I’m posting more than usual, but this must be said. I invite you to read on.
There is an uproar over the injustice in the world. I’m talking about the United States and Ferguson, mostly. No matter which side you’re on in this situation, the frustration among people is the same: injustice in an unfair world. I would like to offer you a biblical perspective of all situations such as this.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:27-36
Jesus never promised the Christian life would be easy. In fact, we were promised persecution and hardship. The Christian life isn’t going to be fair. But I bet it was easy or fair to hang on a cross and bear the weight of the world’s sin. The good news is, we know the ending to this story. And the sinful world doesn’t win. The glory awaiting is great and glorious.
My heart is broken for Ferguson. For all involved. I am so sad that people believe violence is the only way they will be heard. I am so sad the police officer is in this situation. I am so sad racism is still prevalent in our society. But I’m mostly heartbroken about the lack of love and understanding being demonstrated.
Dear friends, be strong in your faith and be unrelenting in your love. Encourage each other. Pray for rest. Pray for the hurt. Pray for peace.