Tearing Down the Stronghold of Hate


Beloved of God:


It has become popular in Christian Evangelical Circles to talk about “generational curses.”  But the whole idea of a “generational curse” is a lie of the devil.  Let’s be clear, Satan has no power to curse a family where the Spirit of Christ reigns.  What we call generational curses, are generational strongholds — “stinking thinking” that we keep passing down from one generation to the next.  The question, therefore, is not “how do I get rid of this curse,” but “how do I confront this stronghold.”  What is true of families is true of countries, corporations, communities, and any other place where we share our lives. 

The reason that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is so important, is that America — for all her greatness — has never confronted her underlying stronghold of hate.  That’s why we keep changing one behavior in our society and thinking that we have somehow won the war, only to discover that the same demon keeps raising its head in another form. 


The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, two years later the south surrendered and we thought we had won the war… until we realized that the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow were birthed from the conflict.   Why? Because we never confronted the stronghold. We passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but M.L. King, Jr.   was gunned down in 1968.  Why? Because we never confronted the stronghold.  We elected Barack Obama in 2008, and pundits pronounced the end of racism in America, but a new wave of white supremacist ideology and hateful theology has swept through the land. Why? Because we have never confronted the stronghold.


The battle will not be over until we defeat not just a particular behavior, but the stronghold that keeps producing the stuff.  This is what Paul is referring to when he says: 


12 Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).


M.L. King, Jr. Day is as important today as it has ever been because we must continue, by the Love of Christ, to confront the “stinking thinking” that demonizes those who are different.


In Him,


Pastor Maxwell


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