Black and Blue

No Justice No Peace

What is injustice?

By definition it refers to the absence of justice: a violation of right or the rights of another. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injustice).

What is peace?

a state of tranquility; freedom from civil disturbance; a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace)

There is a target on the backs of our African-American men. Within a short time frame, news source outlets have reported on countless stories that reek of injustice, regarding young black lives that have been taken at the hand of the police. Our society is in a state of turmoil. The marches, the rallies, and even as recently as the Baltimore riots are merely a depiction of just how angry, and frustrated the African-American community is with what is occurring. These deaths are hitting too close to home. Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Frankie Gray and nameless others didn’t do anything to deserve such a death, but the knowledge of these truths, don’t bring them back either.

We think about the families of these black men; their mothers, their wives, their children and try to wrap our minds around how they must be mourning the loss of their loved ones. What a tragic state in which to be, and publicly at that. How much more do you think that the Father must be mourning? Those men were created with a purpose, they had a destiny to fulfill; I would hate to think that their calling in life was stifled because an officer chose to act recklessly at the expense of those young men’s lives.

Now we only hear and see in part; God is omnipotent, and even in the chaos that we are facing He is good. He knows all and see all; and sometimes we are not going to understand why He allows certain things to happen; maybe we aren’t meant to. We are however required to trust Him in every season. Death is not a natural thing, but there is some solace in knowing that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)

It is my prayer that the Lord’s Shalom (His peace) will cover this nation, that His Holy Spirit will bring comfort to those who have lost a loved one due to an injustice and that His divine protection would surround our black men.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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