Rev James Harrison Nixon
Our Nation is in suffering and nobody is wanting to hear the truth. Yes, we are all to blame, from white to black to brown. We have all brought the hatred on to our brothers and sisters. We have giving hate the power over us when we segregated the little things in life. We have made certain items made for certain things from hair to food. We as a nation have allowed movies to paint a picture of stereotypes and we have called them comedies. Reality they have made money of our tragedies because parents have allowed the tv to raise their children. Race is the only issue when we the people make it an issue. We need to break the Crayola social label of colors then we as a society can get alone. The media needs to break the cycle of calling people black/white. When that occurs it separates society and makes a psychological separation of our country that starts to open our scars.
Lord we pray that our deep scars and wounds of race division may be healed. Lord we pray that the hatred that fills that hearts of many could be calmed and the soft touch of love may enter into their hearts. Lord we pray that these things may come to pass. Christ Jesus we pray in your name that the killing of the innocent should be punished by your hand alone and that those that wish to do harm may be touched by your loving Grace as Paul was on the road to Damascus. In Christ name we pray by the Holy Spirit amen.
This cost of innocent blood is never a good thing and never something that we should be proud of. For every drop of blood shed on both sides is shame brought on to our character. What kind of world have we become a place in which we will play basketball together in the park? A place which we will watch football together on Saturday yet on Sunday we go separate ways for the most part. Philip did not turn away the Ethiopian Eunuch when he saw him trying to read the scripture in the Chariot. No he read it to him and the Eunuch was Baptized! That was two different nations working together in faith. See the word nation in the Bible means race most of the time and Kingdom means country.
“For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.”
(Matthew 24:7–8, LEB)
Though it seems these words of Jesus coming true right now we have to be cautious in saying that this is the tribulations or the end of the world. Only God knows when the final battle will be and when our time on this earth will come to an end. See God does not care if you are a Jew or Gentile, Gentiles joined the Old Covenant which many teach was just for Jews, many Jews teach this. They forget that a Great Great Great Grand Mother of Jesus was a Gentile named Ruth. In God we can all become one because we are all one nation with difference and with purpose. There is no reason for us to hate each other, none. The hate that come into our minds is all synthetic and injected into our minds by the media and unfortunately the groups that are supposed to be against hate. Most civil rights groups keep the hate alive by a psychological fear of not being relevant. They go out and protest things to stay in the community, when they should fight the drug invasion they fight something that opens a wound.
“Do not take revenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”
(Romans 12:19, LEB)
Ending racism starts with you it starts with me it starts on the personal level. You have to take the personal responsibility to know that you have to love the people of the other countries, creeds, and whatever else even if they are from another planet. Finding faith and coming together in a kingdom living, a living in which we play basketball and worship together is a dream with in itself. If we as a nation can learn traditional tolerance instead of the new age version of the word we can and we will live in a better world. We need a revival of character in our country, we do not need a pseudo-revolution built on false thoughts and anger placed in the wrong path. When you take the anger and turn that into a method for healing your community. Those are positive ways of healing and making a revolution of a social change.
“But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this, you will heap up coals of fire upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
(Romans 12:20–21, LEB)
Both civilian and police have lost lives in the last few weeks from attacks of those filled with hate in their hearts. We need to stop this we need to end the bloodshed. We have to remember that these men and women have fathers, mothers, children just like us. Killing another is wrong hating another is wrong, when hate for another is in our heart we have already killed them in our heart that is the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 24:21-26). We must find it in ourselves to forgive them no matter what. Forgiveness is not forgetting but learning to live without ill intent toward that person. In our hearts we must choose from this moment to love and live or to hate and die. The path of love leads to Jesus the path of hate leads to a life outside of the gates.
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
(Matthew 5:44, LEB)
I said a prayer at the start, I mean that prayer. I want to see our country as one. I would like to see a country that we do not have to worry about being a young minority and being killed or a police officer getting shot. I would like to see more of our young men and women coming back to the church and more churches coming back to Christ. I will say that not everyone will be saved, I know this but trying to reach them is still a goal. We must drop this hate sooner than later and not let these hate mongers from both sides of the color line try to push us into a rage of hate. Instead of yelling about injustice preach about the love of Christ, change hearts to God. Kingdom living to help heal our nation we need to Pray.
“Therefore you pray in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, may your name be treated as holy. May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
(Matthew 6:9–13, LEB)