Only God knows everything. My lack of knowledge has led me to write this book. Several themes are approached several times in various ways, thus seeming to be redundant. Restatement is an excellent tool for learning. Alveda is the foremost student in this project, with The Holy Spirit being the expert teacher. The Bible says that if we lack wisdom, we must ask God for instruction, and receive His insight in faith. In my seeking truth, the information, passages and messages in this book have come before me. In the sharing of these words, it is my sincere desire that you may also find reason to continue on in your quest for truth.
“We must all learn to live together as brothers [and sisters], or perish as fools.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For many years, I looked upon the Euro-icon-portraits and faces of “Jesus” Christ, wondering if He remotely favored the modern portrayals. When I was a young girl watching the movie “Cleopatra,” I often wondered how could the ancient Egyptians, who lived in a remote blazing hot region in Africa, look like the Euro- actresses or actors cast in Hollywood movies. Of course, in recent years, casting directors have begun to cast actors who are more ethnically aligned to their roles.
In the historical chapel of our family church, there is a stained glass rendering of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the portrait, He is viewed as the traditional westernized image, with fair skin, fine hair, and slender body. I remember wondering as a little girl why a carpenter didn’t have more muscles. I also wondered how He and His parents were able to hide in Egypt, which is in Africa, and not be the center of attention as a Caucasian family in a predominantly brown culture. When I would address these questions to the Christian community, I was quickly “shushed” for fear of “blasphemy.”
I accepted the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and was water baptized when I was five years old. I believed even then, in spite of my questions about His ethnicity, that He was born of His virgin mother, Mary. I fully accepted that He ministered here in the earth, died on Calvary and rose again.
Many years later, I accepted Him as my personal Savior. I understood then, that not only had He been born of the Virgin Mary, crucified and raised from the dead, but that between death and resurrection, He went into hell and defeated the devil. Thus, as He told Peter, “the gates of hell will not prevail!” And He died for my sins. His blood redeemed me. And right now, He is in Heaven, as my High Priest, praying for me and for all who receive Him! He sent God’s Holy Spirit to comfort us and teach us! What good news, the Gospel truth!
In the dawn of this reality, race and color seem to have ceased to be an issue for me. Due to my understanding of Acts 17, there is only one race, human, created of one blood. We must look to “Star Trek” for other races and species. We are born into ethnic groups, but the demonic deception of race and racism are lies and trickery from hell!
While the years rolled on, I began to realize that many of my Black brothers and sisters remain in bondage, due to myths and evil influences, which prevent us from discerning and accepting the true word of God.
As the decades continued to pass, I saw the race battles engaged among not only Caucasians against blacks and Native Americans, but blacks and Caucasians against Asians and Hispanics. Added to all of this, the class and caste battles of Blacks against Blacks in the Motherland, Caucasians against Caucasians in Europe, Asians and Indians against their own kind, all boiled down to people against people due to the deceptions of a common unseen enemy.
Such realizations made me even more aware that many of our Caucasian brothers and sisters are also victims of their own misconceptions, thus bringing me to question my own heart concerning; what is a man, who is the Black man, and why were we born?
For thousands of years, since the distinguishing of the nations, with the beginnings of the family of Noah, and subsequently the nations of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, race has been an issue. Remember, God did not create "races" of humans. Although at the dawn of history there appear to have been various species and races of "man," God created only one "human race," a race of people of variously colored ethnic groups. "Of one blood and one man has God made all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth; determining the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if by chance they might search after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from being found: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being, For we are also His offspring. (Acts 17:25-26).
In his book ONE BLOOD, Ken Ham discusses racism.
“One of the biggest justifications for racial discrimination in modern times is the belief that people groups have evolved separately. Thus, different groups are at allegedly different stages of evolution, and so some people groups are more backward than others. Therefore, the other person may not be as fully human as you. This sort of thinking inspired Hitler in his quest to eliminate Jews and Gypsies and to establish the "master race."
Sadly, some Christians have been infected with racist thinking through evolutionary indoctrination that people of a different "color" are inferior because they are supposedly closer to the animals. Such attitudes are completely unbiblical (e.g., Acts 17:26, Colossians 3:11), although out-of-context Bible verses are often conscripted in attempts to justify racist views.”
Since, as was stressed earlier, all other races or species of man have either disappeared off the planet, or are in a serious minority, it is evident that the human race is intended to be a family. Because this is a fact that has been established and ordained by God, and since Satan has done everything that he could do to eradicate the family of man, it is no surprise that the wicked old Devil came up with the plan of racism to divide and alienate the populations housed on Planet Earth.
Satan remains crafty enough to know that as long as he can keep man looking at issues of skin color and "race," his nefarious tactics of hate and division can work. Tragically, throughout the generations, people have continued to be used as tools to propagate racism. Primarily, this weakness has sprung from insecurities rooted in a fear of admitting that one’s roots are in an ethnic group that has fought to dominate other ethnic groups for thousands of years.
Even the wars between the Arabs, Muslims and the Jews could be solved by understanding that this is a family feud between the sons of Abraham; Ishmael and Isaac. God’s love can resolve the battle if we pray!
The concept of “race” is a tool of the Devil designed to separate and uproot God's family tree. The Caucasian man nor the Black man is the Devil, but Satan seeks to spread the lie of racism to divide the world; a wicked method used to inspire extreme emotional responses and racial conflicts, in the social and intellectual realms of man's reality. Violence, hatred, fear, confusion, deceit, distortion and ignorance are all part of this diabolical plan of Satan to divide God's family.
Fear and denial have sometimes driven people to oppress all who are not like them; under what could be called a “superiority complex”. In America, The African-American tribe has been Satan’s most recent target, but is not by any means the world’s only victim of racism. Even people of the same color and ethnic origins oppress their own kind!
White supremacy or supremacy of any kind is a product of fear! The “Caucasian” ethnic family became the last human tribe to emerge on earth, and some have desperately tried to make up for this position by oppressing everyone in their path. This insecurity has made the Caucasian family a very vulnerable entity in the human family structure.
An example of this insecurity is noted in the work of the Afrikaner writer Andre' Brink, who writes of his people, "the White tribe of Africa.
"This group is symbolic of the massive European colonization of the 16th century colonization of Africa by Caucasians. This radical Afrikaner people have refused to leave the area, or blend with the indigenous cultures, as other Europeans sometimes have. Such classic example of denial, insecurity, and supremacy is just one of the many examples of a racial process that has plagued nations for centuries.”
The aim of racism is to conduct self-destruction; a process of killing an individual’s roots without killing the person. The Devil must continue to deceive the Caucasian man into thinking that the people of color are the enemy. On the contrary, people of color are deceived into thinking that the Caucasian man is the enemy, lacking the understanding that “racist people” are controlled by Lucifer. Other tools of Satan’s diabolical trade are white privilege, race baiting, and even using Blacks to play the “race card” against Caucasian people of good intent.
This is Satan’s plot, playing one camp against the other; and has been used by Satan as an instrument to instigate confusion, whereas God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians. 14:33)! There are millions of Caucasian people who serve God, who are redeemed, and blessed to be members of God’s family. Remember, racism is just one of Satan’s tools used to destroy God's family. We must not over look that often communities of people of the same ethnicity are used by Satan to destroy themselves. Some harmful factors are Drugs, crime, sickness, venereal disease, homosexuality, and abortion: All of these factors have a destructive impact on the reproduction of all nations. No single people group can be blamed for these weapons of mass destruction.
Caucasian people, Black people, Brown people, Red people, Yellow people.... All human people spring from one human race (Acts 17). The Caucasian people are not the enemy. The Devil is the enemy. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X both reached this revelation before they were assassinated. Both men preached that the people of color should never despise or hate our Caucasian “brothers.” Both men preached the message of love that is advocated or heavily stressed in the Bible.
Interestingly enough, just as both men were reaching a point of influencing thousands of “Black” Americans to turn their hearts to love, rather than hate; or to stress the unity of the nations, rather than the division of God’s children, both men were unfortunately slain. Satan could not afford to have man to understand the power of unity and love among the “nations” or “families” of man. *Matt. 5:43-44; Mark 12:33; I John 2:9; 4:20-21.
We cannot love God and hate our brother, no matter what color he or she is. God ordained the various complexions. God did not ordain racism. God is not the author of racism (I Corinthians. 14:33). Neither the Caucasian man nor the Black man is the author of racism. The Devil is the author of racism.
As humans of every color, nations and tribes, we need a blood transfusion; the pure, undying Blood of Jesus Christ. The DNA of Christ is eternal. The Blood of Jesus will NEVER lose its POWER! Let us continue to discover that as invited members to the Beloved Community, we and all people are part of the same family; racism can be confronted and finally eradicated, with the forces of love and wisdom. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding go hand in hand. It is wise to consider the teachings of the Bible, which show that God desires a family, which includes people of all colors.