How to Defuse the Upcoming Race War

In 1998, I had a vivid vision of an upcoming race war between African-Americans and white Americans. The war did not take place, at first, in the inner cities, but rather, it occurred in the suburbs, the bedrock of white America.

It began with bands of rage-filled black youths attacking suburban areas with AK-47s, grenades, bazookas, and other weapons, killing white people indiscriminately. I saw bodies of white children, mothers, fathers, and seniors lying on the ground, their blue eyes staring upward and blood oozing from wounds. The young blacks stood over the bodies waving their AK-47s in the air and giving each other “high fives” for their successful outpouring of wrath.

In the next part of the vision, I watched white armies and bounty hunters tracking down and slaughtering black youths. The African-American rage and hatred toward white America was finally appeased when that generation of black youths was buried and gone.

Could this really happen? The stage is now set for just such a war.

If you have any doubts, just check out the recent incident of racial unrest in the Trayvon Martin slaying where civil rights activists have weighed in. The media have done the same. The president and his administration. Senators. Congressional Representatives. Black Panthers. Celebrities. $10,000 bounties. Marketing of hooded sweatshirts and other goods. Florida high school students vandalizing a Walgreen’s store.

All of this has happened without a grand jury being summoned or the facts being known.

From my viewpoint, we are one small spark away from a race war and guess what? The people holding the burning torches, such as politicians, media personnel, celebrities, religious leaders, and so forth, are blind fools with personal agendas.

“Wherever we want to go, we can only get there from where we are. Not where we think we are, or wish we are, or where we want others to think we are, but where we are in fact right now.

But political spin and pious euphemisms don’t tell us where we are. After a while, such rhetorical exercises don’t even fool others.

If we don’t have the truth, we don’t have anything to start with and build on. (Thomas Sowell)

So,what can be done to defuse the upcoming race wars?

Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it (Hebrews 12:15)

Bitterness is unfulfilled revenge and the only way to remove bitterness is through forgiveness.

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. (Matthew 6:14-15)

This is what I believe African-Americans must do to defuse upcoming race wars. I believe they must go to white Americans and ask forgiveness for their continued hatred of whites. This may mean whole black churches going across town to white churches and asking forgiveness. Or black leaders bowing their knees in front of TV audiences. Or whatever. But it will have to be a dramatic effort on the part of African-Americans to rid themselves of bitterness.

The alternative to doing nothing and continuing on today’s path of hoping for racial change without a dramatic act of repentance, could well end up with black bodies lying in the streets of America.

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16 responses to “How to Defuse the Upcoming Race War

  1. Sorry, Larry, this is not a one-way street. There is racism on both sides. Whites need to ask forgiveness too of not only blacks but also for injustices done to Hispanics, Native Americans, and other minorities. Minorities have suffered under whites for centuries–and many white churches have been part of this racism. Many black and white churches have been working together to heal wounds, and I am surprised at you for saying that whole black churches need to go across town to white churches and ask forgiveness. Why not the other way too? And why not acknowledge the work that is being done by white, black, Hispanic, and Asian churches and denominations that are working together to achieve harmony?

    Frankly, I’m surprised at you for thinking–and writing–as if there is no white hatred towards blacks.

    May I suggest, Larry, that whites also consider your Scripture passages of Hebrews 12:15 and Matthew 6:14-15 that you quote above.

    I remain, your brother in Christ,
    Derrick

  2. Derrick,

    Thanks. I have no real disagreements with you.

    This article was written to stop a racial war which is brewing right now, not to point out the wrongs of each side on the matters of racial issues. The power of God will not work for African-Americans if they have bitterness in their hearts toward white Americans. And without the power of God on their side, Black America will soon suffer greatly.

    Whether or not white Americans receive the entreaties of African-Americans should not make a difference to blacks, their hearts should be open to pleasing the Lord and doing what’s right in His eyes.

    It’s not about fairness, it’s about saving black youths’ lives.

  3. “The people holding the burning torches, such as politicians, media personnel, celebrities, religious leaders, and so forth, are blind fools with personal agendas.”

    Yes, they are feeding on this, Larry.

    It’s very sad what’s happened (more to come), but where is the outrage from both black and white people when young black gangs shoot and cut each other up?

    Time to stop blaming. These hatreds are deep within each person and have been there since birth. What happens outside of them simply triggers off what’s inside. They need to get released. Only Jesus can do that and that’s the preacher’s responsibility to tell them … and what a sorry lot they are.

  4. Roger,

    Thanks for your input.

    I was a part of an inner city ministry and I do understand (only somewhat) the frustration African-Americans have with us whites. But the only Biblical way to remove bitterness is through forgiveness. Everything else fails. This is something which needs to be done quickly.

  5. God bless you, Larry, for not blaming or taking sides, but just saying what is the truth for us all . . .bitterness needs to be repented of. It is hard not to be bitter when you have been wronged. I read where meekness is enduring injustice without bitterness or resentment. It is a stronger characteristic than we give it credit for. Praying for us all. Thank you, friend.

  6. Debbie,

    “Meekness is enduring injustice without bitterness or resentment.”

    What a great statement. I love it. Thanks so much for your input.

  7. Linda

    What about righteous indignation?

    I am in South Florida for the winter. Blacks, especially Haitians, are viewed as animals. I was watching our local news, WPBF/Palm Beach, when this story first broke. It was just the murder of another black kid. This is business as usual whether it involves childrens’ services or a gang rape. Had a white boy been murdered instead of Treyvon Martin, a black perpetrator would already be in jail, and would be found guilty at trial.

    Folks around our pool refer to our maintenance guy as “the black man”. Black children are “pickininis’, and as a group they are called “Schwartzes”,. Other worse names are used as well. Ladies say they are ” racist and proud of it.”

    The blacks in Sanford (and South Florida as a rule) have every right to demand justice and scream bloody murder because the system is laughing at them as they have always done. Aninals.. Even the Police Department is guilty of racism. It’s a crime to watch the blacks be abused year after year.

    I have to respectfully concur with your readers who favor the “black rights” side of this topic. Nothing personal, my friend, but it hurts like hell to see God’s children, even the black ones, slaughtered.

  8. Linda,

    Thanks for your input.

    I do not totally disagree with you nor can I dispute your facts. This article was not written to affix blame on white Americans or black Americans. It was written to stop a possible upcoming race war.

    The only way I believe this war will be stopped is for African-Americans to humble themselves and ask forgiveness of white America, thus, ridding themselves of bitterness. True humility assumes no rights before the Lord, has no hatred for others, no desire for vengeance, and only wants to please the Lord in every way. This type of humility moves God on our behalves, and will do the same for African-Americans.

    I stand behind my words as a prophetic word for African-Americans and I believe it will save lives. It is my desire to see a stream of black deliverers come out of America’s inner cities to help set us free from religious spirits.

    But to continue on the present course, and even standing behind so-called righteous indignation, I believe will result in dead bodies lying in the streets of America.

  9. Linda

    After I logged off last night, I remembered your post about the black deliverers. Asking whites for forgiveness is the only way this will be possible… and because it is such a critical part of God’s plan, according to your vision, blacks need to do what’s necessary to honor God, and honor his will. Humbling themselves before whites will be necessary to achieve the greater good.

    Is that it?

    I know the mistreatment of blacks hurts your heart, too. Didn’t mean to be so passionate, but living with racism is killing me. Hugs…

  10. Linda,

    I love passion and do not mind people disagreeing with me. So, if you ever disagree, load up both barrels and let me have it. What you may write could be exactly what others are thinking but are not able to express it as well as you.

    Hugs…

  11. I think both sides of the table should come forward and end what started a long time ago. But this has to be done in individual hearts.There’s no color through the eyes of reality/God.

  12. chasingtheperfectmoment,

    My emphasis is not on who is right or wrong, but rather on saving lives of black Americans and doing it quickly. Your way may work – although it hasn’t so far – but it will take lots of time. Time is what I don’t believe we have.

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  15. You’ve got a really excellent website, Glad I found it through yahoo.

  16. Thomas,

    Thanks. It’s been a long while since I wrote this.

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