We are outraged with social injustice. It violates our fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally. Regardless of race, color, gender, sexual preference, etc. Jesus loved everyone. He did not discriminate against anyone on any basis. He loved the sinner and urged them to repent. So why can’t we behave in the same manner?
When is the last time we showed someone the love of Christ who is different, or who holds different beliefs? We cry out with a vengeance against police brutality. Social injustice? Well, we hold a protest! But it’s not just any protest. Many of these outcries lead to people being hurt, stores being ruined, looting, fires, and danger all around.
What Are We Thinking?
We abhor someone’s life taken away by police (truly heinous and unsettling). There is validity to this. But how does looting, rioting, hurting others, and deviant behaviors make things better? Aren’t many of us guilty of reckless behavior?
We cry out that black lives matter… and they do. But Jesus never said this. Jesus said all lives matter. And yes, bad history exists. Discrimination still exists, and it shouldn’t. But is the narrative be different if a caucasian person is killed by police? Would that make headlines, or would anyone even bother to care?
Thousands of babies aborted daily for various reasons. Aborted baby parts are sold for profit. Yet no one really cares on a large scale. Not like this one. Isn’t this an injustice as well?
Why is it when racial tensions run high we become destructive?
Racial profiling, abuse of power, corruption, and discrimination should not exist if we walk in love. Love isn’t about fighting for the rights of some. It is about fighting for the rights of all. It is ensuring that everyone is treated fairly with the same sense of justice.
When justice is finally served… then what? We gloat. We are WRONG on both sides.
Not only is the abuse of power and discrimination wrong because it does not demonstrate the love of Christ, but rejoicing in someone’s downfall is equally unbiblical. As is all the destruction that ensues.
We justify our elation by saying that they deserved it. They had it coming. Some cases are this cut and dry. But we have rejoiced over many cases and the person has been innocent. What about that case? Do we feel remorse for our actions?
Furthermore, what about the destruction of property in the aftermath? Who apologizes for that? An innocent business set on fire, merchandise taken or destroyed, streets set ablaze… aren’t we being equally criminal in our approach?
We use racial tensions as an excuse to engage in illegal activities. This is wrong. God never intended for us to seek justice this way. It doesn’t create change. It doesn’t put a policy in place to ensure the same act does not happen again to someone else. We complain that discrimination keeps happening… But what are we really doing to effect real change?
What Do we Do?
Changes in policy, new guidelines in policing, greater accountability, education… these are all things that we should look to as methods of change. These are the ones that will create lasting change. Changes shouldn’t be made to an elite, but for all citizens. Hate isn’t just confined to the color of one’s skin. We forget that it can be for a multitude of reasons.
Toni Troxell discusses how God would want us to handle social injustice. What would He tell us to do? Why are our methods wrong, and what is rendering them ineffective?
Toni tells us why God tells us not to seek revenge- that vengeance is His. She talks about why it is not godly to gloat when God corrects a wrong, and what attitude we should have going forward.
Our next issue comes out on July 27, 2020.