We are the aftermath of a national scar Broken individuals is what we are
Hollow human beings weighted down by heavy aches Littered with scars that transcend generations The ripples of trauma being closely felt
I see it as clear as day In the way we drink Drink till we're numb Hoping the gall will wash our pains away
Our young bodies swing from trees Strange fruit that never bloomed Vines we were never suppose to be
Realizing it's going to take more than money to heal these wounds Capital and pity won't quite sew the marrow
I ask where do broken souls go: Who's going to take our pains away? Who's going to make it all okay? Cause it seems like they lied It doesn't get better
Uh excuse me? I know it's not my place Well honestly what I mean is that I'm not your "race" But I won't let human distinctions divivde I've got to tell you about a man
A person of colour you see From the land of Galilee His name is Jesus And He was a Jew He walked our Earth and saw more than what meets the eye Feeling the groanings and pains of humankind
The man of sorrows Who comes to take your sins away And in the process acquitting you from the lie That your life doesn't matter
I'm sorry that you've been undervalued I'm sorry that your imago dei has historically been mangled and untangled From every angle
I'm sorry that EVIL people MASKING as Christians Wore crosses With the intention of bringing death to your culture When the uniqueness of your people has always been intended to give reverence and glory back to the divine
And I stand firm and convicted when I say NATIVE LIVES MATTER To me And definitely to the God above
** Jesus has given me such a huge heart for your community and I mean it when I say I love you and am praying for you**. Jesus loves you SO much that He died on the cross for your sins and wants to know you and have a relationship with you.**
It brings me great joy to know that the God of this universe is reaching out to men and women across the globe with different skin colours, accents, hair types and dialects. And those people include people who look like me:coca colored skin with tightly coiled hair. Although human beings have historically not always valued our worth the God of this universe does and sent His son to die for our individual sins and sins as a people.
Moreover, I've often intrigued when reading the Bible about God's relationship with the Jews in the old testament. Not because I think Africans or black people are better or more deserving but have always wondered why He chose to have a covenant with them in the old testament. It has dawned on me that God in his infinite wisdom possibly chose a people who's history could be universally applied to every race of people before and after.
It brings me great peace to know this: God doesn't sleep or slumber. He was there during the tragic and horrific years of chattel slavery on the North and South American continent. What the devil meant for evil God used and will continue to use it for good and the God who holds the universe in his hands still holds our community in his hands. In my grief about slavery and our historical oppression I overlooked the fact that the Gospel message still remains true. That " all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We've sinned and need to repent of our sins as a community.
So in light of racial tensions I ask that we be still before our God, stop the finger pointing and intercede for our community.
Here are some prayer points to begin: 1. Repent of our sins as a community (sexual sins, self-righteousness, finger pointing)
2. Intercede for the community that the Gospel will penetrate people's hearts
3. Wisely get involved in causes.
Nevertheless, I'm not ignorant to the injustices black people face today and am currently looking into claims of systematic racism. However, I agree with the famous quote " when you point one finger there are always 3 pointing right back at you".
I'm sure you wept for Mike Brown when he was killed by white officer Daren Wilson but did you shed a tear for the black male who was killed at the hands of another black male due to gang violence. You probably dislike the negative imagery of black males but are you angered over the sub genre of rap which encourages destructive behaviors such as sexual promiscuity.
I'm not ignorant. I don't think black people are more sinful or have more problems than other communities. I just believe that focusing on addressing problems that affect our "own backyard" is more effective and firmly believe when internal problems are addressed change will ripple outward.