New Life Pastor Steve Abraham: Essential Business—What does God require? Looking at racism, discrimination, bias and prejudice

By Michael Hernandez

OXNARD–“What does the Lord require of you?” said Pastor Steve Abraham quoting from Micah 6:8 during Sunday’s livestream service. “Acts 10 speaks to us about discrimination and prejudice. We need to talk about it; but with kingdom minds and not what the world says” but in the understanding of Galatians 3:28 which tells us “you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

What does God require in regards to racism, discrimination, bias and prejudice?

  • Recognize our prejudices.

“Prejudice is our preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience. Prejudice is learned and it can be unlearned,” said Pastor Abraham. “God does not show favoritism” (Act 10:34).

  • Seek to understand others.

“You got to understand what it is like? I have never been pulled over one time for the color of my skin,” said Pastor Abraham. “Racism even exists within racial groups. All racism is wicked and needs to be repented.”

  • Take a stand against injustice.

“The death of George Floyd was repulsive and disgusting. I stand against it and with people of color against any injustice,” said Pastor Abraham. “Yet, most police officers are awesome and I thank God for each one of them.  

Pastor Abraham said that despite Peter’s vision and his encounter with Cornelius, a Gentile, whose entire household came to receive Jesus, the Holy Spirit and be baptized, Paul slipped back into prejudice against the Gentiles and had to be later rebuked by Paul.

“We need to take a stand against all discrimination, bias, prejudice of any kind.” One example of this was Keshia Thomas, an African-American woman photographed protecting a man believed to have been a Ku Klux Klan supporter in a 1996 rally.

“We also need to stand up for the right for life, for anti-semitism, and for Christians being killed. We need to stand up against demonic racism, discrimination and bias of any kind. Take inventory and confess things you have thought or that you have said.”

New Life Pastor Steve Abraham

 

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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