I don’t know about you but my earthly culture of origin loves its identity. I’ve always known my heritage from an early age and placed high value on it. As I’ve grown into adulthood and in my faith I have come to know my heritage as a daughter of Eternal Papa. I am one of the many daughters adopted into the eternal family of Christ. My prayer is that we all would vest our heritage in our heavenly eternal family.
I don’t know about you but almost every month I get asked, “Where are you from ?”, “Did you grow up in the states?”, “Where are your parents/grandparents from…originally?”. I never really identified myself as ethnically ambiguous but I guess in a country of many Nations and with a mixed heritage of many African nations, I guess it might be a bit confusing for someone trying to figure out my heritage. I suppose I would rather have someone ask my heritage than stare and not ask. Well earlier this year I was asked one of these questions by an older Somali man. I gave him my usual “I am from America.” He persisted in asking the nation of origin of my parents and I persisted with “America”. He then persisted in asking the nation of origin of my grandparents/great grandparents and I persisted with “America”. Then he flatly asked “Where in Africa is your family originally from?” He was certain my family was from or near Somali. I then shared that my family is from America and we don’t know where in Africa we are from actually. He like many who have asked me this question persisted that I should find out.
Well minus one story of thousands of Africans non-willfully being brought to the Americas and mixed amongst each other, it’d be pretty hard to pinpoint exactly my true ethnic nation of origin. There are some rare times when I am curious but that curiosity passes as my joy in my eternal heritage takes over. Who can beat the eternal and royal heritage of the King of King, Lord of Lords?! So the following story is about the Heritage of Americans and the Believer.
I agree that some of this country’s original immigrants (i.e. forefathers) were Believers. Many worked tirelessly to get my forefathers freed from slavery. But I also know that some of this country’s original immigrants (i.e. forefathers) were not Believers. One that kills, steals, and destroys in the name of religion does not understand the Faith and is not my forefather. Forefather is a powerful word that assumes the heritage and inherited “stuff” (good and bad including generational sins) to you. One observation about this country is the varied views of how it was founded. There are some of us who believe it was founded by Christians. There are some of us who believe it was founded by European Explorers (sans the Christian faith). Ask a Native American about who they believe founded the U.S.A and your answer might be different? Ask a descendant of the American slaves (African American) about who they believe founded the U.S.A. and your answer might be different? I think the view of the heritage of America will depend on your heritage and forefathers. If your forefathers were Native Americans, you would likely claim the founders of this country came thousands of years ago from Asia to the American continent. If your forefathers were African slaves, you would likely claim the forefathers of this country were also Native Americans who were pushed out by European explorers seeking a new land.
Why might there be so much unresolved racial division in the U.S.A.? I would propose because we have not healed the wounds and generational sins of the forefathers of the U.S.A. I am reading an interesting book by John and Mark Sandford on Deliverance and Inner Healing. They presents some really good insights into strongholds that affect larger groups of people including countries. Their example is Nazi Germany. There was a concept of an empire spirit that seeks to take over and conquer other Nations. It seems one root of it could be greed. Nonetheless, this empire stronghold and generational sins of the forefathers of one group of Nations against others forefathers of other groups of Nations remain unresolved in the land of the U.S.A. Great wickedness and bloodshed occurred in this land and often in the name of religion. Great sins were committed against the original inhabitants of this land and other immigrants brought to this land. I challenge the belief that this country was founded on the Faith. Telling falsehoods or just occupying land that is inhabited by others is stealing. Sending blankets filled with small pox to families of Natives with the intention they would get sick and die so one could inhabit the land is murder. Purposefully taking women from their people in order to obliterate any future ethnic heritage (also known as white washing – done in both the Americas and Australia) is not pure in motives. Stealing and taking other Nations of people as livestock to build a new Nation that they were told they could not enjoy because they were not human was not Godly and was not Christian. Raping the same livestock that was also told was not human is not Godly or Christian, and violates Abba’s principles on sexual morality and love.
Yes my friends, this is part of the heritage and foundation of our nation. There is much healing that needs to take place for our country. One of the things you learn in the ministry of healing prayer is that before you petition God you clear things up that are broken. You repent, you cancel Satan’s authority, ask for healing, and then petition/talk with God. One profound area I learned is the need for us as Believers is to repent and cancel Satan’s authority over us in generational sins, word curses, and inner vows. Often as Believers we are bound to things that we cannot explain and much of it has to do with bloodline sins. Sometimes the sins is in the environment or in the land we inhabit. The prince of the air has reign of this earth and he has no intention of letting this nation be a nation of Beliver’s heritage. I think our call as Believers is to go back and heal the land, and heal the wounds of the descendants before us. The descendant victims of the thievery and slavery in the U.S.A. have corporately not healed from the generational sins committed against their forefathers.
Have you heard someone say “Why are Black people so angry?” or “Why do the Natives drink so much or commit suicide so much?” I’ve heard these statements and maybe the answer is spiritual (generational sin and unhealed land). Might we consider that the Native peoples are still grieving spiritually the massive thievery committed against their forefathers and their land and culture. Might we consider the descendants of African slaves including my ancestors (African Americans) are still grieving spiritually the massive sins of abuse and thievery of the identity of their forefathers. Two Nations of God’s people in the Americas have not healed completely from the sins committed against their forefathers. There is a spiritual bondage and not letting go of the past. We need to pray for the healing of the generational sins of our forefathers both the offenders and victims. You may be like my husbands’ family who did not arrive to this land until the early 1900s and have no knowledge or generational linkage to the forefathers of the Native Americans, African slaves, or European explorers but your prayer to heal the land is still needed. We need to welcome these Nations of the Native Americans and African slaves into the adopted family of Christ. Though their earthly identity was stolen and great sins were committed against their forefathers (including my forefathers), help them to know that God is the ultimate healer and he is just. As one of the descendants of the wounded Nations, I can live freely in knowing that my identity is no longer in the sins committed against or by my forefathers but my identity is in an eternal heritage with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Please consider this on our American Holidays (Columbus Day, Thanksgiving).
Lord we ask that you would Bind up the wounds and generational sins of our forefathers and loose healing/freedom to each of us, securing our identity in your eternal family. Thank you Abba. – Amen