Friday evening I was doing my daily two-mile walk in downtown Phoenix when I encountered the “Black Lives Matter” rally. It had been only one day since the Dallas shooting, so I was somewhat concerned about my safety. However the passion of the speaker was compelling, so I stopped to listen temporarily disregarding common sense.
As you would imagine, the central theme focused on police aggression and the unjust killing of black men. Just then, a counter-protest began across the street. These new protesters were chanting “Blue Lives Matter” and calling out various other injustices that seemed to be equally important to them. As the two diverse crowds began to move towards each other, I thought it might be a good time to continue my walk in the opposite direction.
Thinking back, I have not seen such anger and division in our country since my college days back in the sixties. The Vietnam War was raging, Watts was burning, men were dying every day and the country was in turmoil. I thought those days were over, yet here we are again. Divisions over race, unjust wars and lying politicians abound. I guess some things never change.
From time immemorial men have cried out against injustice and evil. Over four-thousand years ago Job cried out “When I looked for good, evil came to me; and when I waited for light, then came darkness.” Many today feel the same as Job when he said, “My heart is in turmoil and cannot rest.”
Yet the Bible reminds me that this world is not our home and that we are just passing through. I am also reminded by Paul when he wrote to Timothy: “Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge. (I Tim 6:20) “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”(Phil 4:7) I guess these things must happen, but by the grace of God, I choose not be anxious because of them.
In His name,