What Now?

We have recognised that there is a problem (racism, inequality, injustice, gender-based violence), we raised awareness but what’s the next step?

Forgiveness.

Those of us who have been wronged, we need to forgive and not hold onto the hurt. The Holy Spirit is here to help us and guide us with this. Those of us who have not been wronged, how have we contributed to the problem?

When we forgive others, we make room for kindness, love and understanding. With less tension, we can discuss the issues around us in a more civilised manner.

I’ll end with this scripture – read Ephesians 4:31-32 (https://bit.ly/31zz2qr).

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The One.

A lot of people started using #alllivesmatter but the Black Lives Matter movement is not saying that all lives don’t matter.

Matthew 18:12-14 (https://bit.ly/2xF32iV) Jesus tells us about the shepherd who left the 99 sheep to go after the 1 who had gone astray. Not because the 99 didn’t matter but because the 1 was in trouble. The 99 were safe, he didn’t need to worry about them. In the same way God goes after the one that is lost.

Let’s think about advocacy – it’s the public support of a cause. How can we advocate for those facing the injustice of racial bias?

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The Right Choice.

Luke 10:30-37 (https://bit.ly/2YQedW3)

When reading this, who would you say you are in the story? The Jewish man attacked by the bandits, the bandits, the priest, the Levite, the Good Samaritan or the innkeeper?

It makes me look better to say “I’m the Good Samaritan” but how many of us would actually make the sacrifices that he made? He physically cared for Jew, risked his life by walking through dangerous territory, he gave his money to help a stranger, he inconvenienced himself for the injured man.

As Christians, how do we love others. Do we care more about making a choice everyone else would make or do we choose what’s right?

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Social Problems.

Where did it all begin? Why do we experience racism, violence and other social problems? Did seeing the video of George Floyd’s death make you angry? Why did this even happen?

When sin entered the world (Genesis 3:6-12 https://bit.ly/2VAXiVn), things like racism came along with it. Racism, violence against women and children, etc. is not from God – it’s the result of the absence of God in our lives.

Read Galatians 5:13 – 26 (https://bit.ly/3iletnx).
Let us examine our hearts when it comes to what’s happening around us.

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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