“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17).
I have been sincerely listening to a wide variety of opinions, and considering different points of view, about the current state of affairs, here in the United States. Something that I already knew is being made abundantly clear—not all white people agree with each other, and similarly, not all black people agree with each other either. In fact, there is a plethora of opinions in the public arena, so probably best just not assume. Personally, I am inclined to think assuming that people do, or should, believe any certain way based on their skin color is racist, but “racist” is an egregious accusation, and really should be wielded with great care. Racism is as old as Genesis; it’s not a new evil, neither is devaluing human life; that one has been around for just as long and both are akin to one another.
I don’t see the point in debating with people about something when I can just as easily go look up law enforcement statistics myself, but I don’t have to rely solely on FBI data, Fox News, or CNN, because I have Jesus. Jesus never lies to me. Jesus never emphasizes some truths, at the expense of other truths, in order to advance a political agenda or social narrative. Our struggle isn’t a Republican thing or a Democrat thing; in fact, it isn’t really even a black thing or a white thing. Satan is working all the angles, and Jesus is the answer to what ails us. So, how much more is it going to take before we tire of leaning on our own understanding? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3: 5-8).
I am encouraged though, over the past few days, I’ve seen example after example of God bringing people together, who might have otherwise never crossed paths, and that needs to keep happening. Get behind us Satan (Matthew 16:23). If people continue coming together, in the streets, to worship and pray together, not only will Christ take back the public spaces He was once asked to leave, Sunday may cease being the most segregated day of the week. The accounts of solidarity popping up all over the country are producing fruits of empathy, understanding, and love. Everyone keeps talking about the “New Normal” post COVID, but I say, no, no, let this bold and public pursuit of Jesus Christ become our “New Normal” instead! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Finally, rioting and looting are bad, but of course, the loss of human life, regardless of past misdeeds, whether it be at the hands of law enforcement, or a rioter, or a serial killer, or an abortion practitioner, or anyone else, is the greater tragedy. I don’t know why the value of human life is even a matter for debate, other than the fact that devaluing human life is sadly, nothing new. After all, there was a time when the life of a mule was valued over the life of a coal miner, yet there was also a time when a man could be sold as property like a mule. How messed up is that? Only the love of Christ can heal that level of brokenness. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17). Yes, I chose that verse on purpose; let it sink into your heart a bit, as I say, “Rest in peace, George Floyd.”
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