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Wow, that is sickening. Praying for God to help you hate a certain race of people? That is both extremely racist and anti-Christian. Shameful.

 

Honestly, I'm so sick of all the race baiting and attempts to divide people in this country.

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Given the way the devotion opens, and the way it ends, I have to wonder if the woman who wrote it was in her right mind.

 

More than a little strange...

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13 minutes ago, Grey_Skies said:

Yes, this is awful.  Absolutely.  This is the furthest thing from glorifying God.

 

But to be off topic briefly, @Wesley Southernmay I ask why you chose to join this site if you aren't even "religious"?

 

buddhists are tolerant of other religions, even though I only attend the funerals

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My dad mentioned that the other day as we were pulling in. That's sad honestly. I'm tired of dividing people into "racial categories" that show if you're the victim or the master. It's sickening, and I just... Ergh.

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13 minutes ago, Wesley Southern said:

@Grey_Skies my family is, but I’m not religious

      Then welcome to our Fellowship Wesley Southern.

       "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."   (Matthew 7: 7-8)

 

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13 minutes ago, Wesley Southern said:

 

I came here looking for good writers to share my work with

Okay then, I can understand that.  🙂 And perhaps through your participation here your eyes might be opened to the saving grace of God's Son Jesus Christ.

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1 hour ago, William D'Andrea said:

Then welcome to our Fellowship Wesley Southern.

       "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."   (Matthew 7: 7-8)

Couldn't have said it better! 😄

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4 hours ago, Wesley Southern said:

This is a devotional from an actual prayer book called: A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal.

Like ... what??? That makes me sick!

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"On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says that he is in the Light and yet hates his brother or sister is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother and sister remains in the Light, and there is nothing in him to cause stumbling. But the one who hates his brother or sister is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes." -- 1 John 2:8-11

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Also, just another thing I noticed... At the end of the prayer, she gave a list of several spirits.

 

Those are most certainly NOT spirits from God. There are spirits of God, yes, (I.e. spirit of adoption, wisdom, power, love, etc), but those spirits are nowhere found in the Bible. That indicates that those only come from the other source, and that source is Satan.

 

As my dad said, this lady has a Christin veneer over something so demonic. (Paraphrasing.)

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I also find it interesting that she admits "white people" have reached out to her as friends, invited her over for meals, and generally are in fellowship with her, but then wants to lament about perceived, "microaggressions."

 

Seems to me that praying for hatred against people who have reached out to you is much more than a, "microaggression." In general, I think the whole microaggressions thing is ridiculous. If you have to get out a microscope to find offense, you're trying way too hard to be offended and the problem isn't with others--it's with you.

 

Jesus's words in Matthew 7:1-5 kept coming back into my mind last night:

 

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“Judge[a] not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what [b]judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 

 

I've had my fill of the whole victim culture. Why is it these days people are so eager to be seen as victims? I believe it goes hand-in-hand with this great desire to be offended by everything. I wish people would work as hard at getting along and finding common ground as they do at finding ways to be offended.

 

Anyway, bottom line is we should pray for this woman. I'm praying God answers her prayer with love, understanding, and reconciliation instead of hate. Let's put some kindness into the world instead of more negativity.

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1 hour ago, Rebecca said:

I also find it interesting that she admits "white people" have reached out to her as friends, invited her over for meals, and generally are in fellowship with her, but then wants to lament about perceived, "microaggressions."

 

Seems to me that praying for hatred against people who have reached out to you is much more than a, "microaggression." In general, I think the whole microaggressions thing is ridiculous. If you have to get out a microscope to find offense, you're trying way too hard to be offended and the problem isn't with others--it's with you.

 

Jesus's words in Matthew 7:1-5 kept coming back into my mind last night:

 

 

 

I've had my fill of the whole victim culture. Why is it these days people are so eager to be seen as victims? I believe it goes hand-in-hand with this great desire to be offended by everything. I wish people would work as hard at getting along and finding common ground as they do at finding ways to be offended.

 

Anyway, bottom line is we should pray for this woman. I'm praying God answers her prayer with love, understanding, and reconciliation instead of hate. Let's put some kindness into the world instead of more negativity.

Prayer is the answer. I pray everyday for all those who are misguided, regardless of their position, their circumstance, or their beliefs. 

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6 hours ago, Ky_GirlatHeart said:

Also, just another thing I noticed... At the end of the prayer, she gave a list of several spirits.

 

Those are most certainly NOT spirits from God. There are spirits of God, yes, (I.e. spirit of adoption, wisdom, power, love, etc), but those spirits are nowhere found in the Bible. That indicates that those only come from the other source, and that source is Satan.

 

As my dad said, this lady has a Christin veneer over something so demonic. (Paraphrasing.)

 

Just to be fair, though the phrasing is odd, she’s referring to actual women, most, if not all of whom were active in the civil rights movement. It’s just a turn of phrase, like you might say, “In the spirit of St. John, I write, ‘Love each other...’”

 

The sad thing is, Coretta Scott King and the others would probably be turning over in their graves if they could read her devotional...

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4 hours ago, Rebecca said:

I've had my fill of the whole victim culture. Why is it these days people are so eager to be seen as victims? 

 

It's a political ploy. Many feel they are empowered when they display some sort of victimhood. They don't realize that ALL humans are victims... of Satan. There is not one group of people which has not been victimized by another group of people, and, in turn, has victimized others. We are fallen, sinful beings. Jesus calls us to leave that mindset behind. He calls us to pray for those who mistreat us, not to hate them.

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On 4/17/2021 at 4:55 PM, Rebecca said:

Wow, that is sickening. Praying for God to help you hate a certain race of people? That is both extremely racist and anti-Christian. Shameful.

 

Honestly, I'm so sick of all the race baiting and attempts to divide people in this country.

Mom always said, "If ya want that sore to heal, quit picking at it!"

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Dr. Chanequa has blogged a response to the criticisms of her contribution to the prayer book:

 

Prayer of a Weary Black Woman

 

Last year, I had a chance to contribute to a collection of prayers written by a diverse group of Christian women. Curated by Sarah Bessey, A Rhythm of Prayer debuted earlier this year and made bestseller lists in Canada and the United States.

 

It is a strongly worded prayer. Modeled after the imprecatory psalms, it begins, “Dear God, please help me to hate White people.” Since it’s already circulating online, I’m including the full text below. I urge you to purchase the book as well.

 

Let me share a bit of background about the prayer. I wrote it in a heated moment. A White person – someone whom I would have called a friend – dropped the N-word in a casual conversation. Notice that I didn’t write it out. That’s because I don’t. I don’t say it either, especially not with a hard -er. The word is traumatic for me. I am a lifelong southerner who is only one generation removed from sharecropping. My family history is full of racial trauma. When my paternal grandfather was 7, he and his father ran away from the White South Carolina farmer for whom they sharecropped. This would have been around 1915, fifty years after the end of slavery, and they had to escape under the cover of darkness because sharecropping was just another form of slavery. Later, his family would be the second Black family to move onto his street; his children would integrate their high schools, putting their educations in the hands of racist White teachers who did not honor their potential. And that’s just one side of my family; my maternal side has similar stories, including the murder of a family member who was a civil rights activist. The N-word is not a word we use because it is a word that comes with memory, painful and traumatic memory.

 

So I was hella triggered when that person used the N-word. And I was already past deadline for my contribution. I could have done a lot with that rage. I could have sought vengeance, maybe putting the person on social media blast in order to try to ruin their reputation. But I didn’t. I took my rage to God as the psalmists and the prophets did before me.

 

I didn’t even ask God to take revenge on my enemies as the psalmists often did. I took my anger to God. I owned it. I was truthful to God about what I was struggling with, because I believe that the God who knows us intimately can handle anything we bring. I raged against the different types of White Christians who make the journey toward racial justice so hard.

 

But then, as the imprecatory psalms often do, I turned it. I prayed for God not to let anger and hatred overwhelm me. I asked to be able to continue to love those who hate me. I prayed to remain true to the biblical mandate for peace, justice and reconciliation even when I have very little hope of its possibility.

 

This is the one of the images that conservative sites are circulating. [insert picture]

 

A few days ago, a Virginia pastor decided to post multiple screenshots of my prayer on Twitter, saying, “This kind of thinking is a direct result of CRT and is completely anti-biblical.” CRT is a reference to critical race theory, which conservatives have been attacking for months. Since then, his followers and other conservatives have targeted me for attack, harassing me through email, phone, and social media. In addition, they have bombarded my institution. Multiple conservative media outlets have picked up the story.

 

The “critics” – a word I use lightly since this is not good-faith engagement – are willfully misinterpreting the prayer (and also critical race theory), to an extent that can only be explained by hermeneutical incompetence or willful maliciousness. This is part of a pattern of abusive behavior that is being waged largely against Black women scholars and clergy who do intersectional justice work.

 

In all truth, my familial and personal experiences of racism have given me thousands, maybe even millions, of reasons to hate White people. It could easily be seen as justified. And I could find biblical precedent for it.

 

But dammit if God hasn’t given me a different spirit, one that insists on looking for goodness and possibility, one that holds holy rage and holy hope together. Many Black women can connect to that prayer, especially those of us who labor for justice within and beyond the church. Loving people who are committed to hating us – to disenfranchising us, incarcerating us, and abusing us in myriad other ways – is hard. And still, we persist.

 

Source: https://drchanequa.wordpress.com/2021/04/08/prayer-of-a-weary-black-woman/

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