If you had asked me how I felt about the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the recent shootings in Dallas, I would have just stared at you, I didn’t know how to feel. I didn’t want to feel. Disappointment and confusion had taken over my heart. But through much prayer and rest, I can now speak my mind. It’s time for us to face what is really happening here. Whether you justify it or not, lives are being lost at the hands of the people who were sworn in to protect them. No matter what your background is or what you were taught to believe, the facts are that Black people are DYING at the hands of police officers. What can one say about the recent chain of events, well I am saying ENOUGH.
ENOUGH OF THE HATE
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:18-19 NIV
It’s no surprise that murder was listed first as the fruit of evil thoughts. What can cause someone to want to take the life of another but the evil intentions in their heart. Enough of the malice that is unfortunately birthed from the heart due to roots that grow from the outside. Enough of the negative feelings towards others that are now proving to be systematic. Enough of the fear of what we do not understand but hastily instill in tomorrow’s generation. What does one gain from wanting to harm another? Is it because one was first harmed or is it because one THOUGHT they were going to be harmed? No matter how it’s drawn, hate is hate. No matter what side it’s coming from, hate is hate.
Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good. Proverbs 17:13 NIV
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Romans 12:17 NIV
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NIV
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9 NIV
It is human to want to repay evil with evil, BUT, we must stop to think why God warns us not to. If you zoom out of the immediate frame and look at the chain of events that come from rewarding evil with evil, NO CHANGE OR PROGRESS EVER OCCURS. Through violence the oppressors continue to oppress because they believe they are justified. Through violence the oppressed start oppressing because in reality, they are justified. It’s a circle where the oppressors become the oppressed and the oppressed the oppressors, where else I thought the goal was to stop the oppression?
We can not let ourselves be pawns in the devil’s chess game. We can not do within ourselves what he continuously fails to do to us. We have to open our eyes to see above the acts of violence in order to see where it stems from. What can make a human kill another human because of the color of their skin? Hmmm, the same thing that can cause a human to harm another human because of their sex. The same thing that can cause a human to harm another human because of their beliefs. Think about it.
Do not allow yourself to be a pawn in the devil’s chess game.
ENOUGH OF THE FALSE DOCTRINE
Refrain from teaching people that prayer is wrong and violence is right. The bible can not get any clearer about that. We are told to pray for our enemies and not to seek revenge. Were we not once enemies of God yet through the love of Jesus Christ are now called his children? Do we still not offend God through our actions and wicked thoughts, yet through grace he forgives us? Why put others down for wanting to go a different way, a peaceful way. Stop advocating for change through the use of force. Stop causing the little ones to stumble, for we all know what will happen to those who do that .(Mt 18:6, Lk 17:2, Mk 9:42)
The BIBLE says…
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Romans 12:14 NIV
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12 NIV
ENOUGH OF THE INDIFFERENCE
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15 NIV
For those who coined #AllLivesMatter, what was your intention? Was it to say that in fact all lives do matter therefore acknowledging the fact that #BlackLivesMatter or was it to take away from the problem at hand. When you say “all lives matter” do you mean that all lives including black lives matter or do you mean all lives not just black lives matter? You see there’s a difference. There’s a difference in wanting to support a cause and wanting to take away from it. There’s a difference between agreeing that there is indeed a problem at hand and disagreeing that the problem at hand is not indeed a problem but an unfortunate situation brought on by the victims. Then again the question of who the victim really is must be asked because somehow, someway, we get different answers.
I too believe that all lives matter but in agreement to the fact that black lives are included in that too. I do not say all lives matter to lessen the intensity of the recent events because I know that to some, all lives matter means all lives, not just black lives, matter. As if the Black population is trying to form a rift between a society that was sadly brought together by a sticky adhesive and not a permanent adhesive that was made to give the illusion of unity. Where in fact it should be all lives, including black lives, matter. You see the loss of black lives is exposing the fact that there is an underline problem so great that the bonds of unity cannot be securely held any further without proper attention. Do not hide your indifference behind the fact that all lives matter. If you feel for the tragedies that have been going on for way too long, good. If you don’t, think about if it was you that tasted the sting of injustice and how lonely and disheartened you would feel if people looked at it as if it wasn’t important.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ; WE MUST WAIT ON THE LORD
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both. Proverbs 17:15 NIV
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord , and he will avenge you. Proverbs 20:22 NIV
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19 NIV
No human being can hide the truth from God for He does not look at words or at a person’s actions, instead he searches the heart. The heart can not lie or hide what it truly feels. We might not know why the recent chain of events has been happening but God knows why. We might not know how to bring upon a change but God knows how. It is written that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and his ways are higher than our ways so we must wait on him to make a move. Why act as if his sovereignty relies on the situation at hand or can be shaken by the emotions that are too overwhelming to bear? We must remember that our God was never a God of injustice. Or is it because he does not speak when we desire him to means he is not there? Remember what Moses said to the once oppressed Israelites, ” The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”.
Waiting on the Lord does not mean sitting down, Indian style as madness erupts around you, for faith without works is dead. Waiting on the Lord does not mean keeping silent though the word of God tells us to do right, seek justice, defend the oppressed, take up the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow.(Is 1:17, Ps 82:3) Waiting on the Lord is trusting His character and goodness. “It’s about holding on tight, hoping with expectation and trust, knowing that our Lord is not making us wait just to see how long we can ‘take it’.” We must be more dependent on God than in our man-made justice system. We must believe that he will intervene at the perfect moment, not a second too soon or too late.
Instead, while we wait, let us use our gifts to invoke a change. If you’re an advocate for the news, then bring about real, unbiased information that tells of the truth in its entirety. If you’re a writer, form beautifully compelling works that call for unity and for a change in the areas that inflict oppression. If you’re a parent, teach your children to love despite all circumstances and to believe in the power of good over evil. If you’re a person of faith, provide prayers and encouragement for those who know not how to pray or encourage themselves. If you are blessed with platforms, use them to bring awareness and to call for unity and not discord. There is so much that can be done without the use of violence so we must never believe the lie that forceful retaliation is the only answer.
These tasks are not being suggested for just one group of people to do but for all people (despite race, ethnicity, gender, etc) to do in order to bring about change. Let’s also not forget to educate our brothers and sisters who really don’t understand. Let’s definitely not forfeit the need to pray for our brothers and sisters who don’t want to understand. I know yielding to the word of God seems impossible during times like this but ALWAYS remember that we serve a God who warned us that in this life we would have trouble but encourages us to take heart because He has overcome the world. (Jn 16:33)
And don’t worry…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. REJOICE AND BE GLAD, BECAUSE GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN, FOR IN THE SAME WAY THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS WHO WERE BEFORE YOU.
Matthew 5:3-12 NIV
– Words from our Lord Jesus Christ