Help me to understand. I simply do not understand how tearing down society and culture helps. Why would any person willingly destroy property simply to make a statement of belief? When does violence, destruction, mayhem, infliction of pain become justified to make a point? What I don’t understand is the motive behind these acts of common indecency.
The motive of those who would seem to actively tear down something has to be skewed in some way to say it is OK to protest violence with much worse violence. If it is to bring awareness to injustice, you have made your point. Yes, there is injustice in our society. Yet to inflict even more injustice is simply without merit.
I am a Christian. I am commanded to love. No limitations, no restrictions, no lines in the sand where you can step over and I will not love you. What I ask is that you look at your own lives for injustice, hate, bigotry, racism, and before you make your case. Jesus said not to judge that you may not be judged in the same manner. Are your awareness actions anything like what you want to accomplish? Do you want to be treated like you are treating those about you? Jesus would ask you to make sure your heart is right first. THEN make your case, in a logical, unemotional, thoughtful way and I will listen. Throw away all the catchphrases and sound bites, all they do is stop the discussion. Don’t call me names and fill your protest with pre-conceived ideas about me. Present to me your solutions to the injustice which carries no inherent injustices themselves, and I will try to everything in my soul to work toward that solution.
In the meantime, stop with the violence, destruction, mayhem, and infliction of pain to make a point and which does not include a solution.
I pray for divine strength and spiritual endurance – RIGHT NOW. My outward self is perishing. I can almost feel the waning of my years and labor, in each breath and exertion. Yet Lord I believe my inner self is renewed day by day. I believe You make all things new. I believe the Holy Spirit is renewing me day by day. Let me not be distracted by my situation, or my mood or my temporary pain. Instead, I will use these pains and pressures to focus on becoming more like You. I will stand steadfast in my efforts to remain on the path of righteousness. I do not want to spend another moment wasted on the world. The world is but a temporary place; full of things that do not satisfy. I choose to seek You, because I know You offer life, relationship, and love. I seek first, before all else, and as my primary focus, the acting out of Your righteousness in Your Kingdom. I pray that Your righteousness and not self, to control my life. Create again and again and again a clean heart and a right spirit within me.
My LORD and my God.
By my very existence I know that I am an image-bearer of you
the Most High God. Listen to me as I
call upon your name in the full expectation of our like-minded Spirits were
created to connect.
I praise you because of your calling, I belong here. I belong here on this earth. I belong here at
my Kings table. I belong here at the
feet of Jesus. I belong here within this
community of like-minded believers. I belong here not because I deserve it but
because you desire me to be here.
Sweet Jesus, you deserve to be loved, you deserve our reverence,
you deserve all my praise. I will not allow anything, nor my situation, not my lack
of faith, not my feelings of unworthiness keep me from your presence. I do not
my rejectors and nor my naysayers keep me from worshiping. I don’t buy into
In your presence, I am strangely warmed, I am blessed, I am
encouraged, of your concern of my plight.
There is no other place I would rather be. I am yours.
Please don’t give up on me. Don’t stop drawing me to this
place of belonging. I trust you God to lead me wherever it may be. I give you the lead in all my ways. My hope
is only in you. Reveal to me your will,
your path, and your road to blessings.
Because you are here my Jesus, I call upon your
name to bless our lives.