Please don’t make America hate again . . .

Name calling and insults don’t make America great. They stir up hate. True greatness is kind. Please don’t make America hate again (like it did until the Civil Rights Movement made it illegal).

The Old Testament prophets would often publicly weep with compassion while they confronted people with truth. We need that today.

It’s morally wrong for one group of people to claim supremacy over another group, for any reason, especially for skin color. I remember public “whites only” signs. Thank God those signs came down. Now we need to humbly take down the attitude behind those signs. As long as there are “white spaces” where black people are made to feel unwelcome, injustice will continue.

Sincerely protesting violence requires nonviolence–noncooperation, sitins, boycotts, calmness and telling the truth with kindness. The Civil Rights Movement embraced public prayer and spiritual singing–the power of God rather than the futility of violence. Although Americans still celebrate a riot that destroyed property and call it “the Boston Tea Party,” I believe nonviolence is the better and more effective way.

Using violence to protest police violence provokes even more violence. It’s time to “speak the truth in love.” Using violence to protest violence does the very thing you are protesting. Letting NFL players take a knee during the National Anthem sure would have been a better outlet for protesting than riots are.

I wrote this on Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost followed a brutal killing by law enforcement. A crowd of thousands was in the streets. God’s Spirit is more powerful than violence.

We don’t need violence on the streets. We need Pentecost on the streets: “Your sons and daughters will prophesy…dream dreams…” If you believe Pentecost is real, surrender your desires and control to the Holy Spirit and do what He prompts you to do.

On Pentecost Christians were in one accord–not divided by politics, race, doctrine, or religious institutions. The 1906 Pentecostal Movement was multiracial and led by a black man, William Seymour. As it spread, white racism caused it to split by color.

Open churches up to make welcome, receive, embrace, and put into leadership, people of every color. Churches that don’t try to look like Heaven (with people “from every kindred, every tribe”), are misrepresenting Christianity. Perhaps it’s time for white, black, and other ethnic churches to exchange some members and open up as multiracial churches.

Church trains people to listen to a preacher, but not to one another. For racial healing we need to listen to each other.

If we won’t trust the Holy Spirit to lead a worship meeting, without a program or a man in control, how can we trust Him to heal our land? Isaiah (the Old Testament prophet) said: “The Lord Himself is my strength.” We need more than a church or a pastor to be our strength. Follow the risen Jesus.

White and black Americans: Unless we begin to see ourselves like the first half of this picture, and not like the second half, race will continue to be a disruptive issue in OUR country! Search for: Off the RACE Track book.

White and black Americans: Unless we begin to see ourselves like the first half of this picture, and not like the second half, race will continue to be a disruptive issue in OUR country!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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