Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London has some interesting voices; they come from all walks of life, all driven to passionately share something that stirs them. One of the regulars is Leo Muhammad. Leo is the London version of Louis Farrakhan; in fact part of the same faith network. I hadn’t heard their doctrine, so adopted an open mind, hoping to discern what motivates their belief system. It wasn’t long before it became evident Leo is motivated by the hurts of the past. Clearly he was subject to some abuse or prejudice which has been internalised and now manifests in what can only be called a general hatred of white people.
After much preaching and condemnation of the evil ‘blue eyes’ (who must one day be judged by the black Muslim), the corruption of the Christian faith (Jesus was a black man) and the uncle Tom’s who were puppets of the white system (from Obama to every successful black sports person), I was allowed a question. “Why do you and all your followers look so miserable and angry if you are free and have the truth?” I asked. “Because we have all had a lot of bad experiences” was the answer. Therein lies the revelation as to what drives them to action…
At some point in their lives, the evil of others, probably white people, had caused a breech in their souls’. In the process they had taken offense and in doing so had yielded to and allowed a demonic spirit to take authority in their lives. When we yield and give authority to a demonic spirit through rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, anger, covetousness, lust or pride, our thoughts and actions are no longer ours alone.
Those that succumb have a breech, a brokenness, and are as one seeing everything through tinted glasses. What is seen is true to ourselves, but in reality we are blinded to the real truth. We misinterpret the words and actions of others, we become quick to judge and condemn. In truth, the devil is allowed to exert authority to steal, kill, and destroy. This includes our peace, our dreams, our relationships, our health, our God purposed destiny. Out of this arises contradiction and conflict in our reasoning, beliefs and actions. The fruit is there for all to see except ourselves. Cycles of failure, disappointment, broken relationships, sickness and other ills become entrenched, with the only permitted response being to blame or accuse others for our woes.
Jesus, having every right to do so, refused to take offense, even to his death on the cross, saying; “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Matthew 5:38-48 is as much about self-preservation of the soul as it is about being Christ-like:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect
In Leo Muhammad’s world, black people are not successful because white people are racist and prejudice against them. And what all black people need is Leo to bring them into the promised land. Forget about all the many black people that have shed the shackles of such mental slavery, who have excelled or believed God for mighty things, trusting that they are unique and have a loving Father in heaven to guide them. Ignore all those who contributed to the betterment of humanity throughout history, even forget that Obama was voted as a president of a white nation… all white people oppress black people. Ignore that Muslims have enslaved black people for centuries before the white man. His enslaved reasoning absolves any black or Muslim person who has carried out any act of evil; they do this only because they were or are under the power of an evil white system.
This is a doctrine that perpetuates slavery, mediocrity, failure and defeat. It allows every disciple of the faith to have an excuse for not excelling or achieving in life. Ignore that black fathers disproportionately abandon their children and partners, that young black men disproportionately embrace gang culture and partake in crime and drugs or that ancestral worship & spiritualism of the forefather’s bears down heavily upon the children…. any such self evaluation towards recovery and restoration is rejected.
From this ideology, there simply is no way to recovery from any failure or bondage. And this is what these servants of the devil love; followers that are in perpetual defeat and in need of a saviour such as themselves. It is no surprise there is so much anger and hatred within these cults; it is essential to maintain control over others and is simply evidence of the devil in authority and at work. It is not just Leo Muhammad; it is evident in all the workers of iniquity of this age; people who enslave others through fear, prejudice, hatred and bitterness. When you hear any preacher blaming or accusing others for your woes, avoid them like the plague. They will keep you enslaved to your afflictions and Lord over you.
Let these opponents of truth and liberty be a personal revelation for each one of us. When we are in bondage because of the afflictions of the past, understand that the level of bondage is directly proportional to how much evil, from others, that we yielded to and internalised. And when God begins our recovery from bondage, defeat and failure He invariably begins and ends with us. What is the state of our heart, what were our responses, what were our utterances and our action during and after those events that led to our bondage. We may be responsible for 1% of the evil in the entire exchange, but God is 100% focused on what we need to renounce, repent of and forgive, before he can bring about any permanent recovery.