The death of George Floyd continues to spark outrage across the nation. The officer who was responsible for his death is now in custody, but that was not enough for Americans. Americans have expressed their anger and hatred toward the police and justice systems through various protests and riots around the country. In states such as Minnesota, New York, Georgia, Illinois, and Florida to name a few, thousands of residents have gathered to express their displeasure toward police.
Peaceful protests are okay, but many of these protests got out of hand. For instance, Target stores in Minneapolis and California have been targeted by these protestors. They have gone in large crowds and have stolen things from the store. In addition, in Miami, highways were filled with many of these residents, which led to traffic being standstill for several hours. In Chicago, New York and Georgia, police cars have been attacked and set on fire. Furthermore, Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami was looted on Saturday night. Such behaviors have caused city officials to force a mandated curfew for the safety of their residents.These are only a few things that have happened so far, given that the protests have not ceased.
It is not a secret that racism still exists in our country. However, I do recall that many of the men and women that have done significant change regarding racism has been through peaceful protesting, and fighting for their rights in a civil way. Martin Luther King, Jr., for instance, came in peace. Many of the other civil rights activists did the same. We do need to promote change, but rioting and setting things on fire is not the way to do it. Stopping traffic, cursing, and yelling at cops is also not a way to do this. As a matter of fact, even the girlfriend of George Floyd stated that he would not have been in favor of these protests, and asked everyone to stop it.
If you don’t believe me, then let’s go to the scriptures, where we hear of what Jesus would have done when he was being persecuted and sentenced to die:
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”Romans 12:17-19, 21
Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was spit at and humiliated, far worse than any of us will ever know. He was a clear victim of hatred, anger, and all the sins of the world combined. Jesus could have called on all the legions of heaven to come and disintegrate the entire world, but his love for mankind was so pure that he overlooked it in hopes of redeeming his children.
I pray for every person that has been a victim of racism. I pray that they are delivered and set free from any trauma that has been sparked from anyone in authority. I pray that we will see change in our nation regarding this, but I also pray that through our attitude and character, we will inspire those men and women to change, as well. I also pray for police and those in authority, that they will not abuse their authority. I pray that they will take their occupation with high-esteem and high responsibility. I pray that we see change in the Justice Department, and for every person that has been a victim of injustice. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!