On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died a tragic death. We have probably all seen the horrific images of him slowly losing his life as a knee was forcefully applied to his neck.
At a difficult time like this, how would Jesus respond? What would Jesus do?
I suggest a few things:
- Pray for healing
Let’s us pray for the George Floyd family and all those impacted by his death. Let us pray for healing in our land.
As we pray, let us remember who the real enemy is. Our enemy is not across the aisle politically. Our enemy is not someone who has another color of skin.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
Remember that our real enemy doesn’t have flesh and blood; but rather is invisible. He is the devil, and he wants to divide us as a human race.
Let’s overcome Him in the power of the spirit with the weapon of prayer!
- See others the way Jesus would.
Did you know that Jesus values life? All life. Think about this- every person you meet- no matter how different they are from you- is extremely valuable to God because they are made in His image. WOW. They have unlimited worth because they were made with infinite love.
One of the deep wounds in our country that has been touched by the George Floyd death is racism. What is racism?
“Racism is a belief that one race is superior to the other or the practice of treating a person or group of people differently on the basis of their race.”
The bible teaches that Racism is wrong. “All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.”
- Overcome evil with good.
As followers of Jesus, how do we overcome darkness? Do we respond to darkness with more darkness? No. Darkness does not dispel darkness, light does.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:1)
Violence will never overcome violence, only love will. And the love of God is stronger than the hatred and bigotry of people. Let’s seek to release unprecedented amounts of love in the season of unrest in our country.
- Seek to understand.
If you’ve been hurt by racism, I’m very sorry. I don’t know what that’s like.
If you know someone who is deeply struggling with the death of George Floyd, I would encourage you to deeply listen to them. Don’t try and fix them. Don’t try and change them. Let God love them through your listening ear.
“Be quick to listen, slow to speak.” (James 1:19)
- Look into the mirror
Take a moment and ponder how you think about people who are different from you. Do you think you know a person before you have heard their story? Do you find yourself thinking another group of people is “all one way”? Have you spent time learning about the experiences of other people or have you already made up your mind on how you feel and prejudged them? If so, ask the Holy Spirit to forgive you and give you the desire to love them, not feel superior to them.
- Pray for those who are working to restore order in our nation.
Pray and thank the law-enforcement officials and National Guard who are risking their life to bring order to our land.
- Be a part of the rebuilding crew.
Consider being a part of the rebuilding crew. I’ve heard of people from our church that have went up to Minneapolis to help rebuild the streets. You can also buy groceries for Families in the community, or join prayer gatherings. If you are interested in how you can help please contact pastor Rachael.
- Be a peacemaker
Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers. Work for peace. Pray for peace.
Note carefully that I did not say be a peace-faker. I said, be a peace maker. There are some deep issues that the George Floyd death has touched. We can’t put a band aid on them. We need to get to the root of the problem. Thoreau said, “For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.”
I am convinced that the answer to the deep issues going on in our country can only be healed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection. Because His love is the only thing that can transform the human heart.
The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.
What we need is a new heart. We need revival. Only Jesus can reach into our heart and pull out the racism, division, and prejudice and fill us with love, understanding and unity. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
The local church is the hope of the world! We have the message that this lost and broken world desperately needs to hear. Therefore, let us ask ourselves before say something or post something: “Is this going to bring someone closer to Christ or push them away?”
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world.”