I begin with words that bring hope in these hurtful times. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17
The pen is heavy with the crushing weight of our restless brutality and mindless violence being perpetuated by broken people who bring increasing brokenness into our troubled world.
We are riveted and revulsed at the grotesque images of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white Minneapolis policeman, while three of his fellow officers abet this lethal encounter of systemic sinfulness.
We are also riveted and revulsed by the full-frontal depravity and nihilism we observe on our streets. Stores are looted and obliterated, shop keepers and bystanders are accosted, dutiful police officers are assaulted and murdered in this gathering storm of diabolical outrage.
My brother in shared humanity, my brother in Christ, George Floyd was horrifically victimized by broken authoritative power, administered by broken people in our groaning world.
How do we demonstrate legitimate anger and display our support for durable peace and justice in meaningful ways that do not sully and subvert our brother’s memory?
For me, it starts and ends in remembering Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Jesus loved and found me in my brokenness. Jesus was willing to be broken for me. Jesus offers to me and this broken world, the freedom of forgiveness.
I end with Jesus’ words, to a person spared from a murderous mob, with stones looking to break bones. “Where are your condemner’s...neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11.
In Christ’s Love – Pastor Wayne