I can hardly believe just days after five police officers were gunned down in Dallas that as I was worshiping my God Sunday morning three more police officers were gunned down in Baton Rouge. This hatred that is brewing on our country is frightening. I didn’t grow up watching the violence of the sixties. I didn’t get to see what happened in Selma. And I was thankful for that. But, my children are not going to have that same luxury. War is upon us. It is a war that our nation hasn’t seen. There will no be clearly divided lines like we had in our Civil War. We won’t see a state secede from the union. But we will see brother against brother. We already are.
This war could have been avoided. Sadly, our nation has forgotten the principles that should have kept this war from happening. While I am certain that many out there will blame Christianity for the tragedies that have happened, it is not God’s fault, If Christianity is to blame it is because Christians failed. We have failed to uphold true genuine Christianity.
We have failed to cast racism to the curb. I hate the word racism. I hate it because even the word implies something that I don’t believe in. It implies that there is more than one race. But, the bible teaches that we are all one flesh. “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men (I Cor. 15:39)”. Do you see what Paul is saying? There is only one flesh of men. The desire to classify men into different races is anti-God. God forbid any Christian would see in another person anything but another human being. We should be teaching our children to see the inward character of a man and not his outward appearance. “But Jehovah said unto Samuel, look not on hips countenance, or the height of his stature… for Jehovah sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looks on the heart (I Sam. 16:7).”
We have failed to stand up for the oppressed. This is the cry of the black lives matter movement. While I do not agree with their entire message I do understand why they feel the way they do. For too many in our county if they walk not a 711 they are being watched because of the color of their skin. For too many, they have been unfairly judged. When Rodney King was unfairly beaten in 1992 it started the LA riots. I saw then what I again am seeing today. Too many so-called Christians are assuming because there is one rotten apple, all the apples must be rotten. I have seen Facebook post after Facebook post of Christians failing to stand up for the oppressed. This was one of many reasons God’s wrath was visited upon the nation of Israel. “Learn to do good; seek justice; correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless; plead for the widow (Isa. 1:17).” Have we turned a blind eye to justice? Have we stood up for all the oppressed, or just the ones that look like us in the mirror? To stand up for the oppressed doesn’t mean that we have to say that cops are evil. It doesn’t not mean we have to give free handouts to anyone. It does however mean that if a person, regardless of skin color, is being treated poorly we need to stand up for them. We need to speak out when no one else will.
We have failed to seek peace. In the greatest sermon ever preached Jesus said that peacemakers will be called the sons of God. A peacemaker is not just someone who is peaceful. He is a person that spreads peace. Many of the comments I have been reading and hearing are not going to bring peace. They incite frustration, anger, and hostility. Both sides of this “war” are being bull-headed and unwilling to bend. They aren’t looking for peace, they are looking for their way. We need to be sowing the seeds of peace.