For several days now, I have been checked out of what’s going on in social media. I chose to tune out because of exasperation and heartbreak. Hatred, murder, fear, looting, it’s hard to watch. Seeing the fabric of our society unravel has been unnerving and cause for despair.
While working at home, I chose to fill my mind with encouraging truths.
I listened to sermons, read my Bible and listened to some old hymns sung by someone I never heard of before accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
It was so encouraging and a good reminder that our problems are sin problems. I say our problems, because I am included in societies problems.
Racism will never be solved by more education or a reminder that black lives matter. Of course they do, just as all lives matter. They matter because ALL people are made in God’s image. That’s Why they matter.
Racism is sin.
Sin can only be solved by the Gospel.
Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. “
Our sin is so great before a Holy God and He requires death as payment for sin. We couldn’t possibly pay for our sins ourselves. We can never be good enough, though we may spend a lifetime trying. It is in vain.
But there is good news. Romans 5:8 says, ” but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. “.
He took on God’s wrath in our place. He was buried and after 3 days, rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin. That is why He said on the cross, “It is finished. “
Romans 1:16 says, “for I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation, to all who believe.
I know that only by God’s grace can a man’s heart be changed from one that hates to one that sees his sin and repents of it.
I am no stranger to violent crime. It has affected my family personally. But, I have found hope in Jesus Christ.
One day He will right every wrong. He is our only hope in these days of unrest and and uncertainty. I choose to trust in Him. I hope that you will do the same.