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CLARITY – 10-2-19 The First Color of Peace


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-2-19

The First Color of Peace

What’s Happening: “An 18-year-old protester in Hong Kong was shot yesterday at close range by police and he’s in critical condition at an ICU at Queen Elizabeth hospital there. The police call it self defense, the protesters say it was an unnecessary escalation, and Hong Kong lawmakers favoring democracy are just trying to keep the peace. The protests began 17 weeks ago when lawmakers were trying to pass a bill which would have extradited criminals to mainland China for prosecution…the bill has since been promised to be withdrawn ( ‘This incident underlines the need for constructive dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the people of Hong Kong. We need to see restraint and a deescalation from both protesters and the Hong Kong authorities,’ said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s a little bloodshed? Besides, what did he expect, he assaulted the guy!”

Biblical Response:  “I wasn’t there. I don’t know whether the police were justified in using lethal force or not. I’ll leave that up to local investigators…which, admittedly, may be biased. But if the protesters thought that freedom or peace could be bought without blood…well, I’d say they underestimated. My guess is that the protesters have hoped it would not come to this…but are prepared to lay down their lives anyway.”

“There are two biblical events that come to mind., Both bought peace…both involved the color red (which means sacrifice). I’m thinking of God’s promise of peace with man symbolized by a rainbow (Gen. 9:13-15) and the sacrifice (in blood) of Christ on the cross (Col. 1:20) The old and easy way to remember the colors of the rainbow is to remember the acronym ROY G. BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet – for sacrifice, fruitfulness, value, life, honor, mystery, and royalty – all attributes of God, Who is light).”

“Christians? We believe our freedom in Christ and our peace with God were bought with Christ’s blood on the cross. It seems the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters might not have freedom or peace without bloodshed, too. 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help the protesters not to have unreasonable expectations and be prepared to pay the necessary price; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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