very elderly, the type of person who refused to perform for anyone, even when asked for " a prophetic word ". If she doesn’t have "a word", she doesn’t make one up just to look prophetically cute. She stated a major reason the Lord has not returned is because the Church has not dealt with the racism in it. *I dont know if that is the case, but to many Christians that sounds strange, it sounds unlikely; but they fail to see racial prejudice as a form of hatred. People have watered this issue down, diluted it, and dressed it up to look presentable to themselves. Even more so, those which harbor negative thoughts toward those of another race.

God forgives and we should forgive those who are prejudiced towards us, no matter what race we are. Any race can be subjected to hatred and a lot of times, hatred emanates from fear. Too often, Christians try to justify prejudice, and twist The Word to accommodate themselves, so they will not have to deal with this type of darkness in their hearts. We don’t like to think of racism and prejudicism as being rooted in hatred, because people have window-dressed their bigotry. The Lord can grant us vision and grace to overcome any area of temptation and weakness in our lives. If you are reading this and have disdain towards a racial group, call out to Him to grant you His grace to overcome prejudice and racism. He is so much greater than any stronghold or reasoning.

Matthew 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies...

Galatians 5-19-21 KJV19 

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God

Zechariah 8:17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

1 JOHN 3-13-15
13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

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