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The Fruit of Repentance

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Fruit of Repentance by Ramone Ramero

I am sharing this blogpost with permission from my new friend Ramone Romero, who lives in Japan. His prophetic art and words stir my heart toward the heart of Jesus. You can link to his blog-site Weeping Jeremiahs by clicking on the painting. –Terry M. Wildman

Here is his blog post…

A few weeks ago God gave me a dream at night:

I was in Native American lands. I was in the midst of a forest area, which was dry and like in winter-time. The trees were tall, grey, and had no branches or leaves. It was near to night.

I stopped at a wooden building that was like a shop for Native American souvenirs. The room was empty, however. While there I wanted to meet with the tribal elders. They came in and stood as if in a somewhat semi-circle line, facing me. I was drawn to them in my heart, and they gave their hearts to me and offered to include me in the tribe.

Then I had to go, but I would come back. My heart filled with love for them, and I wanted to come back to them. They had honored me with their love, and I wanted to honor them and love them back.

I was deeply moved by the dream, but didn’t write it down until a few weeks later when God reminded me of it. Again my heart was deeply stirred, so I prayed and asked God what it meant:

“The night is near for America; many who profess My name are as dead trees, as branches that have been removed because they do not abide in My love. Many are seeking ‘revival’ and practice ‘identificational repentance’ for the sake of land, but turn away from practicing My love.

I am sending My servants to repent to Native Americans for the way My people have treated them. Many have visited Native Americans in recent years to repent for past atrocities, but have then left instead of continuing relationship and becoming family with them. Many have repented only for the sake of ‘cleansing the land’ and ‘to bring revival,’ but have not stood with Native Americans in their needs, their troubles, and in their struggle to secure justice in America. In My name, many Christians have come to the house of prayer only for souvenirs – just to ‘get something’ from Natives and then leave them as abandoned and neglected as before.

Do not treat My beloved children as souvenirs!
Do not speak My name to them without giving My love to them!
Abide in My love for them: abide with them!”

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Author's Updates

 

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Reconciliation and Culture – Part 1

A friend of ours is honoring Jesus with a Native American Dance.

America’s early colonists were self-assured of their superiority, intellectually and culturally. This developed into a kind of ethnocentrism that frequently caricatured the Indians as bloodthirsty savages with no sense of right or wrong. Native culture was often mocked and ridiculed. They were looked down on and treated like children that needed to be disciplined and put in their place.

Early missionaries among the Puritans, steeped in their own European culture, often acted out the same condescending attitudes. Indian spiritual beliefs were judged as pagan and simplistic. They concluded that the only way Indians could truly be converted was if they became civilized first. That meant that Indians must become Puritans, in dress and language. In some cases Baptism was withheld until the Native candidate first dressed in civilized clothes, built a proper cabin, put up a fence and planted a garden. It was these Puritan Missionaries of New England that set the standard for future missions.

In the secular market pulp novels were written further reinforcing the negative stereotypes that had been developed. The Indian was characterized either as a savage or a romanticized tragic figure. In later generations movies made in Hollywood continued to infect the minds and hearts of millions of white Americans as Indians were further defamed and demeaned on the silver screen. This has only changed in the last twenty years where new movies have presented a more accurate account of this history. But the damage has already been done.

Even today there are younger generations whose minds have been shaped by the stereotypes in these films. In my own extended family one of my young nephews once asked me, “So are you part Indian and part human?” Where did he get the idea that Indians aren’t human?

These historic seeds have produced, especially among Christians, a harvest of suspicion and mistrust of Native cultural practices, in particular spiritual practices. I have personally encountered Christians who automatically associate being an Indian to being a witch or a Satan worshiper. These Christians encourage and often demand Native believers in Jesus to renounce all aspects of their Indian heritage. I know of two Indian friends, believers in Jesus, who were told by ministers to reject all their cultural ways. One was even told to renounce her Clan. Recently, when ministering in Michigan we met a young Native girl who was 8 years old. She had visited a local church where the other children told her that she was a “devil worshiper,” just because she is Native American.

The Bible never tells us to renounce our ethnic identities or our cultures. We can and should obviously renounce any forbidden practices, such as witchcraft or idolatry, which is found among all people groups. There is good and bad in every culture, and idolatry can disguise itself in many forms, including greed (Colossians 3:5).

Miigwech Bizandowiyeg (thank you for listening).

 

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Author's Updates

 

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