Normally, I do my best to not give coverage to racially-divisive stories in the media. I have written in previous articles and in my second book about why God doesn’t see us in color, and why we shouldn’t either. As we’ve learned in the past, there are two sides to every story; and that’s why I usually don’t take sides publicly whenever a black man is killed (wrongfully, accidentally, or in self-defense). I wasn’t there. I don’t know if there was an altercation, if the victim had a weapon, or if the killing was intentional or racially-motivated. I live by the old saying, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
The videos of cops and black victims are usually less than a minute long and don’t always tell the whole story, but this latest case involving George Floyd may be different. He appears to have died on camera because a police officer left his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck for nearly 7 minutes; and even when the now-deceased Floyd was telling the officer that he couldn’t breathe, the cop kept his knee firmly lodged in the man’s neck. Obviously, the officer was in the wrong. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, he killed the man.
So why was Floyd subdued in the first place? According to a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department, in Minnesota, four officers responded to a call about a man suspected of forgery. The police claim Floyd initially resisted the arrest and that he appeared “under the influence.” He physically resisted the orders from the officials which resulted in a tussle between the 46-year-old and a police officer. The tussle resulted in Floyd being pinned face down.
So, did Floyd forcefully resist arrest? Unfortunately, we don’t have that video circulating in the mainstream media – only the video of him being subdued. So are there two sides to this story? Were the cops in the right? Were they in the wrong? Was the cop racist? Did he care if he killed Floyd? Or, in his mind, was he doing it out of self defense?
We may never know the answers to these questions, and I’m not here to answer them. I’m here to teach what the Bible says about incidents like this, and will share a portion of the chapter on Racism from my book – Even More Signs of Our Times.
Like in the past, the Black Lives Matter movement has set social media ablaze to spark another debate on racial equality. I explain in my book why there is no need to have such a debate. The facts are that not all cops are racist. A handful probably are. Not all white men are racist. A handful probably are. Donald Trump and the majority of those who vote for him are not racist. In a Country of over 325-million people, of which half of the population supports the President, I am sure you can find a few of his supporters that are.
There are wicked hateful people of every race in America and around the world. You can’t change that. You can’t stomp it out with protests. They will have to answer to the LORD someday. But making blanket accusations of racism against a majority of police officers, or all white men, or all Conservatives, is wrong on so many levels.
BLM and other powerful voices in the black community do this all the time, and the lamestream media (who loves to divide our Country) aids and abets them.
What if a group of white men came out and said that because of one black thug raping a white girl, there is systemic racism against whites by blacks in this Country. What if they said that a majority of black people are okay with white women being raped by “their kind.” Is that in any way acceptable? Of course not. It isn’t when Black Lives Matter does it either!
Another thing that bugs me is when BLM and other groups of protesters riot and loot stores, like they did a Target and Liquor Store last night in Minneapolis.
How does that help their cause?
How does that bring “justice” any quicker for George Floyd?
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
I have no problem with someone protesting whatever they feel they need to protest. But when protests turn into violent riots, I lose all respect for the movement that is behind them.
How can you protest a crime while committing crime yourself?!
The leaders of BLM and anyone else behind the protests that breed looting, rioting, vandalism, burning cars or businesses, and violence, need to publicly condemn such acts that make their movement look bad. If they don’t, then no one should stand with them. I sure won’t.
Can we speak out for innocent victims of police brutality like George Floyd? Absolutely. Do we need to stand with BLM in order to do so? Absolutely not! I explain why in Even More Signs of Our Times, and here are a few pages from that book about what God has to say about Racism…
Our God in Heaven is colorblind. As His children, we are called to be too. The LORD looks on the hearts of men – not on the shade of their skin. From the beginning, God has only viewed the human race in two ways – believers or unbelievers. Either you choose to honor and serve the true God of Heaven and Earth, or you dishonor Him by choosing to follow after false gods. You do one or the other. There is no in the middle.
When you do the first, it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, brown, red, or yellow – God knows you, and you are His child. If you do the latter, then being light-skinned or dark-skinned doesn’t matter in the slightest to the LORD – God doesn’t know you, and you are a stranger to Him. All that matters to Him is obedience to His Word and Will. If you are defiant and don’t accept His Son’s sacrifice on your behalf, as atonement for your disobedience, then being born white or black cannot save you. You are going to Hell. Plain and simple.
In the end, we will all be judged on our faith alone. Nothing else. We will not be judged in regard to how much money we made, nor by how many kids we raised; not by worldly positions we held, nor by the size of our homes or businesses; not by how kind or generous we were to others, nor by any good deeds which we had done. The only thing that the LORD will care about, come Judgment Day, is whether or not you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ to reconcile your unholy soul unto your Holy Creator.
Today, there are believers all around the world – from every nation, culture, tribe, and color. When we are “in Christ,” we are all equal in God’s Sight. I am not any more favored by the Lord than an African believer, Jewish believer, Arab believer, Spanish believer, or an Asian believer. We are all “one race” in Christ Jesus. We are all one family. We are all members of His Church, regardless of our denomination. We’re all members of one body, of which He alone is “the Head” (Romans 12:4-5, 1st Corinthians 10:16-17 & 12:12, Ephesians 1:22 & 2:19-22 & 4:15-16 & 5:23, and Colossians 1:18).
Though I am a white man, I may actually have more black men and women as “brothers and sisters” than I do other whites. Whosoever is washed and covered in the Blood of God’s Son is part of my family. Whosoever isn’t is not my brother or sister. They are strangers. A black believer in Jesus Christ, who believes every word of the Holy Bible just as strongly as I do, is more so “family” to me than a blood relative who does not believe.
No one particular skin color makes you superior over another human being. God wills that all men and women, everywhere – of every color – would come to Him through His Son, the Prince of Peace. Then, and only then, can we experience true peace and equality in our divided Nation and world. These long-sought-after things can never be obtained through any government, political leaders, laws, or “affirmative action” – but are only found in God alone. The ever-growing racial tension that has been sweeping the Nation is just one of the many consequences of forcing God out of America – at a time when we need Him more than ever.
As believers, we must not grow weary in preaching His Word and in shining His light unto this dark Nation – whether fellow Americans want to hear it or not. If we sit back, resigned to the belief that things won’t change – and just keep God’s unifying message of salvation all to ourselves or only to our churches – America may soon find itself in another Civil War.
We must perpetually place our Faith above race. Because if any Holy Bible believer is placing their race over the Faith, then their faith is meaningless. You and I are Christians above all else. That label should be setting us apart from every other group in the world. We should never be engaged in “race wars,” and never be members of “race-based” groups – especially not ones that stage violent protests or who riot to make their voices heard. We should not be known for being Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Indian, Native American, Arabic, or Asian. We should only ever be known to the world as Christians. Period. End of story.
The only race that has ever had a special place in God’s heart is the Jewish people – His chosen people. All the rest of us are simply known as “Gentiles,” as far as race is concerned. If we ever had to fill out paperwork in Heaven, and there was a “race” section, I suspect that there would only be two options – Jew or Gentile. And the LORD wills that both would be united in Christ, the King of the Jews and Saviour of the world.
In God’s Kingdom, there will be no “White Power” and no “Black Power.” There will only ever be “Power in the Blood of Jesus.” I know that my words may pain White Supremacists or Black Liberation Theologists, but everything that I am teaching is 100% Biblical. It is the Word of God. It is not my own. Godless men like Richard Spencer, Al Sharpton (who is no “Reverend” at all), and Louis Farrakhan believe that God should favor them – and all those who look like them – because they think that their race is “superior” to all others. These men, and the people who follow their abhorrent doctrines, are of the devil. There is no nice way to say it.
I wrote much more in this chapter of the book, so grab a copy today.
Always remember, our God is the God of justice. So if you’re upset about injustice in this world, bring it to Him in prayer and leave the vengeance to Him. Never take it into your own hands, and never alienate, hate, or condemn, an entire group of people for the actions of a few.
If you’re a Christian or Jew, no matter your skin color, I love you like a brother or sister. If you’re anyone else, I’ll treat you with kindness and respect – and will require the same from you in return.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” – GALATIANS 3:26-28
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