The nation has been traumatized by the recent shooting of black males and the killing of police officers. I am sure the question has come about, where is God in all of this? How could a loving God stand by and watch black males get slaughtered and police, those who have given their lives to protect and serve, die at the hands of a sniper?
Shooting people is evil and the reason evil exists in the earth is because Adam disobeyed God. See Genesis chapters 1 – 3. Adam’s disobedience to God brought about sin, sickness, hatred, murder and every evil work. God has no authority in the earth unless the body of Christ gives Him authority to act. That’s why we are called the body of Christ! The devil is the god of this world and is running this world system and is the reason why there is hatred and killing. Folks who think guns are the answer to guns don’t read their Bible, or they are caught up in the old testament and deny the finished works of Jesus. It’s funny that many of those same folks profess to be Christians. First Peter 3:9 teaches us to repay evil with good . . . not with more evil. Matthew 5:44 teaches us to love and pray for our enemies. How do we do this when we are under attack? That is a question that goes directly to God and He will have to speak to your recreated human spirit in order for you to know in your specific situation. I guarantee you that He won’t tell you anything that is contrary to His Word, and because situations are different, I don’t believe He would use a one shoe fits all approach. He will use the right approach for that particular situation, and even if you die in Christ, you gain. Paul says in Philippians 1:21 to him, to live is Christ and to die is gain. When we finished the work that God called us to do we are supposed to go home to be with the Lord, just like Paul and just like Jesus.
Second Corinthians 4:4 teaches us that the devil is the god of this world. The devil is a deceiver and an accuser. In John 10:10 we learn that his intent is to kill, steal and to destroy. He was successful last week in killing two black men at the hands of cops and then to turn around and kill cops at the hands of a man led by anger and frustration. What an evil and devious thing to do – to inspire cops, men and women who protect and serve, to allegedly fear black men such that they feel they need to shoot and ask questions later; to create such hatred in a man that he would gun down the very people who are there to protect and serve him. If the enemy can get the community to hate those who are positioned to serve and protect the community, we as a nation will destroy ourselves.
Fear is not of God. Fear is a spirit and if allowed to manifest will lead in the place of the Spirit of God. First John 4:18 teaches us that perfect love casts out fear. God is love and love is only perfected in people in God. If you love the way God says to love – in an unconditional way – you won’t hate people enough to kill them. You won’t let fear lead you to action.
Dealing with fear is not as easy as it may seem. It would be easy to say just speak the Word only, but the truth is you have to renew your mind to God’s Word daily (Romans 12:1-2) and speak what has been renewed. Being able to renew your mind to the Word of God implies a relationship with God that has matured beyond the place of just church on Sundays and an occasional Bible study.
The truth of the matter is white people have been lynching black people for years. There has never been widespread harmony. There probably at best has been tolerance. There are good folks and not so good folks and those folks come in all races and ethnicities. Lynching now-a-days usually isn’t swinging from a tree, it’s usually behind the door, undercover racism – that if you are not keen enough to detect, you will overlook.
There are people now who think that there is no such thing as racism and no such thing as privilege. Both exist and are very active. Racism is a system designed to separate based on phenotype – or physical characteristics. In other words, because your skin is black, you automatically could not be considered to be a CEO, leader or administrator. The assumption is the fair-skinned, thin nosed, blue-eyed, blond-haired person should be in charge-should be the power holder, should be the decision maker. Historically white people have held these positions and some have worked hard to keep other races/ethnicities out of these positions, while some have not. The challenge is not all white people have recognized the term that goes along with this position – which is defined as privilege. The social media picture of a white God yelling at the world to stop it is a clear definition of privilege. I’m sure you have seen it on Facebook. When I saw it my response was wow, the “All lives matter movement” made God white. Let me give you an example from the Bible to show you that privilege is real.
Read the story of David and Bathsheba that unfolds in 2 Samuel 11. This story speaks of privilege – which can be rooted in racism, classism or sexism. David saw another man’s wife taking a bath, thought she was sexy and had her husband killed so he could have her to himself. That’s what privilege does, whatever it wants. It says that I can do what I want when I want, and you better not try to do it too because you aren’t in that category. David did exactly this, he saw a pretty woman who was someone else’s wife and took her for himself.
This post has been especially close to me, as a black man I have been asked by those I work with – “why would you want to be promoted?” That comes from the voice of privilege. Why wouldn’t I want to be promoted? I am asked that question because blacks are usually in the lower ranks of my profession and are seldom in higher ranks or leadership. Privilege feels threatened when a black rises to a position of power in such organizations . . . or certain kinds or blacks, but that can be reserved for another post.
How then do we deal with racism and privilege? The first thing to do is open the dialogue and be willing to talk about these issues. What prevents us from talking about these issues is the belief that they do not exist. What gets people to hell is unbelief. What prevented Jesus from doing miracles in His home town was unbelief. I think people don’t think privilege exists because they feel they are going to lose something . . . so if I say black lives matter then whites are going to lose something, and I think what they feel they are going to lose is privilege that they may not be aware that they have. Therefore black lives matter has to be changed to all lives matter . . . but yet we make God a white man indicating how we really feel about what race is in charge . . . or the default.
I have been watching the posts on social media and it is so clear the people who have privilege and are completely unaware; people who don’t leave their coats in the car in winter because they don’t want folks following them in the store and thinking they stole something – – people who don’t tell their kids to leave their toys in the car so people in the store don’t think they stole them – – people who don’t think twice about meeting with a white female in the office after-hours–people who don’t know what it’s like to be discriminated against when it comes to getting a home loan or a car loan or applying for a job. Because they haven’t experienced it, then it must not exist. Privilege usually doesn’t recognize injustice because it hasn’t experienced it.
The challenge here is that sometimes blacks, and whites who understand privilege, try to force other whites to understand. That is impossible and can only be through a heart yielded to God. In anger blacks and some whites respond outside of the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We know that from John 10:10 – so it can’t be God’s will for you to shoot cops and want to kill as many as you can because some fear and evil inspired cops killed two black men. In the old testament it was an eye for an eye. We are under grace now and the Spirit of God can give you another answer . . . the right answer. The Bible teaches us that we are supposed to love our enemies. We learn an important lesson here. We will have enemies. We will have those with which we disagree – but we have to love them, respect them and support them. Because of years of injustice for blacks – injustices that continue to this day, we have had a difficult time with trust, and truthfully in some situations there shouldn’t be trust – in all situations there should be actions based on the leading of the Holy Spirit. If this sounds like hogwash to you and you are not a Christian, it is supposed to and you have to get saved before you will be in any position to understand this . . . if you are a Christian and this sounds like hogwash to you, then you need to grow in the Word of God. Get into a Bible based, Bible teaching church and begin to learn the truths of God’s Word so you can apply them to your life.
Grow in God with Sow the Word where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man.