There are things that I do not enjoy writing about. Like death, murder, riots and protests; in other words “what’s happening in our streets these days”. On the other hand, I know that it is necessary! So allow me to share my thoughts with you.
My heart was so broken to see “George Floyd” killed by a police officer over the color of his skin. As I saw the horrific video, all I could think of was: How can someone be so evil as to kill another person in broad daylight; with people watching.. Not worried about the outcome of his actions! Nothing stopped this officer. A couple of days later, we see even more wickedness sweep across the country; as vile gangs took advantage of the situation to hurt people and spread more fear and anger.
You know, I think everyone is shocked by the outcome because we all expect something better from ourselves and from others. We expect a certain level of decency and moral behavior. But God is never shocked by our actions! He knows what we are like, and what we are capable of doing; even the best of us. Don’t get offended by my words, at least not yet! Hear me out!
This has been happening for a long time, since early on. Racism, murder, rebellion… We’ve just become more modernized in the way we do things. Listen to these words that were written about 835 B.C.. God spoke these words against the people of Israel at that time to condemn their actions. Look at what He said in Amos 8: 1,6,
“Hear this, you who trample the needy… So as to buy the helpless with money and the needy for a pair of sandals…”
God was infuriated because the rich used to buy and sell the poor in exchange for a pair of sandals!! God was outraged. He was like, What is a man’s life worth to you? A sandal!
What is a man’s life worth to us these days, that a man should die on the street for NO reason. What’s a man’s life worth to us, that a man should be hit with a brick on the head so a bunch of criminals can rob a shoe store!! What is life worth to you and me?
Let me tell you what the true worth of life is. A man’s life is so priceless that God Himself took on human form, become a man so that He could carry your sins and mine on the cross -though He knew NO sin. He did that so whoever believes in Him will not be judged for their sins, but have eternal life in His name. That’s what a man’s life is worth. That’s what your life is worth. It’s worth the blood of Jesus Christ. God the Almighty, the unfathomable, the creator of every living thing said, I give myself in your place to save YOUR life! He died and rose from the dead because you are so precious in His sight.
And until our society and the world learns that important truth, nothing is going to stop them from taking a life , or robbing a store, or burning a church, or vandalizing a street… Until we, as a nation and as individuals, experience the LOVE of God and realize our true worth in Him, we will continue to suffer and treat others unjustly, because that’s who we are without God!
But before we worry about our nation, let’s start with us, you and me! Have you found your true worth in Jesus Christ? Oh how I hope that you would! I wish for you to encounter the savior, allow Him to wash your sins, and show you how loved, and highly-esteemed you are in His sight.
For more on love and relationships, check out Your Love is Better than Wine: Letters to Mr. Right by Michal Haddad.
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