Oppression is a state of irregular power relations
characterized by dominance, subordination, and
resistance, in which the dominating persons or
groups exercise their power by limiting access to
material resources and instilling fear or
self-deprecating views about themselves in the
subordinated persons or groups.... So, oppression
is a set of unequal, imbalanced, imperfect,
irregular, lopsided power dynamics between
individuals, genders, classes, communities,
nations, and states.
Some people are of the belief that different groups
of individuals have unequal power (oppression as
a condition or state), and that the more dominant or
privileged groups utilize their power to oppress,
exploit, isolate, and inferiorize the oppressed groups
(oppression as a process or act).
Oppression is a state of irregular power relations
characterized by domination, subordination, and
resistance, in which the dominating persons or groups
exercise their power by limiting access to material
resources and instilling fear or self-deprecating views
about themselves in the subordinated persons or
According to the dictionary, oppression is defined
as "the unjust or cruel use of authority or power,
especially through the imposition of burdens; the
situation of being burdened down; an act of
pressing down; a sense of heaviness or obstruction
in the body or mind" (Merriam-Webster Third
International Edition). As we can see from this
definition, oppression is not only a condition in
which there is inequality between groups, but it is
also a process that enacts or sustains the state of
So, oppression is a set of unequal, imbalanced,
imperfect, irregular, lopsided power dynamics
between individuals, genders, classes, communities,
nations, and states.
The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate
weights find favor with Him.
Integrated in our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance, the
phrase, "Indivisible with liberty and justice for all"
leads to the idea that each citizen is equal under
Oppression is one of the most relentless and
potentially violent and/or dangerous social
forces in all of human history. Every time we
are of the opinion we have finally disengaged
from the evils of white supremacy, it
reconstructs itself. Each systemic
reappearance is more covert, more veiled,
than the last.
So unrestrained is systemic racism, in fact, many are
either ignorant of it, or choose to dismiss it from their
recollection or at least from any discussion.
The oppression of men is often more than flesh
and blood can bear; and He Who knows our frame,
will not refuse to remove it in answer to the prayers
of His people.
Jesus came to set the captives free, and heal
who were oppressed, clearly showing
us that oppression is NOT God’s will.
Jesus went about doing good, and
healing all who were oppressed of the
devil; for God was with Him.
Satan and his troops are out to mislead; and persuade
the willing soul to believe in something that is not true.
He hurls all kinds of misleading thoughts into the mind.
Satan varies his methods considerably, but his goal always
remains the same, and that is to gain the greatest possible
degree of control over the mind.
Our mind is very important to us because it is our decision-
making mechanism. If we lose our mind, with it we lose
also the ability to select our options.
Satan's goal is to: confuse the mind,
deceive the mind, and
if possible, control the mind.
He endeavors to scrutinize, tear people down, tempt,
confuse, and discourage people in an effort to cause
misery, vexation, sorrow, doubt and faithlessness.
The enemy wants nothing more than to enter certain areas
of our lives and render us insane, submissive,
weak, ineffective and ready to accept his control and/or
Oppression is the greatest violence,
and to fight against it is always the
most reasonable thing to do.
It appears that police brutality and the killing of unarmed
African American citizens are running rampant.
Could this be viewed as the new day
Could it be that the justice system was built to humiliate,
oppress and disarm the black community, for easy control
of rebellion, just as "Buck breaking" was used for slaves?
Hillary Clinton once asked a room full of white people to
imagine how they would feel if police and judges treated
them the way African Americans are treated. "If the police
patrolled white communities with the same violence that
they patrol poor black neighborhoods, there would be a
So in everything, do to others what you would have them
do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
(Matthew 7:12, NIV)
Jesus wasn’t simply giving us a rule to follow. He was
unveiling the purity of God’s love and the depravity of the
Jesus said: to“Do unto others,” as the Bible instructs,
means to receive love from God and give it to others—
also known as The Royal Law (James 2:8).
The exercise of authority or power,
mentally and/or physically, in a
burdensome or unjust manner.
The diversity of ethnicity, color, language, and sect helps
us realize the dignity of each individual. This typically
means being less self-serving, overcoming ego,
overcoming self-righteous indignation, elevating our
consciousness and emulating the characteristics of our
When our attitudes and actions are consistent with the
teachings of Jesus... we can share, act, and come
together. We believe everything that is needed to build
a culture of peace already exists within each one of us.
May we always remember and never
We have no greater privilege than to
have God with us in a very personal
and intimate way.
During these challenging times, may
we rest assured in knowing God's eyes
are on us, and God is not a passive
observer, but an active participant in
all of our affairs. God's watchful eyes
sees all of creation. God is fully aware
of all that takes place within creation.
No one, regardless of their station in
life, can block, bolt down or stop
the providence of God Almighty.
There is no creature in heaven above or the earth beneath
that is hidden from God's watchful eye. In God's
omniscient wisdom, He knows all things.
*God knows the thoughts of our hearts before the
thoughts even reach our imagination.
*God examines the motives of our mind.
*Everything is laid bare to God's pure eyes and Holy
God's sovereignty is not limited to a single nation or
certain people. God's love extends far beyond imaginary
man-made barriers and worldly designations, i.e., race,
tribe, creed, color, gender, language, age, culture,
disability, political beliefs, educational background,
or socio-economic differences, experiences, or realities.
God is the Lord of all the world,
and God is the Creator of all.
The idea of difference, worldly isms, and class privilege
are interlocking systems of oppression. They appear to be
natural; however, they are, in fact, socially constructed
and are used to rationalize inequality and all kinds of
Slavery, oppression, Jim Crow, inequality and racism still
exists... just warmed over differently.
Jesus embraced others with a radical disregard for
their race, tribe, creed, color, class, religion, language,
age, culture, disability, political beliefs, educational
backgrounds, or socioeconomic differences, experiences,
"Jesus ransomed people for God from every tribe and
language and people and nation."
Jesus did not allow social status or cultural barriers to
dictate His relationships with people.
Jesus was criticized for His actions,
but what prophet ever lived without
Generational sins are weaknesses or tendencies that are
handed down to us through the generations from parents
or members of our family. These sins can involve
behavioral patterns and ways of thinking that keep us
trapped in the past.
When a father has a sinning way of life, his children are
likely to have the same sinful lifestyle as well. That is why
it is not undeserved for God to penalize sin to the third or
fourth generation – because they are committing the same
sins their ancestors did. Those repetitive family sins, can
be one's gateway for demonic torment.
Each person is punished for their own sins, not the sins
of their ancestors. The Bible tells us that God does not
hold children liable for the sins of their parents
The Bible tells us that the sins of the father can be
transferred and practiced down to the third and fourth
generations. This generational torch can include demonic
oppression, or demonic possession.
For some, withholding information, secrecy, keeping the
masses dumbed down and ignorant are control
mechanisms and weapons of mass oppression.
God established the equal value of all human beings with