“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 (NIV)
You know what is easy? Loving someone. You know what is hard? Loving someone.
It is easy to love your peers when they look like you, but when you see someone with different colored skin, different mannerisms, or how they walk, talk, or think, why are they an automatic threat?
Why am I perceived as a loud, lip smacking, obnoxious black woman when my true nature is quiet, soft, and gentle? When people see me, they don't see a Christian. They see someone who is black, and their mind is already made up with their judgement. Why am I a threat when I am in a store, alone, but now I am okay when my white friend is next to me? What about me and my skin makes you uncomfortable?
“There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground.” Amos 5:7 (NIV)
Over the past few months, the deaths of black people by the hands of white people and cops have shaken our nation. Protesting, riots and looting have been the effect to this cause. As a Christian, I have seen more Christians more concerned about stores being looted than the innocent lives that were taken. I have seen more Christians look at justice through a broken lens than understand what is going on.
My anger is not seen as righteous anger, but it is seen as ridiculous and that I need to get over it. That I need to constantly skip my hurt and anger and just forgive and get over it. I am going to forgive because that is what I have been called to do, but getting over it is not the end of this narrative.
155. That is how many years we have been told to get over it. Get over slavery, get over civil rights, get over lynching, and now, get over the police brutality that purposefully attacks black people. Let's all live in peace. Let's all be one color. Let's get over it.
I have friends who are not Christian, fighting for human rights more than I have seen a Christian fight for human rights. I am Pro-life and that does not mean I am just gonna defend an unborn baby; this means that I am going to defend human rights from the womb to the tomb. Your definition of Pro-life is to defend someone who cannot defend themselves, but why do you stop after they are born? Once we come into this harsh world, that is when we need defending the most! We need to stand up for each other just like Jesus did in the cross. He did not just die for the unborn, but He died for the young and old, black and white, and the innocent and criminal. That is love, and that is justice.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
You want things to be handled peacefully, but you stand on the side and critique the peaceful. You don't seek justice; you just want things to stop and go back to normal. This is not the year for things to go back to normal. 2020 is rocking us and shaking our faulty foundations. This year is about being uncomfortable with everything we see and do. There is no such thing as normal anymore. There is a revolution and a revival happening, and it is time to jump on board the ark. You think you are doing something by doing nothing and being quiet, but there is no reward for that. God is calling us to love and fight for black people because Black Lives Matter.