Racial Reconciliation

The Tamir Rice verdict has stirred up a whole lot of feelings and emotions and I want to remind people, RACISM IS A SIN. My heart and prayers go out to the parents and family. I pray for the police who are trying to protect us and uphold the laws and have to make split second decisions at times when theirs and other peoples’ lives are at risk.
God’s word says; Mic 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
We live in an increasingly lawless society and where people want to blame someone else or make them pay for their own mistakes, just like the “blame game” in the Garden of Eden. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent and in reality it was their own faults for listening and giving in to temptation.
Don’t give into anger or emotions, to cloud sound judgement, don’t react, instead respond in a positive way.
Matt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

There were many mistakes in this case and they all point to larger problems in our society!  The Bible declares we are living a lawless time, and even the Supreme Court has violated God’s scriptural truths;  Isa 5:20  Woe to those who call evil good , and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;  Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  NKJV     There has been a steady moral decline and erosion of true justice!

We have kicked God and prayer out of our schools and as a country have turned our back on God and His Wisdom expressed in His Words for us, THE BIBLE (God’s Instruction Manual for Life).  When I was a small child my dad and I put together a very complex model car, and on the bottom of every page of the instruction manual it read, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

I have seen and experienced personally all kinds of racism from whites and african americans and it is all ugly, it is sinful, and it is stirred up by the father of lies, the devil.   DON’T JUSTIFY RACISM, ANGER, OR BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT.   We need to get to the real cause of these issues and it is sin and deception, cannot blame this on just social or economic symptoms.

One of the biggest problems is the break down and destruction of Christian families (homes) where there is a father who takes his responsibility of being the spiritual head of his family seriously, and he and his wife walk in agreement with the Word of God and each other.  The parents being godly examples for the children, and train them properly, not all this fooling around and children outside of marriage, due to adultery and fornication.  A very high percentage of criminals in prison today came from broken homes, without a father to teach them how to respect authority from anyone, or a single mother who could not discipline them.

Rom 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority ? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. NIV

Even authorities are human and can make mistakes and we are told to pray for them.  When the authorities intentionally  disobey God’s laws then we need to take action and make sure we obey God’s Word at all times.

A word to parents and grandparents, let’s respond positively,  (as a gun owner I want to give some simple instructions to parents), don’t allow your kids to take the orange tip off their play guns,  since the toys are all made to look so real it is hard to tell them apart.   If someone came  into your home, or your workplace and they were waving a gun (in reality it was a toy gun but without the orange/red tip) and you had only seconds to react to protect yourself and others what would you do?   We would all feel really bad if we shot someone and later found out it was a harmless toy.  On the other hand those were not toys the terrorist couple had in the California mass murders.

People can be quick to blame the police (and there are some bad cops, but don’t allow a bad apple to spoil the whole bunch)  for their actions.  Remember there are times when the police have to make split second decisions that are a matter of life and death, for themselves and others they are trying to protect.  People will be quick to judge police, but then when they are in trouble, do they call 911 for police protection?

We need to pray for the church of Christ to awaken, arise, and walk in the love of God towards all people.  First let me say, the body of Christ and His church is made up of all races, ethnic groups, all cultures, and  all peoples of the world.  We need to celebrate DIVERSITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.