Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. -Edmund Burke
In 2019, the Lord began to speak to me about healing the soul of this nation. This seemed so far fetched to me at that time. Not so much today. I earnestly had no concept of what the Lord meant or how to go about such an undertaking. What I knew at the time is that racism and racial injustice was on the Father’s heart, and still is today. God desires justice for all people. The more I sought to understand God’s view of justice, I began to see that God’s passion for righteousness and justice are the two most important biblical themes in the Bible. The very foundation of His throne is founded on these two pillars. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before You” (Ps. 89:14).
With so much calamity and upheaval, I have been seeking the Lord to bring racial healing to America. I also began searching the scriptures to see what God had to say about nations. The Greek word for nation is ethnos: a race, a nation, the nations (as distinct from Israel).1 I sensed in 2020 the Church would be crossing a threshold into a new movement of righteousness. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” Other translations renders it this way, “Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation.” No one person, political party or Christian group can make a nation great. It must be a collective effort of a nation choosing to live by God’s righteous standards.
As a prophetic minister, I have pondered how to proceed in addressing the issue of race in America. I began the Breaking Silence podcast as a means of sharing what I believe is on the Father’s heart about racial reconciliation and healing the soul of America. I must admit this is a daunting and heartbreaking task. So many have gone before me, fighting the good fight of faith against the spirit of racism. Hebrews 11 has been my encouragement as well Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable.Fannie Lou Hammer
There have been men and women of faith for centuries who have pursued issue of racial injustice. John Perkins, an American Christian minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher, best-selling author, philosopher and community developer is one such person. John Perkins, in One Blood, Parting Word to the Church on Race and Love, writes deeply about his recognition that the problems of reconciliation we face in our country, indeed the whole world, are:
“much too big to be wrestled to the ground by plans that begin in the minds of men. This is a God-sized problem. It is one that only the Church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can heal. It requires the quality of love that only our Savior can provide.”
America is at a crossroad and must honor it declaration that, “… all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Our government leaders must secure these rights for all of America’s citizens. “Knowing that governments instituted among men, derive their just powers from the consent of the governed (people).” The Declaration also states that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends in protecting these rights, it is the right of the people “to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” If America is ever to be great again in the sight of God it must make good on its promises. God holds governments accountable its proclamation. America must reckon with the issue of race. This is prophetic justice!
It is generally assumed that politics, warfare, and economic activities are the substance and subject matter of history To the prophets, God’s judgment of man’s conduct is the main issue; all else is marginal.Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Prophets, p. 219
In The Prophets, Abraham Heschel memorably wrote, “Others have considered history from the point of view of power, judging its course in terms of victory and defeat, of wealth and success; the prophets look at history from the point of view of justice, judging its course in terms of righteousness and corruption, of compassion and violence.”1
According to the Brennan Center for Justice. “As the 2022 state legislative sessions begin, lawmakers have already introduced more new restrictive voting legislation than at this time last year. They have also continued to introduce bills designed to undermine the electoral process.” The efforts to restrict voting have continued into this year. As of January 14, legislators in at least 27 states have introduced, pre-filed, or carried over 250 bills with restrictive provisions.” “In keeping with restrictive voting laws passed last year, state legislators have resumed the assault with legislation that, if enacted, would disproportionately impact voters of color.“2 Yet, the Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights bill.
I also believe that we are living in a time in which God will intervene in the plight of black and brown people to bring healing and reconciliation to many before the return of Christ. The church is commended to the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) as one body called to unity and maturity, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, growing and building itself up in love, as each part does its work of reconciliation. My prayer is that you will join me and many others in this fight for racial justice. To shut the mouth of the lion that roars against what God has ordained to be true. We must recognize the spiritual problems that racism creates for the whole nation. Christians have a responsibility to play a significant role in bringing about a future free from the pain of racism.
May the Lord’s blessing be with you. May He lay a firm foundation of the testimony of Jesus in your life!
Minister A. Francine Green
Notes: All Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
- Heschel, A. (1962). The Prophets, Harper & Row Publishers
2. Brennan Center for Justice. (February 2022). Voting Laws Roundup. https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-february-2022