“And when the blood of your martyr, Stephen (substitute George Floyd) was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes (uniformed officers) of those who were killing him.” (Acts 22:20) Saul, who later became Paul and wrote a large portion of the New Testament, stood by and agreed to the stoning of Stephen, a Christian. Regardless of your religious affiliation, are you standing with the officers or with justice? What would Jesus do? Are you a Saul or a Paul?
Are you standing with the establishment, the Sanhedrin, (who represented the highest court of justice and the supreme council in ancient Jerusalem), and the respected religious leaders, or are you standing with the reformed Paul who learned that in God there is no discrimination? Galatians 3:28 states, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Black lives, and all lives matter. Dr. King admonished Christian leaders from his Birmingham jail to speak out against injustice and act to promote equality.
Thank you to leaders, Black, White, Asian, Native American, and people of color who are standing and supporting George Floyd’s right to life. The Bible says to show me your actions and I will show you your faith. Trite, politically correct words, and apologies are not enough. If you are a Christian, you are commanded to speak out against racism, teach your children that all lives are precious in God’s sight, advocate for, and vote for leaders and laws that promote justice, and not systemic racism.
We need ministers that will speak out, demand, and ask for justice, and not jets to fly around the world to help the needy while stepping over the needy in their own neighborhoods. Learn the lesson of the Good Samaritan. We must be our brother’s keeper—this means red, yellow, black, and white. We must care for and lift up the people, the descendants of those who harvested the cotton fields and the grapes of wrath, worked the coal mines and factory assembly lines, and fought wars instead of avoiding the draft.
If believers aren’t willing to put their faith into action, why should the churches open up—to socialize, build bigger sanctuaries, showcase your newest outfit, car, or house? The Word says you will be known by your fruits, not your prosperity. Fruits that promote life and respect that black, and all lives matter.
You are loved, capable, intelligent, beautiful, and fearfully and wonderfully made! #God’s will is that you have an abundant, healthy and fulfilled life. I dare you to try him! If you like this post, please give me a thumbs up, comment, and brighten someone else’s day by sharing it.