June 10, 2020 - Tragedy
When I woke up this morning I realized that tragedy has struck America in such a way that she does not know how to respond. Just knowing that so many black lives are being taken away from us by the hands of evil is a tragedy. It is a tragedy that over 110,000 Americans have died because of covid-19. Unfortunately, the fact that many more will die is even more tragic.
All our lives we have had to deal with tragedy, individually and collectively. The mere fact that we began as a slave society in a nation that believes that all men are created equal is a tragedy. It was tragic that a civil war and a hefty price had to be paid before we could be declared free. Even now we as a people are still fighting for equality and that is a tragedy.
The writer W.E. Dubois predicted in 1903 that the issue of the 20th century would be "the problem of the color lines." As we watch the protesters in the streets in America and abroad, we know that he was correct. Over one hundred years later the color of our skin still remains a threat to many of the white race. It goes without saying that many of our brothers and sisters of other ethnic groups are now joining us in making a difference.
Presently we are standing in the midst of a historic transformation regarding race relationships in the United States of America. There has been much to take place since the civil rights movement that has caused us to progress, but there is still so much to overcome. We must remain resilient and not give up.
We as a people must remain optimistic about the future of our young people, for they hold the future in their hands. As we watch the protesters in the streets, one can only believe that this time we are going to get to the core of the problems. We have had protests and marches before and they were later ignored or played down. It is tragic that many of the leaders of this great nation have decided to remain silent while black lives are being taken away from us.
We as a people must not let crime, drugs, poor school performance, welfare dependency, unemployment, dysfunctional families, etc. keep us from rising above those who are attempting to hold us back. It would be a tragedy if we as a people would not put our best foot forward when the call is sounded.
Habakkuk 2:3 says, "But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
It appears that evil and injustice have the upper hand in our communities today. We begin to feel depressed, stressed, discouraged, etc. because we continue to fight for what is fair and equal.
Habakkuk complained to God, but God gave him the same response He gives us, "It seems slow coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place." We as a people have waited patiently and maybe now is the time that God has so destined to be our time. We must as a people continue to trust God even when there are so many questions about what is taking place in America even now. We are living in some perilous times, but we as Christians must always have a glimmer of hope. We may not understand it, but God is in control and directing all things according to his purpose.
Yes, it is a tragedy that so much suffering and distress is taking place, but believers in Christ have always been able to rise above their circumstances.
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor