Some things are not OK. When men pull up in pick-up trucks waving a Confederate Flag and park on the lawn where an African American family is celebrating a birthday party – that’s not OK. It’s not OK to threaten people, to endanger or abuse them. Think what you want; believe what you want. That’s OK. But the recent episode in an Atlanta suburb crosses the line. If we can’t pass laws to prevent people from such acts of spineless cruelty, then we need to set up a peaceful – but purposeful – barrier of protection around the victims.
It astonishes me how frightened these big boys in large trucks with guns and flags must truly be. But before I point too long at them, how about me? Am I willing to be that shield?
Christians have a tradition of saying we are “covered with the blood of Jesus”. That is our protection against judgment. Is it also our flag and our armor? Isn’t it also our assurance and our protection?
If you are threatened today, may someone come alongside you to be a shield of grace, hope and protection.
If you come across someone today who is being threatened or abused, pray for the discernment to be able first to recognize their plight, and then pray for the courage to stand with them – to bless and protect them.
Whenever another person’s spirit is bruised, body is broken or soul is crushed by prejudice-induced cruelty, that’s not OK. Let’s not be afraid to say so.
A blessed Tuesday.