“I can’t breathe”. The cry of George Floyd echoed loudly across the nation this week. Collectively we could not breathe as we watched another black man unjustly lose his life. We must not allow the response of a few to overshadow the actions of many who are demanding change.
Do you yearn to breathe free? Free from oppression and injustice. Free from being judged simply because of your sex or the color of your skin. God birthed that in you. Deep in the core of your being is a longing for justice. A desire to see fairness and equity realized. To see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community. A community that works to see God’s kingdom come and His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
On Monday night we watched a man of peace who brought a gospel legacy to his hometown area in Houston cry out for his deceased mom knowing he would see her soon as he repeatedly gasped, “I can’t breathe”. George was merely sitting in a car. Four officers responded to an alleged forgery in progress. Forgery. No weapons. No violence. Yet for 8 minutes and 46 seconds an officer placed his knee on George’s neck – 2 minutes and 53 seconds after he passed out!
It’s a sequel: we have seen this movie of injustice before!
Monday morning George Floyd awoke having no idea it would be his last day on Earth. That same morning we published my friend Rev. Alvin C. Bibb’s Sr.’s blog on the injustice of race. Alvin was addressing the killing of Ahmaud Aubrey. His blog could be prophetic but for the tragic reality that such injustice happens too often.
Where do we go from here?
Alvin and I spoke on Wednesday. I hope you will take some time to watch the interview. #wecan’tbreathe.
I also encourage you to watch Dr. Tony Evans message. Dr. Evans frames the need to address this evil within a Kingdom perspective.
Mark your calendar for Friday, November 6 when Dr. Evans will be joining us as we celebrate 20 years of Administer Justice. Celebration seems unwarranted in the face of continual injustice. But we must never stop struggling for justice. We must not stop advancing God’s Kingdom of both righteousness AND justice in the here and now.
What can I do about the agonizing pain of injustice?
Follow Dr. Evans’ wise suggestions:
- Find someone of a different background and enter into conversations with them. This is exactly why my friend Alvin leads Just Us Conversations. Join one!
- Serve others. Be the change you want to see by doing justice. Justice is love in action. Love your neighbor and find ways to meet practical needs. Legal is one of those. Join us.
- Protest. Join peaceful protest. Do not abide injustice. Let your voice and your vote be heard.
- Challenge your church. Dr. Evans rightfully challenges the church. If the church was truly the embassy of Heaven on Earth, we would have more justice. The church has lost its prophetic voice. Challenge your church leaders to do justice.
- Pray. Above all pray. Not nice prayers, but gut-wrenching prayers of lament, pain and righteous anger. Call out to the God of justice.
Scripture cries for justice. Justice for the oppressed is the second most prominent theme in the Bible. God’s scepter is justice and so is the foundation of his throne. Justice matters.
Together let’s dare to Administer Justice.