When we speak of Jesus being our king, we are speaking of a king who stands against spiritual darkness in high places. In our world today, one manifestation of that spiritual darkness is ‘white supremacy.’ It tells lies about my black brother and sisters, and about myself; it lies about the worth of different races and assigns value to them, creating unevenness, creating distrust, and creating fear.
White Supremacy is very cunning and deceptive (because it is demonic), and it’s most cunning feature is convincing you that it doesn’t exist. In order to accomplish this, it doesn’t begin with hate, it begins with your ego. It tells you how great your lineage is, it shows you only pictures of what your people have done, and its history only remembers it’s own kind. No one ever needs to point it out, it’s all subconscious. You begin to believe that you are the descendant of every good thing in history, and between the lines of the story it tells is a hidden message: “No other race is as good as yours. No other race has accomplished as much as yours. No other culture so rich, no other people contain knowledge so vast… etc.”
Eventually, it even begins to pull theology, the very story of God, into its vast orbit of deception. It tells the story of church history in a way that ignores the existence of the church outside of your own people, ignoring entire continents where God was working and yet this story remains untold.
It labels thoughts about God written by your own people as simply “theology,” while the collected thoughts of God done by other cultures received adjectives to set them apart from your own: black theology, Asian theology, Latin, Spanish, eastern,… etc. These labels place them in a separate category, keeping their conclusions about God outside of the mainstream conclusions that we reach; they become novelties and anomaly, not true assessments of the nature of God.
The message below the surface which we would never consciously affirm nor speak aloud is always there: “They need to think more like us, be more like us, believe more like us…”. We judge their rightness based upon how much it resembles our image, not God’s, which is idolatry.
Eventually, the thoughts that the lie of white supremacy instill in us begin to manifest themselves physically, we begin to see evil where there is none (after all, a false theology leads to a sinful life, right?). You begin to see normal everyday behavior as suspect. You see a black man walking to his front door and the demonic voice tells you that he’s up to no good, even though you know neither him nor where he lives. You see people of color enjoying a barbecue or a social gathering in a park and that demonic voice tells you that something is wrong, even though the only thing wrong is your own fear of the other brought on by listening to those voices.
This is how a 25-year-old #AhmaudArbery, taking a jog on an early morning in March, can end up as another young dead black man. An image of God, shattered by another image of God.
My brothers and sisters, this temptation is present; it is within you and it is within me. We must fight against it with everything we have. Fight against the narrative that your people are deserving of higher thoughts than other people. Let us seek justice, let us repair the wrongs of our past. For God’s sake, put down your guns, pick up your towels, and wash each other’s feet.
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers; against spiritual darkness in high places.” Eph 6:12