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You can’t claim that you “hate” racism or act as if you hold some high moral ground in your criticisms of it when you yourself when among your “peeps” throw “racial shade” at other races in an attempt to dim their light.

When among your peeps you use offensive words like “blackie”, “nigger”, “wetback”, “honky”, “whitey”, “yella fella” (or whatever racial term used among YOUR “peeps”) yet somehow you get offended when someone uses a term that you find offensive….YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY and a hypocrite at that ESPECIALLY if you sit in a darn seat at church calling yourself a “follower of God”.

No….you don’t really hate racism…you are a hypocrite who needs to repent before Jesus because you don’t hate racism you just hate it when it’s directed towards the color of your skin or your “peeps” and that is NOT a characteristic that the follower of Jesus should aspire to.

In all things we MUST as followers of Christ handle racial issues with the model provided for us in:

Galatians 3:28-29 (KJV):
28 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.

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

#thatsrightisaiditGodgaveittome 

#nofiltertoday

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

As I went through my Bible reading (devotional to be posted later) and quiet time with the Lord just now God really put heavy on my mind the word “forgiveness” and how many of His people who claim His Name and Him as Lord refuse to forgive for past racism and enslavement of black people (this message though specifically for the Christian black community is also the same for Christian whites and others as God wants us to get past the color labels and be “Christian” first, foremost, and always which would solve most racial problems within the “church” and then we could model that behavior for the world…wouldn’t that be something?)

Further, the same people even go as far as to hold white people of today who have done them no wrong to account for the past being so blinded by this that they fail to see that they are being anti-Christ and unbiblical in their behavior and God reminded me today an now them through me that they must heed His warnings found in His Word that if the fail to forgive that THEY THEMSELVES will not be forgiven.

Please note hat EVEN IF ANY WHITE OR PERSON OF ANOTHER RACE is racist towards a black person and if a black is racist towards a white OR WHATEVER “race” is racist towards another race that in the body of Christ STILL YOU MUST FORGIVE AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU (with no caveats) or you WILL NOT be forgiven…His words NOT mine!

Lastly, know that it’s my “cheat day” and all that I wanted to do is be in a “fun zone” today eating delicious food that I can only have one day a week so I had nary the intention to post something so heavy today but God had other plans.

So take it as it is or not and/or be obedient to HIS WORD or not…not my problem as I have done my job in obedience…so “hi hay”…”hi ho”…in search of donuts and fried chicken I go!!!
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

As I viewed the video in the link it took me back to traumatic incidents of racism NOT directed towards me by white folk but by many black people in my life who hypocritically cry racism everytime something happens yet fail to see the “log in” their “own eye” as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 7:3:  “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”

During a “Save our sons” events sponsored by some great friends and brothers and sisters in Christ (the beautiful Melvin and Toya Poplar) which was designed to get people differing faiths, races, police, the media, and anyone else who cared to discuss how to stop the unnecessary deaths within our community via dialogue with the police but during the event we also discussed racism.

There was much helpful dialogue to be discussed at the event and it was very helpful to our local community as we discussed topics that people are afraid to discuss due to political correctness or due to fear of being “shamed” by their respective communities in trying to understand our differences and discuss the long held and often unspoken grievances that we often have against each other so that we all as creations of the same God can make progress towards solutions to race issues instead of bloviating nonsensically with no “fruit” to be shown for the seeds being planted.

One of the points that I made (that I later was informed by the participants in the meeting) that made most everyone of the group think about was that my VERY first experience with racism DID NOT come from “white people” BUT FROM within my own black community when people within my family would deride me as being “too black”, or that my hair was too “nappy”, or that i was “just another dumb, black nigger that wasn’t going to amount to nothing”, or that that they would “disown” me if I married a “white girl” and many other hateful things.
Now I would be remiss if I didn’t also note that MOST  of these same people went to church every Sunday and also  MADE me go to church and learn that God says we should “love” all people like Jesus does and “forgive” others when wronged but would get mad it me and even kick my tail for trying to live it.

These “Christians” never lived that life that I even as a “dumb bigger who wasn’t going to ever amount to nothing” could read the Bible and  understand how to live because when it came to forgiving white people for the past wrongs that some of their race did to our people they WOULD’NT forgive them and talked about ALL white people (and you Mexicans ain’t off the hook…they did and STILL talk about y’all horribly also) like a proverbial “dog” (and I apologize to dogs everywhere for bringing them in this) and even to this day many of these “church attendees” (who are bereft of the Spirit of God that I am in relationship with) have not changed and are still ruining the spirit of black folk with their “dumb nigger” and “yo hair is just nappy and no good” comments.

It was this hypocrisy among other things that let me know that i didn’t need to go to church because as far as I was concerned “Christians” were hypocrites so I quit going to church and didn’t trust Christians for years until i gave my life to Jesus INSTEAD of people and HE taught me how wrong these people who knew Him by Name only were.
I digress…The real problem here as it relates to what I and this beautiful young lady is saying here is one of the things that I have said for years and that is that the black community is ALSO responsible for my, her, and so many others feeling like this because of how we are told NOT by racists how “ugly” black is but even worse by the community that claims to love us.

We “yap” on and on about “racism” from other groups towards black people but hide the fact that in the black community we are made fun of if our hair is “too natural” (or “nappy” to keep it 💯), or if you are light-skinned you were called “high-yella” and depending on your location being “high-yella” could be helpful or a detriment in the black community.

AND…don’t you dare be very dark as this beautiful young lady is because they (we..I am Big Black ya know) endure some of the most horrific comments that goes past simple humor (which I have no problem with by the way).

Think I’m joking…i challenge all black women to get them chemicals out of your hair today and go “natural” and see what happens!

To this day I marvel at how beautiful the natural hair of a black person is in its varying thickness and textures (I also marvel at He beauty of He hair of ALL of f God’s children so don’t “trip” with me here, LOL).

YET most of what I hear from my community is people (mostly women) who as they try to “get back to their roots (pun intended) are harassed mercilessly by the very community that claims to be on their side in everything “black”.

I noticed this hypocrisy as a child and continue to witness it now as an almost half a century old black man and I smh (shake my head) that this nonsense is still going on.

If someone wants to perm or straighten their hair…fine…they should get no “guff” over it and if someone wants to go natural there should similarly be nothing said either.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

 ‘Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.’
C.S. Lewis

God has reminded me for the second time this week of what He put on my heart when He dealt with my “black pride”.  

He said “son, you cannot serve me the way that you are supposed to until you stop putting your “black pride” before MY Word and TRUTH. ANYTHING that comes before ME including your “black pride” is an “idol” and you know how I feel about them.”

Most importantly He reminded me that MOST black people who claim Christ as Savior CLAIM that they have forgiven whites for horrible slavery and racism BOTH past and present (AND vice vers sense racism goes both ways and ANYONE is capable of it) but their words and actions prove otherwise.  

The Bible is clear “forgive or you won’t be forgiven” God modeled how we are supposed to forgive when He gave us His Son Jesus to die for and as forgiveness of our sins.

He forgives us NO MATTER our sin and He doesn’t throw our sin neither past, present, or future back in our faces everytime that we do something wrong.  

Why does God not have me address the former slave-owner or racist?

Don’t know…don’t care…I stay in my lane and do what HE tell me to do and NOT what others including the black community tells me to do.

Mayhaps He chose me because I use to have a “taught” level of hatred of for whites that it took me to the brink of becoming so radical that I almost came to a point of hurting people who had no more connection to slave-owners or racism than I did to inventing the “wheel”.

So when God showed me the truth..I TRULY forgave and became “free” and when I asked Him why others like me don’t do the same He let me know that sadly there are many who know His Word and truth just as I do but they CHOOSE to continue to walk in the sin of unforgiveness and that I did NOT want to be in THAT “number” when the proverbial “saints coming in.”

Don’t “hate” the messenger!!!  

Well… even if you do I don’t care anyway so whatever.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett 

(Added: 

(The following is a comment that I made to a dear sister Bridges Hope as she thanked me for the article that God put on my heart as writing it brought me to tears as I recalled that time in my life:

 “Thank you my friend! When He first convicted me of this (JUST BEFORE He sent me to “bus ministry” and then youth…I know you remember those days) I was scared to death to say anything to black folk about it. But God was patient with me and at a Verge He finally released me to start writing so I knew it was time YET I still didn’t write about it for about two years. For a black man who is not afraid of much I knew the attacks that were going to come my way were going to be fierce because I used to treat people that way so I knew what was coming but I realized that Christ knew what was “coming” to Him before He went to the Cross to die for me yet He STILL did it anyway (I’m tearing up writing this) so fearful or not I knew it was time so I started writing and saying it and I’ve been free ever since. (I’m going to add this to it by the way)”

A brother in Christ Jesus (Ty Jenkins) posted the following and as I read it God placed the comment that I wrote in response in my heart and as a reminder of how to deal with “negative”, unlikeable, and even racist people when I encounter them (it’s how “Christians” SHOULD act…hint…it’s NOT HOW the world deals with. Doesn’t mean that we don’t call out the behavior but we do so with grace and prayer):
Ty’s post: “Instead of assuming that God doesn’t want me around a negative person, or even a person that we despise in our flesh, how about asking God what are you trying to teach me through this person? Maybe an extension of grace and mercy that I was shown at the cross when I was unloveable, or unmerciful. We think as Christians our lives are suppose to be trial free ; folks that how we grow to maturity in our faith.”
My comment which is simply an addiction to his spirit-led post:  
 I’ve found that He seems to put people like that around me…yes, even racists so that I can pray and intercede on THEIR behalf because people like that are so unlikeable that no one is praying for them and SOMEONE has to so why not me if I claim obedience to Christ Jesus showing the same grace and mercy that He showed me a complete sinner on the Cross. 
They benefit from my prayers and I subsequently benefit as I crucify my fleshly desire to return their hate and return it with love that only Christ can provide and thus in that obedience I grow and grow exponentially in Christ Jesus so I am the real winner!!
Ron “Big Black” Garrett

Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭(MSG‬‬): 
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. “You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.” If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”
Galatians‬ ‭3:28-29‬ ‭MSG‬‬

“In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.”

God woke me up this morning with a message from this passage of scripture (Matthew 6: 14-15).
He then proceeded to take me back to the same day that He cured me of my “black pride” when He instructed me that having it was akin to an idol because it had became the “center of my thought patterns” and that I viewed EVERYTHING that came before me through those lenses instead of the new lenses that He gave me when I surrendered my life to His Son Jesus Christ.  
One set of lenses opened my eyes up to see the world as I was intended to see it and the other (as God spoke into my heart that day) causes spiritual blindness and hinders God’s ability to fully use me in HIS work because as I peered at the world through my “pride” lenses i quite often would do the very same thing that I would accuse others of doing…prejudge  or be prejudiced towards them which caused me to miss out on an opportunity to change that persons heart toward Christ…yes, EVEN the racist.
Please note that this does NOT mean that I have to give up my admiration for the culture that I grew up with, or the connection that I have with those I grew up with.

What it DOES mean is that when it comes down to those things or the truth (Jesus) or even further anything in my “blackness” that comes against God’s Word…I MUST ALWAYS CHOOSE GOD!

One way has “pride” that can and has been twisted into our hearts by inference via our enemy the devil and/our flesh that wants payback for the evil wrongs perpetrated against us through slavery and racism which has caused us in the black (and the same in the white, Hispanic, Asian, etc when wronged or due to their “pride) community to remain set in a perpetual state of unforgiveness.
While the other way (God’s way) is full of grace, mercy, and provides everlasting life.
However, FORGIVENESS DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL BE RECIPROCATED BY THE ONE WHO YOU ARE FORGIVING!!!
We are to forgive and let God worry about the one our forgiveness is directed towards…”You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.”
Prayer, 
Jesus, I pray today that I live as Your Word teaches us to. Remove pride out of my heart be it black, white, Hispanic, Asian, or “other” so that You can fully use me in Your Kingdom work that I was designed to do. 

 Help me to be bold enough to go against the community that I was raised in when their words, actions, or deeds go against what Your Word says. 

 For the person that is reading this and is thinking those thoughts of disdain towards the writer that you chose to speak this message today I pray that You wreck their lives in such a way that they are forced to remove their race-based “pride” lenses that is hindering their spiritual eyes where they cannot see so that the may see the world as You intended them to see it so that they can work with ALL that you place in front of them.
Lastly, I pray that You so infect Your people with the contents of these passages of scripture that we start being the church that You made us to be and treat/love each other as You have loved and treated us.
You loved us though we were evil and you looked past that evil with love that we didn’t deserve and You expect us to do the same with those (yes, even the racist) that we encounter so that we may become a beacon of prayer point for their lives thus showing the world that the ONLY one that can truly deal with racism properly is beautiful You.
We thank You Lord Jesus and we love you!

In Your Holy Name we pray.

Amen

‭‭RON “Big Black” Garrett

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/feb/08/beyonce-black-panthers-homage-black-lives-matter-super-bowl-50

We (black folk…I’m still one since no one seems to be big or tough or willing enough to take my “card”…but I’m Jesus FIRST, ALWAYS, AND FOREVER!) cannot say that we desire an end to racism and then support groups that are racists.

If one is a “Christian” the support of ANY hate group (black, white, or “other) is un-Godly and hypocritical yet even if one does not identify as a Christian the hypocrisy of ANYONE supporting a group that hates people because they belong to another race is similarly hypocritical.

I’m going to let the cat out of the proverbial bag right now…as a youth I considered myself a junior Black Panther because back then the group was more about protecting black people and black neighborhoods from the evils of the racist people who were trying to harm them.

But as I grew up I started noticing that the group was itself starting to resemble the very people that they were supposedly fighting against…racists.

Our history teaches us that though many white people where racist that there were also many that fought racism and even died alongside black people in the pursuit of justice.

As I became more and more literate in history I realized that it was not white people who I had a problem with but with the racists that prevailed in their group.

I inherently knew this yet it was not until I gave my life to Christ and He firmly but lovingly let me know that not only was my black first mentality wrong but that it was also evil and a perversion of His justice in how racism was to be dealt with by the Christian…righteously via Jesus Christ.

Whether anyone likes it or not I MUST forewarn the “Christian” that you MUST let go of your pride so that you can take this wrong mindset/attitude before God, repent of it, and ask Him for forgiveness so that He will heal your heart of it because He has taught and shown me through scripture, wisdom via His Holy Spirit, and through revelation that “pride” in your race, culture, or whatever that comes before the Word and will of God IS NOT in line with Him and therefore MUST be cast out of the Christian’s life or be subject to judgement.

I know that this is heavy but scripture bears this out (Matthew 6:14-15: For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others for their sins, your Father will not forgive yours”.) meaning that if one holds onto this in their heart that they are in danger of themselves not being forgiven and thus facing hellfire if you believe in that sort of thing….I do…because God has told/shown me so.

The Black Panthers the Ku Klux Klan, and other hate groups do not practice God’s word and thus are not to be aligned with or supported even if they once began as an instrument of Justice to help the oppressed.

Lastly, we must not let pride and the past/current injustices that occur at the hands of “man” sway us from an unwavering path towards total submission/obedience to Christ Jesus for no amount of loyalty to your blackness, your whiteness, your Hispanic-ness, your Asian-ness, or whatever “ness” you claim as your heritage can get you into Heaven…Only Christ can.

Ron “Big Black”Garrett