The women gathered on the porch swapping stories. Howling with laughter, one exclaimed “Oooh, the Devil.”
We’ve all heard someone or something being referred to as “the Devil.” While this has become part of our cultural slang and humor, it also hints at the bible.
“Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14.
It’s crucial to be discerning about who we build community with, receive spiritual advice from, or share our dreams of liberation with. Not everyone is rooting for us.
In Christianity the Devil is the “adversary of God and God’s people.” Since God is the God of oppressed Black people and those who radically stand in solidarity with us, the adversary of God is anti-Blackness.
As we build Black liberated futures, may we be protected from sabotage, especially capitalist temptations and distractions. May we be discerning but not live in paranoia because we know Spirit is leading us down the path of abundance.
May we be reminded, time and again, that when we devote ourselves to Spirit, the Devil doesn’t stand a chance.
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