Thursday, July 23, 2015

Valuing Black People

During April 7th through July 15, 1994, almost one million black people killed black people in Rwanda, Africa, while the world (including the United States) stood by and watched.  Wait!  Before you get angry with the U.S., who did the actual killing?  Black people.

In 2007 to 2010, 270 school aged children were shot and killed (70% of them were black children).
Over 400 school aged children were shot in gang violence in Chicago in 2012, and 66 of them died (most of them black).
How could several years of the kiling of school aged black children continue in the most powerful country in the world?

I do not need to review the soaring numbers for black on black crimes in America. I definitely do not care to mention how Black people freely use the offensive "n" word toward each other in music, movies, and in public and personal interaction.

In America (July 2015), we have another Black person mistreated, and is now dead while in police custody (Sandry Bland).
Note: please do not blame the death of Sanda or others in police custody on the majority of hard working police, who willingly protect and serve us daily.

My point?  Until Black people start valuing black people, we will continue to undervalue each other, and continue to destroy each other, while the world stands by and watches.

If we undervalue and mistreat each other, why do we expect others to value us?

Christians (all skin colors), we can make a difference by intentionally showing the love of Jesus toward black people (I did not say cripple unaccountable black people with a bunch of handouts, but simply love black people like Jesus loves).

Christians, in Christ, everyone has equal value (including black people).  Look at just three passages on this issue:

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10).

34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35).
12 "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matt. 7:12).

Christians, we can change the age old practice of devaluing black people by using love, which is the most powerful force in the world (Rom. 5:6-8).

God Bless,

Pastor Brian Kennedy

1 comment:

  1. Louis Farrakhan disagrees with your message of love and peace.