“We’re all God’s children. It doesn’t matter if someone likes it or not.” So begins another post for my blog. I have been researching the societal attitudes which shape our perceptions. Each group is different, but it boils down to one thing. How we perceive the world impacts multiple generations.
How hard do you think it is for the Jewish people to trust any government after the Holocaust? I don’t think it would be easy for black folk to trust anyone after slavery. It seems to me after much reading and thinking today, that mistrust spans generations.
Take the murder of George Floyd for example. Unfortunately, this case is one of hatred. Mr. Floyd was handcuffed lying face down on the pavement, and a white police officer knelt on his neck until he quit breathing. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what occurred prior to the video. All I know is one of God’s children lies dead at the hands of another of God’s children.
It is Cain and Abel all over again.
We all know the story of Cain and Abel. Jealousy seeped into Cain’s heart after God accepted Abel’s offering but spurned Cain’s. God spoke to Cain and said, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Cain killed Abel and it has been a staple of humankind ever since.
One of the Ten Commandments given to Moses after his meeting with God was, “thou shalt not kill.” This is translated as “thou shalt not murder.” Either way, one should note the imperative tone of the Commandment. It’s not a request, it’s an order.
Tonight, Mr. Floyd’s family grieves over his loss. The police have been shamed by one of their own. People burn down buildings, loot stores, and kill others, because of some misguided perception that it’s okay for them to do it, if the police do it.
Not every cop is a racist, nor is every black person a thug. Not every white person is a Klan member, nor every Hispanic an illegal. It is time we show forth the love of God to this lost generation.
I will close with this, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”