Caught Between Two Worlds

The Real Enemy Feeding Race In America And How To Defeat Him

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Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Indian warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and asked, “What are we going to do?” Tonto replied, “What do you mean ‘we,’ white man?”- In Search of Unity, Edward Dobson, pp. 20-27

A funny illustration but there is some scary truth contained here. The attitude of I am with you until trouble comes is destructive for race relations.  What is causing the division?

As the discussion about race relations in America continues, it is timely today to address the heart of the disconnect.  Who is the enemy we are fighting?  Is the person who has a different skin color the person you are in conflict with?  Is this issue simply needing to spend more time in conversation?  Those are all just symptoms of a much larger problem.  The more significant problem is something no one wants to talk about.  It is an enemy no one wants to acknowledge exists.  That enemy lurks in the darkness.  He operates in stealth mode.  The Bible describes him this way.

 “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” [1] 1 Peter 5:8

 Among the significant number of books authored by C. S. Lewis is the highly provocative The Screwtape Letters. In it, the profound Englishman had the devil brief his nephew, Wormwood, on the subtleties and techniques of tempting people. The goal, he counsels, is not wickedness but indifference. Satan cautions his nephew to keep the prospect, the patient, comfortable at all costs. If he should become concerned about anything of importance, encourage him to think about his luncheon plans; not to worry, it could induce indigestion. And then this definitive job description: “I, the devil, will always see to it that there are bad people. Your job, my dear Wormwood, is to provide me with people who do not care.” [2]

 Take a step back from the emotional ties you have to this issue of race and look at the bigger picture.  Make sure you are asking the right question. Who benefits most from this problem getting ramped up and intensifying?  America isn’t winning.  The communities that are under attack are not winning.  The police who are on edge, where every decision they make is facing scrutiny, are not winning.  And white America that often wants to help solve the problem but is afraid to speak out for fear of being called a racist is not winning.  So all those groups seeking solutions, searching for a path forward, are lost in the midst of this tension.  Maybe, just perhaps, there is a spiritual reason behind all this. As in The Screwtape Letters, we have been duped…tricked into compliance.

Satan has been whispering in all our ears there is nothing to see here.  Go about the business of living your life.  Ignore the poor, the government will handle that problem.  Forget the sins of the past, people should just move on, that was hundreds of years ago.  Besides, we have enough worries of our own to deal with.  Who has time to concern ourselves with the weakness of others?  As the divide grew, we were ignorant to problems.  It has taken riots, and police shootings to reveal the truth.  But now Satan has played another trick on us.  He has us looking for the wrong enemy.  It is not my brother or sister of another race, gender or creed.  It is you, the Father of Lies.  You are the real enemy. You, Satan, are the one who is driving all this.  The face of that race issue is Satan.

Notice the advice the Apostle Paul gives us about this warfare:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” [3] Eph 6:12

We can’t win this battle with human resources and human weapons.  Look around you.  This is spiritual warfare at its highest levels.  Paul does not leave us with a plan to win this war.  He says you need to be properly outfitted for battle.  In that same section of Scripture, he instructs us on our weapons of war.  It is not what the world is using.  It is not more protest.  It is not more civil unrest.  Lord knows we don’t need more speeches.  Or more laws to be passed so they can be ignored.

What we need Paul says is to:

“…take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” [4] Eph 6:13-18

The good news for us is that we have all we need to win this battle.  We need to be aware of who is the enemy, and the tools required to defeat him.

This series of post has been turned into a Bible Study that will be released on March 21, 2017.  Here is the link:
http://blog.cph.org/around-the-house/first-look-one-nation-under-god-healing-racial-divides-in-america/?hsCtaTracking=11b10a06-6cd0-4514-a33b-84b3bebd2880%7C5a7c15c3-742a-4db4-b690-148450c41f49

Other posts in this series can be found on the blog under the category of Caught Between Two Worlds:
https://revheadpin.org/2016/07/19/fearfully-made
https://revheadpin.org/2016/07/12/how-guilt-feeds-racial-divison/
https://revheadpin.org/2016/06/07/diversity-in-the-church/
https://revheadpin.org/2016/07/05/dealing-with-race-in-america/
https://revheadpin.org/2016/06/21/how-to-see-beyond-color/

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Pe 5:8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Jones, G. C. (1986). 1000 illustrations for preaching and teaching (p. 158). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Eph 6:10–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Eph 6:13–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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53 thoughts on “The Real Enemy Feeding Race In America And How To Defeat Him”

  1. Amen! I wrote a blog about this matter; you you get some free time check it out and tell me what you think:

    https://kriztal34.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/109/

    When you mentioned about the enemy have us fighting and ignoring the real problem made me think of a press conference held here in the United States. This woman was standing in front of us telling the plans of certain Islam groups to destroy the United States from within. It’s pretty detailed and explosive. It explains so much. Number one my belief that the president we have serving in our office may not be the great black hope that so many like to color him as. That he is just another elite out for an agenda that has nothing to do with the common mans interests. Number 2 the upcoming election backs up this statement. We have two prospects that none of us wants. And we are all wondering how they got where they are. Most troubling is the corruption of the Clintons which some of which has been made public yet she’s not only getting away Scot free but she’s actually running for president and it’s looking for good for her. Instead of us fighting and carrying on, we ought to be taken a closer look at what’s going on with our leadership especially the one sitting at the Oval Office

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  2. Yup and Yup.

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  3. With the bombardment of news about another racial incident nearly every day, it is difficult to focus on the root cause which you have NAILED so well. I know that I need to go to that special place of compassion and love whenever I hear about the latest unrest. Satan is using many people, black and white, to further his battle.

    Thanks for your words.

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  4. Your article is a very strong tie in to my bible study at Lord of Life – studying Ephesians 6 “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer. Thank you for this insight that it is the crafty devil breaking us apart. Eye opening!

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  5. Chills. The hairs on my body all stood up as I read this. Thanks for shedding light on a very important issue. I think if we all become aware that this is more of a spiritual battle than a physical one, we would all be able to do what is needed. Sadly with the distractions surrounding us, most fail to see it. All in all, thank you for reminding us that we already have all we need to win!

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  6. So I grew up surrounded by the mentality that we blame the devil and spiritual warfare for everything. In recent years I have reacted against that, and unfortunately at times fail to see the spiritual warfare going on underneath my nose. Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes less so. My thing is, I tend to blame the fallen nature of man for everything, but that simply isn’t biblical. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. What a glorious spot-on word. You are absolutely right! Satan is the source of it all. And complacency feeds off the conflict for sure. I’m going to re-post this on FHG, for sure. Thanks, Keith, for reminding us all of the true enemy here–the must larger picture.

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    1. Thank you Steven. I wanted to get to this point earlier, but need to move people to identify the problem first. Now with some trust and credibility we can point people to who is behind all this. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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      1. I know you are and I really appreciate that support. In case you have not heard I am writing a bible study on Healing Race in America. I signed a contract with a publishing house and it should come out for sale in March 2017.

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  8. I completely agree that Satan is behind the hate stirring up racial tensions. We know that Jehovah God is not partial, “but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34,35). Also the great crowd of people in God’s Kingdom will include all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues (Revelation 7:9). So it is clear that no race is better than another, however, although Satan is the source we have to work to root out the negative influence that has affect all of us to come degree. Prejudice, bigotry and racism have all affected us in one way or another and we have to ask for God’s help to see people as He does. We also have to be humble enough to apologize for our own contributions no matter how small and be willing to make changes when someone points out something we’ve done that’s offensive.

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  9. I saw Satan’s work on todays news. His deceived puppets were breaking windows, setting cars and trash cans on fire and throwing rocks at the police who were trying to restore order. Fortunately, the news also interviewed a real anti-Trump protester who said that all of this de-legitimises their protest. Personally, I support President Trump, but I agree that the out of control behaviour did nothing to help those who wanted to make a political point.

    Certainly, Satan’s influence has been behind much of our racial trouble. Sadly, some of the prominent “civil rights leaders” have been deceived. I won’t name names, but I suspect you know who they are.

    May God bless you for speaking truth.

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  10. I totally agree! This is just the enemy’s way of keeping us distracted so that we will spend less time praying and seeking God to help us tear down the walls that divide us and more time pointing fingers, playing the blame game and hating one another. Thank you for sharing!

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