What Really Matters

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I found this meme interesting, because it seem to lack depth of reason or thought.  It seemed, as with memes I see on Facebook, to have the mathematical equivalency of 1 + 1 = 3.  They try to add things together and arrive at the wrong conclusion.

Allow me to state the obvious- people mistreat other people and it happens around the globe!  Next obvious statement – it has happened from the beginning of time (Cain killed Abel) and I suspect it will continue until the end of time.  Humans have a ‘sin nature’.  It is our nature to sin.  The first man Adam, disobeyed God’s laws, and sinned against God.  That sinful nature has been passed on to all of us.

I write from a biblical worldview. I want to see, think, feel as the Bible teaches a person should react to the things of the world.

12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  John 15:12 NASB

In the New Testament, the phrase “love one another” is used over thirty times. In this verse, Jesus adds a condition to love, “just as I have loved you.” How has Jesus loved us that is different than the way we tend to love? We seem to love those who love us. Those who could benefit us in some way. Jesus love those who hated Him. He loved those who had nothing to offer to him. He loved the sick, the rejected, he loved people like me.

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NIV

In Christianity is the idea of equality and inclusion. The Bible refers to us as being in a family. It refers to us as being “in Christ”. We are Brothers and Sisters. We recognise that we are different, but in God’s eyes we have equal footing. We are all sinners and Jesus died on the cross for our sins and when he did that we were no longer separated from God the Father.

This also seems obvious to me – none of us had a choice as to when we were born, with our skin color, our gender, where we were born or even when we were born. If you believe, as I do, that God is sovereign it was His determination on those things. With this life that God gave us, we have a responsibility to our fellow mankind to help others grow in character, love, education, kindness, etc.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

I have often thought about the latter part of Doctor King’s quote, “by the content of their character.” I have heard others speak that we can not be a “color-free” society. There are some important things to learn from other cultures. Our brains are not made to see everything the same. We have been created to be able to make distinctions of things we see, feel, touch, smell, taste.

It would be wrong of me to make assumptions about someone based solely on how God created them (that is thinking God made a mistake and we know better), but I can make a judgement of the type of character a person exhibits. Have we somehow lessened our teaching about building good character, about morals and virtue and being a good neighbor, a good citizen?

My daily goal is to treat everyone with respect and kindness that I come in contact with regardless of their gender, skin color, age, or sexual orientation. I want to treat them as I want others to treat me.

I think when people say, “All lives matters!” they say it with a knowledge that every race is important and that no human life is any less important than another human life. Do black lives matter? Yes,they do and they always have mattered. Has black people been treated badly, yes, of course. While I can’t change what others have done throughout history, I can be respectful to everyone that I come into contact with today and everyday.

We are living in an interesting time of rebellion. Many are calling for abolishing our history and abolishing the police. In the meme, it would want you to believe there are only white men as police officers. That’s just not true. There are people of color, men and women, straight and gay. These people have chosen a career of public service. Their job is to protect and help our communities. Are there people in the ranks who shouldn’t be in there? Yes. I think reforms should be incorporated in police training across the nation.

I am amazed by the amount of disrespect a officer is faced with on each shift. They may go from writing a traffic ticket, to a auto accident, to a runaway child, to a protest, all on the same night. They have to make split second decisions that might cost them their life or the life of another. I have often seen on TV, many people disregarding lawful orders from the police, which only seems to escalate the situation. Did you see the recent video of a white BLM protester yelling at a black cop, and the protester used the “N” word to describe the officer. That’s rather ironic and pathetic, don’t you think?

Can we live in a lawless society? Who would want to see our nation destroyed? Who would want people of character and virtue silenced? How is all of this going to turn out?

So what really matters in life?

“Jesus declared, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘ Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 37-40. And regarding the “neighbor” part, I don’t think it violates the scriptures to insert ‘regardless of color’.

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