Another young, unarmed African-American male is killed on the streets by a white cop. This image is becoming all too familiar in our country.
I am the mother of three beautiful African-American boys, ages 19, 15, and 12 and because the black child is being frequently viewed as a threat to society, my husband and I have taught them to raise their hands up politely if approached by police and say, “I do not have a weapon and I am a preacher’s kid.” We hope that the last statement may help to loosen the negative stereotype some hold that black skin is criminal. We also hope that the officer would know that if my boys are harmed in any way, that officer would feel the wrath of God Himself.
My heart grieves that so many people in our nation try to trace a path through a victim’s past to justify this conclusion: “He deserved to die.” The FBI has reported that a white police officer killed a black person nearly two times a week in the United States during a seven-year period ending in 2012. The report also stated that 18% of blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to just 8.7% of whites.
Where are the Christians—pastors and laity, black and white—who are taking a stand against this tragedy?
There was a time when the black church was the moral conscience of our nation, but I fear we’ve lost our impact in our communities. Are our modern mega-churches doing enough to remove the ugly root of racism in America? I don’t think so.
I’m in search for biblical solutions to our nation’s problems. But having served in Christian leadership for over 25 years in my city, I’m not hearing nearly enough dialogue about protecting our boys. If the black Christian community won’t lead the discussion, who will?
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Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” This principle of sowing and reaping also applies to the slaughtering of our boys. If our nation continues to sow seeds of low expectation and negative stereotypes for young black children, we will never overcome the sinful effects of racism. We have to overcome racism through the power of the Cross.
If our nation continues to sow seeds of low expectation and negative stereotypes for young black children, we will never overcome the sinful effects of racism.
Christians, we should be praying, opening up our hearts and our ears to hear from God, and then be prepared to move when He gives the word. Our faith should bring us together; race shouldn’t tear us apart. If we don’t respond collectively, your son, your nephew, your cousin, may be next.
Jesus willingly died to save our sins so that we would have life. What are our boys dying for?