“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he lied and said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s innocent blood is crying out to Me from the ground for justice.” Genesis 4:9-10
In the Beginning
I want to look back at where America’s racial wounding began in order to discern how deep the roots of racial injustice are in spite of passed laws, Supreme Court rulings, and proclamations of unity. We can cry like the people of Israel in Jeremiah’s day: “We waited for peace and salvation, but no good came, and for a time of healing, but behold, terror!”(Jeremiah 8:15) In God’s kingdom, the answer is simple: Proverbs 6:14-15: “…there will be no healing or remedy because he has no heart for God.” America’s collective wound will continue to cause the imprisonment, slavery, and death of brown and black people until the country repents and turns to God.
In his book, American Holocaust, historian David Stannard quotes a professor, Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper, giving his take on the history of Black and Brown people: “the unrewarding gyrations of barbarous tribes in picturesque but irrelevant corners of the globe, who are nothing less than people without history. Perhaps, in the future, there will be some African history to teach,’ he conceded, ‘but at present there is none, or very little: there is only the history of Europeans in Africa. The rest is largely darkness, like the history of pre-European, Pre-Columbian America. And darkness is not a subject of history.” (Stannard, 1992) Before the Anglo-Saxons ever touched the shores of the Americas, they embraced the lie that they were superior to all others and that their history was the only history worth recording. They were and still are wrong.
I’ll examine the rage of the oppressed and the cycle of hatred that is perpetuated through it and contrast it with the everlasting Kingdom of God. He so loved the world that He gave His only Son. It is written: “ But now at this very moment in Christ Jesus you who once were so very far away from God have been brought near [b]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace and our bond of unity. He who made both groups—Jews and Gentile—into one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall of spiritual antagonism between us, 15 by abolishing in His own crucified flesh the hostility caused by the Law with its commandments contained in ordinances which He satisfied; so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thereby establishing peace. 16 And that He might reconcile them both Jew and Gentile, united in one body to God through the cross, thereby putting to death the hostility.” Ephesians 2:13-17. I will show how race is purely a human invention, conceived and birthed by demons. I believe that race classifications and categories are social constructs to further man’s evil ends.
God is love. Racism is hate. Can the wounds created by hate be healed? Nothing is impossible with God, so my response is a resounding yes. But healing is available only to those whose hearts are willing to repent.