This week my heart has broken like yours with the violence in Louisiana and Minnesota and Dallas.
I ache. For the victims. And their families. And our reeling country….
And my heart breaks a little bit because I wonder what I would have done if I were the police officer in Minnesota.
What if he is just like me?
I hate racism. I love justice.
But what if fear and adrenaline pull the trigger?
John Ortberg once said, “The evil that is in the world is the evil that is in me.”
I’m sure he could explain the theological nuances and context of that thought. I can’t. But it resonates deeply with me.
If I’m honest, I can imagine myself as a terrified police officer in Minnesota or a terrified black man in Dallas.
Unrestrained fear can lead to ugliness.
King David went against the flow and mourned for the “bad guy.” His personal enemy, in fact. Saul overtly tried to murder David many times. And David could have destroyed him. But he believed that it wasn’t his place. God alone knew the big picture. And when Saul inevitably fell, David mourned.
May our country change. The scary truth is: may I change.
I have unconscious – and sometimes conscious- bias against young African American men in certain settings.
Lord, may Love cast out fear.
Give me courage to change my attitude one situation at a time.
Give me opportunity to love my brother when it feels vulnerable.
May Your Holy Spirit ignite the life and power of Jesus in me. That unconscious and conscious bias would dissolve in the magnitude of Love.
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” Proverbs 10:12
One decision at a time, may we cover the hurt with love.