Friday, July 8, 2016

Lives matter.

Lives matter period. That should be the beginning and the end of the sentence but unfortunately that is not the case. Race should not matter. But it does. I grew up singing “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” The truth is that Jesus loves all children in the world the same: little and big, young and old, rich or poor. No one ever stops being one of God’s children and God loves us all the same regardless of race, age, or social standing.

The tragedy which took place in Dallas is yet another reminder that we live in a world that is filled with hurting people, filled with anger and hostility towards their fellow man. The brutal, senseless act of gunning down five policemen, those who had dedicated their lives to try and protect others, is horrible and goes against everything Jesus teaches us about “loving others.” The preliminary findings that these killings were race related makes it even worse.

Unfortunately people have a hard time believing and remembering that we are all loved by God and that we are all His children. The roots of evil are planted when we forget these things. We were bought by Him, and not by any man. And God gave us the freedom to choose between loving our brother or sister and not loving them. As long as there is the freedom to choose, tragically, some will not choose love.

When Moses freed the enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt, they still suffered from slave mentality even though their shackles were traded for gold and silver. That is why God kept them in the wilderness for 40 years. Not until they broke the chains that bound their thinking and beliefs could they enter into the promised land.

Even though slavery is still very much alive in parts of the world today, we can only be imprisoned or shackled physically. No one can enslave our minds. The only true slavery takes place in our thinking.

Slave thinking is a soul cancer. When his brothers enslaved the Biblical Joseph, he never lost sight of his dream. Although he was enslaved physically, mentally he was free. Through this “real” freedom he became one of the most powerful men in the world.

The apostle Paul was imprisoned when he wrote; “through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12) When we break our mental slavery “through faith” and approach God with freedom and confidence, our lives will matter. It doesn’t matter whether we are a priest or a penitent, a businessman or a bum, a Cop or a criminal. Wherever we are in life, we can find freedom through faith in Jesus.

Black lives, blue lives, white lives, yellow lives and brown lives, red lives, they all matter. That is why Jesus came to this world. He died an unjust death that we might live. Put your faith in Him. Lives matter.

Let's each pray for comfort and healing of all families, especially the children, that are affected by violence from either fear or hate, both that are from evil. Let us also seek from Him, healing for our land and the world.

Pastor Robert Schuller
July 8, 2016

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." + 2 Chronicles 7:14

1 comment:

  1. Well said! I would like to add that all our own actions/reactions matter. They will be a catalyst to positive or negative reactions by others we do know or do not know. All actions have a "domino effect" it seems to me. I pray I can act, think and always find a way to, as your Dad said, "turn Scars into Stars".