I wouldn’t blame anyone for giving in to despair right now. With all that’s going on, there seems to be very little encouragement.
In America, we saw a young man being asphyxiated by a police officer and not one person dared to go to his aid for fear of being shot dead. The whole world watched that horrific episode in shock and disbelief.
The goodness of humanity in that country is being crushed and intimidated by a cult, one whose president is supported by white evangelical Christians who follow him, not out of love and devotion, but by the fear that if they don’t, they may one day be in the position of the minority and suffer the injustices that they are willing to ignore happening to others. They have ousted Christ from His throne and put Trump in His place for fear of their racism being exposed and their white supremacy and place of privilege being toppled. Christ is not their Lord and King. Trump is their Idol.
It’s not much better in the United Kingdom. In fact, racism in the U.K. is, in many ways, worse than in America. The system is ruled by a hierarchy of privileged white people, and barriers to equality exist right from one’s birth. White people born into poverty have very little chance of climbing the ladder to success – black people in Britain have next to no chance. The U.K. is a country led by an elite who have no idea nor experience of the struggles and barriers that the majority of the people they govern have to face.
I began this post by saying that there seems to be very little encouragement. That may be the case from a worldly point of view. However, the hope, confidence and faith that we need comes from the Lord our God. It is to Him we must turn. We need Him now more than ever.
White people – you may think that you are not to blame individually for racial discrimination today. Listen to what others have to say. Listen to what they have experienced and how they have been affected , and educate yourselves on how inequality has unfolded over time and what part all of our ancestors have played in it. Yes – ALL ancestors, for the Lord will not only judge us individually. There have been many instances in the Old Testament where God has judged the corporate sin of cities and nations and He may do so again.
Black people – keep on speaking out. Don’t let your voices be drowned out – don’t be silenced. Help others to understand how you feel. As one Christian sister said in a recent post, “It is not enough to stand in a circle holding hands singing Kumbaya.” A temporary band aid won’t do the job. We are all equal in the sight of God and all deserve respect and opportunities in equal measure.
The senseless murder of George Floyd was an atrocity. However, we are told in the Bible – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 New International Version When we listen to God’s Word and apply it, we can help each other, by the grace of God, to live in love, compassion and fellowship.
Amen, let it be so!