Lately our country feels like a tinderbox. Racial and economic disputes are causing riots, fear, and hate speech. Somehow it has become acceptable to say things that would have labeled many as racist not very long ago.
My heart aches as many of yours.
My sweetheart and children are partially Chinese, since my husband grew up in Singapore. In the last six months I have seen more racially provoked discrimination than I had in many years previous combined.
Those who have been wronged by discrimination on both sides of the issues are hurting. They are screaming out,
“DO I MATTER?”
Not necessarily in so many words, but in their heart. I would say to them,
To law enforcement officers, to those rioting in the streets, to those who have been wronged,
I’d like to say to the leaders of today, “How can we as a Christian people accept hate?” It doesn’t matter who is bashing whom, that question is the same.
God has created us all equal before Him. We are all His creation.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Galatians 3:28 (ESV)
If it feels as if you have been wronged, I am sorry for your pain.
If you feel that no one understands, I am sorry for your struggle.
If you fear for your life as you try to protect others who don’t appreciate your service, I am grateful for your service.
There should be no Christian stamp of approval on hateful actions on either side of this issue. There were prayer meetings held to pray for peace that had to be disbanded because a shouting match ensued between those with opposing viewpoints.
How can we as Christians not even be able to pray with someone who sees things differently than we do?
A similar problem existed in Bible days between the Jews and Gentiles. Here is what Jesus had to say:
Matthew 5:43 – 48 (NIV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This isn’t a political viewpoint. It’s a Christian viewpoint. So what will we do with it?