Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 KJV
My eyes have been glued to news articles, my ears intent to the radio and my attention given to the national televised news for the last few weeks.
Flashing continually on screens of various sizes are the names of states and countries that I’ve never visited;
The distressing chain of events has moved me to tears.
My stomach turns at the graphically displayed acts of violence displayed on social media.
I grieve at the total disrespect for the sanctity of life.
These horrific events should force those from varied genders and racial/ethnic backgrounds to huddle together in prayer. However, some have been persuaded by hashtags and videos to participate in behavior that broadens the gaps that already existed.
I want to coin my own hashtag. Something like #Redbloodmatters.
You see, my bible tells me that God made everyone from the same blood. That blood is RED. Regardless the color of our skin, beneath it runs red blood. Jesus, our savior, came that we might have abundant life. The price that he paid was his blood. His RED blood, ran down Calvary’s hill closing the gap between us and God. Jesus is the greatest reconciler.
How can we walk in his footsteps during this time of crisis? What can we do to bring about change? The answer is intentionality.
We can no longer sit back and do nothing while our country boils in the pot of turmoil. We as blood brought believers are being called to turn off the flame!
One of the associate ministers in our church stepped up to the plate today. With intentionality, he used our children’s moment as a platform to teach harmony between us and our men in blue. He shared about the relationship he and one of our police officers have and how he trusts him with his life.
This officer who he called his brother just happens to be of a different ethnicity. One of our young adults, much more tech savvy than I went live on Facebook and tagged a few of us to that post. At this time only ten hours later, that video has been viewed by over 3,000 people.
It only takes one person to make a move.
Jesus taught in his sermon on the mount that God will bless those who make peace and that onlookers would label them as children of God.
Are you a child of God?
In the midst of theses troubling times, are you joining the negative feedback?
Are you becoming consumed by the media and it’s overemphasis of the gory and construed picture of the truth or, child of God are you using every opportunity to make peace?
Let’s be peacemakers! Our world is turned upside down. If each one would reach one with love, if our actions were acts of deescalation, we could turn the world right side up!