Posted by: rodalex87 | December 7, 2014

Hope in Light of #Ferguson #EricGarner #Injustice Follow up to prayer: Another Black Man’s Thoughts on Ferguson

“Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” 2 Peter 3:4, English Standard Version

Three things I must agree with as a black man of the Christian faith.  One, the current state of society is not what it ought to be. Two, there will not be universal justice until Jesus comes back and brings the kingdom of heaven to earth.  Three, I am to groan and grieve at the current condition while proceeding full of hope because of the promise of Jesus coming.

The Book of 2 Peter Chapter 3 addresses the concern of some Christians who have been persecuted because of their faith. He warns them about those that will try to challenge their faith by asking “Where is this Jesus that promised you salvation from this oppressive society (Rome ruled the Jews at the time)?”  Jesus had returned to heaven by this point and the perception was things had returned to the way they were.

I hear a similar cry in the African American community.  Rapper Lecrae said “I wish I could go tell [Dr. Martin Luther] King it was all a dream.”  I hear King’s daughter is advocating the necessity of a second non-violent civil rights movement.  I’ve also heard parents and future parents groan because they feel that they will have to raise their black boys to walk on eggshells around police because the color of their skin will eliminate their ability to have justice in the land of the free. Things seem to have returned to the way they were.

I however, was encouraged when reading Peter’s response, for it gives practical hope and clear direction for the followers of his time and for Christians today.

Repentance

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9

May this be a time where we all (including African Americans like myself) repent of our racial biases and seek God so we can see one another as God sees us.

How to Act

“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God” 2 Peter 3:11-12

As an African American man, may I conduct myself in a godly way and not in uncontrolled anger and bitterness, since I know one day there will be justice for all.

Thankful for Time

Peter closed the book of 2 Peter by saying we should “count the patience of the Lord as salvation” (v. 15).  Let’s be thankful that the unconscious racial tension has been brought to the forefront; allowing open conversations and progress towards a salvation from racial oppression that has reigned since the founding of this country.  Progress has been made, but there is much room for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (v. 18; the strength of God and the knowledge of his will for us and this society).

Amen.


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