We in America have been faced with a pandemic recently. While things are starting to open back up and life is trying to go back to normal, we get hit with something else. A young man named Ahmaud Arbery was murdered in day light by two men with shot guns. A third man video taped the whole thing. This happened in February of 2020 and now three months later, in May, an arrest finally took place.
To give some insight of why this has hit me so hard that I felt the need to write a blog about it, my husband is black. I have five children that are half black. I have sisters and brothers and friends that are black. I was raised in the black community as early as age eight. My life long best friend is black. I've walked beside my friends and family for 20 some odd years and have experienced life in this community first hand.
I am a white Christian woman. I am neither republican or democrat. I am a God fearing, Jesus loving, Bible carrying, Gospel speaker, evangelist who will share the Good News to anyone who is willing to listen. I have been to all white churches, all black churches, and mixed churches. I have been in the streets around drugs and thugs, I have eaten with sinners and I have experienced life in a way that most people can't say they have.
My husband is a black Christian man. He has experienced racism on all levels. He has been called the 'N' word and chased down by white supremacists in a truck as they tried to run him over the same way Ahmaud experienced... except, my husband escaped with his life. He loves Jesus with all his heart and regardless of color he loves without restriction. Even though he has faced racism first hand, he chooses not to become part of the problem because it is acceptable to God to do so.
"So Peter opened his mouth and said: 'Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.'" - Acts 10:34-35
I am saying all this to give you a little background into who we are. As a white woman married to a black man I have experienced racism from both sides. From white people and from black people. To say that exposing racism by talking about it is what "keeps it going" is ignorant. The Bible says "For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light." - Mark 4:22. It is imperative that we continue to shed light on this situation until justice is served. To keep quiet is to be overtaken by the enemy. If your children were being bullied, would talking about it and bringing the situation to light be the reason it continues? I didn't think so.
I hate racism with everything that is in my body. If someone claims to be Christian but has hate inside of them for another race simply because they are different, then you sir or ma'am, are no Christian. Stop giving me a bad name because you have underlying issues with yourself that you refuse to deal with. This is not God's heart.
"But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors." - James 2:9
The type of discrimination that was executed on that day was one of utter disgust. Honestly, some people argue that this man, had a record, and that he was a robbery suspect, but I charge you this, "Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'" - Romans 12:17-19. What have these men done but try to become God by taking the "law" into their own hands?
I trust that God will see that justice is served for this young man's life. I will never apologize for standing up for what is right. I will abhor evil and cling to good the rest of my life.
Black people, you have suffered for hundreds of years, and my words to you are this: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." - James 1:2-4. I will never take from you the right of your suffering but I will be so brave as to encourage you that your reward in heaven is great. The best way to stand against this hate is with love. "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." -1 Peter 4:8.
God sees you like He saw Hagar. She was forced into a situation she had no control over. The same as you, simply because you are black. BUT GOD! "Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-The-God-Who-Sees; for she said, 'Have I also seen Him who sees me?'" - Genesis 16:13. He is faithful and just and righteous and He hates sin. This sin will be avenged by our BIG GOD. I only pray that you can forgive and pray for these men who hurt you; in doing so, it will be like heaping hot coals on their heads.
I'm praying for this family, as I pray for mine. I pray for the safety of my black husband and my half black children who experience racism in it's reality and I pray that light be shone on this darkness until Jesus' return. I will never be silent about this because I live this. I witness it and if it has offended you then I suggest you search your own heart and ask God to teach you what He is saying in this matter.
"And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened it's mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand." - Genesis 4:10-11