A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-6-20
What’s Happening: “About 100-200 predominantly black protesters, some of them heavily armed, marched through Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park calling for a huge carved edifice (carved to commemorate Confederate struggles – the largest such carving in the U.S.) to be removed…it is carved into a granite mountain. In an Associated Press Reporter article that appeared yesterday, the protesters were reportedly peaceful. The site normally for a Fourth of July laser show and fireworks display, COVID-19 has every thing dampened (https://sports.yahoo.com/armed-protesters-call-removal-giant-072201487.html). Quoting from the article: ‘Although the park has historically been a gathering spot for white supremacists, the city of Stone Mountain nowadays has a majority-black population.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “How is anyone supposed to move a mountain?”
Biblical Response: “Right…unless it is going to be ‘cast into the sea’ (Matt.13:47 – just kidding…couldn’t help myself). Seriously, some stones were meant to help us remember (Josh. 4:8-9)…and not all memories are of pleasant things…some things we want to remember so we’ll never make that mistake again! I understand (though, I can only imagine) the need to express their anguish (or anger) at their treatment, but it’s time to put the past in the past…sure, we are to remember it sorrowfully…but expressions of anger – especially if they are armed – will only end in bloodshed and heartache…hasn’t there been enough of that already?”
“Christians? We believe in memorializing (not in wallowing in) the past. Sometimes it’s good…and we’re proud. Sometimes it’s bad…and we’re ashamed (I’m thinking about King David’s exploits and errors). But both help us make decisions about the future and which course to take. Without these poignant reminders, we’re apt to make errors chronic.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to learn what we need to about our past and reflect…and correct our errors to the degree they can be wisely ameliorated; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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