In the wake of the verdict that has shook our nation, the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial are two things I wish I didn’t have to blog about. But the whole attitude of the nation thinking we alone can get justice is in a sense attempting to take revenge. (Deut 32:35)
I took pictures with my sons age 10 and 7 wearing hoodies, not only because Trayvon wore a hoodie but because my children really like to wear them as well. Right after hearing of his death there were tough but real conversations I had to have with them about how our attire choices can determine the way someone perceives us and in turn treats us. We have to make a choice whether to live up to stereotypes or to do as the word says and ‘abstain from all appearance of evil’ 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
It goes deeper than, “don’t wear hoodies, don’t sag your pants” , boycott Florida…It’s more important than to solely pass on awareness of racial prejudices. We are black, as a color/race; American, as a nationality yet Followers of Christ, as a people. We are supposed to be set apart or sanctified. And a lot of us are missing the vital spiritual aspect of what this tragedy is calling us to do.
We have marched, rallied and protested with signs hoodies and skittles. We have signed petitions, offered opinions and persuaded others with what we assume is the truth. But is not. Its just reality. Reality is, America is ran by the wealthy of any race or nationality, truth is this kingdom will pass away soon. Reality is, senseless murder has taken away many lives. Truth is, we have sacrificed those lives to the Devil himself. Reality is, we have unified in favor of justice. Truth is we have once again taken our eyes off of the Lord.
Jesus came so we might have life (John 10:10), he is the only way to come to God (John 14:6)
I’m not sure what the Martin and Fulton families are asking for but I am sure what we are doing isn’t it. We should be out ministering to people. Making disciples of the nations the way Christ Jesus commissioned (Matthew 18-20, Mark 16:15-18) but instead we are trying to be a voice for the dead. Our responsibility to those that mourn is to mourn with them (Romans 12:15), but owning the right to force the world to do “the right thing” when that itself is against what the bible says (Read Romans 1:18-32, 2:1-16) is just not something I am interested in doing.
Those that are in the world and of it, are fighting a losing battle. Those of us that are in the world and of Christ walk in victory daily. Of course it doesn’t appear that way, but that’s what Faith is all about, isn’t it?
(Some scriptures cited are quoted below)
Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV: To me belongeth vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
Isaiah 5:20-23 KJV: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
John 10:10 KJV: The theif cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly
John 14:6 KJV: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Romans 12:15 KJV: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
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