I’ve been thinking about how to put this in words, which is why it has taken a while to post a response to this issue. I have been wanting this to be perfectly worded. However, perfect wording may never come, so I hope you hear my heart as you read. I’m not an expert on the issue nor do I have all the answers.
‘And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ ‘ Matthew 22:37-39 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/MAT.22.37-39 AMP
This verse has always come to mind when racial issues have come up. My thought has always been that the Bible tells me to love my neighbor. NOT to love my neighbor if they are white & NOT to love my neighbor if they look, act, think, talk exactly like me. It says to LOVE my neighbor. My neighbor is everyone, not just the people who live next door and not just people who are like me.
I even love how the amplified version spells it out, that loving my neighbor means unselfishly seeking the best or higher good for them. I realize I’m not unselfish 100% of the time, probably not even close. However, God is still working on me. He isn’t done with me yet.
I’m also including the parable of the good Samaritan to show where Jesus explains who our neighbor is.
‘Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”’ Luke 10:30-37 https://my.bible.com/bible/114/LUK.10.30-37 NKJV
What has been happening & is still happening to black people in this world is abhorrent and wrong. God loves them. God created them. They are made in His image, just as we all are (Genesis 1:26). All of us, no matter the color of our skin, are beautiful in His sight. We are each individually gifted by God.
As I watch all that has taken place & is still taking place, I am deeply saddened by all the hatred & violence. Yes, there is anger as well. My heart goes out to all those effected and I continue to pray about this situation.
I come to you in great sadness for the hurting people out there. The black community is hurting right now, as well as many others. I pray for their comfort, healing, restoration, and safety.
I pray that wisdom would be given to those who can do something about the situation. I know that you have the answers. I pray that people would turn to you for the answers. You are the solution.
I pray for police officers to use wisdom & discernment when dealing with the public. That they wouldn’t jump to judgement. I pray for the officers out there to be safe & to become part of the solution.
I pray for peace in this land. We are going through some tough times as a nation. We need you even more than we realize. I know not everyone believes that, but it is the truth.
Thank you, Lord for hearing my prayer. Thank for your answers.
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.