It’s heartbreaking to see injustice compounded across our nation by violent protests, violent policing. It is so clear how we desperately need the Prince of Peace.
While looking at our country, we should observe that uproar doesn’t happen in vacuum. There is a reason our nation is here. Centuries of reasons, beginning with the African slave trade. Violent riots are wrong. That’s obvious. But don’t let that keep you from seeing the why.
Why is this happening? Sin. Yes. But go deeper. While it seems some are protesting out of sheer wickedness and an opportunity to do evil, others are protesting from pain.
When an abused child acts out and attacks a classmate, should people just call the kid a thug and give up on him? No, a wise counselor recognizes what’s happening. Sees what’s fueling it all. Seeks justice and healing and vindication for the mistreated boy.
The question that’s before all of us: Do I see what’s happening? Will I seek the welfare of my neighbor? Will I be the same?