We are barraged again by war in our midst, a war over something as nonsensical as skin color. This war has been with us since the creation of man in God’s own image, and its root is an innate hatred towards God, best reflected in the discriminatory destruction of our fellow man due to any quality, as seen in the case of Cain and Abel. This hatred is a sickness we bring upon ourselves when we agree with the enemy of God that men are not created equal, nor endowed by that Creator with unalienable rights of life, liberty, or pursuit of Happiness.
The Gospel of Peace teaches people of every color and nationality that hate is synonymous with murder. Clearly a stop must be put to incidents of hate of all parties concerned like those in Ferguson, but how?
Many have looked to force of law, civil education, and Government to cure this sickness. Force of law says bring in more troops; civil education says empower the same adverse mind that enhanced this hatred; and government’s schizophrenic personalities are ignoring it altogether or embracing and exploiting it for political gain.
None of these are solutions and there is no solution to this epidemic in man-created systems.
George Washington declared, “Reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Champion of equal rights and Baptist Minister, Martin Luther King Jr., stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
So who is responsible to instill love into society? Government? Secular education? The law?
I have previously highlighted the response of the Charleston Emanuel AME Church after the tragic shooting during their worship service, and how they created a foundation of restoration, unity and love from which human and societal blessings can flow. What the Church did not do is take the incident of hate as an opportunity to protest, vandalize, rob, loot, or hate back. Instead we saw singing, praying, and forgiveness.
This is the answer! The American Church body is responsible for the jurisdiction of love. The Church instills the necessary religion and virtue into our society.
Frederick Douglass expressed, “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
My conclusion: Ferguson will remain sick until the Church takes its rightful role to speak the prophetic Word of God to restore unity and heal a wound that has continued to breed and destroy lives of all skin colors and backgrounds.
It is time America looks to the God of the Bible as the solution just as so many great leaders, like George Washington, Frederick Douglass, or Martin Luther King Jr., once did. We won’t be healed without Him.