Well something has finally moved COVID-19 from the number one news item. Sad to say it speaks sorrow in the hearts of most God fearing American loving people. The recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has caused eruptions of protest all across the United States. In a few major cities the protests have been confined to prayer but in most cities the protests have been the starting points of looting and rioting.
There have been numerous conflicting reports about Mr. Floyd and the reason he was arrested. For whatever reason there is no excuse for the arresting officers to cause his death. I can definitely see how African Americans would be outraged by his death and the manner in which he died. Videos of the protests show people of all skin colors are protesting. From one vantage point it is good to see that many people of different races and political persuasion letting the authorities know that the death of this man was uncalled for.
Ever since slave traders brought ship loads of Africans to this country there has been a great divide in the people of the nation. It hasn’t always been white against people of color. Another sad chapter in our history is the treatment of Asians, especially on the West Coast. But the overwhelming divide has been white vs black.
History records over 618,000 Americans died during the Civil War. People who supported slavery claim the war wasn’t about slavery. They say it was about the sovereign rights of the states. The Constitution does grant certain rights to the individual states. But no matter how you slice it, slavery was the key issue leading to the horrible war.
Growing up here in Texas in the late 40’s and the decade of the 50’s I remember well how African Americans were not treated as first class citizens. My hometown had filling stations on every corner. Each one had two drinking fountains. One was labeled “colored.” There were a couple of cafes in downtown. Both had back doors and the “colored” folks knew they had to come in the back door and sit in the rear part of the café. That’s where the “colored” had to eat.
Growing up in that atmosphere made me as much a racist as anyone. However in my adult years I was so opposed to abortion that I did studies on the value of life. That reinforced my opposition to abortion. It also changed by views on the various races. I know that every life has value. Also there is one race of people: the human race. The human race is made up of people of different colors of skin. But each person has the value of being created in the image of God. I like to compare that to entering a certain neighborhood. There will be houses of different colors and floor plans but they will all belong to the same neighborhood.
Friends, we are sitting on the powder keg of a racial explosion in this country. It is time for preachers of all denominations to tell their flocks how God views the people of His creation. You cannot preach the letters of the Bible that Paul wrote without seeing how he under divine inspiration condemned racism. Each group of people in neighborhoods has leaders living next door to everyone. I am not talking about elected leaders. These leaders, no matter the color of their skin must come together with each other and work a plan to bring people together in one accord. Our future as a nation depends upon it.