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Spiritual Wickedness in Low Places: the African American relationship with God

I don't know many wealthy people but I know a bunch of poor ones. They are just as bad anyone else who is considered wicked. The innocent get hurt. I call it like I see it and I see a lot of spiritual wickedness in low places. The Bible verse Ephesians 6:11-12 says, "put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Honestly, this bible verse has always frightened me. I'm like, non-human entities? Invisible forces? I had a particularly hard, bad day one day where I was beat upon roundly (figuratively speaking) and I thought of this verse when I got home. I cannot make myself any smaller. If I could have a cloak of invisibility I would have a cloak of invisibility just so I could go about my day in peace. My day must have been filled with combat with the spiritually wicked in the heavenly places and God was my shield. I felt like a cat toy. I had been emotionally abused and pounced on all day but I know it could have been worse. It had to be the blood of Jesus which covered me because I did not fuss or make a ruckus. I took it on the chin and kept it moving. What stood out for me in this verse is that it deals primarily with forces I cannot see, so I pray sometimes and I don't know why but I'll break out in little silent prayers. World forces? If I make it through the day with my dignity intact it is an act of God. Again, most of the people I know are of average means and I am yet to win the lottery jackpot but from my low position, I can feel the heavenly and world forces spewing evil from high places. The world indeed can be a very scary place. This bible verse proves it.. Furthering this line of thinking, it would be a horror upon horror to suffer greatly here on earth and then burn up in hell because of our own spiritual wickedness in our very low places. We are not placed on high—not the folks I have to see every day. Yet, we are so mean to each other. Yes, I know we should bear each other's burdens, it is the Christian thing to do and for those of you who are not Christian it is the Godly thing to do. All of the bibles everywhere say this is true. We don't do it. It truly takes God's goodness to keep my trap shut some days and not make things worse by popping off at the mouth. Sometimes what is left unsaid is most powerful, I've learned. However, if those who believe can stay calm and pray and bear one another's burdens, please do so frequently. We need it.

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