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The Best of Pastor Robert Morris: A Lack of Understanding

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November 24, 2019
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The Best of Pastor Robert Morris: A Lack of Understanding

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again,
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again,
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again,
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm sa
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm sayi
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying thi
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this to
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this to h
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this to hel
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this to help
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: And again, I'm saying this to help us
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  • understand that if you've come from a white world,
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  • you don't understand.
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  • You need to walk around the other side of the bottle.
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  • And so, this message is gonna help you walk around
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  • the other side of the bottle some.
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  • ROBERT: Title of this message, I'll have to explain it to you,
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  • and you'll get it in a minute, but it's called,
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  • "A Lack of Understanding".
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  • "A Lack of Understanding".
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  • And what I wanna do today is address racism,
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  • and talk about how the Bible addresses racism.
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  • We have a problem in our country,
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  • and I believe, obviously, all of us know Jesus is the answer,
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  • but I believe the reason we still have this problem today
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  • is because of the church.
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  • I don't believe the church has taken the stand
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  • that the church needs to take.
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  • And I want us, as a church, to take a stand.
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  • Now, when I talk about a lack of understanding,
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  • let me show you a scripture.
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  • Hosea 4:6 says: "My people are destroyed
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  • for a lack of knowledge:" that they don't just understand.
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  • I don't think that we have really understood
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  • the depth of this problem.
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  • And so, let me give you an illustration.
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  • So here's a water bottle, I haven't opened it.
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  • It's got water in it, and if y'all --
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  • if you guys could get a close-up of that water bottle,
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  • so everybody can see it at every campus.
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  • Okay, so what -- I mean, let's -- there we go.
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  • All right, so what do you see on that?
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  • What word do you see? Ozarka.
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  • Did everyone see that? Okay.
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  • I don't see that. I don't see --
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  • the word Ozarka is not on this side.
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  • I see the words, "Born naturally,"
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  • and then I see some words that are too small to read.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay, but we're looking at the same bottle. Right?
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  • Everyone -- right?
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  • But I'll never see what you see unless I take the time
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  • to walk around the bottle,
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  • and look at it from your perspective.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • [Applause]
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  • So we have a problem in our country,
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  • mainly because white people don't understand.
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  • It's really true.
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  • And we need to take the time to walk around the issue
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  • and see what our brothers and sisters are seeing,
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  • and see what they're feeling.
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  • But we'll never know unless we ask.
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  • Instead of simply arguing about a protest or a demonstration
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  • or something like that, why don't we sit down and say,
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  • "What are you hearing? What are you seeing?
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  • What do you feel?"
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  • And not see it as an issue or as history, but as people.
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  • So it's gonna be a sobering, serious message.
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  • I've been learning some things for the past several years,
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  • as I've met with pastors and friends of mine
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  • to help me understand, and it has now become personal to me,
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  • not just an issue.
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  • And I think we've gotta come to the place where it's personal.
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  • So first of all, we need to know that Jesus
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  • ministered to everyone.
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  • He was sent to the house of Israel,
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  • and there are very specific theological reasons,
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  • like grace came to where there was a foundation of law,
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  • and I don't have time to go into that,
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  • but He ministered to the Syrophoenician woman,
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  • He ministered to the Roman soldiers,
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  • the centurion slave, his servant.
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  • He ministered to the Samaritan woman
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  • that was considered interracial.
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  • So -- but a lot of times, we don't even realize
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  • where pigmentation came from.
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  • Pigmentation, I think we all think we know
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  • what the word means.
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  • It does refer to color, but it refers to color of skin.
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  • And it refers to a genetic DNA in our bodies
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  • that determines what our color of skin is,
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  • and you can try to change it, but you can't change it much.
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  • It's amazing how light-skinned people wanna be darker,
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  • and dark-skinned people wanna be lighter.
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  • That's amazing to me, but it's simply the color of your skin.
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  • So some people don't even know where it came from.
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  • Well, we all came from Adam and Eve.
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  • We didn't come from monkeys, just to let you know,
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  • in case you have bought into that.
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  • I know sometimes, they'll say, "98% of us are --
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  • have monkey DNA." It's really not true.
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  • That's really not a true statement.
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  • It's about 70%.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • And I'm doing everything I -- my wife says sometimes
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  • it's 98% in my case, but it's really only about 70%.
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  • But that 30% is very distinctive, plus,
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  • we have a soul, and we were made in the image of God.
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  • But we all came from Adam and Eve,
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  • but then in Genesis 6, God starts all over with Noah
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  • and his family and three sons.
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  • And there's something real interesting about Noah's sons,
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  • and that is their names.
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  • And their names do mean something,
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  • so Noah had three sons, Ham means hot and black.
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  • That's what it means. Hot and black.
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  • Japheth means fair or light-skinned.
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  • Shem, now this one will throw you for a loop,
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  • 'cause you don't know quite what it means,
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  • but I'll explain it. It means name.
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  • That's all it means, is name.
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  • I believe Noah was prophetic in naming his sons
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  • for several reasons, but one reason, Shem
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  • was where Abraham came from his line,
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  • house of Israel came from his line, Jesus came.
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  • So it's amazing that the person who got the name
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  • above all names came from Name, the person named Name, you know.
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  • But why would he name one dark-skinned, or black,
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  • and why would he name one light, or fair-skinned?
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  • Well, because this is gonna --
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  • and why wouldn't he say something about Shem's color?
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  • It's because Shem was probably brown.
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  • The reason Shem was probably brown was because Noah
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  • and his wife were probably brown,
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  • and I'm about to throw some of you for a loop.
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  • And the reason Noah and his wife were probably brown
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  • is because Adam and Eve were probably brown.
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  • Because you can get black from brown,
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  • and you can get white from brown,
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  • but you can't get white from black,
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  • and you can't get black from white.
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  • So most theologians believe that God created Adam and Eve brown,
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  • so that we could have light-skinned people
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  • and dark-skinned people.
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  • And by the way, white is not the predominant race
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  • in the world.
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  • It's amazing how many people believe that.
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  • Brown is the predominant skin color or pigmentation
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  • in the world.
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  • More people are brown than are white or black.
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  • So it's very possible that Noah has a dark son,
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  • and names him dark, or black.
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  • He has a light-skinned son, names him fair, light-skinned.
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  • Then, he has one that's his color, and he says name.
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  • You know, it's just -- your name is Name.
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  • We got to have -- got too many kids now,
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  • can't think of anything.
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  • But my point is that God created us not to all look alike.
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  • God created some of us to be lighter,
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  • and some of us to be darker.
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  • But God didn't create the races, and the racial divide.
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  • You go to Genesis 12, and yes, He created the languages.
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  • But so many people believe, then, that He created
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  • some sort of a racial divide.
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  • God did not create a racial divide,
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  • He created diversity.
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  • He created light skin and dark skin.
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  • I was talking with a pastor awhile back,
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  • and he said this to me.
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  • He said, "You know, in our church,
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  • we tell people we're not colorblind,
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  • we're color blessed."
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  • We're color blessed.
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  • So we do have dark skin and we have light skin.
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  • Some people don't know that there are black people
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  • in the Bible.
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  • Just to take a few in the New Testament.
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  • The man that God chose to carry His Son's cross,
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  • that gave this man the honor of carrying His Son's cross,
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  • was a black man.
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  • There were black people on the day of Pentecost.
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  • Read the nations they were from.
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  • Read the North African nations that they were from.
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  • In Acts 13, everyone knows about Acts 13,
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  • when the church of Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas,
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  • the two most famous, most well-known apostles ever.
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  • But people don't know it lists five leaders
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  • in the church.
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  • Now, I'm gonna shock some of you.
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  • It's amazing that -- again, I'm telling you,
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  • white people are ignorant of this.
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  • They're ignorant.
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  • Two of the five leaders were black,
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  • in the church at Antioch.
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  • The church that sent -- began sending missionaries
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  • around the world. Let me read you the verse.
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  • Acts 13:1: "Now in the church that was at Antioch,
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  • there were certain prophets and teachers.
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  • Barnabas -- okay, we already talked about Paul and Barnabas.
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  • "Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger," --
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  • I'm gonna come back to the word Niger in a moment:
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  • "Lucius of Cyrene," that's a North African nation: "Manaen,
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  • who had been brought up with Herod the tetrach, and Saul,"
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  • That we know as Paul.
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  • So you've got Lucius and Simeon, who was called Niger.
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  • Now, this was not a derogatory term,
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  • but Niger means black. That's what it means.
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  • Look it up. It means black.
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  • It's what -- we have a country called Niger,
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  • and we have a country called Nigeria.
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  • And this is where it -- by the way, the sad part
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  • of this word is this is where the slang word came from,
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  • from this word that means black.
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  • It came from this word, and it's a horrible word,
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  • but this is where it came from.
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  • But two out of the five leaders in the church of Antioch
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  • were black, and when Paul and Barnibas left,
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  • then two out of three were.
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  • And again, I'm saying this to help us understand
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  • that if you've come from a white world, you don't understand.
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  • You need to walk around the other side of the bottle.
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  • And so, this message is gonna help you walk around
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  • the other side of the bottle some.
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  • When we talk about interracial marriage,
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  • most of the time, we're not talking about Asian or Hispanic,
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  • we're talking about black and white.
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  • This has been a plan of the enemy for many,
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  • many years now, to create a divide there.
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  • When -- by the way, the Bible does not forbid
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  • interracial marriage, it forbids interfaith marriage.
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  • When God told Israel not to marry with other nations,
  • 00:11:14.020 --> 00:11:16.010
  • it had nothing to do with them being a different race,
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  • it had to do with them not being believers in the true God,
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  • and that they -- what they were doing, Israel,
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  • was literally selling their daughters in marriage
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  • to enter into a business agreement with another nation,
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  • and so, they could do business with 'em,
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  • but that nation, God knew, would draw them away
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  • into an idle worship.
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  • So He said, "Don't do that."
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  • Don't marry, don't do that.
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  • Don't give your daughters in marriage to heathen nations.
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  • It had nothing to do with race.
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  • It had everything to do with faith.
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  • And the New Testament, then, backs that up, and says what?
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  • Well, what fellowship with -- would light have with darkness,
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  • or a believer with an unbeliever?
  • 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:59.130
  • When my daughter was about three-years-old,
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:02.150
  • we used to have this couple that would come and stay with us.
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  • He played basketball overseas.
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  • Now, I'm going to -- there'll be times
  • 00:12:07.250 --> 00:12:09.110
  • when I'll say this man, or this person,
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  • or this family was a black family.
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  • The reason I'll say it is because it's pertinent
  • 00:12:15.130 --> 00:12:17.040
  • to the conversation.
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  • I want you to think about if it's not pertinent
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  • to the conversation, you don't need to say it.
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  • Like, this guy was talking to me one time,
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  • and he was not a pastor, and he said, "There was a black woman
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  • in line behind me at the supermarket,
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  • and we started talking," and duh-duh-duh,
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  • and he told me the conversation.
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  • And at the end of the conversation,
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  • I said to him, I said, "Hey, I wanna ask you something.
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  • Why did you tell me she was black?
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  • Why didn't you just say there was a woman,
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  • and we started talking?
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  • Why did you tell me she was black?"
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  • Would you have said there was a white woman behind me?
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  • Would you have said that? And he said, "No."
  • 00:12:44.160 --> 00:12:47.210
  • He said, "I don't know why I said that."
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  • And then, later, about a month later,
  • 00:12:49.160 --> 00:12:51.120
  • he called me and he was crying, and he said, "Robert,
  • 00:12:51.150 --> 00:12:54.000
  • I've been praying about that ever since,
  • 00:12:54.030 --> 00:12:55.180
  • and I realize when I was growing up, that my --
  • 00:12:55.210 --> 00:12:57.290
  • that's the way my parents introduced any black person.
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  • Anytime they talked about a black man or a black woman,
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:04.040
  • they always used the word black, but they never used it
  • 00:13:04.070 --> 00:13:06.040
  • when they talked about white friends."
  • 00:13:06.070 --> 00:13:07.200
  • And so, I -- he said, "God's convicted me about --
  • 00:13:07.230 --> 00:13:11.130
  • I have prejudice in my heart by growing up --
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  • from my growing up."
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  • Let me, by the way, define racism and prejudice for you.
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  • All right?
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  • 'Cause it's very, very important to understand.
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  • Let me give you three definitions of racism,
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  • starting from the worst, to what would be,
  • 00:13:23.100 --> 00:13:26.090
  • what is probably more dominant or predominant in our country.
  • 00:13:26.120 --> 00:13:30.010
  • First of all, racism can be defined as hating a person
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  • because of his race, and we do have --
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:36.130
  • that type of racism in our nation, unfortunately.
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:39.190
  • People hate someone because of race.
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  • Second is, though, believing that a race is superior,
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  • or a race is inferior, to other races.
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  • That's racism.
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  • If you believe that there's a superior race
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  • or an inferior race, that's racism.
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  • The third is what I think is most predominant in our nation,
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  • and it is prejudice toward another race.
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  • Prejudice is making a judgment about someone without
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  • having all the facts.
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  • Pre- is the prefix, which means before,
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:10.110
  • and judice means judgment.
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  • Judice thinks about the judicial system.
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:15.010
  • The only problem with prejudice is that you make a judgment
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  • before you have the facts.
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  • Our judicial system makes a judgment
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  • after they get the facts.
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:23.140
  • Are y'all following me? Okay.
  • 00:14:23.170 --> 00:14:25.130
  • So pre-judice, prejudice, is making judgment of someone.
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:29.100
  • That's the racism that we have mainly in America,
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:31.230
  • although we do still have hate.
  • 00:14:31.260 --> 00:14:33.190
  • And of course, Jesus is the answer because He's love.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:36.130
  • And all we do -- although we do have wrong thinking,
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:39.040
  • that there's a superior race or an inferior race,
  • 00:14:39.070 --> 00:14:40.190
  • and it's completely false, the Bible never backs that up,
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:43.110
  • but most of it is, is that most of us
  • 00:14:43.140 --> 00:14:47.090
  • have some sort of prejudice toward people.
  • 00:14:47.120 --> 00:14:50.210
  • Some sort of -- we make some sort of a pre-judgment,
  • 00:14:50.240 --> 00:14:52.230
  • even though we don't know that person.
  • 00:14:52.260 --> 00:14:55.030
  • So when my daughter was about three-years-old,
  • 00:14:55.060 --> 00:14:57.110
  • this family, a black family, they would --
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:15:00.220
  • he played basketball overseas, and many times,
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:02.160
  • he was like the MVP for the national team,
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  • and he used it to witness.
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:07.210
  • He had a chance to play in the NBA, he really felt like
  • 00:15:07.240 --> 00:15:09.120
  • he was called more to be a missionary, so he played
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:10.270
  • for different countries overseas.
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:12.120
  • And he would play for about six months,
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:14.040
  • and then he'd come home.
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:15.200
  • Well, when they would come home, they would stay in our home
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:18.210
  • for two or three weeks, or a month, until they found
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:21.230
  • a house that they could rent, until they went back
  • 00:15:21.260 --> 00:15:24.000
  • for the next season. And so, they'd stay in our home.
  • 00:15:24.030 --> 00:15:26.260
  • So one day, Elaine, my daughter, was playing with his son,
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:31.160
  • and they're sitting there, playing together,
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  • and the Lord spoke to me, and said,
  • 00:15:33.250 --> 00:15:36.080
  • "Is it all right with you if Elaine
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:39.060
  • marries a black man?"
  • 00:15:39.090 --> 00:15:42.270
  • And I said, "Well, yes, Lord, it is.
  • 00:15:43.000 --> 00:15:46.060
  • If he's a godly man, if he's a man of good character,
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:49.130
  • if he loves her, and if he loves You, yes, it's okay."
  • 00:15:49.160 --> 00:15:53.020
  • And the Lord said this to me. "No, is it okay with you?"
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:59.060
  • And I knew when He said that, what He was saying was,
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:02.090
  • "You still have some prejudices that I need to deal with,
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:05.270
  • but I can't deal with 'em if I can't reveal 'em to you.
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:09.270
  • So I need you to be open that you have some prejudices."
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:12.260
  • By the way, most of you know, but let me just show you
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:15.200
  • a picture of my daughter and her beautiful husband
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:19.100
  • and beautiful children right there.
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:22.250
  • So God was already preparing me, because what I realized
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:26.180
  • later was that I had things in my heart that I didn't know
  • 00:16:26.210 --> 00:16:29.090
  • were in my heart.
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:31.070
  • Now, y'all are being real quiet.
  • 00:16:31.100 --> 00:16:33.050
  • Are y'all -- are you okay? [Laughter]
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:37.050
  • I mean, would you agree that God has shown you
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:38.290
  • that you grew up probably with some prejudice?
  • 00:16:39.020 --> 00:16:41.200
  • How many of you would say, "I grew up with some prejudice,
  • 00:16:41.230 --> 00:16:43.050
  • I know I did"? Okay.
  • 00:16:43.080 --> 00:16:44.220
  • Well, God wants to deal with that.
  • 00:16:44.250 --> 00:16:46.070
  • So this is gonna shock you, what I'm about to tell you,
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  • but I have seven points today.
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  • It's amazing.
  • 00:16:55.150 --> 00:16:58.100
  • But I wanna do 'em very quickly.
  • 00:16:58.130 --> 00:17:00.250
  • I'm gonna do 'em very quickly, and I'm not gonna comment
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:02.140
  • hardly at all, so if you're gonna write,
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:03.290
  • you've gotta write fast.
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:05.140
  • I'm just gonna go through the seven points,
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  • and then share something else with you. All right?
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:09.120
  • So number one, racism is pure evil.
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:14.180
  • It's just pure evil.
  • 00:17:14.210 --> 00:17:16.200
  • Romans 12:9 says: "Let love be without hypocrisy,"
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:20.010
  • without judgment, without being fake.
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  • Love people truly, and: "Abhor what is evil."
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:26.290
  • And let me tell you what evil is, evil is hypocratic love.
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:31.060
  • Hypocritical love. That's what love would be.
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:34.010
  • In other words, loving some people, not loving others.
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  • Abhor what's evil.
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:38.020
  • By the way, when we say that racism is pure evil,
  • 00:17:38.050 --> 00:17:41.120
  • I don't know if you ever noticed this.
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:43.020
  • Look at the word devil, and then look at the last four letters.
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:49.050
  • He's d-evil.
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  • He's d-evil, just --
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:56.130
  • that's free, I just threw that in for you.
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  • All right? Okay.
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:00.130
  • Number two, racism is pure self-righteousness.
  • 00:18:00.160 --> 00:18:04.180
  • It's pure self-righteousness.
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  • That's all it is. Luke 18:11.
  • 00:18:06.060 --> 00:18:08.240
  • "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God,
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:10.130
  • I thank You, that I am not like other men.'"
  • 00:18:10.160 --> 00:18:13.270
  • In other words, I thank You, I'm better than other people.
  • 00:18:14.000 --> 00:18:15.160
  • Believing that a race is superior or a race
  • 00:18:15.190 --> 00:18:18.030
  • is inferior is nothing but pride and self-righteousness.
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  • It's all it is.
  • 00:18:21.200 --> 00:18:23.040
  • Number three, racism violates the Great Commission.
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:27.070
  • Racism violates the Great Commission.
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:28.220
  • Most people know the Great Commission.
  • 00:18:28.250 --> 00:18:30.070
  • Matthew 28:19. I'll just use part of it.
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:33.000
  • "Go there and make disciples -- go therefore,
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:34.280
  • and make disciples of all the nations," --
  • 00:18:35.010 --> 00:18:37.280
  • the word nations is the Greek word ethnos,
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:40.110
  • it's where we get our word ethnicity from.
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:45.040
  • Ethnic.
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  • "Go make disciples of all ethnicities."
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:50.090
  • So racism would violate the Great Commission.
  • 00:18:50.120 --> 00:18:52.260
  • Number four, racism violates the Great Commandment.
  • 00:18:52.290 --> 00:18:56.210
  • Not just the Great Commission, but the Great Commandment.
  • 00:18:56.240 --> 00:18:59.100
  • John 13:34-35: "A new commandment I give you to,
  • 00:18:59.130 --> 00:19:05.060
  • that you love one another.
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  • As I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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  • By this all will know that you're My disciples,
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:14.040
  • if you have love one for another."
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  • This is the way people are gonna know that we're different,
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:20.080
  • because we love each other.
  • 00:19:20.110 --> 00:19:21.260
  • Number five, racism questions God's creation.
  • 00:19:21.290 --> 00:19:26.280
  • Racism questions God's creation.
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  • Acts 17:26.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:30.020
  • "And He has made from one blood every ethnicity,"
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:35.090
  • nation, ethnos. Every ethnic group.
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:37.280
  • He's made from one blood.
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:39.160
  • So we talked a moment ago about black, white, and brown.
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:41.240
  • Let me just let you know, no matter what color you are
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:44.140
  • on the outside, all of us are red on the inside.
  • 00:19:44.170 --> 00:19:47.070
  • We're all red.
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  • That's what color we are, we're red.
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:51.020
  • Because we come from one blood.
  • 00:19:51.050 --> 00:19:52.210
  • Number six, racism questions God's plan.
  • 00:19:52.240 --> 00:19:56.270
  • It questions God's plan. Revelation 5:9.
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:20:00.010
  • "And they sang a new song, saying, 'You're worthy
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:02.040
  • to take the scroll, and to open the seals:
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:03.200
  • for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:05.260
  • by Your blood out of every tribe, and tongue,
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:10.070
  • and people, and nation."
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:11.250
  • God's plan is to redeem people out of every ethnic group.
  • 00:20:11.280 --> 00:20:16.260
  • So racism questions God's plan, and God's creation, as we said.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:20.220
  • Here's number seven.
  • 00:20:20.250 --> 00:20:22.070
  • Racism questions God. Just questions God.
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:26.130
  • And I decided to put in parentheses: defies God.
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:30.050
  • And even these last three where I use the word question,
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:32.250
  • you could put it this way.
  • 00:20:32.280 --> 00:20:34.120
  • Five, six, and seven, you could say racism
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:36.000
  • defies God's creation.
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:37.270
  • Goes against is what the word defy means.
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:40.000
  • Goes against God's creation, it goes against God's plan,
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:42.220
  • and it goes against God.
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:44.240
  • So how does it question God, or defies God?
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:48.250
  • Well, the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16.
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:51.240
  • "For God so loved the world," --
  • 00:20:51.270 --> 00:20:54.270
  • not one race, but the world:
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:58.070
  • "That He gave His only begotten Son,
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:20:59.220
  • that whoever believes in Him should not perish
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.200
  • but have everlasting life."
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:04.000
  • See, we gotta somehow walk around to the other side
  • 00:21:04.030 --> 00:21:06.180
  • of the bottle.
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:08.070
  • I can remember hearing about the Holocaust,
  • 00:21:08.100 --> 00:21:13.090
  • and most of you heard about the Holocaust,
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:16.090
  • but if you've ever visited a Holocaust museum,
  • 00:21:16.120 --> 00:21:20.010
  • I've been to the one in Israel, and I've also
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:21.240
  • been to the one in Auschwitz.
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:24.160
  • I've been to Auschwitz, and seen the ovens,
  • 00:21:24.190 --> 00:21:27.230
  • and seen all of it.
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:31.020
  • The Holocaust, for me, was an issue and an event,
  • 00:21:31.050 --> 00:21:37.090
  • and it was history, until I went to Auschwitz.
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:43.270
  • And when you see shoes that belonged to children,
  • 00:21:44.000 --> 00:21:49.120
  • piles of 'em, piles, and eye glasses,
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:56.230
  • and here's the tough part,
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.210
  • hair and teeth.
  • 00:21:59.240 --> 00:22:05.230
  • It's not an issue anymore and it's not history anymore.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:09.010
  • It's personal. It's people.
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:12.230
  • And we've gotta walk around to the other side of the bottle
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  • and understand that the atrocities that had happened
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  • in our nation and around the world happened to people.
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  • So I have some black pastor friends
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  • that have been helping me understand
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  • my lack of understanding, helping me understand.
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  • And one of 'em, Dr. Ricky Temple, and his wife, Diana,
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  • I have a picture of them, they were at our conference,
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  • and I asked 'em to share for a moment.
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  • You'll notice that Diane is light-skinned,
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  • and she shared her story that her great-great-grandmother
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  • was impregnated by the -- a slave owner,
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  • white slave owner, and had a child,
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  • had a little girl.
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  • And for some reason, he decided to let 'em go free.
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  • So he put the mother and the little baby girl on a boat,
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  • but some white men got angry about it,
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  • and they began shooting at the boat when it was leaving.
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  • The mother did what any mother would do,
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  • and covered the baby, and the mother was shot,
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  • and died, and the baby lived.
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  • That's Diane's grandmother.
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  • So see, it's not an issue anymore to me.
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  • It's something that happened to my friends.
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  • We'll never understand until we walk around to the other side,
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  • what some people that you work with,
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  • that live in your neighborhood, that come to our church,
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  • what they and their families have been through.
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  • And it's time for the church to stand up and declare
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  • that racism is evil, and the answer is Jesus Christ.
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  • [Applause]
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  • ROBERT: I really believe that the problem
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  • that we have in our nation today is a lack of understanding,
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  • and I'm not trying to boil down a very complicated problem
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  • into a simple solution, but I believe
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  • if more of us took the time to just walk around
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  • to the other person's perspective,
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  • we would understand it is a wound
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  • that can only be healed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • and I want us as believers to pray for this wound
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  • in our nation to be healed.
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  • I'd love for you to get this message,
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  • because I actually share more in this message,
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  • and I have one of my friends share testimony
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  • about something that happened to him,
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  • and I believe it will give you more understanding
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  • about how we can see this wound healed in our nation.
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  • Let's pray, and see God heal this wound.
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  • I wanna encourage you to watch next time,
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  • because I'm gonna continue this series, "Be a Better You."
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