Many today struggle to understand the vandalism and even worse acts that are showing up on our social media feeds and in the news. I am too. And it is certainly ok to be upset about it. I fear that things will worsen, and we must pray for those in law enforcement more than we ever have. The underground frustration in the triad is tremendous, and I expect to see protests here as well.
Yet, for me, we must not make the goal to only quiet the protests and get things back to normal. It is “the normal” that is the problem, and my prayer is that we can all come together, especially Christ-followers, and work with others to create a new and better future for all.
So, for me, as a Shepherd, my main focus is on pain of black and brown communities and to let them know that I can see what they are seeing too. I can see “a people” that have continually been wronged and need voices from all aspects of society to say out loud to our circles of influence, “We see what you see, and we mourn with you and will look for ways to help bring change!”
Humanity and Family, and not politics, frame the world for me, and I care deeply about human suffering and consider George, my brother. I do genuinely care about the indigenous people groups whose stores were burned down in Minnesota and other small businesses and corporations who have suffered theft and losses during this. I pray they can forgive the perpetrators as well.
Recently, in California and other parts of the U.S., Pastors have been angry at Governors and municipal powers for restricting public church services. Thousands of Pastors took some Sunday morning money to hire attorneys to fight in the court system against the decisions of those in power.
In some states, where rulings were considered by Pastors to be unjust, thousands of pastors defied court orders and met anyway. This defiance, and this is only my opinion, is the same rebellion expressed in a “different” way. However, if a Pastor makes a wrong call and has an outbreak of COVID-19 because of his gathering, it could have deadly consequences, even more than burning down stores and property loss. I oppose that and call both of them wrong. Thankfully and soon, our team will be rolling out some opportunities for all of us to gather as the Governor, and the authorities deem things to be safe. One of the first things we will be doing is calling all of us together to pray for God’s help and that he would give us the courage to turn the word “justice” into a reality for all God’s children.