A middle school teacher rants to her students that the white man is responsible for everything that is wrong. She even singles out white students in the class, telling them they’re responsible for what their ancestors did.
In New Orleans, a drive through restaurant adds a “white surcharge” because “there’s no way to fix white privilege except by charging white folk extra.”
What does it do to minority children when they are told they are victims? How can anyone think it gives them motivation to try harder? When you tell them all white people are evil, aren’t you teaching your child to be racist?
They end up feeling they only have two choices: A life of crime or dependency on government handouts. Some will accuse me of taking complex problems of urban areas and giving simplistic solutions. Need I remind you I was a Latino minority in the inner city? I grew up in the violence, the poverty and the racism.
Some will challenge me to prove Brother Hagin’s word of faith is a key. I will prove my point by asking one question—WHO IS YOUR SOURCE?
It was a central fact of Brother Hagin’s preaching…God is your source. For the urban young person that means it’s not the government, not a drug, not crime—God is your source.
Some will say that kind of preaching is inappropriate for the inner city. So I will tell you a story. I was having dinner with a famous evangelist. He had just returned from the Philippines. “I couldn’t preach prosperity to them because they were so poor,” he told me. I looked at him and asked, “Did you also not preach healing because they were too sick?”
We who are blessed, secretly think God’s promise to prosper starts at the middle class level. When you think about it—that’s silly.
If a child, any child, meets Jesus in power, they are a new creation. Who are you or I to say they are not entitled to all of the same blessings we enjoy just because they are starting from a much lower circumstance? “Whosoever will” does not stop at salvation. It applies to every level of our walk with God.
Again, Brother Hagin taught that God is your source. But what does that do about racism? We have already seen that racism will never end by getting back at the racist. All that does is create a new racism. The anger in urban areas is rooted in poverty and lack of opportunity.
So how does the word of faith kill racism at the root? Because when you say that God is the source of your provision, you are also saying that Satan is the source of your lack. That is when you stop blaming man—any man—for your lack.
The next thing that Brother Hagin taught was the authority of the Word of God over inner feelings and outward circumstances. Today, too many Christians go by how they feel or by how things are going for them. In the inner city that is even more intense.
Self-pity is the most potent drug in the inner city. When the revelation that you are a redeemed child of God hits you—not matter what is happening or how you feel—you can conquer your surroundings.
Just because we don’t know how God will lead someone out of unspeakable addiction into victory—just because we don’t know how the jobs, education and opportunity will unfold—is not an excuse to hold back the entire Gospel!
I know there are those who have abused Kenneth Hagin’s teachings, (the fact is, everyone’s teaching has been abused) but that does not justify rejection of truth—truth that has the power to transform racism into love and poverty into prosperity.