There is certainly no shortage of current events in our world today, when you see news that Israel is establishing itself as a nation, Russia seems to be aligning with Iran, and the Islamic extremists continue to be on the rise, then we see across a city of more than 8 million, protesters gathered and chanting, “I can’t breathe,” the last words of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American man and father of six who died in July after a New York Police Department officer put him in a choke-hold. On this past Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer, Daniel Pantaleo in the videotaped choke-hold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Let’s not forget the killing of Trayvon Martin which was cast as yet another test of race relations and equal justice in America.
Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. The shooting prompted protests that roiled the area for weeks. On Nov. 24, the St. Louis County prosecutor announced that a grand jury decided not to indict Mr. Wilson. The announcement set off another wave of protests.
Earlier this year in Virginia, Waynesboro police officer Kevin Quick was kidnapped and murdered by four black gang members with affiliation to a national gang from Los Angeles. Quick was driven from ATM to ATM where he was made to withdraw money, then driven into the woods where he was executed as a way for the murderers to move up in their gang. Nowhere in the national media was this murder of a police officer put to paper. Where are the protesters burning and looting in the name of officer Quick?
Perhaps there were none because protests and marching isn’t the answer, these things simply won’t fix what’s broken. The world is broke, man himself is broken and if we who are children of God, don’t believe the truth of God and live it, then our witness will be as the world is, confusing and misleading. Most of us go through life not recognizing that our personal worldviews have been deeply affected by the world itself. Through the media and other influences, the secularized American view of history, law, politics, science, and God it all affects our thinking more than we realize. We then are taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8) what do we expect .
We can be the change we want to see by diligently learning, applying and trusting God’s truths in every area of our lives — whether it’s watching a movie, communicating with our spouses, raising our children or working at the office — we can begin to develop a deep comprehensive faith that will stand against the unrelenting tide of our culture’s non-biblical ideas. If we capture and embrace more of God’s worldview and trust it with unwavering faith, then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to issues on abortion, same- sex marriage, racism, cloning, injustice, stem-cell research and even media choices. At the end of the day, it is ultimately our decisions and actions that reveal who we really are, whose we really are, and what and who we really believe.
As the New Orleans Saints Football Player, Benjamin Watson recently said before being cut off by one of our local media outlets …”I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through His son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel.”
I too am Encouraged, I am Encouraged because I do not have to conform to the things of this world, I am free to choose, and I choose not to pattern myself after the world but after Jesus I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2