I feel like I need to start out by saying that I am WAY out of my league here. I haven’t spent hours upon hours researching and I don’t even watch the news anymore because it brings me to into a state of depression and sadness that I can’t handle in my life.
That being said, I clearly don’t need to watch television to know that our world is crashing. It used to be that we were at war with others, but now we are at war with ourselves. We are literally killing our own on a daily basis.
I lay awake at night and try to make sense of this tragedy that has become our constant reality and I cry. I cry because I am so overwhelmed with emotion. I think this country is overcome with emotion as well, and that primary emotion is fear.
The media is breeding fear in us and it’s like a wild fire. The words I’m hearing and the photos I’m seeing are sending different messages. Images leave more of a lasting impression on our brains and the photos being shown are making us pick sides. I don’t want to pick black or blue, I want to pick Jesus.
While fear is supposed to be a vital response to protect ourselves, it is not supposed to control us. We were never created to be the same. Never meant to look alike or act alike, only to love alike. Even though our differences are meant to be great assets in the Kingdom of God, we are becoming fearful of those who are not like us.
We are forgetting that God made us all precious in His sight. We are forgetting what we are told in Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
We were never told to only love those who share the same skin color, or religious belief, or lifestyle. We were never told to only love those that share the same political views or same way of thinking that we do. There were never any “outs” given to us. We are called to love and when we begin to love this world will start falling back together piece by piece.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” John 4:18
Our new normal of tragedy isn’t a race problem, it’s a heart problem. Instead of letting your heart fill with fear, fill your heart with the One who goes before you. We don’t need people to take matters into their own hands; we need people to trust and put matters into the hands of God.
PLEASE PRAY! Pray big audacious prayers for God to stop the violence. Pray for love to replace fear in our lives. Pray for hearts to turn from darkness to light. Pray for this country to stand upon the only word that sets men free. Pray that other Christians would have the courage to speak what God puts on their hearts so we can see Him move throughout this country and learn how to be broken together.