Remembering Katrina over the weekend one of my strongest recollections was Kanye West saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” I lived in New Orleans for a year, and worked on Bourbon Street in the spring of 95. I love that city, Katrina broke my heart too. And whether Bush truly doesn't care we can't know, but based upon his actions black people have every right to feel betrayed and to perceive him that way.
Having also resided in New Haven, Connecticut, New York City, and Austin, Texas, I've lived in mostly multicultural places where I encountered people from around the world, so when I came to central Florida a few years ago I was surprised at how freely the N word flies around here. Here are a couple of examples. One of my co-workers is a very well mannered, upstanding young man who considers himself Christian, knows the Bible, attends church regularly and tithes his income. He also doesn’t believe that God created men equally, and that he’s superior to niggers. I have a neighbor who professes to be Christian. He also proclaims himself to be better than women, Mexicans and niggers. And two roaches on the counter usually mean many more nearby.
And now is the racism ratcheting up. Antichrist pastors stoke the fires and fan the flames in the engines of hate with public prayers for Obama’s death—two notables being Steven Anderson of Tempe, AZ and Wiley Drake of Buena Park, CA—and people calling themselves Christian bring nazi propaganda to rallies and town hall meetings. As significant as the cross is to Christ the swastika is to Satan. The insignia is a repugnant symbol of murderous racist hate, and no one who loves Jesus, king of the Jews, would be comfortable even around one, much less wielding it. The swastika is anathema to everyone who truly loves the cross--people who wave swastikas BURNED Jews, and still BURN crosses--and it is written that you cannot serve two masters.
Yet ‘Christian’ radio host Kevin McCullough explained to me that displaying it was not contradictory to Christianity. He said: “The sign is clearly not an endorsement of Hitler but rather a poke at the President who asked his citizens to report on any neighbors who disagree with him. Which happened to be a tactic taken from Hitler’s Gestapo. Any slight student of history would know and understand this…only a moron cannot see the difference…”
Many hate President Obama because he is black.
…I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me…’ Song of Solomon 1:6
That is the only difference in the flesh of men, and that color is irrelevant anyway when we read: ‘For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.’ 2 Chronicles 16:9.
Moses knit his heart in marriage to Zipporah, an Ethiopian woman. And after being baptized by John in Jordan, Jesus went into the wilderness to fast for forty days and be tempted of the devil, whom he conquered. The terrain of that region is desert, and knowing that he did not enter therein armed with sun block, eyeshades and a parasol, it’s safe to say that when he returned to civilization it was with a burnish in his skin, and not the lily white hallmark airbrush as depicted on the shelves of your local shop.
Jesus taught us the greatest commandment: above all love God, and thy neighbor as thyself; and that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and that what proceeds from the mouth is what defiles a man.
The way is wide but the gate narrow.
‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’ Matthew 7:21-23.
If your heart holds hatred for neighbors you don’t even know, how can it possibly be right with God? If you do not love the brother who you have seen, how can you love God whom you have not seen? And don’t you fear the answer when you approach He who was darkly complexioned when on earth, with your supplication for mercy issuing from one side of your mouth, and hatespeak from the other?