Four years ago, I had an online discussion with a well-known leader in the social justice Christian movement. The exchange resulted from an article I had written, suggesting someone, like a Priscilla or Aquila, needed to mentor this leader in the ways of the Lord. He commented on my article and thus our discussion began.
He was a great guy, loved the Lord, lived in an inner city black community, and used his earnings from book sales and speaking tours to fund inner city works. So, unlike most of us Christians, he not only talked the talk, but he walked the walk.
Our big disagreement was not over whether or not we should help inner city blacks, but instead, on how it should be carried out.
His major points centered on:
1. Large corporations, from 1619 until today, have caused irreparable damages to generations of blacks. Thus, these corporations should be held accountable for their actions and pay financial reparations to blacks.
2. The American government has a racist history and also needs to offer financial reparations to inner city blacks.
“Okay,” I wrote back to him, “if your two major points are carried out, will the problems of the inner cities be settled once and for all?”
He believed most problems would be handled and that abortion – the number one killer of African-Americans – would also drop significantly because poverty would be lessened.
Sadly, large corporations, governments, and whites have crippled inner city blacks throughout American history. But even so, I do not believe that enacting his two major points will change inner city lives much at all. Oh, the blacks may be more comfortable for a period of time, but the core problems will still remain.
You see, the inner cities’ main problem is not poverty, but instead, it is iniquity.
Unlike sins or transgressions, iniquity is a second-nature sin which has become a part of the people’s personalities and attitudes. It is often passed down to the children through ancestral lines or it may be received by surrendering oneself to the evil principality over that region.
The only way to remove iniquity is to have a deliverance move of the Holy Spirit whereby people accept the truth and God’s mercy, and also embrace the fear of the Lord.
And to have a deliverance move of the Holy Spirit in the inner cities of America, it is going to take believers who are willing to engage in spiritual warfare the spirit of slavery, which controls America’s inner cities.
Okay, let’s say I know what I am talking about. How can it be successfully done?
Here is the fly in the ointment. You see, it will mostly be white males who are qualified to help deliver the inner city. That’s right! The same race and gender who enslaved blacks in the first place.
Why? How? What?
(Continued in Part 4)