“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
As COVID-19 introduced itself, my church family kicked into action. We agreed to pray “together” wherever we are at 8:00 p.m. every night. My husband and I have been faithful to the call.
Considering so much has happened beyond COVID-19, we’ve thrown in some extra prayers for our country and the upcoming election. Neither of us pretend to have the answers. We do not tell God what to do. We lay our requests before Him trusting Him to show us His answers.
His love never fails. Unfortunately, His children fail to love. Often.
A recent prayer time encouraged me to examine reality. Fake news is big news these days. Far too many of us continue to look for a station, a person, or a specific source to reveal truth. Only God can do that for us. Yet, He is often the last One we ask.
Reality: Do you realize how long it took between Emancipation and the Civil Rights movement to kick in during the 1960’s? Yet, we want to say Black America is too demanding and unreasonable.
Do you realize how many people actually visit statues on a regular basis? Yet we want to feel outraged when they are defaced or removed.
Do you know how many young, Black men were killed by law enforcement before Colin Kaepernick knelt and Black Lives Matter was launched?
Do you know the timeframe between the fall of Confederacy and the demand to stop idolizing men who stood against the government to maintain slavery?
Now, let me ask you this: Do you know how long it took for Americans to gripe when they were asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing? Within the hour, my friend. Within the hour.
Now tell me again who is causing our problems?
These verses are the formula to solve all of our issues. To put it simply, how about we do what Jesus says by shutting out the negative rhetoric? He gave us the solution before life ever presented the problems we are experiencing today.
The real problem is spiritual, not racial.
Prayer: God, I say again - please help us. We are showing our true colors. It isn’t a matter of Black, White or Red. It’s yellow. We are cowards. We don’t trust You. We prefer to do things our way and then bellyache when we create a mess. Please fix us. In Jesus’ Holy name, amen.