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Jesus would Reject the "white man" like he rejected the Devil

Who do you know wants to be seen as God by controlling the world's wealth and resources, will strip people of their identity and cause them to doubt who they are and their purpose, and expects the poor to survive under impossible conditions? The Bible describes this person as the devil. In the real world unfortunately, the devil has manifested itself into the persona of the "white man."

In St. Matthew chapter 4, Jesus began a forty day fast to strengthen his Spirit against the temptations of the devil. When the forty days were up, the devil came to tempt him with the same evils the white man lives for today; superiority, power and wealth.

The first temptation came in the form of superiority. The scripture says; "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." Think about this verse for a moment. Although anything is possible with God, the idea of the average person turning a stone into bread is impossible.

The concept behind the devil's request is similar to that of someone requiring another to make lemonade without lemons, or bread without flour. Expecting an impossible task from people who lack the tools and resources to complete the task is equivalent to being a cruel task master or an oppressor of the poor and weak.

The devil attacked Jesus' vulnerability to hunger. But in his moment of weakness, Jesus replied in verse 4; "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

During times of struggle, people must realize that spiritual strength comes from a lack of physical substance. When empowered by God, people can avoid the temptations that would lower them down to conditions of moral compromise. In other words, not sell their souls for a morsel of food to the demands of an evil task master.

The white man uses food and other basic needs to control a desperate population after he has deprived that population of the very basics they need. Once people get to their lowest point, the devil hopes they will compromise their dignities and morals in exchange for the basics.

Next, the devil used fear and doubt to manipulate Jesus. He said; "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."

Under the circumstances, a normal person would consider using their faith in God to overcome fear and doubt and trust that God would save them in their time of need. However, Jesus replied; "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

Had Jesus jumped, he would have tempted God to save him, which is against one of the Ten Commandments. "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." The concept is to never place yourself in a situation needlessly just to get the attention of God. God's grace is for times that are not under our control and is not to be used at random or under conditions of our own making.

For instance, during the pandemic of the corona virus, church leaders knowingly placed themselves and their congregations in situations where people could have and did get sick and even died. This is tempting God. Just because we can do something does not mean we should. God gives us common sense against the evils and temptations of the world.

The white man now and have always placed people, even nations, in a situation where that nation tempts their relationship with the creator. Such as in times of persecution and whether the nation should defend themselves or not, challenging God's promise to protect them and fight against their enemies. Likewise, many defenseless people have had to choose between fighting to stay alive or trust God against the evil.

We should always defend ourselves against physical attacks because this is human nature. But if the attack is against our character, God has always stepped in to give us the strength to overcome by using patience. Eventually, God reveals the weakness of the attacker.

Lastly, the devil stepped up his game and offered Jesus the riches of the world and the power that comes with it. He says; "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."

The lust of wealth and power are the desires of many men who lack the understanding of God's will. What they do not realize is that wealth and power corrupts by overtaking a weak person's sense of humanity, concern and empathy toward others. It sets them on a pedestal above others and gives them a false sense of power and control over those who lack.

Yet again Jesus rejected the devil and said; "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."

In addition to offering Jesus the riches of the world, the devil sought servitude from Jesus also. Men who believe themselves to be superior because of their wealth and power tend to spitefully manipulate and control the population they consider beneath them. They strip the less fortunate of their dignity and self-esteem by demanding penance and servitude. The white man, in his need to own the world and its people, have exercised malevolence against smaller and defenseless nations.

Overall, Jesus rejected the devil and would reject the acts of the white man in today's world. The concept of Christianity today embraces each of the devices Satan used to tempt Jesus. Superiority and the power of wealth and control of the people are on display in America today and around the world.

It is God's will that we reject the devil in the worldly form of the white man and his idea of Christianity and supremacy. When we yield to the temptation, we compromise our morals and identity and eventually become servants to cruel and unusual punishment. Strengthen the Spirit within by rejecting the things of the world because having God's power makes the white man the devil.



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