We Reap What We Sow
We must all remember that we do reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). This principle applies not only positively but negatively. Violence begets more violence. Hatred begets more hatred. George Floyd’s murder by people who are called to protect and serve him is evidence - again - of the hideous sin of racism. The sin of hatred that exists in the human heart. But acts of violence in protest don't help this cause. Peaceful protest is a gift of our Constitution. Looting and destruction are against God's moral law. They only exacerbate the problem. All acts of violence only exacerbate more hatred and violence. The prophet Hosea warns that misery is an inevitable consequence of sin from which extraordinary calamities arise (Hosea 8:7). We sow the wind and we reap the whirlwind. Yet, God’s abounding grace gives us the most powerful tool for restoration and healing: Love begets more love. Christ followers are called to sow seeds of love wherever possible, whenever possible and with all people - people of all skin colors. As we show acts of love, compassion, and mercy every single day, we leave a path of love - not destruction - in our wake. And the ripple effect can change the world. It may be only one life at a time, but the result can be startling. And God’s call to sow seeds of love is not a suggestion, but a command in his Word: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) Why not obey this command from God? When done over time, things will have to change. After all, we do reap what we sow.