Dear Black Christians Who Hate White People,
Being Black and Christian myself, I have the opportunity to be among you and hear the things said in some of our circles. In our churches, the preachers say the right things and read from the Bible of the teachings of Jesus; however, once we leave the church and get into our daily living, there are some problems that I see all over the board regarding our walk with Christ and the teachings of Jesus, particularly from the Books of Saint Matthew and Luke chapter five and six respectively. Let's talk about it.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.— Jesus via St Matthew 5:43-45
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye, therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.— Jesus via St. Matthew 5:46-48
The sermon on the mount given by Jesus is one of great spiritual value because those words are the teachings of Jesus as recorded and understood by the writers in the Bible. It is true that the words are not identical in each account, but if they were then it would mean that the recorders, particularly Matthew and Luke were the same person experiencing the same feelings at the same time using the same brain patterns.
So, Black Christians, I just want to get it out of the way that multiple people wrote the account of the sermon on the mount down years after it happened, but I assume that most of us can agree that the Bible is a good source of information for Jesus' words despite the men who wrote the words focus on different aspects of His teachings. The sentiment is the same as quoted in the verses above, love our enemies.
For the sake of simplicity, I will say that all White people are our enemies. We can save the qualifications for a different conversation. Their ancestors oppressed our ancestors. Their grandparents and parents refused our grandparents and parents service in public places, made it difficult for them to pursue their dreams and so forth.
Whether real or imagined, even today we may feel like Whites curse us and talk about us in derision. They hate us for being different and for reminding them of the evil they perpetuated toward our ancestors. They despitefully used us and abused us and persecuted us for years!
Feelings do matter because they frame our perception of life. Jesus understood that. Facts care nothing for feelings, but mercy, as it is offered through Christ, cares because He tells us to put our feelings aside!
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.— Jesus via St. Luke 6:35-36
Modern Adaptation of St. Matthew and Luke's words
Black Christians, even with all of the justification that some of us use to speak ill of and dislike or hate White people. Jesus asks us to be different than what comes naturally to us. The natural man is an enemy to God because he gives in to the base desires that require no temperance, no self-control. If Whites are our enemies, Jesus invites us:
- Love your enemies, the White people.
- Bless the White people that curse you,
- Do good to the White people who hate you.
- Pray for the White people who despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Why? He says so that we may be the children of our Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
If that is not a good enough reason, Jesus tells us further that we must be perfect like our Father in Heaven is perfect. Luke heard the Lord say we should be merciful as our Father in Heaven is merciful.
The point is, Black Christians, Jesus wants to groom us to become like God and He can only do that if we put aside offense and be as Jesus invites us to be, full of love and forgiveness, service and prayer.
Dearly beloved brothers and sister, my Black Christians. This letter is not one to berate or spread hate as has been the message of many who want to call us out on our behavior. It is an invitation to become more like Jesus in an effort to make the world a better place.
Invitation to Healing
Jesus spoke to that multitude of people in Jerusalem who were in the throes of oppression by the Romans. The Romans looked down on them, which triggered hate and offense. Of course, hate was in the hearts of many, but Jesus wanted them to rise above the hate, what comes naturally when someone mistreats us. He wants that same thing today. He can work miracles through us if we allow His healing nature to take away our bitterness and animosity towards the White people. Especially when we recognize the White Christians are invited to do the same things that we are invited to do. We can help each other be true followers of Jesus.
Dearly beloved brothers and sister, my Black Christians. This letter is not one to berate or spread hate as has been the message of many who want to call us out on our behavior. It is an invitation to become more like Jesus in an effort to make the world a better place. Also, when He comes to rule, He will recognize us as the people He wants to have rule and reign with Him in glory. Black Christianity is no different from all other types in that it is about perfection through Christ.
One of my favorite teachings is written by an ancient American prophet named Moroni. He wrote:
Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. Moroni 10:35
We are invited to be perfect in Christ. Jesus invites us to put away our ungodly thoughts and words and love God by keeping His commandments. If we do these things the grace of Christ is enough to bring us to perfection in His glory.
What does that look like? It looks like us being as giving and loving as was Jesus when He walked the streets of Jerusalem blessing people and serving people. It looks like us not being overly concerned with image and pride. It looks like freedom from oppression because we are willing to let it go. It looks like peace beginning with the individual, then the family, then the community, then the nations and world to prepare for the coming of Jesus our King. He is King not only because He is all-powerful, but he invites us to do good and share in His glory, the epitome of unselfishness.
© 2019 Rodric Anthony