A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-14-20
What’s Happening: “By definition a riot is a ‘violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd’ (Google), so ‘peaceful’ riots would be oxymoronic, but that is just what organizers would say of the riots that got India student Umar Khalid arrested for demonstrations where those he allegedly started resulted in over 50 deaths. He was protesting the passage by the legislature of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which he claims is anti-Muslim and unconstitutional. The peaceful demonstration later turned violent and police say Khalid was on of the ‘key conspirators’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/umar-khalid-india-student-leader-062536516.html). Quoting from the BBC article:; ‘The law – which critics say is anti-Muslim – sparked massive protests across India after it was passed last year. One such demonstration in Delhi turned violent and it soon took on religious overtones. The rioting continued for three days, leaving more than 50 people dead.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “He was just organizing…he shouldn’t be arrested for that…he pulled no trigger…weilded no stick.”
Biblical Response: “Yeah, and I guess those over 50 that died did so of natural causes! And he’s not being charged with murder. Besides, I wasn’t there…were you? We all have a tendency to Monday-morning-quarterback – to judge an event from the comfort of our couch…after the fact.”
“What does the Bible say? It acknowledges the emotion of anger, but reminds us of ‘self-control (Which is one of the fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22):
‘Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:’ (Eph. 4:26 KJV)”
“Christians? We believe in God’s power to control our emotions (if we submit that part of us to Him). God acknowledges we are emotional creature; we’d be so bland and heartless if we weren’t; still, He expects us to yield to a different default now that His nature controls us…now that we’ve been born again (Jn. 3:7). Presumably Umar Khalid did not have that advantage.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to be reflections of You in all that we do…to default to Your nature; in Jesus’ Name, amen.
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