A Time and A Season

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I am deeply moved by a post by Montrell Jackson, a Baton Rouge police officer who was tragically murdered in the line of duty in Baton Rouge this week. This young father speaks of the tension and struggle that exists in his role as a black police officer in the midst of the turmoil over the Alton Sterling shooting that occurred there on July 5. His words have now been widely quoted from everyone from activists to politicians, but I share it with you as an invitation and call to prayer. Knowing that Ecclesiastes 3 declares there is a time and a season for everything under the sun, now is certainly a time to pray.

“I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart.

“I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated.

“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last three days have tested me to the core.

“When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR.

“Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you.”

Now is the time and the season to pray and stop the evil. God we pray that the hate, bigotry, violence, and apostasy that manifests itself through evil in human words and actions be renounced and defeated in the strong name of Jesus!

Praying for Peace

peace John 14Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

I love this verse, it brings solace to me and calms my mind and troubled spirit. Not a week has gone by since my last blog post which was about the heartbreak of evil at work in a horrific act of terrorism in Orlando. Between blogs I tweeted to make a stand denouncing evil and terrorism as the terror in Istanbul came across the media.

Now, I am aware of no less than 5 more attacks in Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and Africa that have occurred just in the last two days. Two young and promising students who were a part of the Emory University family were murdered by Muslim extremists along with many others. Understand that we have an evil at work that is attacking people of all faiths including what the ISIS terrorists proclaim to be their own.

Think of the magnitude of such an attack during Ramadan in the second holiest city, Medina, in the entire Islamic faith, it is a new iteration of mind-boggling.

Yet Jesus insists we receive this unfailing promise…His peace that yields within us untroubled hearts and an absence of fear. Jesus we cry out to you as Peter did when the waves and the wind threatened to overtake him, “Save us”. No matter our skin color, gender, place of birth, or religious preference we pray let your promise of peace abide in us this day. We place our faith in you O Prince of Peace! Teach us to be strong and courageous to proclaim the good news of the gospel and to take seriously our charge to train and equip those you call us to reach to be disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus and passing the baton of victory, hope and peace. We trust in you O God to remove this form of evil from our midst and that it all be to your glory!