The death of George Floyd has fueled so much unrest within the black community all
around the world, over the past week. Many have taken to social media with the Black
Lives Matter hashtag whilst others have taken to the streets of America, Europe and Asia
in riots and protests against the injustice against black people. When will this come to an
end? How long will we be oppressed? For a young black person, this might be
overwhelming and scary. You may have had to deal with racism, discrimination or
police brutality yourself and you may have asked; Does God see all the injustice done to
me and around me?
The truth is, the God of the Bible is a just God who created ALL humans in His image
(Genesis 1:26, 5:1-2). This means that we are all equally but uniquely important to Him.
However, because of the brokenness in our world, issues like racial injustice exists.
Racial injustice existed in the bible too. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for 400
years and in Exodus 2:24-25 we read that God saw the afflictions of people of Israel and
He sympathised with them. After their exodus from Egypt, God gives His people a set of
laws to instil social justice. Such laws included showing kindness and mercy to everyone
especially those less privileged so that there would be peace love and joy among all
people (Zechariah 7:9-10). How should we respond when we live in a world that ignores
God’s ideas of social justice?
Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 5:43-44; “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love
your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those
who persecute you”. Our response is love because we believe love is the only thing that
will cure racism (1Peter 4:8). We are to seek justice by asking God to have mercy on
those that persecute us and change their hearts. We should always remember that
whether they are the police, classmate or people who don't know, they are still in need
and deserving of God’s mercy. We must not seek out justice for ourselves through
violence, looting, or any hostile behaviour as we all have sinned and fall short of God’s
standard of righteous (Romans 3:23, Romans 12:17-19).
In such difficult and confusing times, it is important for us to focus our minds on the
heavenly perspective, asking God to restore our world by allowing His Kingdom to come
here on earth the way it is heaven.
As we mourn of the loss of George Floyd let us also pray for the Holy Spirit to bring
comfort and clarity to his family. Let’s ask our gracious heavenly father to have mercy on
the police officer that took his life and fervently pray for the salvation of their souls.
If you have been affected by this and are in need of counselling and prayer please call the
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