Putting on the mind of Christ, for Christians, is especially important at times like this…
Right is still right and wrong is still wrong!
And the Bible says, in Isaiah 5:20,
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
The young man in the video is obviously acting out his anger and feelings of frustration, and understandably so, of a long line of injustices, against a seemingly prevailing and precieved ideology (from the Black point of view) that, to quote the modern phrase, “Black lives matter,” with the obvious preceved intent that, at least from the white perspective, that the opposite is true, that their lives don’t matter.
There is an old saying that, “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
The person who first uttered this American saying is lost to history; but the fact that it’s so well known is a good indication of the importance of our learning to empathize and try and identify with that other person before judging them, be they male or female and regardless of the color of their skin.
The point is, you can never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb inside of his or her skin and walk around in it for a while.”
As Christians, I believe that we’re called to do just that.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
Is that not what Jesus did, when He humbled Himself and became a part of His own creation, in order that He may give His life as a propitious offering for OUR sin?
Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Church, in what our attitude should be at times like this — times exactly like what we’re going through now.
In all things in life, Jesus is our example; and the admonishment of scripture is that we learn each day to put on the mind of Christ.
The Apostle Paul put it this way:
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
Above all things be loving, humble, united
2 1-4 Now if your experience of Christ’s encouragement and love means anything to you, if you have known something of the fellowship of His Spirit, and all that it means in kindness and deep sympathy, do make my best hope for you come true!
Live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you.
Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves.
None of you should think only of his own affairs, but should learn to see things from other people’s point of view.
Let Christ be your example of humility
5-11 Let Christ himself be your example as to what your attitude should be.
For He, who had always been God by nature, did not cling to His prerogatives as God’s equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man.
And, having become man, He humbled Himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death He died was the death of a common criminal.
That is why God has now lifted Him so high, and has given Him the name beyond all names, so that at the name of Jesus “every knee shall bow”, whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth.
And that is why, in the end, “every tongue shall confess” that Jesus Christ” is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God is himself at work within you
12-13 So then, my dearest friends, as you have always followed my advice—and that not only when I was present to give it—so now that I am far away be keener than ever to work out the salvation that God has given you with a proper sense of awe and responsibility.
For it is God who is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.
14-18 Do all you have to do without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be God’s children, blameless, sincere and wholesome, living in a warped and diseased world, and shining there like lights in a dark place.
For you hold in your hands the very Word of Life. Thus can you give me something to be proud of in the day of Christ, for I shall know then that I did not spend my energy in vain.
Yes, and if it should happen that my life-blood is, so to speak, poured out upon the sacrifice and offering which your faith means to God, then I can still be very happy, and I can share my happiness with you all.
I should like to feel that you could be glad about this too, and could share with me the happiness I speak of.
The teaching of the Bible and more specifically from the Apostle Paul’s perspective (found in 2 Cor 2:11) is that, as Christians,
Lest Satan should get an advantage over us, that we should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (his strategies and modus operandi).
And Ephesians 6:12 tells us:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Who is the real “instigator” behind racial bigotry and prejudice, in order to cause this division and separation between the races?
As Christians, we already know the answer to that question — it’s Satan!
As Watchmen on the Wall prayer warriors, we should be able to see what the enemy’s strategy is and what he is doing in our society today, to put forth his agenda.
Divide and Conquer
To divide and conquer is one of the oldest strategy of War that we have.
In political and sociological warfare, it entails the gaining and maintaining of power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into smaller pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.
The use of this technique is meant to empower the instigator, which in this example is Satan, to control the population, or factions of different interests, who collectively might be able to oppose his rule and authority.
What about the black on black violence, that we see in certain places across our country.
[NOTE: According to the FBI’s uniform crime-reporting data for 2016, 90.1 percent of black victims of homicide were killed by other blacks, while 83.5 percent of whites were killed by other whites.
While no life is inconsequential, the statistical evidence shows that—just as for blacks when it comes to black-on-black crime—whites are mostly victimized by other whites, with the vast majority of white murders committed by whites]
Also there are strong indicators that many of the agitators, in these inner-city conflicts are paid and come from outside the area.
As happened in Ferguson, MO a few years ago, in the inner-city rioting that took place there.
The following was taken from an article from the Kansas City Star:
“The people causing all the trouble, they aren’t from Ferguson,” said resident Mike Marion, 26. “They’re from all over.
They’re not trying to make things better or stand up for Michael Brown. They’re just taking advantage of the situation.”
It was a sentiment shared by dozens of residents interviewed by The Star on Monday afternoon after arguably the worst violence in a week of unrest broke out the night before.
While laying much of the blame for the strife at the feet of police, they say peaceful protests are being hijacked by people with other agendas.
“People of Ferguson are getting punished for the actions of outside agitators,” said Kenny Murdock, 47, who hosts a show on a St. Louis radio station.
Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who had been documenting the protests and the security response on social media, pointed via Twitter to a small group of people who “cannot be defined as protesters/demonstrators. They are more like fighters/rebels/insurgents.”
Who’s the source of this wanton violence and where are these paid outside agitators getting their funding?
Does the name George Soros ring a bell?
No, as Christians we need to have a more discerning spirit, in order that we recognize what’s really going on, and not let the enemy manipulate us; and divide us.
The scripture tells us that Jesus came to undo ALL the evil works of the Devil, but we as Christians must learn to resist and do spiritual battle with the enemy the way Christ instructs us.
1 John 3:8b
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy ALL the works of the devil.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
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“The truth is that, although of course we lead normal human lives, the battle we are fighting is on the spiritual level.
The very weapons we use are not those of human warfare but powerful in God’s warfare for the destruction of the enemy’s strongholds.
Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every imposing defence that men erect against the true knowledge of God.
We even fight to capture every thought until it acknowledges the authority of Christ.”
Jesus told the following parable, discribing the cunningness of the enemy and his worldly followers, in devising wicked schemes:
The Parable of the Unjust Steward
16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me.
I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’
5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’
So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’
So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’
And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly.
For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
And Jesus also said,
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
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