Posts Tagged ‘racism’

If you are black how are you going to minister to the white person who God puts before you if you are so caught up with dealing with and seeing racism instead of seeing it via the prism of the Holy Spirit that it is NOT a white person but simply an evil person whose skin color is white who needs the blood of Jesus in their life?

The reverse is true also if you are white and you get so offended by “black first” groups that you start to feel that you cannot minister to a person of color because they have called you a racist when you know that you are not when you should be viewing them through the prism of the Holy Spirit as someone who has been so hurt by racism that it is blinding them to now return hate to you which is also a trick of the enemy.

You see the TRUE problem is NOT racism but the evil that perpetrates it…the devil!

He (the devil) loves how we make our personal points and leave God’s Word out of the equation because he knows that it fosters hopelessness and in the end anger to the point so that we “choose sides” INSTEAD of choosing Jesus.

THIS is what God has shown me that is happening today and what He is most sad and furious at (He just impressed this to me now as I sit in my car writing this as HE instructed me to) is that His people have become some of the worst actors in these dramas behaving like little devils instead of the children of God that they were made to be.

Even worse is when “leaders” in HIS church rant and rave sans His Word returning hate for hate instead of love for hate and all in His Name no less when He has authorized no such thing and never would.

Ensure that you are not attaching Jesus’ Holy Name to your earthly priority of YOUR brand of justice that is aligned with this worldview.

Further, ensure that you leave His Holy Name out of your “returning hate for hate” diatribes that you claim comes with His Name simply because you serve Him.

Read your Bible…even earthly, secular Kings who did not know Him “served” His will so servants are a dime a dozen…it’s obedience that He is after and when we align ourselves to these various movements simply because they “seem” righteous does NOT mean that He is with us because not everything that looks “good” is not “God”.

Stand up against evil yet ensure that when you do you allow yourself to do so being led by the Holy Spirit and definitely do not act like the devil and accuse an entire race for what some in that race have done as each man’s (woman and child also) sins are credited to them only and not someone else.  

A few scriptures to let sink in:
Ezekiel 18: 20: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.

Jeremiah 31:30: “Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes–their own teeth will be set on edge.”

Galatians 6:4-5 “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.”

Romans 14:10, 12 “For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

James 4:17 “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Romans 1:21-22 “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

Lastly, let’s all remember what Galatians 3:28 teaches us: 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
So we are either with Jesus all the way or with the race that has been assigned to us by man.

I don’t know about you but “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

If the first words out of our (the Christian’s) mouth when an incident like the one in Charlotte or any other hate-filled event happens is NOT prayer then we are part of the problem and not a part of the eternal solution.

Everyone has words to say when an event happens but are those words fruitful?  

Do they hinder or help? And most importantly are they words that have been crafted and let out of your mouth guided by God’s Holy Spirit?

Let me give you a hint…if your words return hate for hate, if they tear down and don’t build up, or if they are words that stoke fear or anxiety instead of hope it’s a good bet that they are not words that are led by His Spirit EVEN if they are spoken from a pulpit or by a religious leader.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

#don’thatethemessenger

#prayandwaitforGodbeforeyouspeak

#ourwordsmatter

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