Sorry, I Can’t Stay Silent
Can I just say that the spirit within me is very disturbed from the past few days? I’m not talking about Craig’s spirit, but the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been screaming for my attention. The Holy Spirit has led me to work over 30 hours the last 3 days alone preparing one message that I know will bring peace to thousands this Sunday online. The Holy Spirit has told me this is not a time for me to sit quietly and not use my voice of influence!
Now, I know since I’m a white man one might wonder why I’m so worked up. Honestly, just my answer to that one question could take days to answer. I agree, I’m not an African American male living in the midst of this absolute chaos. I don’t know what it feels like to wake up daily wondering who might misread my actions. I don’t know what it feels to think that justice will rarely be on my side. I don’t know what it feels like to fear for my life just because someone may suspect I’m up to no good. Trust me, I could go on and on with these kind of real life statements concerning my darker skinned brothers. And, if you much like me, don’t really know what it feels like to be in those shoes. Don’t act like you do.
Here is simply what I do know. I love people of every race the same. As a believer in Jesus Christ I can’t say I love God and not love His children. You see, it’s only man that looks at the color of someone’s skin. God knows it’s just another shade of wrapping paper because inside is a human soul.
So, why am I angry of another defenseless black male losing his life? Because, that was my brother from another mother. I want my friends of other races to know that my heart is truly broken. That the intense racism they may see from a few doesn’t represent the majority of us. Many others with my skin color are devastated over recent events.
Please know that I’m praying for each of you that have deep anger, fear, and triggered grief over this recent matter. This kind of stuff shouldn’t be tolerated. You can certainly count me in as one that will always fight for equality and justice for all. Any Christian American that’s not racist should feel the same way. This was not the loss of just another African American. This was the loss of a human being who just like us was created by our Heavenly Father.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke