June 5, 2020

All Lives Matter

By Tim

As long as the conversation about systemic racism is taking place… Did you know Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than blacks? Indigenous people are kidnapped more than any other race in America as well. I don’t post this for anyone to feel sorry for me or my Native American families but to make the point that All Lives Matter.

It’s not special treatment people are seeking but equal treatment. The many protests today are the symptoms of the sickness of racism. There are many people-groups in the world and each one matters and is created by God. You matter, both to God and to me. Some protests are turning violent which is terrible and should be stopped. But, the situation today is not hopeless.

There is much work to be done to bring equality and justice to America. We can do our best as a nation to legislate morality and equality, but it comes down to a heart issue. Martin Luther King Jr. Had it right when he said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

There are different cultures, heritages, and a diversity of humans but there is one race, the human race. The root of racism is pride, it’s sin. And, the Black Lives Matter movement started with good intentions but it has now reached the tipping point where it is no longer seeking equality but has become an organization promoting one race over another and creating what they were trying to get rid of in the first place. All lives matter and everyone should be valued and respected.

We can become the bridge. We can sit down and have conversations. We can seek justice, reconciliation, and healing. Again, it’s a spiritual issue, and our world needs a spiritual revolution where we confess our sins to God and receive the forgiveness Jesus offers. Where God’s Spirit comes to live within us and changes us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s pray and ask God to help us love one another and share the gospel of Christ which can set us all free forever.

PS. All human beings are created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. I believe that people can experience healing and recovery once coming to Jesus as the Bible says that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), and so when we ask Him for forgiveness, He freely gives it (1 John 1:9).

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