I Can’t Breathe

“I Can’t Breathe”

I hope those words disturb you.

Those words echo across America with chilling importance. They cut to the core fabric of our country founded on “liberty and justice for all.”

As followers of Jesus, we can’t be silent when we see racism rearing its’ ugly head.

George Floyd, who spoke the words, “I can’t breathe,” should be alive today. Do we really believe a person is innocent until proven guilty, or is that only true if you are white or wealthy or beautiful? The police do not have the right to be judge, jury and executioner. What happened to George Floyd is inhumane.

Racism is America’s original sin, and it is alive today. God have mercy!

A young black man should be able to go a jog without being judged as a thief running from a crime. Ahmaud Arbury should be alive today. No one should take the law into their own hands.

If you don’t know the story, the fact that you don’t is a sign of the problem.

Every ONE of us is created in the image of God and has divine value. Let’s cherish life from the womb to life’s natural end.

How do we do to fight for love?

Jesus said He came to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth so the earth would be more like heaven. He left this cause in our hands, the hands of His disciples.

So, what do we do?

I’m sure it is not looting and burning buildings, but I can understand the sense that there is no other way to get the attention of authorities. The outrage of our souls is on full display.

I also know that the enemy’s lie is that we can’t trust God—we have to take things into our own hands to get what we think we need—and that thinking transcends color.

I put my thoughts on video today as a place to start.

As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said so eloquently, “darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”

In case you don’t take four minutes to hear my voice, please don’t miss this—there is always something you can do.

These thoughts are not the only thing you can do but it is a place to start.

Weep with those who weep. Feel the loss. Sit with the injustice. Share the pain. No one should have to cry alone.

Stand up and stand with your brothers and sisters of other race, color, and socio-economic strata—no, we shouldn’t pretend the world doesn’t judge us—but we can cross the divide.

Pray. Prayer is the first thing we can do, not the last resort. When we pray, we connect with the heart of our Father, and His heart connects us to His children, who are our brothers and sisters.

Pick a time and pray with us at KansasCityprays.org

May our hearts be broken by the things that break the heart of our Father.

Start a revival, Lord, and start it in me!

We repent of our participation in selfishness, fear, judgment, and pride knowing that this is the root cause of racism. Forgive us when we don’t see our own shadow side.

The truth sets us free.

For God’s way to work, we have to live it, to champion love, truth, and righteousness.

It’s never too late to do what’s right.

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