The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers was reprehensible and unjust. There can be no excuses made for the actions of these men. They will answer for their despicable behavior before God and men. Every American should pray and ask the Father to comfort the Floyd family, and heal the hearts of all of our citizens.
There is no logic or understanding of these events without turning to the words of Jesus. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10) The murder of George Floyd, the subsequent assaults and murder of police officers, the rioting, burning, and looting are all the work of the thief. Satan is the one who planned and executed it all. The answer to this work of the devil is in the example set by the Life-Giver, Jesus Himself.
Under Roman law, a soldier could force any non-citizen to carry his pack for 1 mile. The Jews chafed under this attack on personal liberty, and were resistant to many other facets of the law imposed upon them. Resistance was met with penalty, and protest with capital punishment. There was no escape other than flight into the wilderness or the finality of death. How did Jesus function in this environment? How did He minister so effectively under the oppression of Roman officials and Jewish collaborators?
In response to Roman regulation, Jesus had this to say: “If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.” (Matt 5:41) In making this statement, Jesus told his followers to respect Roman soldiers, who were the police force of all the province of Judea. He knew that some of them were murderers who oppressed the Jews just because they were Jews. In today’s terms, some, but not all of them, were racist. There was a centurion who loved Israel, of whom the leaders of the Jews said ” for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” (Luke 7:5)
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
Jesus did not start a “Jewish Lives Matter” protest against the Roman government. He chose a different way that focused on respect and service of those who were actually responsible for the oppression of His people. He said “…,love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?,,,” Protest fuels the desire of protestors for justice that can never be found among men. Respect and service sets the power of love in motion, which enables God to bring healing and restoration to entire nations! God alone is the source of true justice, social or judicial.
Instead of rioting, killing police officers and stealing and destroying the property of others, why not follow the example of Jesus, who was murdered by a racist government. He took this action “While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” Luke 23:34 (TPT) Jesus forgave the soldiers who abused and murdered Him. There will never be justice at the hands of imperfect men. Justice can only be received from the Father, Who loves each of us, regardless of the color our skin. Forgiveness and respect for those who have hurt us are not natural human qualities. Human pride makes this difficult, seemingly impossible, but the things that are impossible with man ARE possible with God. Jesus advanced His cause not by protest, but through forgiveness of and service to others. He said “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. (Luke 22:27)
Think about it!