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Satan Thinks in Black & White: Racism in the Congregations of America
Ronald B. Jimmerson
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer
In “Satan Thinks in Black & White,” author Ronald B. Jimmerson takes readers on a thought-provoking journey on how we as a society have incorporated racism into our church congregations. His thoughts relate back to God’s original plan of having one church, one Spirit and one body. At the beginning of the book he relates, “We have allowed Satan to divide Christianity into denominations, and denominations into race, and race into hatred, and hatred in segregation.”
Another thought he provides is that we have gotten away from the spirit and look to the flesh for guidance. We believe what pastors tell us even though they are misusing the Bible to support their beliefs. Many do not even open their Bibles until Sunday and do not praise God for everyday things. Jimmerson also believes that we have become a very disgruntled society which is distrustful of people we don’t understand.
In Chapter 2, the author discusses how many feel unwelcome when they are looking for a church or when visiting other churches that are of a different denomination. Many individuals carry prejudice in their hearts although verbally they may say something different. Chapter 3 discusses the different types of Christians and Jimmerson states that everyone is one of the types and may not know it or is in denial. There is one chapter on slavery which is written to provide some additional history on how Satan deceives people to divide and indoctrinate society. Even though slavery is illegal, as a society we still feel the impact of it.
“Satan Thinks in Black & White” by Ronald B. Jimmerson was quite a thought-provoking book, well written and informative. There might be some who read this book who will get angry and incensed at what the author states; however, maybe they are the ones who need to address some of their false beliefs.