“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I knew eventually I would share something, but after I got watch, listen, and hear. Only then could my thoughts be processed and I share from a place of my true thoughts, not influenced by others. To share my words and my voice is a part of my calling. I am expressing my ideas freely. If it helps just one person then I’m thankful.
The MLK quote has been on my heart for the past few days while the events in the U.S. have been going on. I’ve seen other friends share it. The truth of it has been so confirming and comforting.
Words are so powerful. Our words can build up or tear down. They can stoke fires or calm storms. I love words.
With all the events of this week, people are experiencing so much hurt and pain. It’s evident through the things that are being said and done. But, in spite of that we should still speak, write, express, create and act. The way we do that is going to look different for each of us because we’re all different.
I’ve been so challenged to have boldness in these times and speak. It’s not about perfection or never saying the wrong thing, but speaking is so important.
My prayer is for wisdom, healing of so much hurt in the hearts of so many and patience. We all process things differently and for me I have been processing what to say, when to say it and how to say it.
My heart truly grieves for Alton’s wife, children and community. His son should never have had to see a video of his father’s murder in that way. His family should not have lost him. Regardless of his past or what is said, he was murdered and the video of his death was shown for family, friends, strangers,and the world to see.
My heart of grief is the same for the families who lost loved ones in Dallas. They shouldn’t have been murdered out of revenge and hurt. Vengeance does not belong to men, but to the Lord. That is not justice, but the snowballing of rage that leads to more pain. This is not the answer.
The fear, anger, confusion, and sadness that people are experiencing from murder, death, and racism is real. We need to know that the pain is real. When people are hurting they will hurt other people with no regard for life.
We have to pause and think before we act in these times.
What do we really need to do? When is the best time? Why are you doing it? How?
I, personally have experienced more blatant racism living in Haiti as a black woman married to a white man than in my whole life. It doesn’t mean I didn’t experience it in the U.S. because I did at times, but how I processed it was different. I have learned that if someone misjudges me that it’s usually someone who doesn’t know me. However, it is sad that these events can cause people of all different colors to say things that are full of hatred instead of love.
It hurts when someone judges you based on your skin or because of someone you love’s skin or even based on other outer things.
Regardless of whether you have ever experienced it or not, racism is rooted in fear and judgment which keep people apart instead of bringing us together. When we are sinned against in this way I believe it causes people to struggle with their identity. I see people identifying more with being a conservative that being a citizen of heaven. I see people identifying more with being Black or White than being a child of the King. I think the Body of Christ, not the world, is struggling with an identity crisis.
Am I worthy of love and respect? Am I valuable and important? Am I beautiful or handsome? Does my work and contribution to the planet count?
Every person no matter what their skin color asks these things internally and externally all the time. Satan and his tools of racism, murder,and hatred all answer “no, you’re not worthy.” Murder says, “you don’t matter”. Racism says “the other person is not worthy.” These are all dangerous, dangerous lies.
Jesus always says the opposite: “Yes, you are worthy. Yes, you are valuable. Yes, you’re beautiful just the way I made you. Your brother and sister are worthy. Your purpose is important.”
We need more conversations and relationships to really understand other people and their points of view. I am not only talking about white people or black people. I mean people who claim Christ of all ethnicities.
The events of this week challenge me to be more about my Father’s business. I am called to speak, heal, love, write, create, sing, encourage, teach, and minister to the people God places in my path out of love for Jesus. I want you to be encouraged even in the deep pain for those who are hurting. We must do the work of the kingdom while it is still Day.
What is your role to play in this time in the earth? Do you know? Do you know who you really are, not who the world says, but your Creator? Honestly, do you know who you really are? Do you see yourself as a royal ambassador made in the image of the most beautiful Person? Do you see yourself as so valuable in Christ that no one can take your eternal worth with whatever they try?
There is peace in God’s kingdom and there is healing. There is unity and there is a way to love others in spite of pain and differences. You can speak, share, pray, act, seek to understand and love.
I do think about our future children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and what they will experience, but not from a place of fear. It’s not going to be easy, but with God’s grace we can teach the future generations. We will teach them to love themselves, love others, know who they are in Christ and why they are here to further God’s kingdom.
What are you teaching people right now? We are all teachers and someone is watching. What do they see based on your words, your actions, your heart. Fear and anger do not solve problems or change lives.
Knowing this can bring strength even in hard times. The children of the next generation need to learn to never stop loving even in perilous times. Don’t ever stop loving people.
Racism separates people into categories. Unity says we’re all the same at the core as human beings and I love you, even though at the same time we’re incredibly different.
Hate is so easy. Being angry is easy. Love is hard. Patience is hard. Fear is paralyzing. It keeps us stuck, unable to move. True freedom is hard and comes with a high price.
In Jesus Christ we can be so full of the Holy Spirit that the hard things can become easy. I’m not sugar coating over pain, but the truth is we were made for love. We all need and want complete, unconditional love that is available in the Lord Jesus.
My challenge is to pray for my home nation; the United States, the nation I currently live in; Haiti, and the nations of this world. We must each be even more focused on the calling and purpose God has given us.
This place is not our home, but there is work to do while we’re here. We are of a kingdom that is unseen and the wickedness will increase, but the challenge is to not let our love grow cold. The Bible says “that because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12). It’s easy to do in hurt and pain. Let Him keep your heart warm and tender. Don’t let roots of bitterness blind you to the value of others black or white. Let the Comforter wash the pain away. He can do it.
Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others were killed by wicked men, but they fulfilled the mission given to them by God.
Will you and I? Will you finish what He’s put you here to do? Are you living with the urgency to not solely fight men for justice but to take harder action and say as our King did for all people, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”?
Matthew 10:28-“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
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