June 2, 2020
Reflecting on your Attitudes
“But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24
Continued images of looters tearing through department stores and shops across American cities have stunned and shocked us all. Countless small business owners have had their lives turned upside down in a matter of minutes by the robberies and the devastating destruction of property. Despite pleas from peaceful protesters and George Floyd’s brother to not dishonor the memory of George Floyd with violent and lawless behavior, it continues. Terrence Floyd from Brooklyn, New York said yesterday at a prayer vigil in Minneapolis honoring his brother, “Do this peacefully.”
Unfortunately, this reckless and disrespectful behavior has overshadowed the peaceful protests and the real issues at hand as I mentioned in yesterday’s devotion: the need for us all to do a spiritual check on our own racial attitudes. We can throw a lot of money at a lot of different programs and agencies in our country, but until we internalize the spirit of many of the scriptures in the biblefocusing on inclusiveness, including the prophet Amos’s words: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,” and Paul’s words in Romans: “For there is no partiality with God,” we will continue to see history repeated over and over again.
Again, my urging for all of us: Thoughtfully and carefully reflect on your attitudes toward race and the ways you can better show the love of Jesus Christ in helping to heal our nation.
Prayer: Loving Father, we pray for strength and wisdom to prayerfully reflect on the attitudes we need to change to help further racial peace in our nation. In Your name we pray.Amen.