I’ve SERIOUSLY limited my social media and news intake in recent weeks to save myself the PTSD that can come from witnessing violent acts. BUT while still keeping my peace, I have been observant to stay aware of what is happening and the changes that are happening in our society.
George Floyd was not the first senseless black death at the hands of a white man. Sadly, he will not be the last.
If you’re African American or Bi-Racial (especially if your melanin is prominent) you know that killings, murders, and profiling has NEVER gone away. It’s been a constant even after Jim Crow was deemed ‘done with’ 50 + years ago. With the emergence of technology, it’s simply been amplified.
Greater than being a woman. Beyond being African American…I am a Christian. Not the ‘religious’ Christian that is prominent today where rules and regulations are followed ONLY in deed and not accompanied by a changed heart. I am a Christian who is a TRUE follower of Christ and have a relationship with God through the grace and saving of Jesus. BECAUSE I am, my heart is changed and I walk in His precepts because I WANT to. I mean if someone saved your life from a certain excruciating eternal death, you’d be inclined to live the best life you can to honor their sacrifice too. One thing to note, however; as teachings of Jesus
have spread far and wide [over time], some of the Spirit has gotten lost in translation. Especially in America.
For centuries, the Holy Bible has been misinterpreted and misused to perpetuate many evils
; including the low down, animalistic institution of slavery. Since then, a few more eyes have been opened and TRUE Christianity embraced, but slavery’s ideals have had (and still has) a stronghold on the way America operates and systematic racism blankets the urgent progress this country desperately needs.
Fact. There are beautiful, truly loving and God-fearing Caucasian/white people who have heeded to what the Word says in Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Fact. There have been small strides made since Jim Crow ran rampant. African Americans are now allowed to (albeit still challenged) pursue a college degree, work jobs other than sharecropping or maid work, and walk into large establishment chains such as McDonald’s, Starbucks and Target for service.
Fact. There are some people who believe slavery happened a millennium ago and don’t realize that it was merely 2-3 generations away. There are others who don’t realize that segregation was only outlawed in the 1960s. Most teens’ grandparents were born BEFORE then.
Due to the last fact mentioned, there are [some] whites (most who profess to be lovers of God and His people) feel like racism truly doesn’t exist today. That the murders of George Floyd, and Atatiana Jefferson, and Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, and Tyrique Hudson were simply ‘unfortunate’ or somehow deserved because they were ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time.’ There are [some] whites who ascribe to the last fact mentioned, see the first two facts, and believe the issue can be filed under ‘problem solved’ — despite the systematic racism that plagues the United States. They feel it’s nothing they DID so they are ‘sick’ of being blamed for something they didn’t ‘do’ and ‘simply benefit from.’ They yell out, ‘FORGIVE and MOVE ON!” and, type blissfully ignorant statements like, “God says to forgive those who do you wrong so just pray about it [and silently endure it without causing a fuss].”
Unfortunately, even the most well-meaning white person who says, posts, or thinks like this obviously doesn’t truly understand the biblical meaning of forgiveness.
Forgiveness isn’t a call to do nothing to change a bad outcome. It’s a call to forgive and MOVE towards removing yourself from the situation as not to fall victim to the same abuse/sin again.
For example….say you’re friends with or are dating someone who constantly steals from you, is physically/verbally abusive to you, and sexually assaults you. You can forgive them for the way they have mistreated you, BUT action is required to change your situation correct?! You need to get away from that friend or leave that abusive relationship and seek lawful action. Even if you don’t feel safe or brave enough to take legal action, you still MOVE out of the house or out of that friends’ circle to CHANGE your negative situation.
Yes, God calls us to forgive those who mistreat us. That’s CLEARLY laid out in scripture. God also tells us faith without WORKS is dead. That is just as clear. You absolutely must forgive but don’t forget, lest you fall into the same abusive or toxic cycle that could lead to death.
So… through THIS thinking and through this lens of Christ is how whites and others who proclaim to be Christian SHOULD view the peaceful protesting and social media outcries consistently filling airwaves and timelines. Black people are being abused and murdered by racism. Peacefully protesting and demanding that systematic change occur is us simply FORGIVING racists and a racist system that has done us wrong while MOVING forward in an attempt to ESCAPE the toxicity of our abusive situation. (and for the not-so-smart alics….no, we will not go back to Africa…due to the documented fact that our ancestors were RIPPED away from their homelands, forced into slavery and raped by ‘masters family’ we have no CLUE where TO go! Also due to systems put in place to disenfranchise the black family, most of us wouldn’t even be able to make the money for airfare or location research.)
Just this week —
I came across a white woman I know in passing. We chatted mostly about the craziness of the pandemic until she began to speak on how unsafe she feels with the peaceful protests going on. She began to tell me of how ‘even Floyd’s family said don’t protest’ and of how she ‘saw on Facebook’ that black people were going out to the country and told to kill or beat up white people on site. She went on about how we should all be scared and how she will be ready with her gun inside her house…waiting.
I prayed before I responded
, asking God to give me the words to say and tell me when I should stay silent. It was evident that this woman is simply ignorant.
Plain ole ignorant. I say that not in the derogatory way many may interpret this word but from the actual definition of it
. She is very nice and is cordial however she simply doesn’t understand the black plight in America. She doesn’t have black friends and grew up in what some may call ‘redneck’ lifestyle. Many of her family members ARE openly racist and prejudiced against African Americans despite growing up right down the street from them
. I couldn’t fault her for the family she was born in but knew it was the time to educate her
so she will at least BEGIN to see (even if she doesn’t immediately understand) how her views are skewed. She sees me … a black professional. …and thinks racism and Jim Crow mentalities are over. Nope. They’re still here and are now bubbling back to the top. I spent a little time letting her know in an educated, loving nutshell …
…..GIRL ain’t nobody worried about ya’ll! We’re trying to better the system, not seek out some random white folks in the country just because. We’re better than that.
The FEW folks that are causing bodily harm do not represent the entire black community (especially the looters who aren’t even black!) Secondly, GEORGE Floyd’s family urged people to not tear up their community or resort to the same senseless violence that was enacted toward them. They did not say stop the peaceful protests. Keyword PEACEFUL. Also, the fact that I am a creative professional DOES speak to the progress made but still doesn’t exempt me from experiencing racism in my own life. Racists don’t care where I work, they just see my skin. I would dare go a step further and say that because I’m lighter skinned and have ‘mixed’ features, that some who DO ‘accept’ me wouldn’t accept me if my skin was a darker shade.
This was one of the longest (if not the longest) blog posts I’ve written in a while, but I needed time to think about what I wanted to say. If you don’t read this entire post, or if it’s too much to remember, remember this: yes, God calls us to forgive those who treat us unjustly. Yes, black people need to and DO forgive whites for what they’ve done (throughout history) BUT we will NOT just STAY in a bad situation.
We will not silently suffer when change truly can be made. We are sick of our loved ones being murdered and treated unfairly because they ‘look’ threatening. Even in the old testament
— when an eye for an eye was the law — the punishments were parallel to the offense.
You never saw someone steal some barley and be murdered for it! If you are a white person reading this post and profess to be a child God and follower of Christ….take a listen to what Pastor Carl Lentz said about standing up for black lives.
If you can’t love (and show love) to your black brother whom you see [every day], how can you love a God Whom you can’t see? (HINT: you can’t)
I’ll leave you with what Jeff (from the KLove Jeff and Randy show) said…..
Micah 6:8 says,
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.”
Pride says I don’t understand you, so you’re wrong. Humility says I don’t understand you, can you help me.
–Be blessed, Joc