By now you have witnessed or heard about the cries for justice. We have to realize first that this war on racism and injustice is not just natural—it’s spiritual. We cannot overcome hate with hate, but we must overcome hate with love. Upholding the rights of the oppressed is an act of love, which we are instructed to do as believers.
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.” - Psalms 82:3 NLT
The Bible says in the book of Isaiah that God loves justice! To fear the Lord is to love what He loves and hate what He hates. So the only bias I have is towards righteousness. My allegiance is to not to a political party but to the God of the universe whose kingdom trumps all parties.
“Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9 AMP
We cannot make it our goal to divide. We must make our goal to unify. We must come together because where there is unity the Lord commands the blessing, and life evermore.
History teaches us that at one time black people were considered ⅗ of a person. And still many didn’t consider them people but property. The dehumanization of a race took place. Once slaves were freed, Jim Crow laws were introduced to remind blacks that they still weren’t as good as their white counterparts. My father grew up in the south in Tuskegee, Alabama. He lived through segregation as a young man and still tells me stories of his experiences. To me it serves as a sobering reminder that we are only a few generations removed from this ideology. The result of that have been implicit cultural memories, unspoken emotions and feelings passed on from generation to generation, that still haunt the black community and society at large. The black community is still fighting to feel whole again.
Recently I learned of a study that was conducted with 135 preschool teachers. They told the teachers to watch a monitor that showed four preschool aged students: one black boy, one black girl, one white boy, and one white girl. They asked the teachers to be on the lookout for bad behavior. Using eye-tracking software they we able to track the movements of the eyes of the teachers watching the students.