The tragic events this past week remind us that we live in a fallen and volitale world. Just when you might have thought our nation was past racial strife and anger yet another incident happens to rear its ugly head once again.
I don’t understand why there are so many more instances where white police officers are killing black people. It is very disturbing to every race. We live in a quick-tempered, trigger-happy world today. It has gotten out of control.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
People are quick to get angry even if they are in the wrong. There is no kindness. Just today I was sitting down at a department store waiting for my wife and daughter while they were shopping and this woman I have never met before came up and said, “That’s just like a man to get what he wants and sit down.” I sat shocked not knowing exactly what to say. They weren’t words of kindness. Why are we so quick to say an unkind thing or make negative assumptions about people?
For believers, it is imperative to set the example. We should be quick to be kind to one another and forgive often. Yes, people are going to do mean things but that doesn’t give us the cause to do something back.
So how should we respond to the violence this week?
- Show kindness to everyone. All races of people. Don’t just limit it to the people you know.
- Cut people some slack. Don’t immediately respond in anger. If someone cuts you off in traffic or says a mean word to you, forgive them quickly and respond with kindness.
- Don’t make assumptions about people. We all have experiences and histories others do not know about. Let’s give people the benefit of the doubt.
We don’t need to join protests or respond with violence. Just make a difference where you are.