It has been a difficult week for America as the protests and riots of George Floyd’s death by Minnosota police officers continues. There has been a nearly unprecedented, worldwide rioting and demonstrations over his death and the real conflict between the black community and law inforcment.
I recommend listening to a great podcast called “Just Thinking” specifically the episode where they discuss George Floyd and the gospel. I agree with nearly everything these brothers in Christ say. But one part really struck out at me that gets to the heart of what is wrong with the American church today in the context of the violent protesting going on. The serious question of what people think the gospel is? What do Americans, and even the whole western world think the gospel really is? This goes at the crux, the very heart at why the church is in the state it is in, with many falling away from the faith and going to charletons who will scratch their itching ears and tell them what they want them to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).
Overall, I agree with what Darrell Harrison’s and Virgil Walker’s theory is that people in America do not believe what the Bible says is true. They either have no respect for the Bible, don’t believe in it’s power, or flat out reject God’s word. It is a simple matter of unbelief. Despite the whirlwind of issues relating to police brutality and the black community, all of which have now been politicized, the real crux of the issues at hand have to do with the wickedness of the human heart (Mark 7:21-23). Racism is a heart issue. No amount of policy changes, rioting, or protesting can change the human heart. But even though it is impossible with man, all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Only God can change the heart of man (Deuteronomy 30:6) and give them a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). This comes by hearing and having faith in God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17).
Still. There are so many reasons why western “christianity” is in the state it is in and the issue is too complex for one article. But what we are seeing with so many people on the streets rioting, some almost mindlessly, is the fruits of deep generational unbelief in anything Godly. Thus the wrath of God is being revealed towards them, and they became vain in their reasoning and their senseless minds were darkened (Romans 1:21). People are so broad-minded on this issue of social justice and systematic racism, that they are not looking at the bigger, more cosmic picture. That being the issue of man’s sinful heart, and that we all, of every race, tribe, nation, and tongue, deserve to die and suffer the wrath of God. Instead this wicked and adulterous generation chooses to satisfy their flesh and indulge in their hatred and vengeance. And the saddest part is man, yes many, approve of the violent protesting and rioting. (Romans 1:32)
As followers of Christ who are living in troubled times, we should fear no evil, for God is in control of all things. And even in this darkness He is doing His good work. We should always remember the hope we have in the resurrected messiah Jesus, who himself went through trials and tribulations but overcame the world. And nothing can separate us from Christ Jesus.
Let us be cheerful and joyful in this situation as the Bible is getting more magnified everyday. Let us not be discouraged or alarmed, but let us put our lamps on a stand and not hide our hope from the world. We also need to be bold and tell people the truth about God’s love and the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Preachers and Pastors have got to stand up and boldly preach against sin and the true hope of the cross and not try to virtue signal or get in the muck of social justice. Only the word of God can cut through the hearts of man and deal with the root problem of our sinful nature (Hebrews 4:12).
Above all else, we must pray earnestly for peace and that all men of every race, of every tribe, of every nation, and every tongue, repent and believe the good news. That though we were sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6 -11: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Just Thinking Podcast: https://thebarpodcast.com/JT/index.php/2020/06/01/george-floyd-and-the-gospel/