You Matter – Faith Thoughts with Author Michelle Lim

Photo by Yosep Sugiarto

Photo by Yosep Sugiarto

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,

“YES!”

To law enforcement officers, to those rioting in the streets, to those who have been wronged,

“You Matter!”

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.

YOU MATTER!

If you feel that no one understands, I am sorry for your struggle.

YOU MATTER!

If you fear for your life as you try to protect others who don’t appreciate your service, I am grateful for your service.

YOU MATTER!

Photo by Craig Hauger

Photo by Craig Hauger

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?

How can we show everyone on both sides of this issue that THEY MATTER?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

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