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Dear Black Christians,

True Righteous Eternal Principles are not the property of a particular faith per se, but the heritage of ALL people of faith and principle.

Being Black and Christian myself, I have the opportunity to be among you and hear the things said in some of our circles. In our churches, the preachers say the right things and read from the Bible of the teachings of Jesus; however, once we leave the church and get into our daily living, there are some problems that I see all over the board regarding our walk with Christ and the teachings of Jesus, particularly from the Books of Saint Matthew and Luke chapter five and six respectively. Let's talk about it.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, 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.

— Jesus via St Matthew 5:43-45


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.

— Jesus via St. Matthew 5:46-48


The sermon on the mount given by Jesus is one of great spiritual value because those words are the teachings of Jesus as recorded and understood by the writers in the Bible. It is true that the words are not identical in each account, but if they were then it would mean that the recorders, particularly Matthew and Luke were the same person experiencing the same feelings at the same time using the same brain patterns.

So, Black Christians, I just want to get it out of the way that multiple people wrote the account of the sermon on the mount down years after it happened, but I assume that most of us can agree that the Bible is a good source of information for Jesus' words despite the men who wrote the words focus on different aspects of His teachings. The sentiment is the same as quoted in the verses above, love our enemies.

For the sake of simplicity, I will say that all White people are our enemies. We can save the qualifications for a different conversation. Their ancestors oppressed our ancestors. Their grandparents and parents refused our grandparents and parents service in public places, made it difficult for them to pursue their dreams and so forth.

Whether real or imagined, even today we may feel like Whites curse us and talk about us in derision. They hate us for being different and for reminding them of the evil they perpetuated toward our ancestors. They despitefully used us and abused us and persecuted us for years!

Feelings do matter because they frame our perception of life. Jesus understood that. Facts care nothing for feelings, but mercy, as it is offered through Christ, cares because He tells us to put our feelings aside!

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

— Jesus via St. Luke 6:35-36

Modern Adaptation of St. Matthew and Luke's words

Black Christians, even with all of the justification that some of us use to speak ill of and dislike or hate White people, Jesus asks us to be different than what comes naturally to us. The natural man is an enemy to God because he gives in to the base desires that require no temperance, no self-control. If Whites are our enemies, Jesus invites us:

  • Love your enemies, the White people.
  • Bless the White people that curse you,
  • Do good to the White people who hate you.
  • Pray for the White people who despitefully use you, and persecute you.

Why? He says so that we may be the children of our 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.

If that is not a good enough reason, Jesus tells us further that we must be perfect like our Father in Heaven is perfect. Luke heard the Lord say we should be merciful as our Father in Heaven is merciful.

The point is, Black Christians, Jesus wants to groom us to become like God and He can only do that if we put aside offense and be as Jesus invites us to be, full of love and forgiveness, service and prayer.


Dearly beloved brothers and sisters, my Black Christians. This letter is not one to berate or spread hate as has been the message of many who want to call us out on our behavior. It is an invitation to become more like Jesus in an effort to make the world a better place.

Invitation to Healing

Jesus spoke to that multitude of people in Jerusalem who were in the throes of oppression by the Romans. The Romans looked down on them, which triggered hate and offense. Of course, hate was in the hearts of many, but Jesus wanted them to rise above the hate, which comes naturally when someone mistreats us. He wants that same thing today. He can work miracles through us if we allow His healing nature to take away our bitterness and animosity towards the White people--especially when we recognize that White Christians are invited to do the same things that we are invited to do. We can help each other be true followers of Jesus.

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Dearly beloved brothers and sisters, my Black Christians. This letter is not one to berate or spread hate as has been the message of many who want to call us out on our behavior. It is an invitation to become more like Jesus in an effort to make the world a better place. Also, when He comes to rule, He will recognize us as the people He wants to have rule and reign with Him in glory. Black Christianity is no different from all other types in that it is about perfection through Christ.

One of my favorite teachings is written by an ancient American prophet named Moroni. He wrote:

Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. Moroni 10:35

We are invited to be perfect in Christ. Jesus invites us to put away our ungodly thoughts and words and love God by keeping His commandments. If we do these things the grace of Christ is enough to bring us to perfection in His glory.

What does that look like? It looks like us being as giving and loving as was Jesus when He walked the streets of Jerusalem blessing people and serving people. It looks like us not being overly concerned with image and pride. It looks like freedom from oppression because we are willing to let it go. It looks like peace beginning with the individual, then the family, then the community, then the nations and world to prepare for the coming of Jesus our King. He is King not only because He is all-powerful, but he invites us to do good and share in His glory, the epitome of unselfishness.

Brothers. sisters. We are hurting because of the past and the present. We hurt because of the possible futures that our children will endure because of what now occurs in the streets of America! When will there be peace? When will Black bodies stop dropping at the hands of officers of the law? When will White people stop telling us to get over the past? I don't know these answers.

What I can tell, family, is that we will get further by following the teachings of Christ than by following the ways of the world. We will tell the world that Black Lives Matter, by the way, we live our lives and the things we do and say.

God will help us fight our battles of racism and bigotry if we fight the battle of hate within us against our enemies and focus on seeking justice for all and understanding for all. Black Lives Matter because Jesus came to suffer for our sins and rise from the dead offering us the same rising. Yes, Black Lives Matter as much as White lives. We know we are not free of oppression here, but with Christ as our advocate, we will be.

No more hate for Whites, but more trust for Christ.


Rodric Anthony

Your fellow Saint

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2019 Rodric Anthony Johnson


Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 24, 2020:

Hi Guys,

AMEN to everything said - all good food.

We may never meet face to face while we're here but in the hope that we have, I will look for you both on the other side.


Mark Richardson from Utah on October 24, 2020:


Exactly. We can become stumbling blocks to helping others believe if we are unkind.

What you say makes me think of the book 1984... In it, it talks about Thought crime. It is as if to the world, thinking conservatively is a crime. The mainstream are bullies who preach diversity but they really want everyone to be the same

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 24, 2020:

Mark and Jack, we need each other. The way things are trending in the world is to go against people of faith. We need to support each other. We can work on our differences after we are safe enough from detractors to maintain our religious integrity. We can discuss differences, but we must celebrate what we have in common. The more people we get to hear about Christ the more people have a chance to follow Him. If ANY follower of Christ can get an unbeliever to listen and accept Him to any degree, that is a win to me. The Lord can work with a foot in the door. There just needs to be opportunity.

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 24, 2020:

Well said, Jack. Satan wants us to be divided. So let's build bridges with common beliefs. Far too many "Christians" attack others who also profess to believe in Christ. We should focus on unbelievers. Squabbling reminds me of the early apostles disagreeing about preaching to the gentiles or not. We know that the gospel is for all. It makes bad men good and good men better.

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 23, 2020:

Hi Mark and Rodric,

I have enjoyed meeting both of you through these pages even though we live on opposite sides of the world.

Firstly, thank you Rodric for your forgiveness and know that it is reciprocated. I too, felt I wasn't Christ-like in my first response and I thank you too Mark, for saying don't beat myself up about it - I'd like a dollar for every time I've done that! But we are all human with human frailties and we all come under attack from the one who wants to steal what we have and take us with him to his end. And there has to be a time when we say enough is enough - there is nothing he can give us, only mischief and we know a power greater than him. It's really a matter of training oneself to recognise his attacks and stamp on them quickly. The longer we entertain whatever it is the harder it is to escape it.

And I can agree with you completely Mark about struggling with certain personalities, we can only try our best to reflect the marks of Jesus in our lives and hope it speaks to others. There are so many 'lost sheep' out there and it is our duty to help them if they will listen. And if we can plant the seed, God will do the watering.

I'm sorry to learn of your health problems Rodric but we can know that on the day He revives us, whether it be before, during or at the end of Tribulation, we will receive a brand new body - something we can look forward to.

I sympathise with you for your 10 year old, it is hard to lead them in the right direction, I have some in my own family who I agonise over but we can only lead by example and hopefully, they will want what we have.

Again, best regards to you both,


Mark Richardson from Utah on October 23, 2020:

Yes, it is straight & narrow, which shows that so many are deceived by the adversary. They know not sure to find the truth. Yes, it is hard to hands things over to God. As mentioned, I struggled with certain personalities. But I had to realize it was how people are and that I want going to change them. Good for you with the kids. We only have 3. But like Brigham Young taught, it is important to bring up children in homes where they are taught the gospel

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 23, 2020:

Mark, now I have to go back and listen to those talks again today. I have been listening to President Nelson's talk on repeat since Conference, his last talk Sunday morning session. I make it part of my morning devotional and it helps me deal with things. I truly want to be what President Nelson describes by letting God prevail. That is a hard road. After reading Jack's article about the strait and narrow path he spoke about from Matthew, it makes more sense why letting God prevail would be such a hard road to travel.

I prayed to ask God who I should focus on helping to let God prevail in their lives. He surprised me by telling me to help my ten-year-old daughter. I never would have thought of her as needing my help in submitting to God because she is a kid! President Nelson said that if we prayed about it we would be surprised who the Lord will lead us to. I will have to find out ways to pay more attention to her since she is the youngest of seven kids, who all live in the house now! Well, number six passed away, but I always count her. Being a kid in a house full of teenagers and young adults is hard, to say the least. I hope to give her some way to reach out to God and feel His love.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 23, 2020:

Jack, I forgive you, brother. I too ask for your forgiveness because I know what I was thinking when I wrote the words that I wrote. I was arrogantly thinking that I know how to respond to this man! I thought of all the scriptures I could use or the logic that I could apply. I then thought of how would Christ lead me to act?

I mentioned to Mark in the comment below about a message I listened to from President Russell M. Nelson, the presiding high priest of our Church whom we consider a prophet of God.

He spoke about how one meaning of Israel is "to let God prevail." He referred to Jacob, who wrestled with the Lord and received a blessing from Him because Jacob let God prevail. He became Israel and the father of 12 tribes of Covenant people.

I believe that as a follower of Christ, I am of the modern House of Israel and I want to let God prevail in my life as Jacob did in his life. The blessing I seek at His hand is forgiveness for my sins. I also believe that because of my covenant with Christ, the same blessings available to Israel are available to me if I endure.

I am virtually a young man and have, if God wills it, many years to learn to become more like Christ. I notice that you mentioned you are 75 years old. I am 43.

I know that Paul told Timothy not to let men despise him because of his youth, but I am acknowledging my "youth" gets me into trouble. Having strongwilled kids of my own lets me know how arrogant I was as a teenager and young adult. I say this because wisdom with age is always something to respect and consider.

I am sorry I was arrogant. I may not have expressed it outwardly, but I did inwardly where the Spirit could see my true self. I have some repenting to do because of that. I know very little about God. The little that I know is because the Spirit revealed it to me. I need to remember that. I believe so much but know so little.

I think I just turned the comments into a confessional!

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 23, 2020:

I agree about the refiners fire. Sometimes things are tough, but I look back and I like how I have improved. I'm sorry to hear about your health. I hope that you have been able to receive priesthood blessings. I would imagine that others would look up to you if you are able to carry on even with your health challenges.

My favorite talks were President Oaks, the final talk by President Nelson, and Elder Lund's talk. It really touched me to hear about Elder Lund's son and his desire to fulfill his posts duty, even amid deadly health problems.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 23, 2020:

It is through these little experiences that we have that major change comes. Mark, COVID has been a refiners fire for me because we have had so many infection scares. I have many preexisting conditions. I have been secluded for almost six months due to other illnesses before COVID started.

My health since November of last year has been just ugly. President Nelson's talk about Let God Prevail lifted me out of a depression recently that the adversary constantly invites me back into.

I am so weak right now, but my faith in Christ is what makes me want to keep moving forward. I am so glad that you were able to find ways to manage and overcome some weaknesses you noticed about yourself. That is what we are here to do. Acknowledging that we have them and confessing them helps us to manage and overcome them through the Grace of Jesus Christ.

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 23, 2020:

We all have potential. It's good to be humble but don't beat yourself up.

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 22, 2020:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your comment but I assure you I'm not worthy.

I liked your second sentence, sad but true.

Best regards,


Mark Richardson from Utah on October 22, 2020:


A great Christlike response. As mentioned, tolerance is key.

Ghandi once said he liked our Christ but not our Christianity.

Let us be the kind of Christians that bring others closer to Him.


Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 22, 2020:

Hi Rodric, and Mark,

Firstly to Rodric,

It wasn't you who was passive-aggressive - it was me and I need to repent, so I will ask for your forgiveness Rodric. And I too, will offer my hand in sincere fellowship.

We are all looking for a brighter dawn.

And Mark, so true, we should all focus on similarities and I must admit that I hadn't thought about it in that light.

My best regards to you both,


Mark Richardson from Utah on October 22, 2020:

Yes, it is good to reconnect my friend. I have went through the pride cycle and now I am doing better than ever. COVID has been a blessing because I now see my family more. I was very passive in my role as father because I worked so much, but now I am in the game instead of on the sidelines. I have worked a lot on my self development. My biggest struggle was with difficult people at work but I learned how to work with them better through personality tests. One of the greatest things that have me a spiritual jumpstart was clashing with antis on this site. Defending the faith makes one strong. Brigham Young said that persecution only makes the saints stronger. But we get soft when things are easy. Keep the faith and fight the good fight, brother.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 22, 2020:

Hi, Mark! It has been a long time since I have been here and seen your posts. It feels like a reunion! You are correct. I think I was a bit passive-aggressive with Jack and need to repent. Jesus would have me extend my hand in fellowship and not contention. Jack pointed out that he did not want contention and I hope that I did not extend it further in my comments. Your words convicted me of my folly. I can not repent.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 22, 2020:

This is so pleasing to read. I know that Jesus Christ is the Father of our salvation. If we follow His teachings we can receive His grace. Is that not amazing? We share that understanding and that is what is so awesome about our faith in God. Brothers in Christ, I concur.

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 22, 2020:

Since my comments and during COVID, I see much division in the country. We need more tolerance. And I think many people have became cliquish... No freedom of opinion. I like a quote by George Bernard Shaw: "... You must get at a man through his own religion. Not yours." So that reemphasizes that we're must focus on similarities.

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 22, 2020:

Hi Rodric,

I thought I'd read some more of your articles and I couldn't go past this one - and reading it confirmed why.

I particularly enjoyed what Mark said a couple of comments down - "It's important to focus on similarities instead of differences". That is so true and all should take it on board.

In my comment in another of your articles I must apologise if I sounded caustic toward you - that was never my intent and I believe you never perceived it as such. And reading some more of your articles I can say that I now understand you better.

As I said, I like your attitude.

We may have differences of opinion but that's where our differences should finish - we believe in the same God, we hope for the same salvation and I'm sure you would agree, I hope it may be so for all of us. We are all brothers in Christ.

Keep fighting the fight Rodric.

Again my best regards,


Mark Richardson from Utah on October 30, 2019:

I don't think I could have said it better myself. Yes, there are distractions.We are all different. So that is why it is critical that we have our own personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 30, 2019:

I think my part is to try and bridge the gap between people and the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ by writing about it. I think I have a responsibility to my people to write about things that help to encourage us to move past anything that distractions us from the truth that Jesus is the Christ and the healer of our lives in an intimate and real way.

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 29, 2019:

I agree. Like in our relationships, we can make them all work as long as both parties are willing. So the Lord is always willing to have a relationship with us, we just need to be willing and to do our part.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on October 29, 2019:

Mark, I would think that we as Christians can lead the world in love and harmony if we focus on living the teaching of Christ to love all as we love ourselves. It will happen one day. I have faith.

Mark Richardson from Utah on October 28, 2019:

Good article. Its important to focus on similarities instead of differences. So if we do that and realize that all our children of God, then we will care about everyone. The Gospel of Jesus Christ makes bad men good and good men better, regardless of their background.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on February 24, 2019:

John, we are the same race, same family--all cousins as far as I can estimate. One day I hope we can truly see ourselves as the glorious creatures we are, the human family. God will meet us where we are now and inch us along if we will allow it.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on February 24, 2019:

Bill, I too grow more weary of the growing hate and division in our society. Since it will not stop without education and training I hope to put as much out there as possible tools for teaching as possible.

Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on February 24, 2019:

Pamela, it would be so easy if we were to follow our beliefs and allow ourselves to heal from the past and move on to the future of our collective building in peace. I hope that more people can look forward as do you in hope and practice.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 23, 2019:

Yes, Rodric. Yes, loving our enemies is the only way of bringing world peace. After all we all originate from the same place and so are really all the same race... the human race.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 23, 2019:

I am so tired of the hate. I understand it, but I'm bone tired of it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2019:

This is an interesting article Rodric. I would like to see all devisions between people of color healed.

I try to always smile and look everyone in the eye, plus just be friendly. Maybe this simple effort will help ease any tensions they feel toward me. I believe in the teachings of Jesus.

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