From One Blood
From one blood He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live.
The purpose of this article will be to make a straight line cut that will expose spiritual reality but in the process it will expose the ignorance that is brought on by the carnal mind. How it will affect you will determine where you fit in the realm of the spirit and the flesh. The first thing I want to do is expose the degree to which prejudice has affected the carnal mind and how it is embellished through the habits we have formed and through social and media agendas. First I will ask this question: Do you believe that Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States? If you have answered yes to that then you have already exposed your carnal prejudice and given a carnally influenced answer. Why would you call Barack Obama a black man? His color is more like mocha brown. His mother was seemingly of European descent (what the carnal minded would call white) and his father was of African descent (what the carnal minded would call black). Why then is he not called white? He is at least 50% “white” and likely even more. Most of the Africans who are tested by DNA are found to have European or Middle-Eastern descent in their blood. This is especially prominent in the Southern half of Africa and in all of the coastal regions where the settlement of other cultures came in earlier stages of history. I live in Northern Ghana and Burkina Faso for at least 6 months of the year. In Northern Ghana and Southern Burkina Faso you will find truly black people. I have two adopted daughters there who can truly be described as being black. As you move south toward the coast however, or north toward the Arabic Saharan areas you will see a change in skin tone from dark brown to light brown. It is highly likely that Mr. Obama is more “white” than “black”. People call him black because their carnal minds have been programmed to call him black. In 1910 Tennessee passed what is known as the “one drop rule”; later adopted in Virginia under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. Many other states followed suit. The rule was as follows in a quote from Wikipedia.com:
“The one-drop rule is a social and legal principle of racial classification that was historically prominent in the United States asserting that any person with even one ancestor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry ("one drop" of black blood) is considered black (Negro in historical terms). This concept evolved over the course of the 19th century and became codified into law in the 20th century. It was associated with the principle of "invisible blackness" and is an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.”
It should be obvious that the “one-drop-rule” was propagated by light skinned people of European descent. The sad part is that dark skinned people of African descent have bought into it and have swallowed the race bait hook line and sinker. If I were to reverse the one-drop-rule and claim that if anyone had just one drop of “white” blood in them they would be considered “white” then there would be no “black” people to speak of in America; or in most of Africa for that matter.
The simple truth is that the carnal mind is inherently ignorant and vulnerable to the power of carnal influence. When terms of black or white are used to identify someone they are not true visual concepts but they are social and political bias. When my son was about eight years old or so I took him with me to a friend’s house where he spent time playing games with his son. A few days later he asked me, “Dad, when are we going back to that brown man’s house?” I thought, “From the mouths of babes…” There was no bias in what he saw. He was describing what he saw without prejudice; a man with brown skin. I watched an interview of Morgan Freeman with Mike Wallace once where he was asked what needed to be done to stop prejudice. Freeman said, “Stop talking about it.” “I’ll stop calling you a white man and I’ll ask you to stop calling me a black man.” This is true. Labeling anything as black or white according to a social or political platform rather than a true objective description of a person’s color is prejudicial bias. Such language only deepens the subconscious ignorance of the carnal mind. I myself have had to consciously work to remove this destructive language from my thoughts. The politicalizing of the language through labels such as “Black Caucus” “Black Entertainment Television” “Black History” and so forth brings divisive terms that widen the cavern of prejudice and stupidity. I saw a picture a while back of a group of students who were demanding segregation from “white” students. It was funny to me because there was not a black student in the picture. Most of them were milk chocolate at best. The forward most person in the picture looked to be 40% African heritage at the most. I have not figured out how she will segregate herself from her “white side”. If I were to describe myself in true terms of color it would be difficult. I suppose I would have to say that I am two toned with various brown accents. I laid my hand against a white paper and it was definitely not white but that is how the world would identify me. I suppose I would be light tan on my upper body but the legs, well they are probably best described as white. I am however accented with brown moles of various shades. My African daughters were very curious about the fact that I was two toned and had brown spots and asked why. I tried to explain that I had more melatonin in my upper body, perhaps due to my getting more sun on my upper body at an early age. I mused with them that the moles were my African heritage coming out. One of them once mentioned that she wished her skin was lighter and I immediately gave her a lesson that it is the spirit that matters and the flesh means nothing. I see them as God sees them. They are beautiful and they are my children. This is the beauty of seeing things through spiritual eyes rather than carnal eyes.
The carnal mind will never be able to get past the stigma of carnal division to see the spiritual picture. In this article I have referred to the carnal mindset as one of ignorance or stupidity. It is only the spiritual mind that can fully receive the spiritual picture. This is the reason why God created the divisions of the nations in the first place. It was a few generations after the flood and the people had begun to replenish the earth. They were all of one race and one language. But, as people do when things are going well, they became arrogant. They wanted to build a great tower into the sky as a monument to themselves. It was humanism at its core. They did not need God. They were self-sufficient. As the story goes, in Genesis 11, God saw their arrogance and that nothing would be restrained from their prideful imaginations and so He confused their languages and scattered them throughout the world. God knew that their physical differences would never allow them to accept one another unless they were to come to a spiritual transformation. The spiritual being knows that we are all the descendants of one man and we are all of the same blood. When you receive blood in the hospital it does not matter what color the skin of the individual is from whom you receive it or what language he speaks; it still works. Paul argued this point of being one blood in Acts 17:26-27 when he confronted the people of Athens, “ And (God) has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us: “
Notice the argument of Paul in verse 27. The purpose of the divisions is to cause mankind to seek God. It is only when we are humbled through insecurity and the turmoil of life that we as humans seek God. That is what the division of the races has done. It is that division that prevents the carnal minded from ever uniting as a whole in pride and arrogance against God. Those who are spiritual can put away the ignorance of carnal prejudice but those who are of the world cannot. When one comes to an awakening for their need to change and they seek God, He rewards them with the message of salvation. When they hear that message and they repent and are clothed with Christ in baptism, then God gives them the Holy Spirit. It is by the Holy Spirit that they are then recreated and renewed daily. Through prayer and continuance in the Spirit, God changes the individual to dissolve the carnal mindset that hinders one’s ability to see as God sees. The spiritual mind sees that we are all from the tribe of Adam, or Noah if you prefer. We know that the life that truly matters is not white or tan or black or blue or brown, it is eternal life. Only the love of Christ can save us and change us.