Black lives matter. Police lives matter. All lives matter. My heart is broken over the senseless murders committed yesterday evening in Dallas. My prayers are with all the families that have lost a loved one regardless of the color of their skin. I am so deeply saddened that we live in a country where no one feels safe anymore.
Disney’s The BFG is in theaters now, and I am planning to take my older two children once we finish reading the book. Yesterday afternoon we read these observant words uttered by the BFG, “Human beans [beings] is the only animals that is killing their own kind.” The BFG went on to say, “The human beans is making rules to suit themselves.”
Roald Dahl wrote these words over 30 years ago, and people have continued to kill each other and justify those killings to suit themselves. From Cain and Abel to present day, men have killed each other, and it appears to only be getting worse.
I have been memorizing the book of Ephesians since January, and I am now in the middle of chapter four. Ephesians is a wonderful book, and there are several verses I love, but one verse that has struck me as culturally relevant the past week is verse 18.
I had originally thought of this verse in regards to politics, but it applies to all people who have hardened their hearts. If you have hatred and bitterness in your heart, you will not understand the whole situation, you will be ignorant to the facts, and you will be blinded by your hatred. The truth is we can’t do this without God. True peace is not possible without Christ.
“For he [Christ] himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” Ephesians 2:14-16 (NIV)
Today, my family and I attended a moment of silence, prayer, and remembrance in support of our local police officers. I broke down in tears as I explained to my children where we were going and why we needed to show our appreciation for our police officers. After the mayor and police chief spoke, we all joined hands around the room for a moment of silence and a prayer. As chance would have it, I stood next to and gladly held the hand of a lovely, black woman. We stood united in love and support of our police officers as we prayed for the protection of our officers and those they are called to serve.
God has destroyed the barrier between races through Christ and the cross. We can be reconciled and live in peace only through the cross of Christ. Paul urges us in Ephesians 4:31 to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” We can’t do that on our own, but with Christ in us, we can do all things. I urge all believers to lead the way in forgiving each other and seeking reconciliation with others. Let our compassion soften the hearts of the unbelievers as we speak the truth in love.