Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.
(1 Peter 3:8-9 NLT)
We’ve tried to teach our sons that although we know we are not prejudiced or racist, we cannot presume or pretend to imagine what it’s like to have a different skin color or nationality than what we have been born with. No matter how many friends and/or family we have of different ethnicities, that doesn’t give us insight into another person’s mind or a day in their lives. For example: even with 20 years of being married to the same man and mother to our two sons almost as long – that doesn’t give me special privileges to say I know what it’s like to be a ‘male’. For the short three years I was in the Army as an MP (military police), I did see multiple murders, suicides, rapes, domestic violence, but the typical extent of my law enforcement was usually building checks and traffic stops. My husband was an MP and even CID (Criminal Investigations) during his 10 years and went on to be a Deputy Sheriff for almost 8 years – and even as an LEO wife with my own background; I have never felt that I can claim to know what it’s like to be a ‘cop’.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.
(Ephesians 4:1-6 NLT)
My point in all this – no matter who we are, who we know, or what we think we know about circumstances: we can not put the blame on a person’s skin color or their profession, the issue is a heart problem. Our nation is teetering on the edge of an implosion, there is division and strife over domestic issues on every side. I cannot imagine an ending that involves a peaceful solution, unless we fall to our knees and humble ourselves. If we are foolish enough to think that someone else bears the blame for this chaos, than we are not only deceived, we have become part of the problem. As Believers we must show that we are not divided, that we are as one. We must be committed to praying for one another and our nation. We must step out in faith and shine God’s light in this dark world with the hope and love of His Son Jesus.
Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.
We love because He has first loved us. If someone claims, “I love God,” but hates his brother or sister, then he is a liar. Anyone who does not love a brother or sister, whom he has seen, cannot possibly love God, whom he has never seen. He gave us a clear command, that all who love God must also love their brothers and sisters.
(1 John 4:18-21 Voice)