I have tried to write this collective of thoughts from my broken heart, several times this year. Every time I start, I am met with a new set of circumstances to confirm my thoughts and break my heart again.
I will not recount the excessively abundant supply of violent acts that have taken lives, so unnecessarily, this year, this decade, even in this last centennial. But, I will address the particular scenarios that have played out, ad nauseum, in our most recently history:
*Gang violence and murder against people in the individual community (black on black, white on white, etc., crime)
*Acts of violence and murder against people of other communities (the perpetuation of racial/cultural wars)
*Law enforcement officers’ violence and murder against black civilians, whether innocent or guilty
*Civilian violence and murder against law enforcement officers
*Local and foreign terrorist acts of violence and murder against Civilian citizens and law enforcement officers
*Acts of violence and murder against the unborn and aged, borne of convenience and, “compassion.”
*Acts of anger, aggression, hatred and protest for ALL the acts of violence, murder, terrorism, as well as for the enthusiasm and disinterest of the aforementioned acts.
The rise in the occurrence of events such as these seems to have us all in shock, dismay and in a desperate need of someone to blame.
I had a very dear friend in such a state of disheartened despair, that he questioned the purpose of his existence in such a horrid day and age. As he queried to the world at large, about what the solution could be, he found much support for his saddened disposition on social media.
Desperate to instill a sense of hope into the climate, I responded to his post: LOOK UP AND REJOICE!
I continued, “God was very clear in His word that ‘perilous times would come,’ and that we should look up and LIVE, not only as this climate is an indication that our redemption is close, but also because, as God’s children, not only are we equipped to extend that hope to others, we have an assurance that, living or dead, WE WIN!!”
I got no response. I guess I wasn’t political enough.
I am concerned for Christians in this climate of worry, fear, heightened emotions and mass hysteria. Many get so caught up in the emotion of it, that they miss what God is really doing. This is a slippery slope of flesh. It’s important to mourn with those who mourn. We are not made of wood. The pain that is in this world right now is REAL! There are times when I don’t want to turn on a television, social media or even pick up my phone. This is all just TOO MUCH. And, we must be careful with our hearts…they can become numb.
The only way to guard our hearts is to FOCUS ON THE HOPE WE HAVE.
MAKE NO MISTAKE…this is a very emotionally charged season we’re in. The reality is, EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO THE PROGRAM. Nobody wants to look in the Book and see that GOD IS ON SCHEDULE…HIS SCHEDULE.
This is actually a good thing.
We forget…the world is full of darkness. And that is as it should be…much more so, as we are nearer to His returning. How else will the light be so bright that people are actually drawn to it. But WE are responsible to lift up the LIGHT!! The only way to do that is to REFLECT the Light within us! We cannot do that if we fall into the mire of political postures and angry, vindictive rhetoric. Even in the days of Israel being slaves to Egypt. When darkness fell, and the people were all paralyzed with fear because, “they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: BUT ALL THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAD LIGHT IN THEIR DWELLINGS.” (Exodus 10:23)
We cannot give in to the darkness if we intend to help lead the way to the light.
I have friends and family of color whose children are afraid anytime the police are called. Not that they’ve done anything wrong. They may even need to call for their own sake. But they will not, for fear of being mistakenly killed in the melee. I have friends and family of color in law enforcement. Good cops and good military personnel who fear responding to the call to duty.
I have friends and family of EVERY color who are either too afraid to speak their disgust or despair for fear of recrimination from their peers and counterparts, or too angry and frustrated NOT to speak out for fear that the next time they speak will be at the funeral of another victim of circumstance.
In times as desperate as these appear to be, people with hurting hearts will try anything to make their point. I understand that. I do not seek to recriminate. I have compassion on anyone attempting to bring attention to the problem. I think it is more important to identify the problem and distinguish it from the SYMPTOMS of the problem. What everyone is taking a stance on are the SYMPTOMS, while the problem remains unidentified and untreated. THE PROBLEM IS SIN. What we are all up in arms about are the symptoms of SIN SICKNESS. The solution has been the same, since the beginning. For the collective of humanity, it just feels like too much sacrifice and work for everyone to agree that the treatment must be the real answer and would really affect the change we all desire to see.
But, THE CHURCH should know better…
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
The world at large is covered in the darkness of sin. They cannot even SEE one another, much less themselves. It is THE CHURCH’S RESPONSIBILITY to REFLECT LIGHT in this dark age!! The promise of hope lives within us! We must not fall prey to the effects of the rampant darkness! How, then, can we produce light? WE, the CHURCH, must REPENT and TURN from OUR WICKEDNESS…our apathy, our disinterest, our lazy warfare and greasy grace!!
Judgement and remedy both begin in the house of God. We must stop politicizing the symptoms and get to the heart of the Gospel, if we are to affect change. But, responding like ‘everybody else’ is not the way to do it.
So, yeah…I got beef with the body count. My beef is that MY HANDS are covered in BLOOD, when I neglect to communicate the HOPE within ME.
But, guess what? So are yours, Kaleidoscope Family. We either rise, or we fall…we are all bound or delivered TOGETHER.
HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3-4)
So…what are YOU gonna do about it? Shall we continue to commiserate? Or shall we call on the name of the Lord and expect to see the miracles, signs and wonders that God promised?
It’s your choice…