Brokenness in Our World
I have kept silent on this issue for multiple reasons. One, because I’m still trying to work through my emotions and how I’m supposed to respond. And two, I don’t want to offend anyone if my views differ from other’s views. But I believe it is important to stand with the black and brown communities during these trying times who are being oppressed and judged every day because of their color. They are humans just like you and me. It completely breaks my heart, and I hate that people see them as less than human.
With that being said, George Floyd was a criminal. And I think the truth should be told about what is really happening. Does that mean he deserved what he got? Absolutely not! Does that mean I am on the side of the officer? Definitely not! He deserves whatever punishment he receives, if not more. I also believe it is important for people to know that police brutality isn’t only against minority communities. And does that mean all cops are bad cops? No! But I don’t agree with the amount of violence that has been shown, both by rioters and police.
Fighting violence with violence will only end in war. I stand by my friends who have been involved in peaceful protests, but I also see that hasn’t been working for many years. I don’t know what there is to do right now, but I see your frustration, and I don’t blame you. I hear your cries, and I am crying with you. I love you, and I want you to know that I am listening.
“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:11-12
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
So, as you read here, we are all equal in God’s eyes. He created each and every one of us in His image for a purpose. And as we try to live our lives out like Christ, we should treat everyone with respect and as equals, no matter their race, religion, gender, sexuality, etc. We are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against Satan and his evil schemes. When we are more focused on fighting each other, we are giving the enemy a foothold into our lives and into our world. Instead, we should focus on God and changing our own hearts. That is the only thing we have the ability to control.