The Spirit of Racism
“We are praying against the pandemic of division and hate. Because that’s what racism is. It’s just a division…a divisive strategy of the enemy to divide and conquer. Jesus said a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. As believers, we have to make sure that we don’t divide ourselves, so that light will prevail, that justice really will happen in our lifetime.
Pastor Erica R. Moore, Spirit of Faith Christian Center, Phoenix, AZ
The spirit of racism is a vile, murderous spirit. I have tried to personify it as best I could in the artwork for this cover. I believe it is one of the ranking principalities over America. There is an atmosphere, a “high place” over America where this evil spirit has been allowed to remain comfortable.
This spirit has a secure place in the atmosphere over America, or as T.D. Jakes said in the “fabric of America,” because it has been given a comfortable place in the minds and hearts of Americans. Instead of adhering to the admonition in 1 Cor 10:5 to demolish ungodly arguments and cast down wicked imaginations, Americans, since the time of the Founding Fathers, have embraced them.
The Bible says that we should “give no place to the devil.” For too long in America, and particularly in the Church, we have excluded racism and division as major sins. In this book’s predecessor, “The Making of a Great America (Vol 1),” I shared how division was one of the first sins in Heaven, likely right behind pride. I shared how Satan used division to make war in Heaven and to separate Adam and Eve from God in Eden.
More than any other issue, racism has both divided and defined America. More than any other issue, including abortion, the spirit of racism has led to death. The spirit of racial hatred caused America’s early leaders to sanction the genocide of Native American tribes. The Native Americans that were depicted as friendly in our historical portrayals of the first Thanksgiving were massacred away from “sea to shining sea.” From Plymouth Rock to the gold-rush coasts of California, this murderous spirit was allowed to taint the legacy of the great republic.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not reside in a murderer. 1 John 3:15 (Berean Study Bible, BSB)
Murder Begins in the Heart
You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. Matthew 5:21-22 (NKJV[IT1] )
Racism and hatred are heart issues. Hatred is the root of racism. Racism is the sugar coating on top of an ugly inner heart that is a safe haven for hatred. The Bible says harboring hatred in your heart is the root of murder.
The spirit of racism caused even America’s most renowned patriots to ignore the horrific conditions that resulted in the deaths of multiplied thousands of Africans en route to enslavement in America. This spirit superintended the death, dismemberment, and rendering of unspeakable cruelty to African men, women, and children. Moreover, this spirit convinced Americans, including the Founding Fathers, to change the identities of Africans from “human” to “slave” and generationally erase their rights to freedom and even life.
In the generations following slavery, America and the American church at the time participated in, endorsed, winked at, or turned a blind eye to the spirit of racism and its operation. In “The Making of a Great America (Vol 1),” I quote Jemar Tisby, who says a Christianity that allows racism and discord to coexist with it a “compromised Christianity.” (Williams, 2019)
Racial hatred is a profoundly spiritual issue. It can’t be legislated away or protested away. Slavery was legislated away. Segregation was protested away. But the spirit of racial hatred was allowed to remain. Hatred divides, it separates. This is true even in the church. This divison was on display in the Azuza Street Revival of 1906. The revival at Azusa was one of the greatest Pentecostal revivals America has ever known. People of every nationality came together in worship, and unity and a mighty outpouring of the Spirit of God was manifested.
In “The Making of a Great America (Vol 1),” I shared this about unity:
“I believe that in America, there may be no more important sermon or message in this hour than unity. Racism, discord, and division threaten to tear our nation apart. It is at such a time as this that the Church needs to speak…that the Holy Spirit is poured out in great power when unity is present, especially among the races. The Church at that time heralded the great manifestation of the Holy Spirit that they saw at Azusa. They made this revelation the focus of the revival. Looking back, I do not believe that they had the revelation that unity in the Spirit across the races was the key ingredient for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the measure that was seen at Azusa.”
Unity across the races is needed in order for America to fulfill its great destiny in the earth. Just as people have a “call of God” on their lives, I believe America has a call in God’s great end-time plans for reconciliation of all the people of the Earth. America has an assignment given to her by God. It is the reason she has been given great wealth and prominence in the Earth at this time.
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