With all the recent conversation on injustice one’s humanity cries out for answers, solutions, an anchor. Being a female who’s ancestry is part product of the slave trade one grapples with idenity, purpose, healing and place in society.
I often think of my sweet grandmother and our conversations about such matters. Passing at 100 years old she had seen her share of harships. But you know, she never focused on the shadows of the past. Sure she acknowledged them. But they didn’t define her. As much as I can gather, for as long as I can remember her identity was in Christ. She would put Him and mention Him first and last above all things.
If Christ is your Lord His standards must become ours also.
There are so many opinions, hurts, pains, and wounds in this life and in our history. Who can count every injustice but the one with the eternal book? He has recorded every deed down and all will be displayed at the judgement seat. 2 Corith 5:10 The thought of it makes me want to check my life inventory!
I’ve spoken to various people about the recent racial tensions in our nation. I love to hear views, young and old, black, white, red, yellow. Some people are heated just mentioning the subject. And rightly so. Others, more particularly olders generations hold a wider scope.
Could it be that Gospel principles don’t hold up today as a standard for living and soulutions for social delimas because much of our culture is void of the Word of God?
What defines you and me as people? Is it our race, gender, financial status, or where we were born? What makes you who you are? We must not forget where we come from. To do that is to loose part of our identity. But we must move forward in becoming who He has destined us to be. Know that the testimony is not in the trial but in the overcoming.
I believe that part of that overcoming includes forgiveness of self and others. For there is much blood on our hands as a nation.
Will God forgive my sin if I do not forgive my brother’s?
Can we all take an honest look at the injustices done as a nation to its own people, and to other nations? Can we allow all the greed, deceit, humiliation, oppression, and blood spilt come to the surface. To gaze upon it acknowledge the sin and forgive it?
Many argue that forgiveness does nothing. That it’s weak. That we must fight and fight and fight. I recently heard a quote by Grace Lee Boggs We put so much emphasis on taking over the power structure, and we became prisoners of it.
I’m not here to tell you where to stand. We must all find our plumb line. But I do beg the question, in the face of faith, past, present and future, Krystal, where do you stand?
Where does your allegiance lie? This is the hour of decision.
Scriptures that I have been chewing over as I walk this out.
Practically all of 1 Peter. Just read the whole thing. But specifically 1 Peter 4:7-8
There are many others that I will add as I find their text location.
Yours in His great love,
Krystal J F Hart