1 Peter 2:1-2
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
“But God is raising up men who really get it. We got the same haircuts, same clothes, but trust me baby girl something’s different”.— Lyrics from Royalty by Mali Music
I recently watched the movie Birth of a Nation, and it made me think about how my people, and by my people I’m talking about the African American community, are lost. In the movie, the slave masters had the young black preacher go around quoting the verse 1 Peter 2:18 “Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.” (Froward means habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition according to Webster’s Dictionary). This one scripture was used to obscure our Black Ancestors’ thinking forcing them to submit. The preacher was one of few slaves that was fortunate to be able to read back in those days. We all know knowledge is power. It’s no secret that they have tried to keep our people oppressed through slavery, lynching, mass incarceration, blinding us from realizing who we are.
Now after studying 1 Peter 2nd chapter in its entirety, it takes on a totally different meaning. The scripture goes on to say in the next verse “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.” Throughout the Bible there are different verses, such as this one that states that God’s people will have to suffer in this lifetime because of who we are. As the saying goes, “If you don’t have any haters, you must not be doing something right.” Once you decide to live in your purpose, the enemy will try to test you and come at you from every direction. 1 Peter 2:15-16 states, “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness; but as the servants of God.” Those slave owners used the word of God for their own malicious acts. Racism has been the background to our loosing sense of self. Who are we? Where do we come from? Generation after generation of being lost, breaking down our black men, kidnapping our women and children, killing each other, racial profiling/targeting black men and women, and breaking up our black families, when will we wake up? 1 Peter 2:25 says “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepard and Bishop of your souls.” When I read this verse, I think about how God promised the Israelites the promise land and had Moses lead his people out of Egypt, but because his people bickered and complained, they were lost, wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Fast forward to today…Our people are still lost. Still being blinded by the evil agenda that was set forth for our people hundreds of years ago. An agenda that has clouded the minds of our people and passed from one generation to the next. Who are we?
Before I go on, I want to point out that some of our people are claiming to be “woke” or “conscience” to the truth. I’m glad our generation is starting to research and figure out who they are, and where they come from. But I’m tired of hearing that Jesus is the “white man’s God.” The Jesus Christ that I have come to know and love is VERY real! How can you believe in God but not his son? There is only one way to God and that is through his son. The Bible warns us and tells us to beware of false prophets. These so called prophets are those that twist God’s word to spread their own agendas. All the great prophets of the Bible have told a story of God sending his only son to save ALL men. Emanuel, Son of Man, Son of God, JESUS….There is power in that name. The only agenda should be God’s unchanging word.
With that being said, God is calling his people. All the different denominations, and religions, do not matter. God is calling for 1 nation, 1 people, no matter what race or creed you belong to. 1 Peter 2: 5-6 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also, it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious, and he that believeth on him, shall not be confounded.” The scripture also says in Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus, Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.”
It is time our people realized their full potential. Time for us to raise up 1 true nation of God. 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show darkness into his marvelous light.” the time is now. Time to be uncomfortable with the word. We are the truth tellers, the messengers, the Royal Priesthood God is calling for. Rise up my people. Wake up my people. WE are the chosen generation. We are the Anomaly!
Time to get uncomfortable with the word. This may cause you to lose friends, and family may turn their backs on you…but they will want some of what you have. We are the outcasts. The generation that dares to be different. The people that doesn’t mind telling the truth. Remember, only God can judge us. Remember at the end of the battle, we win. Get ready to sacrifice to reap your eternal reward. Our mission is bigger than ourselves. WE are GOD’S ARMY. Either join or perish. The choice is yours.