- Updated: 01 June 2020
… and my heart is heavy just thinking about the grief that has overwhelmed our nation over the past few months, now over 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus, and one viral video of the unmerciful and senseless killing of George Floyd. I have made grief a matter of my professional study and participation in providing comfort to the bereaved, so my heavy heart is coming from a place of deep thought.
Today, I am thinking that a distinction needs to be made in giving voice to the bereaved. That distinction is between a protester and a looter. Unfortunately, the TV cameras seem only to be interested in the looters while avoiding the much-needed coverage of protesters (or at least that is all I saw on the TV news).
Protesters are, at the very least, one of the primary reasons we live in a democracy. From the pen of Alexander Hamilton to the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., protests have moved this nation in a direction that seems to have been blessed by the Almighty. And while war was inevitable in the fight for independence, it was intentionally avoided in MLK’s work toward civil rights and the overcoming of racism in America. His dream has established a standard worthy of all people climbing up to see.
Looters are the opportunists who have completely derailed the hard work of so many protesters by stealing and pillaging, not only goods that were meant for sale, but the TV coverage that would be much better served if focused on the voices of the protesters. The looters engage in criminal activity while the protesters gather in mass, with full knowledge of the police and local governments, to voice their deep concerns for justice and equality. The protesters’ peaceful demonstrations thoughtfully planned and carried out… again derailed by looters who create chaos and muffle the united voice of the protesters.
Today, I want to add my voice to the protesters. Injustice and inequality are out of control. Whenever racism is on the rise, protests should be too. Our politicians have a huge responsibility to hear the voice of the protesters and to act responsibly to correct injustice and inequality, DUH! Protesting injustice and inequality are in line with the Biblical prophets’ message to the nations that, quite frankly, were looting God’s land and his people. They made it clear that God hates injustice and desires justice and righteousness to flow like a river throughout the land… and that the looters who didn’t repent would be judged.
Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice to eliminate inequality. The dividing wall of hostility was broken down, much the same as the curtain that kept people from the glorious presence of God was torn in two from the top to the bottom in the temple, simultaneously with the death of Jesus on the cross. God has done everything we need to have justice and equality… we, His people must speak up to protest the inequality and injustice that is being grieved by so many today.
For His glory,