As I sit on my couch watching the protests over the death of George Floyd, I am reminded of the end of an era. On June 1, 2020, the day after Pentecost Sunday, we witnessed the beginning of the end to racist, oppressive systems that have long plagued U.S. history. This era marks an end to police brutality and mass incarceration.
Together as a nation, we forge into our bright future. I am reminded of a relevant quote from civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells, who led an anti-lynching campaign in 1890. She stated, ” The way to right the wrongs is to turn the light on them.” Well America, the light has been turned on, forcing all who are in it’s reach to expose their true identity. Ida B. Wells propelled her way into history creating a more just society in her day. She illuminated the evil practice of lynching through the power of the pen. I am thankful to find mentors from the past who were in many ways prophetic, giving all a glimpse of how this new world would look.
Psalm 37:6 states, “He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” (NKJV) For those of you longing for righteousness and justice in this world, as Ida B. Well did in her day, the Lord sees and knows that we need justice too. Romans 8:19 says, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the manifestation of the children of God.” When I see protests on t.v., I believe that I am witnessing the manifestation of the children of God. This is our time to manifest the kingdom. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of justice and equality on earth. We must not lose heart. Instead, we should draw from our past into our future to create this blessed new day.
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