Racism, division, and offense are at the door – don’t let them in.
Revelation 3:20 – 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock…
Jesus was knocking on the door of the Laodicean church. He desired to enter into His church. He’s still knocking on the door today. He desires to come into our lives. Jesus wants to be front and center in our local assemblies. He wants to be in the middle of our lives. He wants to come into our homes and sit at our tables.
But I don’t think Jesus was the only one knocking on the door of the Laodiceans in the Book of Revelation. Neither is Jesus the only one knocking today. Racism and division are at the church’s door. Hatred, conflict, and offense are seeking entrance into our lives and homes. Don’t answer! Don’t open the door! Whatever you do, don’t let these spirits of hell into your church, home, or mind.
I’ve never witnessed so much divisiveness in our country and world. Racial tensions are at a boiling point. Political polarization threatens to tear our country in half. Animosity among different ethnicities is escalating. Division and offense have metastasized into outright hatred among fellow Americans.
Our deeply divided world should be able to look to the church and see blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, rich and poor, democrats and republicans all worshipping together as one family.
Spirits of division and conflict have been unleashed by hell upon our nation. It is a sign of the end-times. Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of wars. He foretold of nations rising against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms. But don’t limit this prophetic statement to physical wars between sovereign nations. Jesus was speaking of conflict, hatred, and divisiveness. Could “nations” also represent nationalities? Could “kingdoms” refer to groups or races of people? I think so. Especially in light of the rest of Jesus’ teaching concerning the last days. He spoke of hatred, affliction, killing, offense, and betrayal. We’ve always interpreted “the love of many shall wax cold” as meaning the love Christians have for God. Could it also refer to the love we have toward our fellowman waxing cold?
However one interprets Jesus’ teaching concerning the last days, it’s undeniable that hellish spirits of division and hatred are running rampant. These spirits are manipulating politics, government, social media, news, and even conversation around the dinner table or water cooler. These are the spirits of our hour. They have successfully infected the world around us with their toxic and contagious agendas.
While we may not be able to stem the tide of division in the world, we can certainly stand at the door of our churches and refuse admittance. Rest assured the spirits of this world are trying to get into the church. They are knocking and I’m afraid some have opened the door. We must diligently guard against worldliness creeping into the church.
We’ve typically thought of worldliness as being short skirts, cleavage, and bling. While these things are worldly and are inconsistent with sound Bible teaching, worldliness simply means “like the world.” So if a church is filled with strife and division, then the church is, in essence, worldly. If racism exists in the church, then the church has become worldly. The church is not to be like the world. The spirits so prevalent in the world are not supposed to be in the church.
Jesus said, “The prince of this world cometh, but hath nothing in Me.” Jesus was in the world but not of the world. Jesus was in the world, but the world was not in Him! We have no choice but to be in the world. We can choose, however, to not let the world in us. Don’t let the spirits of this age into your life and home. Don’t let the worldly spirits of conflict and animosity creep into your mind and heart.
We have no choice but to be in the world. We can choose, however, to not let the world in us.
The church stands as a beacon of light in a dark world. God created us to be a people of brotherly love and unity that stand juxtapose to racism and divisiveness. The church is supposed to be a model of how people of different races, ethnicities, and political parties can be joined together in love as one body. Our deeply divided world should be able to look to the church and see blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, rich and poor, democrats and republicans all worshipping together as one family.
How can I keep spirits of racism, offense and animosity out of my life?
1. Don’t Be Deceived
The enemy is a master at deception. The spirits running rampant in our world thrive on deception. It is the Truth that makes us free. Is there injustice in our culture? Yes. Are there legitimate cases of abuse of power? Absolutely. Are some people treated unfairly? You bet. But:
- not every democrat is ungodly
- not every police officer is racist
- not every traffic stop is racial profiling
- not every comment is racially motivated
- not every republican is a bigot
- not every black male is up to no good
- not every white person is racist
- not every thing you read on the web or Facebook is true
- not every person wearing a hoodie is a thug
- and we could go on and on and on.
The spirits of this world are shouting their divisive rhetoric so loudly that often we can’t discern the truth. Listen to what God is speaking not what the world is speaking.
2. Be Careful what you Feed your Spirit
If you feed your mind all day long with divisive and racial charged blogs, social media posts, and news it will affect you negatively. So follow Paul’s advice to the Philippians:
Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV) – 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things…..and he God of peace shall be with you.
3. Open the Door to Jesus
Don’t answer the door when division and strife come knocking. But do open the door to the Lord! Invite Him into every facet of your life, church, and home. Seek to emulate His love, compassion, humility, and longsuffering. The more we are like Christ, the better will we be able to live in this world, but not like this world.