Where do I begin in the midst of all of this violence, hatred, sorrow and grief? At the forefront of all of the media are the tragedies of deaths of two different African Americans in two different cities at the hands of police officers. There is no time to grieve and have sorrow for the families who have lost their members; no time for sadness and tears before two sides arise and call for justice, one that these deaths were needless and the other that they were justified.
No sooner does this news cross our phones, another story comes in, police officers have been shot by a sniper at a Black Lives Matter protest. In the middle of a peaceful protest violence erupts and now there are even more families that are forced to grieve with the deaths of five officers. What is the cry that roars out? One side is calling for justice, saying that these deaths were needless and the other that they were justified.
How am I to feel? What am I to think? I am so utterly confused by the thought that violence is the answer to violence. However, it is in this time that I am reminded of the state of mankind apart from Christ, depravity. This entire situation is happening because of the sin that infects all of us and the only remedy is Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we are not only restored back to God, but also to one another. This is the lone act of violence that truly brought life to man, the crucifixion of the Son of God. He bore our sins on His body in order to reconcile us back to God (1 Pet. 2:24). It was His death and resurrection that bought our life.
Love is the answer in a world of hate and the gospel of Jesus Christ the display of love at its fullest. We know what love is because He loved us (1 Jn. 4:19). This love is love that does not separate, but rather brings together. It does not divide, but unites under the banner of Christ. This is the love that we need.
So as this continues to unfold I will continue to be confused, however I will not be without hope. My response for now is clear, I will pray. Pray for the families of those who are dealing with loss in a way that I hope I will never have to face, and prayer for the police officers who risk their lives every day in order to keep us safe.
God forgive us and help us. We desperately need You.