My soul cries out this morning on my way to work, when Bethel’s “We Will Not Be Shaken” comes through my speakers.
“For in the hour of our darkest day
We will not tremble, we won’t be afraid
Hope is rising like the light of dawn
Our God is for us He has overcome”
The chaos of this world is incredibly disheartening. But not surprising to the Lord.
There is no justifiable reason for murder. For hatred of another human being-flesh and blood. Hearts that beat just like yours.
For a man to take another man’s life-steal his soul-is inexcusable. To exercise an abuse of power is despicable. To think that killing is an answer to injustice is flawed.
I grew up with teachers telling me that the generation before me had made immeasurable racial progress. “Things are so much better now than they used to be.” Admittedly, I used to think this “progress” was enough.
But it’s not.
We still live in a world where the color of one’s skin determines so much. People with hatred coursing through their veins see color first, humanity second.
That’s not okay with me. There is truth to the shouts of injustice. There are lessons to be learned if we would just listen.
I’m thankful to have been raised color blind-surrounded by people of different race, attracted to men of all ethnicities, desiring relationships with those who share the same values and not simply the same skin. It’s my hope and prayer that one day we will all be color blind. We will all learn to see past the pigmentation of our skin. That we will learn to celebrate one another in love.
Until then, we must continue to peacefully cry out for justice on behalf of our black brothers and sisters. We must pray for the narrative of hatred to CEASE. We must continue to fight for equality of mankind. Because we are ALL flawed, ALL incredibly sinful, and ALL in need of a savior.
Jesus didn’t come to bestow superiority to one type of race. He came for us all. And until He returns, it’s our job to love like Him.