I hate to give into the pressure of voicing my opinion on social media simply because that has been everyones first reaction as if it will suddenly deviate racism and the sin that is going on in our country.
However, I will speak up against sin and hatred that is being cast around so lightly as we hide behind our screens in attempt to seem courageous.
Growing up on the mission field, I never had the same skin tone as those around me and in reality, it made no difference to my care-free self. But I do remember as a child, my siblings and I were called “monsters” due to not having the same skin tone as the kids we were attempting to befriend.
I remember having to evacuate a country because our skin color was different from those protesting at that time. And I’m white.
This is all I know about racism and I refuse to belittle anyone else’s experiences, because I know there are far worse extents of racism going on in this world today. But I do want to say racisms is not white vs. black.It’s humans against humans.
It’s sinful. It’s wrong. It’s disheartening.
Because God made each of us unique in His image our sinful nature uses that difference to belittle & destroy those around us in a sorry attempt to elevate ourselves.
God never intended it to be like that.
It is the devils tool to bring about division where there was only meant to be unity & harmony, but that is the way it has always been since sin entered this world.
I do not believe God ever meant for us to find peace amidst such earthly things, but He did mean for us to find peace in our hearts. And not until we share that same peace we have experienced from God alone in our lives, will there be the opportunity to share peace with those around us. And not until we have His peace & love in our hearts will there be peace & love in this world.
I know many of us are outraged and angry and upset and infuriated by the evil that is taking place in this world, but may we not lose the spirit of peace that Christ gave His life to give us while we so easily give in to the enemies plan.
God exemplified grace on the cross; may we exemplify it in this world.
God came to give peace; may we communicate that peace with those around us.
God came to love; may we love as He does.
God came to give hope; so let’s have hope.
May we voice our empathy before we are so quick to voice our opinion as to where we stand in efforts to prove who we are rather than to really make a difference.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.Bill bullard
May we be slow to speak & quick to love.
And before we throw around accusations and judgement upon those who have stayed silent; let’s do a heart check.
Because someone has not spoken up or given in to what the media wants everyone to say, does not mean they do not care. It does not mean they have not taken it as their personal responsibility to pray & fast & weep over what is taking place in our country not simply with racisms, but with every sin that is being cast around.
The people who are causing division among themselves are just as wrong as the racism and looting and rioting that is going on.
The devil will use any means to create disharmony and hate, and if we are foolish enough to give into such matters then there really isn’t much hope for our country.
May we use our voices to not merely voice our opinions along with a bible verse to make it somewhat relevant, but to fall on our knees in humble assurance that God is the only one who will change hearts.
Let us love people well; all people. Because that is what God has called us to do.
I am using my voice to speak out of love. I do not claim to have all the answers nor do I claim to be right– I only claim to share what God has placed on my heart over this topic.