God loves everyone. We as Christians are called to love who He loves, serve who He serves and go to the ends of the earth with His name. God is no respecter of persons. He loves no person more than the other. To quote Max Lucado, “Your actions have no thermostatic impact upon God’s love.” Endquote.
God’s love is radiant, passionate, and all consuming. It’s a dangerous, yet safe, shockwave to the soul that you may never recover from when it warms your heart like it did the revivalists of old, turning you into an uncontrollable explosion that people feel quaking under their feet. That is the power and love of God.
And God certainly views no race as greater or lesser, which becomes crystal clear throughout the book of Acts as God offers his precious Holy Spirit to the Gentiles—that is, the people outside of Israel, the main focus of the Old Testament. Sure, we’ve caught glimpses of God’s love for people outside of the Israelites all throughout the Bible, but now it’s so clear we cannot miss it. It’s one of the main themes throughout the entire book of Acts.
God’s love is for all people—a diverse, beautiful people of different cultures, skin colors, and ways of living life. But here we are in 2016 where race riots continue because atrocious things happen to those of us who have a black skin color. It’s not right. It’s not fair. It’s not just.
And here we are in 2016 where police are also being killed and sniped because of the rage people feel. This of course is nothing like Jesus’ response who said that “people who live by the sword die by the sword.” Jesus spent time putting body parts back on people, not taking them off. He radically and quickly forgave people who nailed him to a cross saying “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
In the last 24 hours I’ve witnessed the fear and pain of both black friends and friends who are children of police officers.
The way of the Christian is summed up very simply: love. Love, love, love.
Love is not a gun. Love does not take lives.
May God’s perfect justice be found (whatever that looks like) as His will is done on earth as it in heaven.