Black history, like many other histories, can become a narrow narrative and not an honest rendition of the past's journey through life.
The pursuit of identity and replacing stolen values leads some people to believe hateful and rebellious messages.
Men have puffed themselves up desiring to correct the past wrongs done to them / their heritage... but in which manner can one correct past wrongs?
It is human to fight fire with fire, to respond to hate with hate.
It is also human to 'feel' the call to use any manner necessary to defend oneself, whether being attacked verbally or physically.
So it is no surprise when we witness and hear all kinds of less than perfect occurrences in life.
But what is surprising is that we, as individuals, have a choice in “how” we respond to what we see as darkness.
If hate and indifference is served to you, it would be a natural response to serve hate and indifference back.
And has history has taught us, these typical responses simply forward the hate, indifference, strife and eventual war between parties.
Conflict and war has been fought for ages between people of different religions, different ethnic groups, different cultures and different skin tones.
Some may argue that responding to hate with love, and to injury with forgiveness, is weak.
But is it really?
We know from personal experience the difficulty it is to love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgivable, to see past the humanity and love the person.
And what is most difficult to accept is how the initial pain of humility strikes your pride.
Yet, the peace realized when this resolve takes hold in your heart, no one can achieve outside of love, humility and forgiveness.
No peace treaty between peoples, no reparation for past wrongs, can mend a broken heart that is not led to be at peace with itself, and if grace allows, with the outside world.
The beast one may desire to conquer is not the one people may be misled to blame.
If you judge according to skin tone, to heritage, to ancestry and think you see clearly your enemy, you may be very confused... and have possibly been misled.
If you follow hearts which proclaim such madness as linked below, you, in effect, have been following the embodied enemy:
A man denies Christ.
A man proclaims himself a christ.
Pray for the souls and love the person of such men, but do not be misled to hate according to such teachings.
Such teachings may tickle your ear by sharing much information to fill a void, while also promising a false justice by-way of racism, violence, hatred and indifference.
Yet, the considerate heart knows that responding to racism with racism is to be swallowed by the enemy.
There is no true victory when you become just like your perceived enemy.
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Yeshua is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
- 1 John 2: 22-23
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Yeshua Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Yeshua is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
- 1 John 4: 2-3