A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. Proverbs 15:1
I’ve been thinking about what I want to say about the recent deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterlin, and the officers in Dallas. I have stayed away from saying anything because I don’t want to stir up controversy or upset anyone but I have decided I will weigh in on the topic because it’s been a few days. I have had time to pray, process, and think and I have to a conclusion.
My conclusion is I don’t know. I don’t know what it’s like to be a member of the African American community. I don’t know what it’s like to have the talk with my son about what to do if stopped by the police or how not to appear to aggressive. I don’t know what it’s like to feel that your race is under attack. I just don’t know. I do however know that it is sad. It is sad that two lives are gone. I don’t know their character or morals or faith. What I do know is that they were made in the image of God and were on earth for a purpose.
Because of all the things I don’t know I will do what I do know. I will express the love that my Father has shown me. Jesus said that those who are forgiven much love much and I know what I have been forgiven for. So I will love.
I will show love to those who are hurting and forgive those who claim Christ but don’t show Christ in this situation. For those who feel like their life does not matter because they are black I will unashamedly say #blacklivesmatter. To those who protect and serve I will say #bluelivesmatter. These are not exclusive but point out a great truth #youmatter. You matter to God and you matter to me.
You are loved,