Several days ago I dreamed I was in a large cathedral church with classic pews and stain glass windows. There were two sets of pews, one on the right and one on the left with a large aisle in the middle. I was sitting in the pews to the right. Directly behind me were old, conservative Americans.
I heard a commotion behind me, so I turned around to see what was going on. I saw a large group of young, Black Americans coming from the pews on the left side and standing in the center aisle. They were like a flash mob aggressively yelling at the church members while the members sat in the pews on the right side. The young people grew angrier and angrier as they drew closer and closer to an older lady with white hair; screaming in her face. I was concerned for her physical safety, so I turned around in the pew and jumped onto her as if to shield her with my body. Then I locked eyes with a black young man and I yelled, “Michael!!” as if I was a parent scolding my child. He immediately froze and stared at me as he heard my corrective tone.
Just then, I saw Donald Trump in the back balcony of the church standing firm and leaning toward the people watching what was going on. He peacefully said the meeting was canceled and everyone was escorted out of the pews one row at a time by a police officer. Then I woke up.
When I had this dream, I had no idea what kind of commotion was going on in the political arena. When I woke up, I immediately considered the dream and wondered who “Michael” was. The boy I locked eyes with was a young, 21-year old delinquent I met one day several months ago, but that boy’s name is Chris. I thought, why would I call him Michael if I knew his name was Chris? Then I immediately realized, the dream was referring to Michael Brown and the ‘Black Lives Matters’ movement. I was calling out for the loving correction of this movement as a Black American mother. I also understood that this movement would overflow into the churches during the 2016 political year.
I found it interesting that Donald Trump of all people was in the dream looking over the balcony. Perhaps he has something to do with the stirring of their anger, yet he was calling for peace in the dream.
I didn’t plan to share this dream, however I realized it is starting happen in churches all over America. I believe the Lord is releasing authority to correct the behavior of those who are disgruntled over political issues in our churches. Regardless of everyone’s personal view on politics or social issues, leaders don’t have to tolerate people attacking others in the church. We are called to protect the innocent and stand up for that which is just and true.
Author: Denika Alston
Denika and her husband, Adonis, are community leaders and pastors of Elijah House Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GA (www.elijahhouseatlanta.com). Denika is an educator and author of an upcoming children’s novel, It’s not a Fairytale. She is also founder of “Ready Now”, a ministry to local churches and communities in Metro Atlanta, offering seminars and workshops on the importance of preparing our hearts and our homes for the coming storm.
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