Not a normal Bible Bite.
It’s all very painful. Hopefully, you have shed some tears and have felt some inner grief and disgust as we are bombarded daily with fresh evidence of the inner evil and wickedness that spews out of our human hearts.
8 minutes and 48 seconds is a very long time. George Floyd.
We are being reminded these few days of what others live with every day of their lives. If we weren’t seeing it in the news, hearing other stories, and if the streets weren’t filled with people, many of us would deny that racism is rampant and pervasive. We wouldn’t be looking within ourselves and confessing our sin to God. Somehow the current coverage of racism, discrimination, prejudice, and xenophobia exposes blind spots in our own thinking.
Do you think God cares about all of this?
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
And he [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place. Acts 17:26
If you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:9
For God shows no partiality. Romans 2:11
As Christians, we should use this time wisely to educate ourselves and inform our hearts on current manifestations of that which is obnoxious to God. That which is blatant is painfully obvious. But we need to look at what is more nuanced and subtle in our own thought patterns and call it out in the Presence of God.
Shai Linne is a Christian hip-hop artist. You may not appreciate his genre of music, his dreadlocks, or approve of his Reformed Theology. But I think his post will touch your heart. In particular, take time to read his letter to a Christian sister about how he is feeling these days – given the current events.
I have met brothers and sisters in Christ who shared with me, even in the past year, their own very personal experiences – just like those that Shai Linne shares in his post. In talking to believers in the circles with which I am familiar, there’s every reason to believe the stories we are hearing at this time are not media-driven, hyped-up isolated exceptions. The ugly manifestations of racism are common every-day experiences for black/African-American citizens and yes, others in society.
No, this is not the ordinary Bible Bite but I cannot apologize for it. This matter has long been a burden on my heart. The longer I live with myself and the more I circulate among the Lord’s people, the more I believe we have much house-cleaning to do at home.
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today,
Warmly in Christ
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