It’s hard to ignore the tension that’s rising in America when it comes to race and unarmed black men getting murdered by the police. As much as it seems to be affecting the black community, it is also affecting the white community and the way we all see and relate to one another. It seems that if something doesn’t give, and very soon, the country may erupt in an eye for an eye mentality which, as the saying goes, will eventually make the whole world blind. So what can we do before it gets to that? How can we get the nation to understand that decades after blacks were freed from the bonds of slavery and the restrictions of segregation that our lives do matter? How can we make our fellow countrymen understand that despite our shortcomings we don’t deserve to live in fear or be murdered in the streets by those that swore and are paid to protect us? Furthermore, how can we get blacks to take responsibility for the role we play in perpetuating stereotypes as well as recognizing that there may be a connection between this crisis and our significant increase in broken homes? After searching my mind and spirit for answers to such massive obstacles, I was left with the bleak solution of nothing. Yes, nothing.
Of course, I will explain.
The world is changing. Time and history reveal this fact. From Adam and Eve to the death of Christ, from the spread of democracy to the growth of technology— the world has definitely changed and continues to do so. However, with all the advantages of these changes what becomes most questionable is if it’s changing for the better. As we attempt to solve one problem we create others. As we resolve conflict in one part of the world, chaos and war erupt in other parts. As we search for ways to make our lives easier, such ease begins to, although unintentional, eat away at our moral fabric. With the reality of these unavoidable and unforeseen patterns starting us in the face, the question arises of if there can ever be a real and permanent solution. The truth is on this side of life; there isn’t. One thing that people should try to understand, especially Christians, is that what we may be attempting to achieve, even regarding black lives matter, is not possible. Not only is it impossible, but it’s supposed to be.
Often times as Christians I think we forget that the Bible clearly prophesies that this world is going to get progressively worse. In 2 Timothy 3:1, the Bible explains that people will increasingly become, “lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Although these characteristics do not specifically say that white police officers will begin killing unarmed black men in the streets, this list of characteristics is the root cause of such problems as well as many other crises around the world. Furthermore, when you consider that the seed from which these roots extend is sin that comes from the heart, these problems can never and will never be solved with manmade solutions—not even when they are placed under the banner of a passionate black lives matter campaign. Even if or when our efforts appear to be making some headway, they are simply continuing their ongoing processes of appearing to rescind only to germinating in a different area and in a different way. Additionally, when you take into consideration that these culminating events extend from decades if not centuries of lies, misconceptions, apathy, and of course the power of sin that has been handed down from generation to generation thereby becoming stronger, it becomes clear as to why mere people are ill-equipped to resolve such problems. While our inability to solve these problems was intended to help us to realize our need for God, instead we simply keep putting band-aids on big gaping wounds.
Nevertheless, this is just the tip of the iceberg as to why I have concluded that there is nothing we can do. Even the Bible says when these things happen that we shouldn’t be surprised and also that they must happen (Matthew 24:6). More importantly, never does it say that we should try and stop it from happening but to understand that when they happen that the end is near. Trying to stop it is like telling people on a sinking ship to stop fighting all the while ignoring that the ship they are fighting on is sinking and that there is a better and bigger ship nearby.
I know some of you reading this might be thinking, is this lady serious? Is she really saying that we must stand by and do nothing while our sons, brothers, and fathers, are being murdered unjustly in the streets; while our country appears to be unraveling at the seams; while injustice is running rampant which God also doesn’t endorse? Well not really, but what we can do is often thought to be more difficult than trying to change the hearts and minds of people and the culture of the nation with picket signs, town hall meetings, anger, and legislation.
Instead of picking up picket signs, voicing our outrage on social media, boycotting, looting, and even crying we can put on the mindset of Christ. In doing this, we will understand that not only is this life temporary, and therefore should not be our primary focus, but that this world is perishing (1 John 2:17). When we really begin to believe this, we will stop trying to fix this broken world but instead try and get as many people as we can from this sinking ship on to the bigger and better one. However, the way to do this is to reflect the heart of God to perpetrator and victim alike. It is to show the mercy, love, forgiveness, and peace to anyone who dares to pay attention. It is to inspire people to see beyond the fallible hope that mankind offers and instead to instead the perfect and eternal hope of God. This does what picket signs and angry rants cannot do which is change peoples hearts— the true source of all the worlds problems. Trying to create or demand justice, fairness, love, and peace in a world where the enemy reigns (2 Corinthians 4:4) for the sake of “making the world a better place” is simply a waste of time. This is why Jesus did not come to confront the Roman government as so many had hoped, but simply to create a bridge by which we can pass from this fallen world into a perfect and eternal one (Revelation 21:4-5).
Don’t misunderstand me there is nothing wrong with standing up for injustice. Doing so has the potential to teach us all lessons that can reveal the nature, mind, and will of God. However, if standing up to injustice itself is your primary aim or passion, then you just might be or get distracted enough to miss the better boat.
Stephanie Kekeocha was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and various coaching certifications. (read more)
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