2016-07-27 / Editorials

Dallas Wilson

FAITH OUT LOUD

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? -Micah 6:8

You may not realize it, but the news is actually slam full of biblical truth. Over the past couple of weeks every time I’ve cut on Fox, CNN, or ABC I’ve been hit with the biblical reality of sin and the fallen state of the world. From the most recent two stories of young black men shot and killed unjustly, to the police officers slain in Dallas and Baton Rouge, with so much hate and evil in the world I’m constantly reminded that we live in a world that is racked and torn apart by sin. All of creation is suffering the consequences of sin and is eagerly waiting the salvation that will come when Christ comes again and sets everything right.

As I’ve pondered these heartbreaking news stories my heart breaks for all those involved. However, my heart breaks much more at the reaction I’ve seen from others at these horrible situations. In light of these tragedies I think there are a few things we would all do well to remember in these perilous times.

First, it’s about time that all Christians remember that anytime a human life is lost it’s a tragedy. As Christians we believe in what’s called the imago Dei, which means we believe every human has been made in the image (imago) of God (Dei). That means every single human, regardless of skin color, criminal history, or social status has an infinite worth, and when that life is lost it is nothing less than a tragedy. Every time. Second, It’s time for Christians, of all races, to acknowledge that we live in a world full of injustice.

Many times Christians, particularly white Christians, stick their heads in the sand and act as if our African-American brothers and sisters don’t suffer injustice. Nothing could be more unloving, and nothing could be more damaging to the church of Christ. Third, Christians must, now more than ever, show their full appreciation and respect to law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers have a thankless job. It’s time for God-fearing and government respecting Christians to rise up and call our law enforcement officers blessed.

I know that what I’m writing will not win me friends in some circles. There are many opinions on this topic and the tension is real. However, there are things more important than public opinion, at the top of my list is being biblically true and God honoring. My prayer is that even in times that are difficult Christians would do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in the broken world.

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