Certainly, the events of the last few weeks have been disturbing.  I contemplated whether I would say anything about it in this forum.  But the more I thought about it, I realized that I have a responsibility to say something because not saying anything would be cowardly.

As a black woman and a Christian, I have struggled to reconcile how I should respond or feel.  As I watched the rioting and looting going on around the country my heart just ached.  While I can certainly understand the rage and pain that was in the hearts of the people that drove them to behave in such away, as a Christian can’t agree with it.

We have to be smart in how we bring about change.  It’s something that won’t happen overnight.  Racism is a systemic issue that has been around for hundreds of years in the United States.

Certainly, great strides have been made in respect to the treatment of black people.  But there is more work to do.

I’ve spent the last weekend in tears wondering when the hate will stop.

I’ve wondered where God is in all of this and why he has ALLOWED all of these things to take place.

Well, God is still here among us.  He is with us.  He is still on the throne.  Most importantly, He is still GOOD as difficult as it may be to think or feel that way.

If you are wanting to make a positive change, the way to do that is through legislature not violence. 

You can text 55156 with the word Floyd to sign a petition for justice for Mr. Floyd

You can also text 55156 with the word demands to sign a petition for legislation for an organization that will police the police.

In closing I just want to say, that we need to stay on our knees in prayer and realize that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities.  Pray that the hearts of people would be changed because that’s the root of the issue.

In addition to prayer, we need to seek out ways that we can DO something positive to make a change because faith without works is dead.  I hope that you would start with the avenues that I’ve given you here.

Finally, I want to leave you with a discussion had by my pastor and his wife and one of the associate pastors about racism in addition to the message he preached.

How to Talk About Race and Privilege

Love Without Limits

Be encouraged in the Lord and have a great week ahead