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On Racism, Pentecost, and a Way Forward

What happened to George Floyd was a terrible wrong. It was evil. We are sickened to think that George Floyd, a brother in Christ, who was a model in his home city to other young men, has had his life taken so tragically and needlessly. The protests are important, and peaceful protests are part of our constitutional rights.

One hundred and sixteen years ago the Church was visited by a new Pentecost. Led by the son of former slaves, this movement became a powerful force within Christianity. Jesus had once again come to a stable (the mission had been used as a stable previously). Black and white and many other ethnic groups came together, and it was said the color line was washed away in the blood line of Jesus Christ. We believe God wanted the Church in America to bring healing to the wounds of slavery and racism – to lead our country out of its shameful past of slavery and racism. Despite the Jim Crow laws of segregation, that Pentecostal Mission was offering another way to a better society, a more just and humane society. It was the Church’s opportunity to provide an answer to one of the most powerful societal evils (and from a religious perspective societal and personal sins) – racism and the exploitation of the poor. Sadly, that Pentecost Revival of 1906, like the first Pentecost of 30 A.D., would eventually be replaced by the powerful pull of ethnic pride, leading to so much death, poverty, and a continued exploitation of the poor and marginalized. We believe this deception is more than the influence of a demon, but rather is the work of what Paul called the “powers” and “principalities,” a much more powerful source of evil that works primarily through false ideologies, pride, superiority feelings, that in time creates hatred. Out of this comes tribalism, racism, and forms of nationalism such as Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, which are all rooted in the philosophy of demons, the deceptive teaching that we have the right to suppress, oppress, exploit, and even kill those who do not look like us, talk like us, think like us, and worship like us.

This past Pentecost, May 31, 2020, at least two things were happening simultaneously: one, a prophetic voice of people crying out for justice in protests, and the other, people looting and destroying the property that others had spent a lifetime trying to build in their businesses. One based upon a biblical principle of Jesus and the prophets calling for justice and righteousness; the other based upon the “spirit” that comes from the devil intent on killing, stealing, and destroying. For those who have eyes to see, can you see the enemy trying to take the attention off the issue of justice and righteousness by turning it to destruction? Let us return to the intention of God at Pentecost, which was to bring about love, respect, and unity. When Holy Spirit fell on Pentecost, He broke down walls of separation and brought unity. God erased distinctions as the fire of the Spirit brought power. No longer was there a division between peoples, as God in Christ had created “one new man” from the previous division.

In Galatians 3, Paul further explained this new reality: “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.”

This is part of what we cry out for when we pray, “let Your kingdom come, let Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” May we hunger and thirst for right-ness to come. May we fight — and fight hard — to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. May we remember that it is God’s kindness that leads to repentance, to a change of thinking.

Let Your kingdom come. Lift up the helpless. Humble the haughty. Let Your will be done. Unify your people. Let them know us by our love, our peace, our unity. As it is in heaven, so be it on earth. Awaken this world to who You are and make us coins in Your pocket, to be spent however You wish.

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Randy Clark photographRandy is the founder and President of Global Awakening and author of books on healing, impartation, and revival history. He spends his time writing, traveling, speaking at events, and hanging out with his children and grandkids.
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    Richard Freeman · 26 days ago
    Randy I’m sure you’ve done your homework to know Mr. Floyd was a professed Christian but to legitimize his criminal behavior Is not right. He certainly did ‘t deserve to die and I’m no way trying to defend the blatantly evil cop(s) involved. For you not to mention that Mr. Floyd was committing a Felony at the time isn’t right. He certainly wasn’t representing Christ in away that exemplifies his Christian witness or maybe he was a Christian by name only? I don’t know nor am I passing any judgement on him, just taken back by your complete omission of the fact he was committing a Felony.
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      Jonathan David Rober · 25 days ago
      You may want to consider this is not the time to make a sidebar note, and you miss the point of the message when you are distracted by something which doesnt prevent love or compassion from any Christ follower towards another person whom God loves.
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    Kathrine · 27 days ago
    Still wasn’t right the way he died
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    Kathrine · 27 days ago
    That’s the first I’ve heard of him being a Christ follower. Listened to Candice Owens so ?????
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      Nate Rine · 27 days ago
      Yea how do we know he was a follower of Jesus? I didn’t hear anything that indicated that from what was shared about him.

      this was a great article by the way. Sharing Gods heart at this time
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    Marguerite Bradley · 28 days ago
    Thank you for your Post. You said it so perfectly, capturing the heart of God
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    Regina Samuel Muyoya · 28 days ago
    Thanks for putting it so Well. Racism is the most evil committed sin even among the so called Christians. I’m so glad Jesus said not all who says Lord, Lord will Enter The Kingdom of God. Let us be Wise and examine ourselves and be pure before God. May Holy Spirit
    continue to use you for God’s glory in Yeshua Mighty Holy Name.
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    Phyllis Little · 29 days ago
    I'm not sure any protests really resolve problems. Talking across the table seems to do more.
    I believe the violence is definitely the devil's scheme because he knows theKingdom of God is advancing. This violence is another sign that Christ's return may be closer than we think!
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    barry hall · 29 days ago
    Thanks Randy for this perspective. I appreciate your wisdom and discernment. The world is in turmoil but His Kingdom is increasing and the Church is rising up in unity and strength
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    Rick Lukens · 29 days ago
    Thank you Randy for your heart for healing.
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    Maria Jordan · 29 days ago
    This depth of spiritual insight and wisdom and courage is so much needed now everywhere, not only in US! thank you, Randy Clark.
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    Julie · 29 days ago
    I appreciate this post. The thoughtful and spiritual sensitivity articulated here is why I have often steered others to Global Awakening and Randy's ministry. The American church has often been slow to acknowledge the demonic operation behind racism and nationalism; the lawlessness manifested in racist vigilantism and police brutality is so familiar we haven't broken our collective agreement there and the destruction we're all witnessing is a reaping what has been sowed. Yet I believe with you that the Holy Spirit isn't done with America and I agree that the next "wave" must begin with genuine repentance and humility, then healing and reconciliation will be deep and lasting as the Father intends.
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    Summer8282 · 29 days ago
    I'm an Christian( Black American). I've been walking with God for 41 years and I've not seen enough of Gods people who are not of color( Christian ministers pastors evangelist, saints) speak out take a stand against racism in Christendom or the World.
    It's high time for the Body of Christ to model what true christianity without bigotry looks like. Thank you Pastor Randy Clark for this blog. I'm somewhat of a regular attendee at your conferences. And always love and admired your ministry. You are the real deal. Praise our God!
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    Heather · 29 days ago
    Beautiful and powerful word from the heart of God! Thank you Randy, may it compel others to pray and declare victory in this war as it did me.
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    Donna · 29 days ago
    Let us. "fight hard ". how do you fight hard, of coarse it's not physical fighting . what is your coarse to fight ???
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    joseph · 29 days ago
    This a powerful treatise and I thank the Lord for it. Randy thank you for this

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    Cynthia Spencer · 29 days ago
    Hello Randy and May the peace of Christ and comfort of the Holy Spirit envelop all of us. I recently attended the Albuquerque school and was touched to the point of being undone with Gods provision of gifting in the speakers what a blessing! We were on the brink of divorce.I have one question? As a woman of color(Canadian) married to a Caucasian chap (American) I always “felt” there was “something” off. About a month ago my husband confessed that the pressure from family and colleagues at work regarding his being married to a black woman (9 years) had gotten overwhelming for him. He says he honestly did not realize he was racist/ with a prejudice toward people of color? Until now? My question is your panel was riveting, informative and anointed but I did not “see” any people of color? No black,brown or otherwise. No reflection of me. As a family can we do better going forward? I know we can.
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    Tommy Hays · 29 days ago
    Well said, Randy Clark. Thank you for speaking this powerful word of spirit and life, speaking the truth in love into the heart of our times. Thank you for expressing the Father heart of God in our generation.
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      Brooke Young · 29 days ago
      I’m so sorry for your pain. I cannot imagine.... ? Your words to Randy Clark here are so important. Well said, with respect. I stand in agreement, have heard the same sentiment from my respectful, black, prophetic friends since about 2017. I pray he will receive your challenge, seek the Lord and receive with honor those black leaders whom God will, inevitably, put in his path.
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        Brooke Young · 29 days ago
        The above was a reply to Cynthia Spencer, above. The “mind blown” icon did not translate except as “...?” Let there be no confusion; I just was standing with you in the aftermath of your husband’s mind blowing confession. I pray the healing, cleansing blood of Jesus over your heart and your marriage, in Jesus’ name.
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    Tom Litteer · 29 days ago
    A powerful word at the right time. May we treat one another as we would want to be treated--with love and respect in the name of Jesus.
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    Reese Black · 29 days ago
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    Cheryl Chester · 29 days ago
    Powerful. The Church has been complicit on the issue of racism because it is a common thread in the churches. I pray John 17:11 and may it be evident in the Body of Christ going forward. IJMN
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    Dustin · 29 days ago
    Amen. (And thank you for sharing this, Randy).

    God please help us, to seek, and to love as you do.