I will admit that I have been hesitant to write this post today because I am not sure that I have the right words to say, but I do feel like it is my duty as a Christian to speak up. What is happening in our world right now hurts my heart in so many ways. My heart aches for all of my friends who are black. I won’t even say that I can imagine how you are feeling right now because I know that I can’t. I cannot even begin to fathom what it is like to be automatically judged by everyone because of the color of my skin. I have never experienced it and likely never will. Seeing my friends pouring out their hearts on social media in anguish and fear makes me sick. It has to stop.
I was raised to know and love Jesus Christ. Because of that I grew up knowing that God called us to love above all else. The song “Jesus Loves Me” was sung to me many times by my grandmother when I was little. I can still hear her voice singing it right now. She would tell me that Jesus loves us all “red, yellow, black, and white” and that we are all “precious in his sight” just like the song says. I believed her then and still do now that I am grown and she is gone. In God’s eyes, we are all equal, but in this world here on Earth we aren’t. We never have been. What is happening right now is proof of that. We are not living out God’s word in real life. The golden rule is to love your neighbor as yourself, and I can’t say that any of us are truly following that rule. We may love those neighbors that look just like us, but do we really love those that don’t? If we did, these senseless killings would not be occurring at such an alarming rate. People wouldn’t feel the need to riot to have their voices heard. Men wouldn’t be afraid of being harmed while on a run in their neighborhood. Mothers of boys who are black wouldn’t be scared to death to raise their sons in this world filled with hate. We are not following the golden rule. We are all guilty whether we believe we are or not. It’s the hard truth of our world, and it is sickening.
I strongly believe that God also calls us to fight against the injustices of the world. I know that my God, the God of love, hates injustice. He desires for us to put an end to it and speak out against it. We can no longer remain silent and ignore what is happing right in front of our faces. One race should not be treated any differently than any other, but that is what has happened over and over again. I don’t have all the answers on how to fix it, but I know that it starts with love in its purest form, the love of Jesus Christ. Without it, this hatred will never end. As another popular song says, He is the “Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, and Light in the Darkness.” I truly believe that. If anyone can bring about change, it is Him. I pray with all my heart that we can come together as one nation and make real change happen. It starts with more Jesus, more love, more peace, and more justice.
To all of my friends in the black community who are hurting, I am sorry. I am sorry for every wrong that has ever been done to you because of the color or your skin. I am sorry for all the fear you have had to live with every day that I can never understand. I want to you to know that I am blessed to know you and to call you my friend. You are loved by me, but most importantly, you are loved by God. You are strong. You are held. You belong. You are a child of God. That above all else is the message I want you to hear. I am standing with you and for you, and I will do my part to try to create real change.