In the midst of all of the people who have spoken about the race riots in America, Benjamin Watson is the only one who has made total sense.
Last night, as I was watching The Kelly File with my family, we were appalled at the mass destruction going on in Charlotte, NC due to the race riots that have been going on for the majority of the week. We saw videos of rioters setting things on fire, writing expletives on police cars, and fighting one another. I was beginning to think that society couldn’t get any worse than the tensions currently going on in our country, but then Watson appeared on the screen, offering a message of hope to Americans:
“Obama can’t save us. Mrs. Clinton can’t save us. Mr. Trump can’t save us. The only one who can change the heart of man is the Lord.”
The issue in America right now isn’t solely a police brutality issue, a race issue, or any other controversial issue that one can fathom up. The paramount issue in America, the issue that will always set the undertone for all of the other problems America is going through, is that we need to rely on God and not on America.
Let’s put faith in God, not the government.
Whenever there’s an issue within America, to whom do we turn? Well, the list could go on for miles: news stations, local government, state government, court systems, federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court, etc. And what do we get when we turn to America’s many systems of “aid”? Short-term, band-aid fixes that will eventually cave in on themselves. Because wrongs are not truly redeemed but are stamped with “guilty or not guilty” or “lawful or unlawful”, lessons are not learned. Inevitably, history will repeat itself, just as we are currently witnessing with the police versus Black Lives Matter riots across the nation. The only way to redeem our wrongs as a nation, to forgive one another for past transgressions, and to bring a sense of peace to America is to seek guidance from one source: God.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
-1 Timothy 2:1-4
Let’s seek Jesus as our method for peace, not protests.
Just as Americans turn to the American government and media in their times of need, they turn to riots and protests when they are let down. Earlier, I mentioned that if we as Americans, (or any nation to be honest), seek guidance from earthly means, we will inevitably be disappointed with the outcome. Likewise, if we turn to riots and protests in order to “bring peace” to our nation, we will again fail miserably. Posting pictures supporting the police doesn’t bring peace to our nation. Protesting in the streets and destroying everything in our paths won’t bring peace, either. Just as there is only one source for guidance, there is only one source for peace, and that is through Jesus Christ.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
This world is a vessel filled with evil, and people who believe that we’re doomed to be stuck in this wasteland. The truth is that we don’t have to be confined to the horrid nature of this world, for in accepting Jesus Christ as our source of peace, as the Savior of our nation, we will have a life of joy in Heaven to look forward to after our time in this world ends. So, will you join me in putting our differences aside, and loving one another as our brothers and sisters in Christ instead of siding with a certain team, as if humanity were a sports rivalry?
Let’s start a LOVE RIOT! Let’s LOVE one another as Christ LOVES us!
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”
Goodnight and God bless!
Featured Image Attributed to: The Kelly File | Quote attributed to Benjamin Watson | No copyright infringement intended | “Love Riot” is a phrase I attribute to the Newsboys.