And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
~ Revelation 21:3-4
This morning as I laid in bed trying to wake, scrolling through Twitter, waiting for the snooze to go off and I began seeing the hashtag #PhilandoCastille, as I began to put together the story I cried out, “Lord not again,” not a day after #AltonSterling. Now tonight as I sit at my computer reading the reports of a sniper shooting in Dallas, my home, I find myself mourning and at a lost of words.
Honestly I have been trying to find words all day to say. This morning as I read the news, I probably began and deleted who knows how many tweets, trying to process all that is going on. Trying to understand all that is going on, praying for those directly affected and those indirectly affected. Praying for those close friends who are in bi-racial relationships and those who have so lovingly showed the Gospel to the world and have adopted from multiple races, wondering how the tension in America is and will affect them. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t understand it all, as a Mexican American who is considered a Caucasian, and grew up in a city that was 90%+ Caucasian, race was never really an issue. But hear me on this, I am trying to understand and I am trying to grasp all that is going on.
I don’t understand it all, but here is what I know:
- There is a great racial tension in America that hasn’t died and isn’t going away; it must be addressed.
- There is a large population of people who are hurting and have scars going back centuries, and to combat the #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter is simply unloving and evil.
- That as I read comments online and responses on social media to men and women I would consider leaders in the Church, who are African-American, there is a great racial tension in the Church today as well.
- That the Church is to display the Glory of God in our cities.
- A divided church cannot display the Glory of God in our Cities and to our neighbors.
- That we are called to love, and loving those around us means sitting and listening, without telling them why they are wrong to feel how they do.
- I know that men who were created in the image of God have lost their lives this week, and that should break our hearts.
- That as I write this, five families have lost men who were sons, fathers, brothers, and husbands, and that those families will never be the same.
- There is a large part of the population that will go to bed tonight and wake up tomorrow living in fear, pain, anger and hurt.
- That we are called to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).
- That our response to the command that we are to love has nothing to do with “others” and what they have done or their response to us, and has everything to do with the simple question of, will we be obedient?
- That the current conditions of the world daily remind us that we are living in a Genesis 3 world and things are not how they were created to be.
- That there is coming a day when the Lord will come back and make everything right.
I don’t know a lot, but I am seeking to learn. To my brothers and sisters who are hurting and walking in fear, I want to say I am sorry you are walking through this and that I love you and am praying; where I don’t fully understand please help me. I really want to understand because I love you.
Come Quickly Lord! Maranatha!