After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Revelation 7:9
We are living in days characterized by division, animosity, anxiety, anger, hatred, saddness and much uncertainty. Undoubtedly, we were saddened and outraged when we saw a policeman press his knee on the neck of George Floyd until he was unresponsive and ended up losing his life. We all, especially believers, want justice to be administered for such disregard for human life. This horrific scene has cut deeply and sparked outrage throughout America (and beyond). We have seen the protest and read signs saying, “I can’t breathe” and “my skin is not a sin.”
As we saw that horrific scene played over and over, there is so much to try to process. We wonder how one human could do that to another human (who is made in the image of God). We can’t comprehend the hurt the family and friends of George Floyd must have experienced when they saw it. We can’t understand why one of the other officers didn’t put a stop to it. We see how the evil actions of one bad cop can so adversely affect the treatment of so many good cops (the vast majority). We feel the God-given desire for justice. We have seen many peacefully protest and demand reform. We see others who use a tragedy to do evil (stealing, vandalism, looting, destruction of property, and so much more). We have seen racism and hatred on display.
As Christians, there are so many things to consider. First, we know that God created every human being in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). As such, every human being has dignity, value and worth as image bearers of God. Every human being can trace their roots back to our first parents, Adam and Eve. Acts 17:26 says, “And He (God) made from one man (Adam) every nation of mankind.” In other words, every race and ethnicity came from Adam and was part of God’s design for His diverse creation. What color was Adam? What ethnicity was Adam? Was he dark or was he light? What about Eve? The Bible doesn’t answer these questions but it does tell us that all human beings were created by God and Acts 10:34 tells us that “God does not show partiality.” As believers we have to guard ourselves against any form of prejudice or partiality.
We also know that God is a God of justice and Psalm 89:14 specifies that “righteousness and justice are the foundation” of His throne. As His followers, we stand for justice. We also know that Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” So, as a Christian, I want to stand up against racial injustices and support needed reforms. At the same time, I want to support law enforcement officers who do their best to defend the innocent and uphold our laws. I want to mourn with those who mourn and sympathize with the hurting. I realize that until Jesus returns, there is going to be hatred, violence, prejudice, and much evil in our fallen world. Satan wants to cause as much racial strife and hatred as possible. He loves division and discord because he wants to “steal, kill and destroy.”
As Christians, we are to be Gospel people. The gospel reminds us that God sent His Son to die for sinners like you and I. When Jesus was crucified, He cried, “It is finished.” Jesus’ finished work on the cross offers us victory over sin, racism, ethnic superiority, judgmentalism, and hatred. The Gospel offers us unity in Christ. Through faith in Christ, we become apart of the multicolored, multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural bride of Christ. And, she (the church) is beautiful in His sight and He is coming back to get her one day (I think it is soon). So, in the midst of all of the chaos and strife, we cry, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”