Restoration instead of Recrimination
We are now so morally and emotionally bankrupt as a society that we allowed ourselves to be conditioned to believe that the absence of dysfunction is privilege.
This is a strategy of the enemy to breed envy on one side, and resentment on the other, when we should have loved one another to build a better future together.
We can easily get caught up in this dynamic, and a clear example of it is the interactions in which one person says ‘Black lives matter,’ and the other person responds ‘All lives matter,’ as if this should be an argument instead of a conversation.
While that movement has been distorted by people with wicked, divisive motives, there is nothing wrong with the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Within that statement is the cry of a piece of our society that is hurting, that may perhaps be articulated as ‘I’m hurting. Why doesn’t it matter to YOU?’
We can argue whether it matters to some of us or most of us, but the truth is we as people in general have a tendency to listen to RESPOND, and not to UNDERSTAND, so while some of us care, we haven’t always understood, because we haven’t loved one another to try to understand. This is true on all sides.
The answers, complex though they may be, must begin with REPENTANCE, and a genuine submission to the Lordship of Christ, that our hearts may be purified and we are thereby made better able to forgive one another and engage in restoration rather than recriminations.
Where we go one, we go all.