What Really Matters?

Dear Christians,

Thanks, I’m sick of being on social media now.

“Black lives matter!”

“All lives matter!”

“Cops kill this many African-Americans!”

“This many African-Americans commit crimes!”

“You’re a racist!”

You’re a racist!”

Can we all just shut up for five minutes? Can we all just stop throwing around unverifiable statistics and reactionary anger and videos about what may or may not have happened? Can we look at what’s important?

I’ve seen so many Christians who are quick to publish their opinions on websites and through media that enact zero change. Each side thinks they’re right and the other side is just racist or ignorant. Congratulations, guys, we broke the church in half. Way to go.

I’m okay with you having an opinion. I have one, and so does everyone else. But using it as ammunition for our online soapbox is just causing division within the church. What good could it possibly do?

The fact is, no matter what side you’re on, and no matter how valid you think these claims are, some of our brothers and sisters in Christ feel that society views them as unimportant, unloved and even inhuman. We as Christians should be the first to show them they matter. Here’s what Jesus said.

“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:25-37‬ ‭ESV‬‬

You see, difference of opinion doesn’t matter to Jesus. Class and societal differences don’t matter to Jesus. Race doesn’t matter to Jesus. We are called to love our neighbors, and if our brothers and sisters feel that society doesn’t think they matter, let’s show them they matter. They matter to God, and they should matter to us, and instead of arguing amongst ourselves, we should do the one thing of benefit we can actually do and show them they matter. I’m not saying it’ll fix all the issues on either side, but when both sides of the argument are set in their ways, this is the Christian way to respond, and I’m not seeing that. Just something to think about.

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