You will be told that the following is not racist:
Hoo boy, that's a doozy. Swap out white for "black," "Asian," "Muslim," "women," or any other group, and it would rightly be called evil.
But hating white people is cool these days.
Let's go through this garbage together – but first, a little context. Here was the original post discussing this "prayer" in a devotional available from Target (yes, from freaking Target):
All the pics:
This is not a fringe book. It has been a recent hit trending toward the top of the NYT's best sellers!
It's also written by, you guessed it, a PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, Chinequa Walker-Barnes of Mercer University.
Here are some excerpts of this madness for us to dissect:
Please help me to hate white people. Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist."
Seriously, can you imagine actually thinking you're not racist when you ask God to hate an entire people group based on their skin color???
Walker-Barnes specifies that she doesn't mean aNti-rAciSt woke whites, nor does she mean the neo-Nazi type.
"My prayer is that you would help me hate the other White people – you know, the nice ones. The Fox News-loving, Trump-supporting voters who 'don't see color' but who make thinly-veiled racist comments about 'those people.' The people who are happy to have me over for dinner but alert the neighborhood watch anytime an unrecognized person of color passes their house. The people who welcome Black people in their churches and small groups but brand us heretics if we suggest that Christianity is concerned with the poor and the oppressed. The people who politely tell us that we can leave we we call out the racial microaggressions we experience in their ministries."
Ah, so what she really means is that she hates white people of a particular political affiliation! who don't buy into the woke Marxist screeds about hierarchies of oppression and think it's utterly antithetical to the Gospel!
In the very next sentence, she admits she doesn't know many such people – but I'll bet she's heard the caricatures on CNN and has decided to stereotype tens of millions of people based on her personal blinders.
Cause that's not prejudiced in the extreme.
For the sake of clarity, imagine she were talking about any other group, like Sunni Muslims or Orthodox Jews. How would that sound to your ear?
"Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing in front of burning crosses."
Wow. Just... wow.
First, when the Lord hardens someone's heart, it is never good for that individual (see, oh, all of Romans 9).
Second, can you feel the utter poison here? Try reading it with another identity group here:
"Stop me from being hopeful that Jewish people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as vermin rats huddling around the mighty German oak tree."
Somehow, it gets even worse:
"Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and who need to be handed over to the evil one."
She believes that racism is incurable and unforgivable. Sure, Christ died for all our sins – even those of the Romans who nailed him to the cross – but white American racism is both irredeemable and inbred in her eyes and white people need to go to hell for eternity.
The murderous hordes of history could be forgiven at that Cross, but those white Christians need to be convicted of an unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit for being kind but also a little culturally awkward around a black woman who hates their guts.
"For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved [unless you're a white devil and then straight to Hades with you]." - Romans 10:9 Woke Standard Version
Let's finish this madness, shall we?
"Free me from this burden of calling them to confession and repentance. Grant me a Get Out of Judgement Free card if I make White people the exception to your commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves."
So despite Christ's command to love our neighbors (and our enemies), this woman decides she can be the Pharisee in the parable of the Good Samaritan – leaving the man to die on the side of the road – and still be the good guy.
It all smacks profoundly of Luke 18:11, doesn't it?
"Chinequa Walker-Barnes was standing and praying like this about herself: ‘God, I thank you that I'm not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this white person."
This woman is profoundly hateful and racist, and her spirit is heavy with that sin.
She ends with a smug thought about how God is on her side, and after unloading a hate Howitzer, has the gall to end by saying "I pray and I press on, in love."
Instead of confessing her hatred, she begs God for an excuse to double down on her hate and presumably wipe out an entire group of people based on skin tone – not only from this world, but from eternity.
Remember how Bilbo in The Hobbit felt pity for Gollum? How he saw what had happened to that miserable creature down in the dark, deep places of the world, left alone with his precious idol and his vanity?
Yeah, same energy:
I pity this woman in the same way. She does not know Christ and she does not know love. She purports to be a teacher of God's Word, but has twisted and maligned it in the depths of her spite – and is in real danger of the very grievance of the Holy Spirit she so eagerly wishes upon her supposed enemies.
R.C. Sproul's Ligonier Ministries puts it this way:
"When people know the Scriptures well and yet not only fail to recognize Jesus as Messiah but also openly reject Him, they are standing on perilous ground... Such blasphemy is unforgivable not because the Lord is unwilling to forgive but because a person guilty of such sin has fully and finally hardened his heart against the grace of God."
Pray for this very racist and very hateful woman. Pray for the people that will be led astray by her after buying this book from Target and Amazon.