Within the black community, we have come to believe that the reason why there are some blacks who tend to adopt a certain viewpoint about sensitive moral or social issues is because they have been brainwashed with a “white mentality.” This, of course, is intended to stigmatize those blacks with a kind of negative profile as the ones who cannot be trusted when it comes to having the right perspective regarding sensitive social or moral issues.
The stigma of having a “white mentality” implies that this is someone who has developed a negative self-image of being black, due to years of being oppressed by a white racist system that indoctrinated him to believe that everything about being black is inferior, and everything about being white is superior. Thusly, such a person comes to believe this damnable lie and subsequently, acquires the same kind of mentality that whites also adopt when it comes to anything pertaining to blacks. It is therefore believed that such blacks can no longer be expected to relate to issues as other blacks perceive them, but tend to view them in the same respect that whites regard them.
It is a sad commentary, but nonetheless, the truth, that there are a number of blacks who we can say may have been brainwashed by an oppressive white system that has caused them to view issues differently than the average black within the black culture. However, this is not the case with all blacks, neither with most blacks, especially if these blacks are Christians and hold true to their faith.
There is a widening schism between those blacks who are devoted to their racial heritage and those who are devoted to their Christian heritage.
Those blacks who are devoted to their racial heritage are not willing to compromise, nor change their stand on moral or social issues, if, for some reason, the issue has some racial implications. The validity of an issue is rarely seen from a right or wrong perspective, but it is decided upon how it would affect the overall welfare of the black community. If for some reason, the issue is perceived as portraying blacks in a negative light which could further cause whites to malign the image of blacks, racial motives will then become the most compelling reason why these blacks would have chosen this course of action; thus, what is true, what is right, and what is moral will be sacrificed upon the altar of race and black pride.
Unlike those blacks who would sacrifice truth and morality at the altar of racial heritage, there are also within the black community those blacks who are born- again believers who are devoted to the Christian faith. Because these blacks are guided by their biblical convictions more so than by their allegiance to race pride, often times, these black Christians are the ones who other blacks refer to as being “brainwashed” or having a “white mentality”. They are thought to be “brainwashed” by the white system because they tend to view an issue differently than their black counterparts.
For instance, the issue of crime and drugs within the black community would probably be seen by those blacks who are devoted to racial heritage as a conspiracy by the U.S. Government to exterminate black people. Racial profiling, police brutality and other destructive measures are all conditions, they say, calculated to bring about the destruction of innocent black people.
Those blacks who are devoted to the Christian faith would tend to see the crime and drug problems within the black community from a different perspective. They would recognize crime and drugs as a manifestation of sin and wickedness that befall a people who have turned their feet from the way of righteousness. They believe the only way back to a life of prosperity, peace, and God’s blessings is through II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
These are those blacks who believe that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:31).
It is true that blacks who practice genuine Christianity do indeed perceive things differently because they tend to see things from a divine perspective rather than from a secular perspective. They cannot be considered brainwashed by a white racist system or by a black militant system. But rather, they have been “bloodwashed” through the life transforming power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and thus, they are renewed in their spirits and in their minds (Ephesians 4: 22-25).
These are the kind of Christians whose faith reflects genuine Christianity because they embrace a faith based on true love. Scripture tells us that true followers of Christ are to embrace a love that does not harm one’s neighbour (Romans 13:10). That neighbour, my friend, could very well be someone who hates me, despitefully uses me, discriminates against me, disrespects me, and may have in the past, tried to rob me of my human dignity. But if I am going to be genuine in my Christianity, I must forgive him as Christ Jesus has also forgiven me of my trespasses.
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:12, 14-15
No, my friend, we are not “brainwashed,” but “bloodwashed,” and we praise God for it — Hallelujah!