How To Defeat Racism

“Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Genesis 1:26

God made mankind in His image, in the image of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit to be one people who would together have dominion over the everything on the planet, but never over one another. Because of sin, dominance is no longer limited to the animal kingdom. Because of sin dominion now includes seeking to control our fellow man. Racism is about power in that one ethnic group bans together by their motives and actions deeming that one’s own race is superior to any and all other ethnic groups. If you have watched the news as of late you begin to understand that the anger that many minority people feel towards the white class is not merely the injustice of a crime committed against them, it’s the constant reminder that because of prejudice they are deemed powerless by another class of people and therefore they are powerless to do anything about it.

Pentecost is about power too in that Pentecost is God’s solution to racism because God recognizes the equality of every person and His anointing deems every recipient powerful. The only way we are ever going to win this war against racism and the division it brings is through the power of the Holy Spirit overflowing our lives.  No amount of demonstrating or protesting will ever overcome racism, nothing other than the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in us and overflowing our lives each will bring the oneness that the world is hungering for.  

What the world needs now more than ever is a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit made manifest as the church which is made up of every tribe of people under heaven openly share life together, loving and serving one another just like on the day the church was born in the book of Acts.
Acts 2:1-12 tells what happened, “1  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5  And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6  And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7  Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8  And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9  Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11  Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." 12  So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?"

What the church needs today is a fresh Pentecost experience that gives each of us the boldness to make a stand for the kingdom of heaven, proclaiming the message of hope for all people that is in Jesus Christ. Just think, our prejudicial, self centered way of thinking and living can be washed away and each of our hearts and minds can be made new by the power of God’s Spirit, when we are born again into the family of God. Know this, racism will never be eradicated by human effort, it’s only made possible by divine intervention. To love our neighbor as ourselves was the second commandant given by God to men not the first. The greatest commandment of all is to love God with all of our heart, with all of our mind, with all of our soul and with all of our strength. When we set our hearts to do that all prejudice, racism, divisions of any kind are vanquished by the oneness that God always intended for the human race to enjoy.

Oneness with our fellow man will never be realized by direct pursuit. Racial harmony is a byproduct of our pursuit of God. John 10:7 teaches us there is only one door by which we can enter into the oneness the world seeks, “Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.” Yes, loved one, Jesus is the door by which you and I are invited to enter. If you truly desire world peace, harmony and joy in your life then enter through the door and come to Jesus and invite everyone you know to enter too!

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

John 17:20-21


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Michael Osthimer

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