“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”—John 16:33 (NIV).
My heart is heavy. History is repeating itself. I lived through the turmoil of the 60s during the Civil Rights movement. I saw the injustice. Segregated schools and restaurants. Separate water fountains and restrooms left an imprint on my impressionable mind.
What is happening in our country today didn’t begin with the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. It isn’t the first time hatred has led to an uncalled-for death. I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Protesters are calling for change. Change can only happen in this country when each one of us takes responsibility for our own words and actions.
Nothing Will Change Unless We Do
Nothing will change until we, as Christians, quit placing our hope in government to save our country. We must embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ, and not just give lip service to our faith. If we are sold out to Jesus, we should not be conformed to this world.
Instead, we should be the change, sharing the Good News with others, beginning with our actions. Actions speak louder than words. It’s more than just memorizing scripture, it’s living a lifestyle of humility, becoming a servant, instead of being self-serving.
Remember, Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. In Mark 10:45, Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Giving our Lives for Others
No one is exempt from trouble. Regardless of age, gender, skin color, ethnicity, economic or social standing, religious beliefs, or lack of, we will experience trouble.
When someone experiences trials, scripture reminds us it is our Christian duty to help our fellow man. Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Remember the parable of The Good Samaritan? A man was attacked by robbers and left on the side of the road for dead. After being ignored by a priest and a Levite, a Samaritan passed by. But instead of leaving him there to die, he tended to his wounds, took him to an inn and paid for the wounded man’s expenses. Jesus tells His listeners to “Go and do likewise.”
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SOURCE: Assist News