Last week was a very tragic time for our country. Two fatal police shootings of black men ignited a wave of protests across our nation. Some of these protests were peaceful while others turned hateful and violent. In Dallas, a black gunman killed five white policemen and wounded seven other officers during a protest march.
Immediately there were those who sought to politicalize these tragedies. The media was filled with leaders saying that these incidents could have been prevented if only certain legislation had been passed. Others shouted that these events were racially motivated. While still others rushed to judgment or at least insinuated that the police were guilty of abusing their power. Both political and social leaders filled the news broadcasts with their rhetoric.
How do we make sense of all of this? What should be our response? The truth is that the solution to this unrest and turmoil will not be found in political statements and posturing. There is plenty that should upset us about these situations. However, making inflammatory assertions doesn't make anything better.
Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Anger over injustice, violence and prejudice is acceptable. However, we must be careful not to allow the expression of our anger to become sinful. Instead of shouting angry words, believers ought to be driven to their knees in prayer. You see the root of America’s most distressing issues is not political, social, economic, or racial in nature. Our country has a major spiritual problem.
The Apostle Paul stated, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Don't wait for the next tragedy to begin praying. Let’s pray now for those grieving, for those struggling to get through today, for those who are sworn to serve and protect us, for our leaders and for our nation to know Christ. Let's pray for safety, but also boldness to proclaim that Jesus is still the answer!