By Bill Randles
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12)
I happened upon the formation of a Black Lives Matter protest, on a University campus not far from my home. I was helping a friend preach Christ in the Open air, and it just so happened that this group was rallying for their own march and protest.
Several things struck me as we interchanged with these young people;
- Many of these BLM protests have devolved into absolute lawlessness, ranging from graffiti on public and private property to out and out violence against police and even bystanders. But I was amazed when I noticed that almost all of these protestors were absolutely scrupulous to the point of being Puritanical about the wearing of masks. On several occasions they adamantly resisted the two of us that we didn’t wear one.
One girl on the street was so triggered she shrieked as she approached us, her face contorted in rage. I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but someone interpreted it to me, “You aren’t wearing a Mask! , If Jesus were real He would be wearing a @#$%^#& MASK!”
2. There were several who affirmed that Communism was right and true. One young man, who looked like he stepped right out of middle America, “the boy next door,” was walking by as we were preaching Christ, Repentance, the coming of Jesus, and warning of sin and its wages. The lad walked up to me and said with conviction and assurance, “Communism is Right.” I could only tell him in reply, “Tell Venezuela that, would you.”
3. It is kind of unnerving to be in a gathering of people who are mostly dressed in black, some with body armor on, others with hand coverings to protect the fists, and for the most part their faces were all covered. All we could communicate with were the eyes. I saw a lot of hate in some eyes, much anger, and very much hurt.
4. There was cynicism and remorse too. Many told me, that they had “tried Christianity” and cast it off as useless, untrue or not workable in the light of their own experience. They have a new religion, Atheistic “Wokeness.”
Some of these protestors asked me why we hated them. Hate them? We don’t hate them, we love them, I explained. One lesbian said “but you preach against my very existence . . . you must hate me.” We patiently explained that the fact that we take the trouble to preach to them (knowing that they easily could be offended, triggered, or even worse) is out of love for their soul. God loves them, and in God’s name so do we.
Jesus has compassion for this generation. They are the fruit of America’s swing towards godlessness in the 1960s. They are also the fruit of the “sexual revolution.” Many have gone to university and become debauched by the “college experience” and have been lectured and bullied by their professors out of any “faith” they once might have held.
A good many are trapped in the victim mentality, if they happen to be one of the “favored” minority groups (sexual, racial, Muslim, etc). What a trap to be fed a steady diet of resentment and of a twisted version of history.
What a trap also to constantly be told you are part of the “privileged group” that has benefited at the expense of others. This is the new version of the doctrine of sin. Unfortunately, there is no forgiveness available. Small wonder there is so much suicide among the young.
They are told that there is one possibility for redemption among the “privileged,” and that would be to hate yourself and your culture to the point where you are willing to enter into the struggle. Thus, most of the protesters were white. They demanded of my fiend and I, Why weren’t we joining the march, for surely Jesus would be protesting against police brutality.
We explained to them that Jesus certainly wouldn’t be joining them and that he lived in a far more brutal time. He came to do something much more profound and far reaching—to die for all of our sins and that He would establish true justice soon at His coming. Furthermore, Jesus would never join BLM because he wasn’t a Marxist agitator.
Not only are these new “Woke” teaching Marxist to the core, but on a deeper level, they are Satanic. Satan has devised a new civic religion to capture the children: “Wokeness.” I have never seen any teaching which is so divisive as this new “woke” religion.
There are many who are losing family members to this new cult; it is very heavily favored with money and support in corporate America and in the Media. This is a spiritual war and must be fought spiritually.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
We must move towards these damaged young people while we can, and if we can, and patiently hear them out, and challenge (in love) their false doctrines. I am going to try to address these issues as I am able in the weeks ahead. LOVE conquers hate and the Light penetrates the darkness. Shalom.
(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission; design by LTRP)