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The Good Samaritan by Pat Simmons
My heart is breaking, I'm in mourning, I feel betrayed, and I'm angry! So many Scriptures are coming to mind: "God is my fortress and protector", "Vengeance is Mine says the Lord, I will repay", and finally: "Mathew 24:12-13--Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
This is the reason behind the chaos: the lack of love one for another, hate, injustice, racism...
The insensitivity from those who seemed more concerned about the looting than a loss of a life pains me. Possessions can be replaced, but a life is gone forever. Anger builds when no one listens, the fallout from pinned up frustration is a pandemic of rage. I DO NOT CONDONE VIOLENCE UNDER ANY MEANS--murder or destruction of property, because I can't say I love God, but hate my neighbor. Every time an unarmed black is killed by an officer, my thoughts go out to the family first, because the response will be swift. As a black mother of a son and daughter, I pray God will protect them from perpetrators and police brutality. That may be mind-boggling to my white friends, but this is the norm for minorities. Please take the time to have a conversation with a Person of Color and your heart will bleed from what we have endured all because of the rich beautiful brown skin God covered us with.
Protests are part of our society. My mom mentioned in 1963, doctors, ministers, and other businessmen picketed in front of Jefferson Bank in St. Louis for more than a month until the bank hired four blacks.
The other day, two videos showed three white males caught on camera trying to set a fire outside a restaurant during the protests. In another city, a black protester confronted two white girls dressed in black, who were spray painting BLM (Black Lives Matter) on a Starbucks. The black woman asked why, because that wasn't the protesters' purpose. I couldn't hear their responses, but again it's another example of blacks taking the fall. There are already black agitators after peaceful rallies. We don't need more damage done.
Remember Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem before a football game in a silent protest to bring attention to the plight of black folks? There was an uproar about disrespect, but kneeling is about humility. What does this photo convey to you? Please, be a part of the change needed to save black lives. Some counter with "all lives matter." I'm asking you to prove it. Be part of the solution. If you see or hear something that isn't right, say something. It could save a life. Will you be a light on the hill and lead by example?
Will you be a Good Samaritan? A life may depend on it.
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."He which testifies these things says, Surely I come quickly. Revelation 22:12-14
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