The nation is heartbroken; we have protests in the streets and the threat of martial law. Recent videos of two black men being shot and killed by police officers are littering the news and the internet. Memorial services of slain police officers, seemingly murdered in cold blood as a racial retaliation, has brought the nation to a very somber moment. Where do we turn, and what is the solution?
Statistically speaking more white people are killed by cops than blacks. According to the Washington Post since January 2015 there have been 1,502 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers of them, 732 were white, and 381 were black. Yet surprisingly very few news stories of whites getting shot and killed by the police have been seen on the major news networks.
Granted, there are a disproportionate amount of black men that are affected by violence; and anytime someone gets killed it is a tragedy. I do not deny that we have an issue in this country, however the issue is not what the powers that be would have you to believe that it is. Blacks are involved in a higher rate of violent crime across the board and primarily it is usually in connection with those of the same race.
The bigger issue is that there are people in this country that profit off of racial tension and unrest. The more we lose control of ourselves, the more we will ultimately give control over to others. Hatred and racial tensions are like a disease; and like any disease there is more money in the treatment than in the cure.
The government would like to take away more of our constitutional rights and excerpt more control over the masses. The media wants to sensationalize stories in order to gain ratings and influence; and ultimately, the people that own the major media sources are the same ones that would profit over imposing on the rights of the common man. Violence only plays into the larger plan that does not include “us” in the scenario.
The cries for retaliation from the black community and the volatility of the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a misguided solution to an enduring problem. Violence never begets peace, only more violence. Rioting, looting, and threats against law enforcement will only make things worse. As I always say, one should never act like a violent, mindless, uncontrolled person while protesting being improperly treated as such.
Murder, violence, racism, and the like are all offshoots of the degradation of society. A society that has turned away from godly principles, that promotes sex, violence, and poor behavior through the same media that now highlights racial unrest.
We have a very simple motto for our church this year; that motto is to “promote and protect the image of God”. The Bible say that we are made in the image of God. The Bible also tells us that we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, and energy. This commandment is an all-encompassing one.
As I love God with all my heart, it means to acknowledge God in everything I do. It means that the principles contained in the Bible are the key to a unified and peaceful existence to all that He has created. I am always intrigued by how we have attempted to remove God from every aspect of public life but then have a prayer vigil when bad things happen?!
To promote the creator’s image means to line my heart up with His will regarding marriage, family, protecting life, sexuality, and personal conduct. These laws are the cornerstone of any successful society. Once I acknowledge that God’s plan is better than man’s plan then I am promoting His image.
Secondly, because all humans are made in the creator’s image, I should do all that I can to protect them. I must love my neighbor even if we don’t look or act alike. As our nation’s founding documents declare, all men were endowed by their creator with inalienable rights. Because it is God that gives rights, He must be acknowledged in maintaining them as well.
Violence and mistreatment of my fellow man contradicts the creator’s image and therefore is to be avoided. Revenge and unforgiveness are poisonous emotions that only lead to more violence, death, and destruction. The Bible is clear that we cannot overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good.
Jesus’ message was very clear; He came as a demonstration of the creator’s love. He valued each and every one of us equally. He did not look for revenge, He actually gave Himself for those that hated Him and mistreated Him. We are called to act like Jesus did.
This is not a time for fighting, it is a time for peace and reconciliation. We must reach across the aisle and be proactive and intentional in solving our issues. We cannot let the powers that be and the mainstream media continue to perpetuate this exaggerated view of rampant racism and social unrest.
We have to look past the given narrative and look to the real issues that we face. Don’t accept the information given to you by the ones that will profit off of society’s distress, turn to the principles of the one that only wants the best for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. 12 When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. 13 When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.