WE CAN NO LONGER AVERT OUR EYES
The world is changing. History is unfolding right before our very eyes. As I’ve mentioned many times, God is sovereignly moving in the midst of these monumental moments. I believe He is bringing justice to those who have been oppressed for far too long. God is shedding light on the dark areas of our culture where the enemy has prospered, and He is asking us not to avert our eyes any longer.
Believers, we must all confront racism in ourselves, our churches, and in our communities if we are ever going to be truly free from this demonic plot. The truth is, it’s past time to pray, act, listen, and love the hell out of our nation.
As God brings justice swiftly in this hour, He is gracing His people with unprecedented strength. I believe that strength will be made manifest when we come together, Believers of every color, and stand united. Psalms 105:24 says, “And He increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.” Remember, we have a very real enemy, and to be clear—it’s not one another. It’s impossible to win a war while engaging the wrong enemy. It’s impossible to defeat an enemy that you don’t engage! Understand, Satan hates all humans. We may protest on earth but we better petition heaven if we are going to see the true transformation of our nation. It’s imperative that we cut off the supply line of hate to win the war of loving ALL humanity.
Currently, there is an essential conversation about racism in America taking place, and I want to encourage you not to disengage, do not tune it out. As many of you know I’m not one to shy away from the critical moments in history; in fact, I feel called to be God’s solutionary in those moments. But right now, part of the role that I’m playing in this solution is to listen and to learn. There is an invitation on the table for us all to gain an understanding from a perspective that is not our own. With that being said, I want to share a few resources on race that I believe are vital for Believers to hear:
1. Bethel’s June 3rd Midweek Service: Eric and Candace Johnson speak with Donta Nelson, Tinasha LaRayé, and Jamila Page on the significance of understanding the African American story and what they wish the Church understood about their culture.
2. Bishop T.D. Jakes & Pastor Carl Lentz: A powerful discussion on racism in America and the practical actions the black community needs from the Church right now. Watch here.
3. Dr. Anita Phillips and Christine Caine: This is an insightful conversation on race and restoration in the body of Christ. Christine Caine joins Dr. Anita Phillips to discuss the psychology behind dehumanization and gives a Kingdom perspective on true unity. Watch here.
My prayer for you is that you take intentional time to demonstrate love through an honest, caring, and a listening heart right now. No one should ever have to suffer alone or in silence, and Church, this is the moment in history we were made for! Together, let’s listen, learn, and engage!