Posts Tagged ‘Black History’

As a black man who has in the past been fierce in the defense of everything “black” I still work hard to help my historical people to advance beyond the “sins of others” against us in the past.

However, as I gave my life to Christ and started practicing forgiveness and shunned the desires of retribution and “repayment” for the wrongs against my race much like the wisdom that i saw in what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did when faced with violence and evil I noticed that overtime I began to love (much like Christ did me when I was His “enemy) the “enemy” that I was taught to hate growing up and gained the “peace of Christ Jesus” which opened my eyes to who my TRUE ENEMY was…satan the devil.

So in this black history month I leave you with one important thing that was the catalyst for me to write this this morning as I studied His Word.

I urge you Black man/Black Woman and for that matter ANY “man”/“woman” to stop focusing on what the proverbial “they” have done to you and “your people” (if you are a Christian your “race” is no longer black, white, or “other”) but instead focus on what HE has done for you and focus on what HE did when encountering His enemies (us) and that is to forgive them, love them (even if you have to learn to), and be willing to open your eyes to the realization that the enemy has had you tricked all along into believing that another race was your enemy (this goes for ANY race or culture who has been wronged by another) when it is NOT the people of the offense that was the enemy but the spirit of the anti-Christ…satan that is the enemy.

We are one people under Christ Jesus and there can be no division of your heart is truly bent towards Jesus (paraphrase of Galatians 3:28).

As I lay on my bed one day in tears not long after giving my life to Jesus wondering if I could do this “Christian” thing God for the first time spoke to and challenged me “son, you need to give up your black pride because you cannot fully worship and serve me until you do” I realized that I had a choice to either follow Jesus or to continue following my black pride and I think by the tenant of this writing we know which I chose.

As I view my life through the prism of time and look back on those early days in Christ Jesus and have gained wisdom from my walk with God i can plainly see why God made me choose between my black pride and Him.

You see my black pride in essence was a “god” that I placed above almost all else and thus it was an idol that often ruled my thoughts about others and affected how I relate and react to the “world”.

Once I cast that “god” aside for the love of Jesus the hate, the bitterness, the accusatory tone, disappeared and that void was filled up with the love of Jesus and I haven’t nor will I ever turn back.

This does not mean that I cast my desire to continue working to allow God to use me to helps uplift the black community who has been done so wrong in this country but what it does is allow me to help/uplift them as I help/uplift ALL of God’s children without the “black first” mentality which God has clearly shown me is anti-Christ and if one reads his/her Bible there is no other conclusion that can be made on the issue as only “pride” can make one come to a different one.

Be blessed and have a awesome time of learning during this Black History month.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett