“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts.The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)
Generally, I don’t like to get too political or racial here on the blog but I can’t shake nor escape what’s happening as of late. I’m very much bothered and I believe that we as believers can’t turn away from this.
A video of a white police officer murdering George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, has been circulating throughout all social and major media platforms over a couple million times within the last 24-48 hours.
I definitely have space and opportunity to freely see the video but I choose not to because watching a man get murdered for unjust/unnecessary cause is not my style. Hearing and reading about the news is heartbreaking enough.
What makes this time so different? The fact that more than ever, the spirit of hate and racism is being fueled as I’m hearing and reading about countless lives involving people of color (particularly black men) being lost in a short span of time.
Like Habakkuk, I’m asking God, “When does this all end? Our justice system is completely broken and has failed for humanity. The wicked are taking pleasure in murder people who look like me. There’s heated division amongst us even as Christians over this. LORD, ARE YOU SEEING THIS?!”
This is a REAL issue to me just like this was real to Habakkuk. His prayer speaks to the deep recesses of my heart and in this moment in time, I take it personal.
Why is this Personal To Me?
*NOTE: I’m going to be very transparent for moment*
As a black woman married to a black man, I am concerned. I’m concerned that it’s becoming increasingly unsafe for him and I to be who we are because of our skin color. Make no mistake, this doesn’t mean that my husband and I live in fear. We know that we have The Lord on our side. But to society, my husband more particularly, fits the description of a “potential threat” making him a target to incarcerated for unjust cause or MUCH WORSE.
My husband described that as a black man, he has 2 STRIKES against him. It’s hard being a man but to be a BLACK male in America? It’s MUCH HARDER. The perpetual social injustice that done toward them is enough to break anyone down on all fronts.
What angers and saddens me even more is that I’m hearing this increasingly deceptive narrative that those in high places of the law or authority who claim to be either “God fearing” and having their laws and justice built on “biblical principals” either don’t apply to people of color or a certain demographic altogether. They’re using their power for evil. It’s wrong and divisive.
Knowing this, I recognize racism and division for what it is:
it’s an evil spirit doing Satan’s bidding.
Seeking to intentionally and deliberately kill, steal, and destroy someone, because of their race and skin color is NOT of God.
Yet, it keeps happening making it seem like we’re helpless. We can do nothing to stop it and that the evil side is winning…for now anyway.
Solace and Solutions
Right now, even thought it’s extremely difficult for me to understand how and when God will intervene, He promises that justice will be served. With weary hands, I hold on to that truth with all I have.
There will come a day where racism will be no more. All wrongs will be right. Evil will repaid with it deserves (Ecclesiastes 3:17).
God does reply to Habakkuk in his deep, heartfelt prayer of when God will rise up and fix what’s severely broken.
“Look among the nations and watch — Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in you days which you would not believe, though it were told to you.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
THANK YOU, LORD! God sees and knows. He knows the secret and hidden things done in darkness. With that being said, I can rest and have full assurance that God is working and will do His part. However, we need to do ours.
I’m saying this specifically for my non-people of color: It’s time that we not be silent. Speak up and fight for those who are having a difficult time speaking for themselves or being heard. PLEASE! After all, isn’t that the right Christian thing to do?
This is very IMPORTANT: It’s also time that we as TRUE believers recognize who and what we’re battling with. Satan would love to say that this is a “black/white thing.” Yes, face value and to a degree, it is. However, the spirit behind what’s fueling this racial tension and division is much more than skin deep. THIS IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE!!!
“For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
YES! I believe that black lives matter. However, our prayer lives matter. Our ability as believers whether black or white to come together to shake heaven to bring it to earth to stop this evil madness MATTERS.
I’m tired of seeing this injustice. Aren’t you?