…..pray consistently and never quit. Luke 18:1
Anybody with a TV, cell phone or computer has to feel the unrest and disparity of a nation. From FB posts and major news stations, most of what we've been witnessing is violence, and to many, social injustice. We've also learned that EVERYBODY has an opinion on, well, EVERYTHING!
I nearly came to the point of fasting from my social media due to so much ugliness and biased opinions on both sides (Black/White). I never posted a response on the Ferguson verdict, nor about Eric Garner who was choked in New York by the police officer. I shied away from posting links and videos supporting or condemning the two outcomes. WHY? Two reasons;
I did totally agree with NFL tight end Benjamin Watson on his assessment on our need for a Savior.
I'M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I'M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind.
There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3), but one thing we should always find time for is prayer. Constant communication with God for peace, protection and clarity are essential for our everyday journey.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:2-8 KJV
In Luke Chapter 18:1, Jesus instructs us to pray always without ever giving up. This lesson is important for numerous reasons, but I'll give you two:
You'll read of a Judge who cared nothing for God or anyone’s thoughts for that matter. (How he was elected I’m still wondering myself). A widow was persistently protesting regarding her “violated rights”. So strongly, that the judge was sick and tired of hearing it! Although he was prideful and vain, he eventually succumbed to her pleading and gave her justice in the end. Jesus made it clear:
6-8 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”(Luke 18: 6-8 Message)
When will we as a nation realize that God will provide justice for the innocent, and hope for the hopeless? We sometimes only add to the problem with violence and our one-sided opinions. We as people of faith should be more resilient and Christ-minded on social issues. We know the problem, but we have the SOLUTION in Jesus Christ!
Let’s pray for our nation, our oppressors, our enemies and OUR weaknesses. Let’s not forget how we also are in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy.
Read Luke 18 1-8
Shawn “Three D.” Thomas
Shawn “Three D.” Thomas is a musician, songwriter, teacher and minister of the Gospel. Along with those gifts and God-given talent, he is a husband and loving father.