“You’ll like this one,” she said as she thrust the sign in my hands and ran off into the crowd leaving me in a dilemma. I attended this peaceful anti-racism protest organized by friends of my 17 and 21-year-old children to keep a watchful eye for any trouble, to support those involved whom I love, and to learn. Well, it was a peaceful protest until we arrived at the state police barracks where the march ended. It got a little hairy for a bit when a couple women attempted to take over while hurling a high decibel disrespectful tirade of questions and demands at the law enforcement officers standing in front of the barracks. “Once the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace,” the quote on the sign I held read.
Jesus demonstrated this love for us when He set aside His crown and endured the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions, to redeem and restore us and bring us into a relationship with Him. The all powerful God is love, and He overcame all evil so we could too. He is the Prince of Peace.
Thankfully, the organizers of the protest regained control and some productive conversation ensued. I had no problem with the quote, but with the hashtag in the sign’s corner. It said #BLM. I have many close friends and family who are black—I was born and raised in Jamaica. And while I support the cause of black lives matter and I vehemently oppose racism, I cannot condone the organization Black Lives Matter as some of their ideology is diabolically opposed to my values and to Biblical standards.
I feared some who saw me with the sign might label me a Marxist and as promoting extra-biblical behavior and if I put the sign down, onlookers might think I was a racist.
“God, what do you want of me? I’m in the middle again.”
I’m working on a compilation of my in-laws’ and their best friends’ stories as Civil Rights activists.
Set in the 1960s in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, two white ministers stand against Jim Crow, host a multiracial summer camp for children, and embark on a mission to integrate the town.
I believe it’s imperative that Americans see that black and white people have worked and continue to work together to help each other.
It’s also been my vision to interview police officers and their families from every state in the USA. I believe they are worthy and in need of our support. —My questions are ready and I’m seeking interviewees.
My goal is to encourage and shine a light on the often misunderstood and underappreciated ones who serve, to be a bridge between them and those they serve.
“Lord, how do I dance this dance?…How do I communicate and mediate? I am small in the storm.…”
I know sin is the issue, the root of the problems, and Jesus is the answer.
Look at the fires set by one man’s evil action! But I do not believe that evil is more powerful than good. Imagine if we gave ourselves to the good of loving each other.
God uses his power to serve—to rescue and protect us, to put down evil. That is also the purpose of police power.
To those law enforcement officers and their families who faithfully serve, thank you and may God put a hedge of protection around you, give you wisdom and strength. May you serve graciously, humbly, and justly. May you know God’s joy and peace and receive the love, support and respect of your communities.
And for those who see injustice I implore you—clean house! Lest the innocent law enforcement officers pay the price for the guilty ones due to lack of righteous judgement of wrongdoing.
I don’t believe America is a racist nation, and I believe the vast majority of our law enforcement officers are honorable. But we do have a problem with racism and some corrupt police—and it needs to remedied.
Those who abuse their power should be removed from their positions and disciplined according to the law.
Likewise, those who break the law should be disciplined according to the law.
You don’t serve justice with injustice. Two wrongs don’t make a right. They just make more wrongs.
for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20 (NKJV)
My heart breaks for the hurt, the injustice, the burdens my black brothers and sisters bear, the prejudice some are subjected to, and the fear many of my black brothers and sisters live under.
I am humbled and grateful for the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect others. And my heart breaks that they are often treated without dignity and appreciation and sometimes pay the ultimate price.
I’d seen videos online, but at the protest I felt firsthand the angst as some protesters took a knee and pleaded and demanded that all join them, and then accused those who refrained from kneeling of racism hidden in their hearts. You cannot coerce, bully, or force genuine allegiance, so why pressure people?
Please do not call me a racist because I reserve kneeling for God in prayer and display my love and support for my black brothers and sisters otherwise.
It grieves me when asked to show what I believe is disrespect to the flag and the land I love, and to the blood of the men and women who laid down and those who lay down their lives daily to grant and sustain the freedoms we enjoy. Please respect that. Yes, America is flawed; she is sick and needs tending to. But I’ve chosen her as my country and I will stand for the flag, kneel for my God, and walk beside and speak up for justice for my brothers and sisters—for justice and liberty for all.
The Great Seal of the United States declares: E Pluribus Unum — Out of Many, One. The Bible says a nation divided against itself cannot stand.
I will gladly kneel in prayer with my brothers and sisters and beseech God for justice, understanding, respect, to bridge the racial divide and for unity, healing and restoration for our nation.
We share a common root
There is one Vine
How marvelously God colors our lives
With vibrant brushstrokes of many hues
Facets of Himself reflected in our differences
But come, let us recognize our common ground
From one blood made He all nations
With His blood He calls all to Himself.
Love came down and showed us how to love one another
Let us plant righteousness
Weed out hate and water with Truth
Grow in grace and harvest peace
Come, let us walk together,
Marvel at the majesty of the Creator in His creation
And celebrate the ongoing work of the Master Artist
We must be mindful that our method does not eclipse our cause. Christian, be careful not to cut off those Christ calls us to reach. The Bible admonishes us to speak the truth in love.
Can we talk without being cancelled? Can we listen and love each other?
The Bible says love is not easily offended. God commands us to love one another.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
CLICK BELOW TO WATCH MY INTERVIEW ON Mountain Climbers: Becoming a Bridge – Honored to share my testimony and thoughts on race relations in my interview below with Whitney Ward of Mountain Climbers Ministry.
SONG: Josh Wilson | Revolutionary [An amazing song for the season!]
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Colossians 3:12 (NASB)
Mountain Climbers with Whitney Ward | When Your Strength Comes from the Right Source, there’s Not a Mountain You Can’t Climb Link to Whitney’s interviews featuring a variety of inspiring guests from Preachers to politicians, pod-casters to award winning authors, athletes, and more.
Children’s books for everyone to read: Beautiful Books that Encourage Redemption and Racial Reconciliation
PLEASE NOTE UPDATE below regarding this link: Black Lives Matter – What We Believe (This is a link to the Black Lives Matter organization’s website stating their beliefs so you can compare their beliefs to the ideals America was built on and to Biblical principles.)
*UPDATED 10/8/20 The page entitled “What We Believe” and linked to above on the Black Lives Matter website has been taken down and replaced with these pages HERE.
However, some of their statements of belief including those regarding “We disrupt the Western prescribed nuclear family…,” “dismantling cisgender privilege” and reparations have been removed. Their language, demands, stated agenda and aggressive tone have also been modified to a much quieter tone. Interesting… And just happens to be around the time of some major events in the USA. However, I stand by my statements in my article: While I support the cause of black lives matter and I vehemently oppose racism, I cannot condone the organization Black Lives Matter as some of their ideology is diabolically opposed to my values and to Biblical standards.
Let us pray for our nation for healing and reconciliation, for justice and truth and love to rule, and for repentance and salvation. Let us pray for the redemption of those who oppose God and His standards which He set in place out of His great love for all and for our good.
Here are links to some news stories about the deleted “What We Believe” page from the Black Lives Matter organization’s website:
I welcome your comments and questions below. 🙂
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