Our Hearts Can Deceive Us!

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” –Acts 17:26

It’s time to dismantle the oppressive force of racism!

The murder of George Floyd was horrific–handcuffed and pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 after passing a counterfeit $20 bill in a store. A crime that didn’t warrant the his death.

What does his death reveal about the U. S. as a nation in relationship to racism and the founding principle that all people are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We have yet to achieve this founding principle as a nation. Racial inequality identifies the social advantages and disparities that affect different races within the United States. One question we must each ask ourselves – Do you want true equality for every American?

For the past few years, this nation has been more divided than ever politically, racially, and even spiritually. I believe we are seeing the fruit of that division more and more as the nation has erupted in protests, rioting and violence against police brutality and systemic racism.

Injustice is the violation of the right or rights of another (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary). 

Racism remains an evil force in this nation. It will never be an easy conversation to have, but a necessary one that hopefully will bring resolution to this ongoing issue in America. What I’m seeing is that many are choosing to have these conversations, as well as speaking out against this ongoing evil. I also believe that as time grows short before the return of Christ, God will step in to address many of these disparities.  What I’ve learned over the years studying God’s dealings with the Israel, is that He would give warnings and opportunity to repent before passing judgment on them as a nation.  God’s judgment of nations isn’t a topic many talk about today.  Some believe that God no longer judges because we are under grace. I’ll share more about this in future posts.

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor sparked protests, riots and violence because of gun and police violence against the African American community over the years. The cries against injustice have been many and vocal across America in the past few weeks. 

This morning while reading an article in Crosswalk, Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice, on the subject of racial inequality. The article noted that”Many Christians remain divided as to when and how to stand regarding the issue of racial injustice. The Bible speaks clearly about how to respond to injustice, intolerance, and favoritism.”

My thoughts are not only should we evaluate the response of our hearts to racial injustice, we must all ask the Lord to search our hearts to see if there is any hint of racism or blind spots we may have. 

In Psalm 139:23-24 David inquires of the Lord, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” David understood that the heart is deceitful. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” 

The truth is our hearts can deceive us into believing that there is no hint of racism within us or a blind spot when it comes to the treatment of African Americans or immigrants. Personally, I want to be made aware of anything I’m harboring in my heart that hinders my relationship with God and humanity. I would hope you would feel the same.

In times past our ears may have been too sensitive and our souls to fragile to have these conversations with our family, friends and co-workers, and even within our church congregations.  It’s been easier to wait for the upheaval to die down so that we could move on, but it will be impossible as a nation to continue to try and move forward without addressing the evils of racism, poverty, immorality, political division, and so forth.

As I explore this topic more I hope to share from a biblical perspective of divine pathos, God’s vision of a just society, biblical prophetic justice, unspoken truths on racial divide, structural racism and more. Societal transformation is needed if we are to become a nation that God exalts.

Dr. A.

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