I just want to be clear on some things here. Violence is never okay. We cannot accept it or condone it any way, shape or form.
We cannot keep having divisions among ourselves. When you say Black Lives Matter, I agree with you, they do, very much so! You matter! You are important to God and to mankind. You are highly valued by the God of all creation. In that aspect, I agree totally Black Lives Matter! George Floyd should be with us today!
The problem is much bigger than we realize. Having said that, I would like to say that blacks are not the only group being discriminated against. The Hispanics ages 18 to 29, 65% say they have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their race or ethnicity. A study published in online journal Social Science & Medicine – Population Health found 68 percent of Latino men and women in the United States reported discrimination. Jewish people got blamed for the ‘black death’ and the Great Depression. Women in the Middle East have to cover themselves head to toe and aren’t allowed to drive, be unaccompanied by a man, or speak when not addressed. Native Americans were literally purged, 95% were killed after colonization and thousands of years of culture were lost. Christians are definitely discriminated against in North Korea, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and China. Not to mention the mentally ill, autistic people, elderly and unborn babies. Unborn babies don’t even get a chance to say anything. They just get slaughtered by the millions. Read my blog titled, ‘Abortion is Not The Answer’ for more information on abortion. https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/abortion-is-not-the-answer/
Please read to the end. While I agree, wholeheartedly, Black Lives Matter, I also agree that Hispanic lives matter. Latino lives matter. Jewish lives matter. Middle East women’s lives matter. Native American lives matter. Mentally ill, autistic, elderly and unborn babies lives matter! White lives matter. We all matter. Jesus died for all lives. So, please, let’s not divide ourselves anymore. While you say black lives matter, I will stand beside you because yes they do! But do you not see that black lives are not the only ones who have gotten, and, or, are discriminated against? Look what Hitler did to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Holocaust. That was sick!
I understand that satan is using this terrible, ungodly, disgusting and perverse attack to divide us even more. There shouldn’t be so many divisions. (1 Corinthians 1:10-13) I won’t argue the sign point. I will help you hold the sign that your life matters because it does! It certainly does. But everyone’s does. Even the horrible officers who killed George Floyd, their lives matter. Jesus died for them. Jesus died for you, for me, for racists, abortionists, murderers, bigots, haters, liars, and thieves. Jesus died so that we may have life. His death was a free gift for us to get to heaven. All we have to do is ask for that forgiveness and believe in Him. (John 3:16) One sin is a bad as any other in God’s eyes. We are all sinners in need of the grace of God. (Romans 3:23, 5:8) If you are not saved and you want to know more about Jesus read my blog titled ‘You Never Let Us Go’ https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/
You, as a child of God, are so very precious in His sight. Let Him fight your battles! I ask that you would put down the sign and help me by saying that all lives matter. Let’s stand together, (black, white, Jewish, Latino, old, young, autistic, handicapped, overweight, men and women), and say that all lives matter. They matter to God and as we are called His children, they should matter to us. Remember when Jesus was tortured and having been beaten so badly, while hanging on a wooden cross with blood dripping down his wounded face from the crown of thorns, for the sins of mankind, what did He say? He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) We are called to be Christ-like. (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21 & Ephesians 5:1-2) We are called to love our ENEMIES! (Matthew 5:44) We have to get to the point where the only sign we are holding is one that reads, Your life matters, let me help you. Let me show you the way to the Fathers feet. A place where there is true love, joy, and peace beyond comprehension. You ask me how I can love you, it is because of the Fathers love. It is not His will that any should perish. You are loved. You are valued. Your life has purpose, and meaning. We cannot keep holding up our signs and pointing people to more hatred. Hatred must be overcome with love.
People hold posters to make a point, voice their opinion or proclaim what they perceive to be true.
The problem with posters, when used improperly, denote separation and an opposing force. How can we get each other to see one another’s point of view with these signs in our way? Black lives matter. Yes that’s true. Everyone’s life matters. That’s where the conflict comes. People get offended and say, ‘well my life matters too and the lives of all human kind.’ See, some may perceive you saying their life don’t matter, even if it wasn’t said they might feel it was implied in the absence of saying it.
We just need to listen to one another. We are all important to God and it doesn’t matter what the color of our skin is. He doesn’t distinguish between color. The Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
The sign that we need to be carrying should point others to Christ. We need a unified sign so that the world can see it and be drawn to Jesus by our love. I see a lot of whites and blacks protesting together. I say to my African American brothers and sisters, you are not alone in your fight for equality. A lot of white people are hurting right now with you. This terrible death of yet another black man is unacceptable. We need to do better. We can do better. We must do better. How? By listening to each other. To my white brothers and sisters who take offense to Black Lives Matter signs, please don’t. Try to understand the hurt behind their message and come along beside them. Let them grieve. Hold their hand. Help them to see and know that you value their life. Right now, they just want to be heard and that is fair. Their life does matter. Please let’s make a difference. Our children are watching and they deserve better.
I feel that we can do better when we put down the signs that divide us and come together as children of the most high King. Let’s raise the Royal banner of love up high. So high that the world can see and will be drawn to it. The wonderful, all encompassing love of God, the Love that never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Brothers and sisters when we start appealing to God for a change, for love, peace and equality, He will make it happen. He fights our battles. Imagine the God of the universe fighting your battle. It is true. Look at scripture (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 1:30)
Pray with me please
You are our Lord. You are our Light. You are Love. I pray that You would unify us believers. That our hearts would be united by the unbreakable cord of love. I pray that we, as fellow believers, would find a sign that honors You. Indeed, our time is short here on this earth. You have said in Your word that perilous times will come. (2 Timothy 3:1) I believe we are living through those perilous times. We need clarity, unity and peace that will only come from above. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
We are instructed to bear one another’s burdens, (Galatians 6:2) so if there are any prayer requests feel free to leave them in the comment section. I would be honored to pray with you. If it is more private you can always contact me via email at email@example.com I check that every day. Blessings to you all, till we meet again, tomorrow, if the Lord is willing. Peace.
Let’s worship today with
Fighting My Battles by The Afters
Romans 14 NLT
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 2 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. 6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. 7 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. 10 So why do you condemn another believer[a]? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.[b]’” 12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. 14 I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. 15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 16 Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good. 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. 20 Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.[c] 22 You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. 23 But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.[d]