This post may be long overdue, but it’s been one of the hardest to write. I’ve been thinking how to put words together on what I am about to talk about so please bear with me. I’ve been afraid to share my thoughts as I do not know what it is like to be an African American in this country. I also have no idea what it is like to be a police officer in this country.
I want to start off by saying that I believe what happened to George Floyd was an act of evil. No one deserves to die like that and my heart aches for his family. Listening to someone call for their mom in the last moments of their life was never something I thought I’d ever see in any form. Especially at the hands of a man that is sworn to protect.
With that said, I also respect law enforcement, I do not believe that the actions of few should reflect on the entire force. The “defund the police” action calls make me sick. We are better with them and I stand by the good men and women of the police force. Unpopular opinion I know.
What I do know for certain, is that things do need to change. They need to change in our hearts and our minds. I believe there is more good than bad in the world, but nonetheless things still need to change. And it starts with each of us.
We all need to value each other. We need to value each other’s lives. We may come from different backgrounds, races, religions, cultures, childhoods, countries, neighborhoods but we are all children of God. We need to remember that. He loves each and everyone of us the same. We need to seek to be like Him and do the same.
We need to respect each other. No matter your opinion, your belief, we have to respect that a person is allowed to feel a certain way. Do I mean respecting the evil actions of some, no. Not one bit. But if we all on a daily basis took a look at each other and instead of judging, respected. Things may be better.
We need more love. The one thing that is more powerful than hate is love. It’s harder to love others at times but it’s worth it. The ones that may have differing opinions. The ones who have hurt us. The ones who don’t seem to care. But love opens your heart to goodness. When you can change your heart from hate to love, things become clear and life becomes clear. And what that clarity is in my mind is that we are all equal, we are all loved and it’s time that we make sure everyone knows that. When our hearts feel this, when our minds think it, when our actions show it, is when the real change begins.
Below are some words from God that I have been focusing on:
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them – Genesis 1:27
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and HE saved them from their distress. Psalm 107:19.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18