As part of the African-American community, Dr. Joseph Green knows full well the deep-seated racial wounds that have darkened American culture and pervade modern society. Those wounds underlie Green’s launch of the 2019 Movement, intended to restore and reconcile the black community in America to its God-given destiny.
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The co-founder of Antioch Assembly located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and a board member for Healing International, Green began to take notice of the intensity at which racial division began to accelerate throughout this past decade. Tragedies surrounding Trayvon Martin in Orlando, Florida, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to name a few, grieved his spirit.
Green refers to John 17:21a, in which Jesus prayed, “that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You.”
“God’s intention is for us to be reconciled not only to Him, but to each other,” Green told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of “Greenelines” on the Charisma Podcast Network. “That made sense for me as to why there was such racial division and unrest and prejudice that was really coming to the surface again in this country. I believe it’s because the enemy is trying to do as he always does—distort and twist and disrupt God’s plan—which is for us to come together, every tribe and every tongue, as one.”
Green says this unity and healing begins with forgiveness, the staple of the 2019 Movement. Every time he speaks to audiences, he prays a prayer of forgiveness he hopes will overwhelm all of God’s children.
“You’re empowered when you recognize that someone has done something to me, but yet I’m not allowing it to have power in my life, for it to continue to victimize me,” Green says. “Unity in the midst of diversity can’t be something that just happens. It should be something that we as the church are pursuing, especially in this time and season.”