Breaking silence. I have been on the sidelines of everything that is going on mainly for two reasons – I want to love everyone, and I DONT think my words really matter in a situation like this. And to be honest, they don’t! But this morning, I was awakened by the Holy Spirit with such a compassion from God to tell us “I love everyone”.
These past few months have shown us that racial division is still real – in America, and our world. We have seen killings, protests, shootings, and horrific slayings all because of racial division and prejudice. From New York, to Missouri, to a school in the middle east where racial division cause the killing 141 children this past week. It hurts my heart.
But, I think we have gotten all of this wrong as sons and daughters of God. Sure, the world is going to respond the way the world would – because the world doesn’t KNOW the love of God the way that we do – or SHOULD. The enemy wants Christians to get caught up, he wants nothing more than for us to start killing each other – judging each other and stop loving each other.
- To Christians, to myself – why are we looking for justice, when the only justice for sin is forgiveness. The only response for someone who has turned from God’s love, is the cross. I don’t believe that Christ is taking sides – choosing who he thinks is right - I believe he is looking for sins to cover so that the lost might be saved.
It’s not God to look at the color of anyones skin and determine their value (why do we?)
It’s not God to look at the behavior of anyone and determine their value (why do we?)
It IS God to love us so much, that even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Prejudice is sin, pure evil.
It’s the depth of the enemy’s desire – division.
But that means we need to be doing something other than dividing, right?! Something, as believers, with all that is going on that brings unity instead of strife. Things need to change in america, (in the world) but dividing a nation is exactly what the enemy wants to do. He WANTS this to be about sides.
Let’s bring change by choosing life, by choosing each other OVER ourselves. Let’s bring change the way the Bible tells us; spending more time in prayer than on Facebook talking about it. Yes, I said that – I do my best to stay off Facebook, but I have seen more of us Christians “talking” about the problems than I have seen us gathering to pray. (Oh, we say “I’m praying for this situation” but are we really?).
This morning, I was awakened to read Luke chapter 6. I have taught this so many times when it comes to overcoming offense, but this morning it was such a reminder of the power of God’s love to a nation whose racial division is still killing the masses. Still causing innocent hundreds of lives, weeks at a time… Let’s get a hold of this for America, so that we can LOVE.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.