Over the past week or so my heart is burdened by the nation-wide chaos that has followed the decisions in Fergueson, Mo and the dropped charges of the Eric Garner death. After processing and praying over the last week, here are 3 things I have learned from these events.
1) Racism is still prevalent in America.
Call it what you want, but racism is still an epidemic in America. Unfortunately, it is the reality. All over Facebook, Twitter, TV, and other news sources, the nation has been bombarded by racial hate statuses and nation wide protests. From both sides of the argument, people are using hateful language to describe another race. White, black, middle eastern, or hispanic, all over the country the true character of the hearts of people are being exposed. The exposure shows that racism is still an issue. You want to know what I am really embarrassed by? It is the amount of people who claim to follow Jesus, yet make statements that in no way, shape, or form resemble Christ. Seriously? Shame on you. Jesus said that the second greatest commandment was to “love our neighbors as ourselves”(Matthew 22:39). As a Christ follower are you following that commandment? Are you adding fuel to the fire by your passive-agressive social media remarks? Listen, I am not justifying anyones actions, but what I am saying is that the racial tension between ethnicities is still prevalent in 2015. If you consider yourself a Christian, act like it in a time of need.
2) Sin is prevalent in America.
I don’t care about the color of your skin, all people are sinners. We “have all sinned and fallen short” (Romans 3:23). We all make mistakes. Michael Brown should’t have robbed a store. Darren Wilson, maybe or may not have been protecting himself. People are burning cars and buildings. Daniel Pantaleo killed an unarmed man. Others are looting and hurting others. Sin is sin. Timothy says this, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Sin is every where. Sin destroys lives. Sin brings consequences not only to out lives but to the lives of others. Before we point fingers, remember you too are a sinner.
3) People are hurting.
People are angry. People are confused. Lives have been lost. Each of these things lead to the hurt and anguish Americans are feeling across the country. I wish I had the magic words to make all the pain go away. Paul wrote to the church in Phillipi, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” All one can do is pray. Pray for the people that are hurting. Talk to God about the emotion you might be feeling. My prayer is that through such devastating times that America is going through, God will use it to bring order to chaos, conflict to unity, and hate to love. You see, God can take away the racism, sin, and pain.
I would love to hear what you have learned. Please comment below as an opportunity to share.