Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
What a simple, yet powerful group of words. Does anyone hear them anymore?
Every day this week, extreme violence has been occurring and advertised in the media. Granted, this extreme violence has been occurring every day for centuries all over the world, but it was not forced into everyone’s view and sensationalized through our handy news people. What’s happening is a cause and effect scenario. We see the violence happening in our own country, we are outraged, full of pride and fear, so we retaliate with hatred. Many people are voicing their opinions, either accusatory or forgiving, but it’s all being jumbled into one big blurb of chaos.
We, the people, lack wisdom and humility. We no longer allow our faith to guide us to look for the answers in love, but we allow our fear and anger to rule our actions. When someone tries to correct us, we throw it right back into his/her face saying, “Who are you to judge?” Judging and correcting are two different things.
In the instances of the police officers killing an armed man in Louisiana and the police officer who killed a driver reaching for his identification, I believe these men (the officers) were blinded by their own fear. Fear of doing the wrong thing, fear of losing their own life or fear of being right in being afraid. Eventually, they each realized their fears and now must face the consequences. Whatever consequences are given by the law will not measure to the consequences they must face in God’s judgment. They, like all of us, will be accountable to their actions. If they repent with their whole hearts, they will face it here on earth and enjoy God’s forgiveness. If they choose to deny God and not repent, they will face it for eternity.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us the spirit of fear,but the spirit of power, of love and of self-control.
So who said for us to take matters into our own hands and to kill police officers who were nowhere near either of these instances? It certainly doesn’t say anything like that in my Bible, nor does it say it in civil law. Again, these actions are raised from fear overpowering our more sensible emotions, such as love, and causing more chaos in our society. Essentially, we are turning our backs on God by giving in to fear. God didn’t give us this fear and He certainly won’t tolerate being overshadowed by it.
1 John 4:7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love, so you can’t know Him if you don’t love. This is how God showed His love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through Him. This is the kind of love we are talking about,not that we once upon a time love God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
If God loves us that much, to offer a way of salvation for all of us (not just some of us), then we need to emulate His example and at the very least refrain from killing each other in our fury and fear. Perhaps if we took more time to read about how Jesus behaved in the face of persecution (I don’t recall Him ever chanting about any specific color whose lives matter), we would realize that we are all people who should be coming together, valuing each other and encouraging each other. We would recognize that all lives matter, and death is permanent. There is no coming back like there is in the soap operas and only the power of God can perform that miracle at His discretion.
I could go on and on about this because the message of love needs to be shouted from the rooftops to drown out the hate. I know I’m not eloquent and I tend to ramble, but there isn’t a color on anyone’s skin that causes me to deny what God has taught me about loving. I know I have a long way to go and I get mad at people, too, but I’m learning more and more each day that my actions will affect another person no matter what I do. I want that affect to do good.