Called to Love & Standing Against Injustice

June 2020. During the Black Lives Matter protests. Soon after the more recent publicized deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Taylor, and George Floyd.

Dear Daughter, 

Published on 6/12/2020, Written on June 6, 2020

Over and over again the last few days, God continued to remind me of the phrase “Made in His image” and of the value and dignity that all people have of being His creation. 

I really believe that there is so much beauty in the fact that we are created, especially that we are created in the Image of God. God, all powerful and all loving, tenderly made George Floyd to be like Him, deeply knew Breona Taylor, deeply loved Ahmaud Arbery, and gave gifts and talents to all of the other names that died at the hands of injustice. No love, we aren’t like animals or plants. We are cherished and special. 

Today, when I think about man being made in God’s image, my heart hurts thinking about how devalued the lives of people like Eric Garner and John Crawford III were when God gave them so much dignity. This pattern is so prevalent in history and maybe even in our own lives, that the lives of others, especially black men and women in this country, aren’t valued as God values them. I weep thinking about my latino community as well, you know, who have long been taught to or chose to, for safety or for convenience, to ignore or hate their own blackness. 

My heart weeps realizing that so many times myself and the world fall so far from holding individuals (and ourselves) to that standard of love that God loves them. Racism is a clear distinction of that. I can only imagine what the world would be like if we knew God’s love and loved each other like that.

You who are reading may also have fallen victim to the lie that you and your life isn’t valuable. But amor, you are made in His image and God sending His Son to die on the cross for you, for us, only reinforces the truth that we are loved and valued, no matter what anyone says. 

In the midst of my sorrow over the current state of the world, though, when I think about God weeping over injustice, God weeping in the midst of us, Him intervening because he is a God of justice, I have more peace. When I think about the promised land waiting for people who put their trust in Jesus as their Savior, Lord, and Redeemer, my heart has so much hope. When I think about us, the hands and feet of God who have been shown and received God’s love when we trusted in and looked to the Cross as an example of true love, I am hopeful that the church (YOU) will be the light and show the love that the world really needs right now. 

Daughter, you’ve got the love and the light that the world needs right now. Scripture says that “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5: 5, meaning that you know and have experienced God’s love for you. Scripture also says that the second greatest commandment is for us to “love others as [ourselves].” In light of both of these verses, I firmly believe that we are given a greater ability to love because of God showing His love to us, and that we are called to show that forward. You are not meant to be silent. You are not meant to be still, but to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” (Micah 6:8) Daughter, you are NOT to hide your light, but shine it. We are meant to fight for justice. 

Here are a few things that I have done that you can do, then, to support the Black Lives Matter movement today. 

  1. Love by praying: We know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6: 12) There is power in prayer, especially knowing that it comes against the unseen evil that is an underground force in what we are seeing in our present. I do firmly believe that this is what we are called to do first, amor. 
  2. Love by giving financially: Give to funds that support the cause of justice for those who have been murdered/ are aiming to see changes in the world. Be weary that not all causes are biblical, so be discerning, love, of what you are donating to. 
  3. Love by giving your time: Sign petitions! Petitions are powerful for change. Another way that time can be given is by making phone calls to your local government. This is my next step.
  4. Love by bringing light to injustice: Share information. Publicizing injustice and making it known often brings the most change because people can fail to ignore it. (Be weary always of what you share.) 
  5. Love by learning: My family and I have watched movies together and I engaged in conversations that have helped me to learn. 
  6. Love by standing for what’s right: I have not been able to protest, but I have seen so many peaceful and prayerful protests going on that is really changing our world. 

One thing that I know is that though fighting injustice can look so differently, it counts. So can we do it together? Let’s resolve to know more, to take a stand against injustice, and to love others as God loves us. 

On this blog & in the Kingdom of God, Black Lives Matter and justice is worth pursuing. 

Best,

Ash

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