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Working With The Right Spirit


“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
—Galatians 3:28

For this article, I want to do something that I have not done before and that’s breakdown the gaps that we see in our country but I do not want to look at things from a black or white perspective nor do I want to look at things from a right vs left or conservative vs liberal perspective. When I started writing this, I had to change things different times because of what God was revealing to me.

Over the last week, I’ve had people tell me that they feel bad for being white because of what has happened in American history. As a caring person, I feel bad for those in the past who were done wrong but I must remind people that slavery has not been an issue for a long time and those of the younger generation are not responsible for anything that happened before they were born nor are they victims of what happened in the past. This should be obvious but this is a real issue.

Yes, there have been blacks to tell me that I have privilege because of my skin but it’s obvious they do not know me because I’ve never had anything handed to me. My skin color has had nothing to do with anything I’ve accomplished but it’s also not responsible for anything that I have done either good or bad. Although none of this makes sense, most of this is coming from the younger generation especially those younger than forty but there are radical things coming the older generation but not nearly as much.

“Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
—Acts 10:34

These are things that worry me because these mindsets spill over into the younger generations and become a way of life for many. Lyndon Johnson’s great society was an experiment or project that was put together to create voters by incentivizing mothers to have children and raising them without fathers in which case, the government would give the single mother a small amount of money and this would create dependence and while all races are a part of this, it was a push for the black community. In a perfect world, none of this would be thought about but we do not live in a perfect world so experiments and deceptions like this are real.

This is a problem for all races because I have had family members who lived off the system and took advantage off of everything they could get. This is an example of a power grab and the people responsible for such acts are after anyone and everyone that will come on board which is why scripture is clear that we must be careful about who and what we entertain. The truth is people who try to make others feel responsible and/or guilty about things that happened long before they were born are entertaining a very dangerous spirit and as Christians, we must distance ourselves away from anyone who has embraced such radical ideas and thoughts regardless of race and ethnicity.

When I talk to these people especially the younger people, I ask them to provide me with facts and evidence rather than just emotion. The reason this is important is because we can feel a certain about a particular event, person, topic, and on and on but feeling a certain way does not mean that we are correct. In fact, there have been many times when I felt a certain way especially just after something occurred that I did not like and it made me feel a certain way. However, once I stepped back and allowed myself time to take in the reality of the situation, I usually saw things differently or had the right mindset to approach the situation with a real solution but when you see things from a racial perspective and/or place the blame at other’s feet (the blame card) then nothing get accomplished so we must work with the right spirit.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
—Psalms 51:10

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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