I started this blog, not for high ratings from people but rather to share my heart and the love of God with others instead of staying silent. In recent events, the news has been pouring out horrid details of the ruthless deaths of so many young black men and women. Although this has been occurring for years, many have believed that racism ended with the Civil War or when the Jim Crow Laws were abolished. Yet that is not true. Instead, the heat has been raised even higher than before whether we want to believe it or not. It took the news stations the longest to help expose what was happening in our black communities and it was not until so civilians used social media to pour out the sad details before the nation would adhere to the truth.
Racism still haunts our nation today. Even in many of our churches are still segregated. And we as Christians should not ignore that. The #BlackLivesMatter was not started to say that only black lives matter, but for so long black lives did not matter to the world. It forced people to finally realize that we are still fighting racism in our nation and made many to look at their own actions.
Instead of debating whether #BlackLivesMatter or not, we as the Body of Christ should the forerunners in aiding our fellow brothers and sisters who have been hurting for so long. Instead of debating whether a person deserved to be executed or not, we need to remember that there is a mother crying for the lost of her child. A son or daughter just lost their father or mother on the streets. Instead of debating we need to be praying. Instead of judging we need to be loving one another. Do not pray to see who is right or wrong but that as the Body of Christ that we can finally come together.
So why should Christians not ignore #BlackLivesMatter or the crises erupting in our nation? Because our fellow brothers and sisters are hurting too. When one part of the body is hurting doesn’t the whole body feel the pain?
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV
Even if we do not understand our brother’s and sister’s pain, we should not ignore it or turn a blind eye to the problem. We should be praying. We should be coming together. We as Christians should be the front runners against injustice. During the Civil Rights Movement, the church was the head of the movement. People met at the church to plan how to fight injustice in their neighborhoods. But why are so many churches silent now?
It is not a black vs. white issue but a right vs. wrong issue. I should not have to worry about my family members being stopped just for appearing like a suspect on the news or because they just seem suspicious. I don’t want to see a family member of mine becoming a hashtag on social media due to injustice. I don’t want to see hatred towards law enforcement due to a few bad apples in the bunch. I am not saying that everyone should join the Black Lives Matter organization, but at least try understand the message behind it and why so many of us are upset and on our knees praying even harder like never before. It is also not being opposed to or hating law enforcement but against the injustice placed upon many innocent people every day.
But we can counterattack all of the hate, unforgiveness, and anger with love!
We can show acts of love and kindness with our brothers and sisters in Christ and with the world. We as the church shouldn’t be the last ones responding to the times or look to the world to make a response. We need to be the ones changing the climate and be examples of what to do during tragedies. Even when our nation seems divided as ever, especially in the church, I know that God can restore us. Even when it seems that no one is listening to your cries, I know God hears (Psalm 34:17).
So instead of just picking sides or arguing whether Black Lives Matter or not, let us stand together like never before. Let’s pray. Pray for those in law enforcement, pray for those whose lost their loved ones through violence, pray for our nation. And again, we shouldn’t have to wait when tragedy hits to pray but the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. I know many people are saying that we should do more than just pray, however, prayer can do more than what our words can do. Sometimes our actions are not enough because we are attempting to work miracles in our own strength. But when we allow God to work through us, so much can happen, yet that can only happen through prayer! So let us love like never before because that is what Jesus would want us to do.
“16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 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? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
1 John 3:16-18 NIV