We previously established that there is no justice in the eyes of God without reconciliation in SYS Philosophy. You can refer to criminals receiving due punishment for their crimes as retribution, revenge, karma, etc., but you can’t call it justice if the criminal is not redeemed from the demonizing label they have been given and reconciled to their victim once again. Still, once you accept this little nugget of truth you are left with the arduous task of seeking out reconciliation wherever injustice has occurred. In the case of race relations in America that task moves from arduous to downright impossible, like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Indeed, we should be thankful that “…with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Racial reconciliation is difficult in America for a number of reasons. One, the stability of our fraudulent economy is based on a race-based caste system. Whenever we deviate from this cast system a proverbial earthquake seems to unsettle the ground on which this country has been founded. A perfect example of this was the election of Barak Obama as POTUS. The economic downturn, which was scheduled to occur anyway if you look at America’s economic history (a whole other discussion), extended all the way throughout his presidency, then it corrected abruptly the moment Donald Trump was elected in 2016. These economic changes had less to do with the words and actions of the presiding presidents and more to do with the attitudes and feelings of American’s themselves. America depends on the establishment of black people as less than white people, making it not only undesirable but unwise (that is in the foolish eyes of man) to pursue racial reconciliation.
Another reason racial reconciliation is difficult is that American culture is based on a continuous stream of carefully thought out and meticulously maintained lies. It seems that it was long ago accepted as common wisdom that the telling of a lie was a small price to pay to maintain order and retain power and control. You see the evidence of this general convention throughout American culture today. It is so ubiquitous that we refer to the art of functioning within this fallacious environment as “playing the game.” We matter-of-factly say to one another, “You have to play the game to get ahead.”
Honesty is a lofty virtue reserved for the pious and those who forfeit the reward of true prosperity while the moguls and tycoons carefully hone the skills of navigating the politics of their field, controlling the narrative, spinning the bad press, and creating and maintaining the illusion of their own grandeur in the eyes of the public. News media outlets maintain the lie that they are truth seekers and exposers of the disingenuous when, truly, they are heavily biased political pundits who carefully frame every piece of news they present to further their own political agenda. Even preachers struggle to maintain the lie that they are more holy than their congregation, focusing on messages that offer the least amount of conviction within themselves and struggling to speak on those issues that would render them just as guilty if not more guilty than the average congregant.
So, what if Christopher Columbus named the American natives Indians because of his own navigational blunder, we’ll just run with it and continue to tell tales of “Cowboys and Indians” for 500 years. So what if the image of Christ plastered in every bible book and every stained glass window is actually the image of an Italian politician named Caesar Borgia whose face was so admired by Leonardo Davinci that it was made a template for all of the graven images of Christ still in use today. Just roll with it. Jesus’ appearance doesn’t really matter that much in the grand scheme of things anyway, right? So what, if economical systems based on greed and the power-grabbing games that invariably feed the rich and starve the needy have been proven throughout European history to rise to a climax then crash and burn in revolution, over and over and over again from feudalism to slavery to capitalism. Just get in where you fit in and get as much as you can for yourself and let your kids worry about the future. Ignore the fact that native tribal cultures around the world have thrived for millennia without revolution or upheaval. In the end, America’s economy is better because we have fast cars, big houses, jacuzzi tubs, and Starbucks, right?
Hopefully, I’ve made my point. American culture is deeply rooted in lies much like the life of a drug addict is embedded in the lie that his drug of choice is bringing him happiness when it is actually destroying him from the inside out. Have you ever tried to reconcile with a drug addict while he was high? How about while he was slipping into withdrawals? It is impossible! Likewise, racial reconciliation in America is just as difficult. Nevertheless, it is God’s mandate that His people pursue it at all costs. Just as the reconciliation of man to God was Christ’s primary mandate during His life on earth, reconciliation in all areas of relational breakdown is now the primary mandate of Christ’s church. Again, Jesus said the greatest commandments are to Love God and Love your neighbor.
So, what does racial reconciliation look like?
Well, here is the really bad news. It is impossible to be reconciled to someone who is uninterested and unmotivated to reconcile. This is yet another major hurdle in America. As mainstream culture praises individualism and self-preservation and devalues relationships, there is no publicly reinforced impetus for reconciliation. If someone commits a crime against you, they go to jail, hopefully never to be seen again…no reconciliation. If someone fails to hold up their end of a contract, you sue them to extract money from them and move on, never to do business with them again…again, no reconciliation. In the hood, if someone looks at you cross-eyed or steps on your shoes, you harm them physically or kill them and move on with your life, constantly looking over your shoulder…no reconciliation. If the “spark” goes out in your marriage and you are no longer getting anything out of the relationship, many people get a divorce and move on to the next significant other with minimal effort at reconciliation.
So far, racial reconciliation has mostly consisted of black people seeking retribution while white people either do what they can to appease blacks or ignore them all together while plotting against them behind closed doors. The only major push for racial reconciliation America has ever seen extended from the efforts of the Civil Rights era where Black America chose integration as a path to equality over the more usual path of self-determination and revolution. We must recognize that this fight for integration was a unique phenomenon throughout human history.
Before Martin Luther King, people who have been oppressed have responded in one of two ways, revolutionary overthrow of the establishment or exodus. Black history is wholly unique in that we chose to integrate, and we continue to bear with our oppressors to this day. Some believe this is a symptom of psychological pathology a lot like they believed our ancestors were insane to dance, sing and praise God despite their dire circumstances. They couldn’t have been more wrong. I believe Black people are endowed with the spirit of God which causes us to endure horrors unmatched by anyone else in history while remaining poised for reconciliation.
There is nothing that can ever extinguish the fire of God’s love in our hearts, no matter how hard our enemies may try. Unfortunately, that also means that if we do not recognize the divine nature of that love we may act in some seriously strange ways. It is that same love that causes us to protest, riot and engage in civil disobedience. Like a distraught wife standing in front of her husband’s car to prevent him from leaving, black American’s are beset by psychological schizophrenia that causes us to both hate and love our oppressors at the same time. However, with a clear understanding of why we feel the way we do and understanding that we choose to remain under oppression because the Holy Spirit wills it to be so, we can finally take a step back and walk in the power of that love instead of squandering our energy on emotional hatred.
Therefore, racial reconciliation looks exactly as it sounds, a coming together of the races in equal standing with mutual respect and a clean slate between them, but such a thing requires more than a black community soberly walking in divine love and willing to forgive and reconcile. A major overhaul of American culture has to occur as well. Many rightfully question whether this is at all possible without some horrendous calamity befalling America. Unfortunately, I have to agree with this sentiment. At the same time though, I still have to acknowledge that reconciliation remains God’s ultimate will. So…I guess this is going to have to go down one of two ways. Either White American believers are going to have a massive, national, come-to-Jesus moment where they put aside all of their worldly accumulations of wealth, status, power, and influence, humble themselves and seek the forgiveness of those whom they have oppressed or America is going to suffer a major calamity that will bring all of God’s people to their knees.
Sadly, the latter seems a lot more realistic. I can see it now, America rendered a third world country without any global status. The value of the US dollar will fall to zilch. The military will either be rendered impotent or it will be set against certain sects of the American people, likely Christians. Those same individuals who once enjoyed peace, prosperity, and comfort in this land of the free will be rendered destitute and searching for answers and the only answer available will be reconciliation.
The purpose of this article is to warn mainstream America of its urgent need to seek racial reconciliation. It is also, to admonish Black America to remain ready to receive our fellow man in truth and forgiveness. In the end, nothing can stand in the way of God’s will. So, if our father says we need to hug and makeup, we’d better find a way to get it done lest we all perish.