Wrestling with my thoughts…
Baltimore, “Charm City,” isn’t looking so charming this week. In fact, it’s looking downright ugly: Riots, looting, anger, violence, burning things down…destruction. Sure, the tragic death of an individual is painful and hard, whether the person is black, white, red, or yellow. And, justice does need to occur. Yet, “an eye for an eye” is never the answer — that only adds to the problem.
So, what is the underlying issue in all of this? Many people continue to tout “race” as the issue. After all, it’s not just happening in Baltimore, but also in Ferguson, New York, and dare I say many other places in too. So, let’s just fix the “race” issue and everything will be okay, everything will be peaceful, and everything will be the way that it should be…right?
G.K. Chesterton once stated, “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”
People keep stoking the fires of “race,” making that the issue when in fact, it is not. Sure, race relations are a problem. However, “race” is a byproduct, of a deeper issue that people don’t want to deal with. The real, heart-level issue at work in all of this is our selfish, independent, nature. The Bible calls this “sin.”
I know, I know: people don’t like to hear about “sin.” They want to pretend that it’s not there or something to deal with. After all, it’s easier to blame others, call it something else, and not deal with our own stuff. Well, people don’t like to hear about cancer either. Yet, unless the cancer is dealt with, the resulting outcome is not too rosy.
Sin is not just a “race” issue. Sin is a much bigger “human race” issue, for all people. We all deal with sin and our sins are the chains that keep us in bondage and keep us from [true] freedom. Unfortunately, the cure for sin will never come via some governmental program, protest, special interest group, law, or further educational advancement. The cure for all sin, can only come through Jesus Christ.
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You see, unless we deal with the sin issue, we will continue to have pain, violence, anger, and destruction in our world. And, until we deal with the real issue, we can never truly be free and state, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty I am free at last!”
Wrestling with you,