These are difficult times in the US, a disheartening, “imperfect storm” of coronavirus, pandemic shutdowns, a senseless death of a citizen due to coercive force, police brutality, and protests running amok into violent social unrest. Yet our Sovereign God is in control.
Christians should care about justice for all human beings, whatever their race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, or socioeconomic status. Scripture contains dozens of references to justice, for example, Psalm 33:5: “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
Clearly, God cares about justice for all human beings. Remember, He sent his son Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross for the sins of all humanity, all of whom He created and loves.
Our attention is now focused on the ongoing protests and our response as Christians and as citizens.
Protests per se are not the problem, or at least they should not be in this free country, one with a long history of meaningful protest dating from the colonial period. Remember, peaceful assembly and protests are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and much case law since.
The crime of killing George Floyd was terrible, tragic, avoidable, and unnecessary. The incident was difficult, to say the least, to watch on video. Satan loves division, and he’s having a heyday in this horrible and egregious action. The police officers involved should be provided due process, but if found guilty, deserve prosecution to the full extent of the law. Justice will not be served until this accountability takes place.
Christians of all people need to engage, think carefully and critically, not rush to judgment, weigh information and discern fact from fiction, avoid lazy thinking that only reflects the talking points of a given partisan or ideological viewpoint (which need Christian worldview critique like all other views), recognize and remind others that sin and wrongdoing are not uniquely associated with a given race or profession like law enforcement—that there are good and decent people all around—and work toward peaceful resolution and appropriate change.
So how should we live as both Christians and citizens during this “imperfect storm” of difficult times? Be an example of humility and respect for all, especially right now, with others whose race differs from your own. Love your neighbor. Serve others. Pray for others. Above all, pray.
Dr. Rex Rogers, President, SAT-7 USA