Note: I started to write this when the riots were front and center of the news cycle but have since started to die down. Well, there is this new area of Seattle called CHAZ. Don’t ask me what that’s all about but it does seem to be sponsored and supported by the local government.
I almost didn’t want to wade into these waters because…well, there are a number of reasons.
But I decided to go ahead anyway because I felt something (the Holy Spirit possibly?) pushing me to write.
Rioting and looting is something that isn’t foreign to most of us. We’ve seen it a number of times over the years. My earliest recollection was after the Rodney King incident in L.A.
As I sit here and type this, I recall the recent news clips and YouTube videos I’ve seen of people using bricks, trash cans, and sticks and looting stores I can only ask what question that has been asked by other YouTubers:
What have you accomplished?
What has stealing a TV from the local Bestbuy done to help further the cause of justice for the death of George Floyd? How does killing a man defending his shop bring justice to Floyd’s family? What possesses people to go out in the streets and destroy what others worked so hard to build?
And now you’re spending time tearing down statues of people such as Christopher Columbus and various Southern officers who were in the Civil War.
For what purpose? You’re not just removing a statue; you’re trying to erase history. A history that taught us that the things that happened in the south were wrong and should never have happened. By removing that history, you’re teaching future generations that it never actually occurred. You are dooming them to repeat it.
What part of you believes that all of this is right and just and true? How do acts of violence and vandalism further your cause?
And then it hit me…
“As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37, NKJV).
The days of Noah were filled with people whose thoughts and actions were evil all of the time:
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5 NKJV).
I believe that there are larger forces at work here. There are humans running this evil machine but Satan is the one giving them the guidance.
If you are participating in these violent ‘protests’, you are being deceived. The Evil One wants divisiveness between whites and blacks because that’s one way that he brings down nations and people. We need to turn our focus back to God and his Word. In that, we will find all the truth we need to get out of the storm that is coming.
I know I’m probably rambling at the end but I hope you understand where I’m coming from.