For the past several days, I — along with scores of others across our land — watched in horror as one person in power and authority brutally stripped another of his basic human dignity. Worse yet, there is little evidence that the person inflicting the harm (that ultimately proved to be fatal to the other person man) felt any sense of remorse or regret over his actions — other than the fact that the man’s behavior, as well as that of his colleagues, was captured on camera for all the world to see.
Now here’s the thing: Jesus loves all of them, from the victim to all of the perpetrators; He died on the cross for all of those men, just as He did for me.
Certainly, as a Black woman, I am gravely concerned over the escalating number of overtly racist incidents happening in our country. The Lord made us all beautiful and different, so why do we have such a difficult time celebrating and honoring the God-ordained diversity that He has provided for us to enjoy? Think of how different the world would be if we were all the same; thankfully, we are not, and even at the very apex of our country’s diversity, we are all — male and female, all races, nations, and backgrounds — made in the image of our perfect Creator.
God made us after He spoke the world into existence and pronounced that all He had made was “good”. Why, I wonder, do we insist on finding fault with His creation, redefining that which is right and honorable according to our own, worldly standards? It’s as if we are telling the Lord, “No, God, You’ve got it wrong, and I have it right. This is how it’s supposed to be.” And that, my friends, is not love. That is stubborn pride and the very epitome of prejudice.
Think of all that Jesus has done for us, and the ways in the past we devalued Him as we pursue our own tragically flawed ideals. While our sins may not be the same as those around us, consider: how many times have we “knelt on the neck” of our Lord?
But here is the thing: He loves us through it all, and forgives us without harboring resentment. And as difficult as it may be for us to follow the Lord’s example, perhaps now is the very best time for those of us who follow Christ to lay aside our partisan ways and embrace the simple, yet challenging truth found in Ephesians 4:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Remember what Jesus did for you.
And be thankful.