So in terms of, “How do we act in the current pandemic and in the midst of injustice?” I do not want you all to be deceived. Jesus makes it very clear. We are to do the will of the Father and we must persevere and not let our hearts grow hard and our love grow cold.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21).
“Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 12-14)
It is okay to feel helpless and to not know where to begin. This is the place your faith will grow because you acknowledge that God is in control. He has given us everything in the heavenly realms at our disposal. The HOLY SPIRIT is in us. Everyone can do something because of HIM who LIVES IN US!
Prayer & Petition:
- Give thanks to God: How He is working, His character, His faithfulness, and for what He will do. Hold onto His promises.
- Pray for our brothers and sisters who do not look like us. They too are family and we should pray and support them as such.
- Pray for humility.
- The psalms are 60% prayer and 40% lament.
- Cry out to God. He draws near to the brokenhearted
- Your prayers CAN move mountains!
- Pray for those in government even when we don’t agree with them. God has set them above us.
- Yes, yes, yes. Even when you do not agree. Be quick to listen and slow to anger and speak. Try to see from their perspective. Division is the work of the enemy, not God.
- To yourself too. Everyday is a new day.
- Do your own research on injustices that have been committed and solutions. If you have African American brothers and sisters, do not ask them to inform you. It is not their responsibility and you too have Google.
- Make yourself available to people to process.
- If your city needs help, God has placed you there to make an impact. You are young and we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
- Financially: God says, “Test me in this…” God does not need our money, He is God. But everything is His to give back to Him and to His greater purposes and plan. And it is so true when it says It is more blessed to give than to receive! (Acts 20:35)
- Mark 12:41-44: “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’”
Process & Repent (Turn from your ways):
- Acknowledge your privilege and how choosing to be removed and to ignore is a privilege within itself.
- Acknowledge how your circle of friends might not look like God’s kingdom of every nation and tongue.
- Learn empathy. Hear from different perspectives and do not just trust what the media says. Acknowledge who has been given a voice and who has not.
- Process how anti-Blackness, anti-action, capitalism, colonization, religion, pride, and selfishness have seeped into your beliefs. And how we too have chosen comfort over caring for our neighbor.
- It’s okay if you don’t know how to start repenting. You can be like, “God, I want to be different. Would you transform my heart? Would you create new brain pathways? Where there are chains in my life, can you break them because I want to know your freedom.”
- Post and share articles and art that uplift the voices of the marginalized and oppressed. (Make sure they are truthful)
- Call and email your governors
- Sign online petitions
- Start a fundraiser
- Reach out to local organizations, churches, and small businesses and ask if they need anything
- Attend a protest
- Hand out water bottles or masks to people
- Be an emergency contact for someone who is protesting
- Prayer walk around your city, our campus, your neighborhood
- Open your space, a haven, a refuge up for people to process
- Give yourself space too if you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to leave a room and be by yourself. Jesus too left crowds to be alone with God
- Sing, worship, praise, dance, pray over people like God sings songs over us
- Back in the Old Testament, the worshippers were the ones on the frontlines of battle. “Sounds of joy”
- 2 Chronicles 20:21-22: “Then Jehoshaphat consulted with the people and appointed those who would sing to the LORD and praise the splendor of His holiness. As they went out before the army, they were singing: “Give thanks to the LORD, for His loving devotion endures forever.” The moment they began their shouts and praises, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were defeated…”
- Be creative with the gifts God has given you
- Create art and share art