A few years ago, I ministered in a youth prison for about a year in Mart, Texas. When the Department of Justice found out, however, they demanded my removal (That story for another time perhaps). While ministering to a majority of black youth, I observed some patterns that may help to negotiate through some of this racism business that seeks to exploit us.

Before ministering the Gospel, the first question I asked them concerned their fathers. Where were their fathers? Most did not know them and if they did, they were also in prison. Was it therefore a coincidence that they were also in prison? We explored that predicament Biblically.

Most were raised fatherless in a predominate Matriarch system, which means a severe lack of loving discipline in their lives. Godly family government was non-existent by political, welfare design and these boys ran wild. Our tax dollars actually go to demand no fathers in mostly minority homes and extra income for children out of wedlock. Not a sane policy, if you ask me.

Secondly, as the conviction of God came upon their souls several of these troubled youth confessed to me the racial peer pressure they were under. They truly believed if they surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, repented, and acknowledged the truth that has the power to redeem their souls, they would be betraying the black race.

They would be considered the white man’s “Uncle Tom.” Obviously, this was a huge demonic stronghold that needed to be busted up by the Gospel of the Kingdom. For most of them, the truth won out and they were set free. Some were still held captive by that lie. And believe me this spiritual battle, particularly in the black race, plays out politically and culturally in our nation in the whole white privilege narrative.

I told them since when is the white race the standard? Jesus is the standard, and not any race of men. There is no special race in God’s eyes. There is one race, the human race. The Gospel of the Kingdom includes every kindred, tribe, and tongue.

Now here is the rub that every kindred, tribe, and tongue must face. There is one underlying question that all men and nations must ask, “Are we blessed or are we cursed?” If every tribe, kindred, and tongue obeys, honor, and follows the Lord, they will be blessed. If they disobey, there is a curse. This will manifest culturally, politically, as well as spiritually in our poor-fallen world.

So, what is the main problem? Is it primarily the “system” keeping certain people down, so they can play the victim, which justifies their anger and propensity to kill, steal, and destroy? Or is the chief problem our sinful nature that darkens our souls and leads to foolish and wicked decision that bring severe consequences upon our lives?

There is a Scripture that I believe nails our dilemma in our nation at this critical juncture in our history. Jeremiah 31:29, 30 states, “In those days they shall say no more: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.”

Our nation has adopted the victimhood ideology. We are masters at playing the blame game. We point at everybody else in our lives to blame them for our own wretched state. We are following in the way of our first parents, Adam and Eve, who when confronted with their sin, failures, and rebellion, they blamed God, each other, and the environment. It didn’t work for them and it will not work for us.

According to Jeremiah constantly claiming to be a victim is a sign of God’s judgment upon a nation. A sign that a nation is being restored is when people take personal responsibility for their actions in life. Why is this important? God does not save victims, He saves sinners!

Repent and believe the Gospel. The Kingdom of God is at hand!



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