Hopelessness seems to be abounding. Even before seeing the end of the Covid19 we were thrust into yet another time of chaos in our nation.
The black community feels hopeless because another black man was senselessly murdered by police brutality. The video of George Floyd is beyond difficult to watch. I don’t have the words to say how wrong his death was. My heart aches for him and his family. My prayer is that every racially motivated police officer will be removed from their position and that every man, woman and child, regardless of the color of their skin will not only feel safe, but be safe in every city of our great land.
Business owners in many cities are feeling hopeless. They have lost everything in the rioting and looting. They have done nothing wrong, yet they are paying a high price for another man’s sin.
Police officers and first responders, along with their families, are feeling hopeless. I am talking about the honorable ones. The ones who have a heart to protect and serve their communities. The ones who treat all people equally, these too, are paying a price for another man’s sin.
I vehemently agree with peaceful protests, I stand with you. George Floyd’s death was wrong, and this should never happen. No person, regardless of their race should deal with this kind of injustice. This must change and it must begin now. I pray justice comes swiftly for this man and his family.
However, I still believe, violence is not the solution.
Just this morning I saw a picture of the latest police officer killed during rioting. He was a police chief who lived to serve his community. He was a black man. My heart aches for him and his family. My heart aches, not only for him, but for all who have been shot and injured during these violent days. I pray justice comes swiftly for all. I also pray for an end to the violence.
Still, it brings me hope to see the many videos of police officers and protesters walking together, talking together, praying together. This can heal our land. The violence and looting will not heal our land, it will only feed the fear and hopelessness.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”
To despair means we have given up on hope. It means, we have chosen to believe that God cannot change this. I refuse to give up on hope. I also refuse to believe that is anything that is impossible with God. His word tells me all things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23)
Then, what is the answer? I don’t know. But this I do know.
First, we must acknowledge the truth.
Whether we want to admit it or not, racism still exists today. It is in every city and state. It can be found on both sides, and it must stop.
Pride feeds racism. If we truly desire to see this sin eradicated, we must first humble ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to go into the deep places of our heart and remove any trace of this sin.
Next, we can no longer think it doesn’t affect us.
We are one body; in it are blacks, whites, Hispanic, Asian, Chinese, etc. In that one body are preachers, business owners, bank tellers, police officers and single moms. The body is made up of many different parts. If one part is hurting, the entire body is hurting.
Finally, we must be part of the solution.
For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility (Eph. 2:14).
Anger and violence will not bring change.
I read a quote today from Jonathan Tremaine Thomas, of Civil Righteousness, that said; “Nonviolence and peace is still a weapon that cuts…it divides the anger from the truth.”
May we pray that truth and justice prevail, as peace and non-violence reigns. We cannot return evil for evil; it is not Gods way.
Romans 12:17-18 says, Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
To ALL those who are hurting…we hear you. We hurt with you. We will stand with you until we see change.
May we all become part of the solution, so we can change the world for your children and for mine. We are not a people without hope. As long as we have God, we have enduring hope, may we never forget that.
Meditate on this:
He did this to create in Himself one new man…thus making peace. Ephesians 2:15