LIFE RIGHT NOW ◽ YOU
My response to 2020 has become, “Jesus come!” I’m not necessarily saying come back, (although that would be fine with me) but just come and be in the midst of these storms we are in, or are facing.
They say to write what you know. I know this. My heart is breaking over the deep rooted racism and hate still embedded in this country. It is breaking for the injustices occurring in the Black community. It is breaking for my Black friends and family, including my sister-in-law, my niece, and nephew that have grown up and are growing up in a world where they are treated differently because of the color of their skin.
First, I want to apologize for being fairly silent on this matter. My silence is not because I don’t care. I care so deeply that I first wanted to work on remedying my ignorance about the presence of racism still in our country. I’m half white, but I look Hispanic. I was raised in a predominantly white environment, but I was also raised to love and treat everyone equally. I know now that being a person that doesn’t see color is a start, but, that is not enough.
One day, I asked my dad, “What can we do?” He reminded me that as Christians, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have to approach this differently. One of his past jobs was a corrections officer, so he understands much more than I do what is going on when it comes to racism, especially in the police system. He also has a heart for the lost and a good deal of wisdom that has come from walking with God for so many years. He told me that the only thing that can bring about change is the transformative love of God.
It is all about the heart.
We know as believers that there is an enemy bigger than racism, an enemy that perpetuates it, and his name is Satan. The Bible says,
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
My dad continued with saying that we are first and foremost called to live for the Kingdom, not the world. This is not our home. God calls us to,
“Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
God doesn’t want any of His children to die, but to repent and be saved through His son, Jesus, so that we can live with Him in Heaven for eternity. We are called as believers to spread this good news to the world. I believe the more and more hearts that are turned toward Jesus, the more we will see a change in how people of color are treated. Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
He told the parable of the Good Samaritan to give us a picture of how to love our neighbor. I’ve heard this parable before so many times, but now it has a whole other meaning. I want to be like the Good Samaritan. When I see my Black brothers and sisters hurting or in pain, I don’t want to walk by like the priest and Levite did; I want to rush to their defense and help heal their wounds.
For the little bit that I might experience racism based off of my skin color or my Mexican sounding last name, Black lives experience it exponentially more, so I will do my best to oppose racism in all its ugly forms. Among other things, I will continue to educate myself, I will follow more Black men and women of God on my social media, I will listen and learn and unlearn, I will petition for justice. I will pray for wisdom and discernment; but above all else, I will keep on sharing the love of God and the good news of the Gospel.
There was a powerful question that I came across that I thought was very eye opening. It was posed by a young, Black believer. He had a very similar response that my dad had. He posed this question at the end of his video message.
“Will you defy God to appease the world or will you defy the world to serve God?"
I choose to serve God, no matter what the world says.