racism


30
Aug 2018

The Lord God Loves Us All!

Today, we declare it is the responsibility of the church to lead in eliminating racism, prejudice, and division in our society. As believers in Christ, we take our stand against racism in all its forms and declare that it has no place in our lives. We repent of racism and break all agreement with it. As believers in Christ, we take our stand against dead religion in all its forms and declare that it has no place in our lives. We repent of dead religion and break all agreement with it. Today, we command an end to the authority of the spirits of racism and religion that have influenced our churches, politics, economics, civic organizations, our city, our state, and nation. By the authority of Jesus Christ, we declare that all other spiritual authority is broken and the authority of the Kingdom of God is established. We declare the strongholds of racism and religion have come down never to be established again.

Opening his mouth, Peter said: ‘I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.’” (Acts 10:34-35; NASB)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • We declare that God is raising up a new generation of believers who will no longer comply with any form of racial prejudice, cultural disunity, or divisive religion, but will live compelled by the love of God expressing the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • We declare that cultural reconciliation is established today.
  • We declare that Christian unity is established today.
  • We declare that both the righteousness and justice of God is established today.
  • We declare today, that a new day of racial reconciliation and revival has dawned, throughout our churches, our city, our state, and the nation.

A prayer you can pray:

(Today, make the declarations in the prayer points above.)

Today’s decree:

We decree that America will be the nation where it is shown that every person of any race is welcome in Christ!


29
Aug 2018

The Atlanta Covenant

“Racism in any form is a grave sin against God and man. Mankind is made in the image and likeness of God. Racism stands vehemently against this truth by attempting to subjugate, suppress and destroy His image in humankind. Like all sin, racism is destructive, divisive, and ultimately demonic. It is never benign, respectable, or acceptable. Because the Church of Jesus Christ has been complicit in the sin of racism, the Church must now repent of racism and take a stand against all of its forms and expressions. Racism has no place in our lives, families, churches, government, or nation. Each culture and ethnicity is made in God’s image, all stemming from Adam and Eve, and therefore bearing inestimable, God-given value. We recognize that religion has been used as a means to affirm and support racist ideologies. Today, as the Church of Jesus Christ, we repent of racism and reject any ‘religious movement’ that embraces it. The church of Jesus Christ must express the values of love, unity, empathy, and forgiveness, which are critical components of the Kingdom of God.”(From the Preamble to the Atlanta Covenant)1

Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2:10; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Read The Atlanta Covenant. If you agree with it, sign it.
  • Intercede for Christians who have linked racism and religion together – justifying the separation of the races in church services and only inviting members of their own race to work together in citywide projects and activities.
  • Identificationally repent of racial division in the political and governmental arenas where we have lined up behind candidates because they share our race. Or where we have supported legislation because it is promoted to benefit one racial group over another.
  • Worship God for the beauty of diversity He has created as expressed through every tongue and tribe and nation!

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, thank you for impressing upon some Believers the need for The Atlanta Covenant. How wonderful to have a document that everyone in the Body of Christ can agree on. How sad that it is needed. Forgive us, Your Church, Your representation in the earth, for justifying “the most racially divided hour in America” – our church services. There is much division in the church and to divide along racial lines is unbecoming to the beauty of the Bride of Christ. I can’t say to the hand, “I have no need of you.” I can’t say to the heart, “I have no need of you.” However, every time I refuse to work with ethnically different members of the Body, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I am cutting off a needed part to reach my community with the Gospel. Everytime I vote for my own race, instead of the one who will usher in righteousness and justice, I am aligning with racism. Every time I express my uneducated opinion about proposed legislation that appears to benefit one people group over my own, I create injustice. Oh God, help us! Jesus, Your Bride is beautiful exactly as You created her! Each one has a part in expanding Your Kingdom and in reaching this nation! I receive them all! Amen.

Today’s decree:

“Racism in any form is a grave sin against God and man.”2 We will not tolerate it in America or participate in it!

1 Learn more about the Atlanta Covenant here.

2 Excerpted from The Atlanta Covenant.


28
Aug 2018

What Justice Looks Like – Ending Racism in America

This last weekend over 10,000 Believers gathered at Stone Mountain, Georgia, to “repent of the past sins of racism, affirm the Church’s leadership role in overcoming our nation’s divisive past, and commit to a new unity as believers. Both the location and date of such an event were historic. In 1915, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) burnt its first cross in public on the top of Stone Mountain, and nearly 55 years ago to the date of OneRace Stone Mountain, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in which he dreamt freedom would one day ring from Stone Mountain. ‘Where in 1915 they started burning crosses to the ground, we’re changing that now,’ said Billy Humphrey, co-director of OneRace. ‘Reconciliation is not a matter of a moment but a matter of a movement. It takes time, intentionality and turning hearts toward one another. We are starting that today.’”1

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:26; NIV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • If you harbor any resentment in your heart toward any people group other than your own, run to the throne of grace! Your repentance will receive forgiveness from the Father.
  • Decide that you will be a part of the healing, not the hurt; the blessings, not the curses. (Will Ford)
  • Intercede for unity among the races in America.
  • Intercede for people and/or situations you are aware of where there is injustice due to prejudice and racism.
  • We must be intentional to end racism. Is there someone from another nationality or with different colored skin that you can serve today in a practical way? Go show them God’s love.

A prayer you can pray:

Father, I bare my heart before You and ask You to expose any place where I harbor resentment or preconceived notions about people of other races. I will gladly repent! Change my thinking. I shake off societal and familial stereotypes. I repent for my family line where we have not seen others as equal to us and where we have spoken of or treated others as less than us. Make us one, even as You are one! (Intercede for people and/or situations you are aware of where there is injustice due to prejudice and racism.) Give me Divine ideas of how to show Your love to others, whether by acts of kindness or purposeful conversations where we begin to understand each other better. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

Today’s decree:

We choose to turn our hearts toward one another and end racism in America!

1 Cole, Kristin, “Over 10,000 Christians Meet at KKK Monument to Repent of Church’s ‘Sins of Racism’”. CharismaNews.com, 8/26/18. Accessed 8/27/18.