A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Politicians, professional athletes, and Hollywood celebrities are all weighing in on the racial violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday. Memorial services, prayer vigils, and press conferences have been held to decry racism while attempting to offer a strategy to combat it. Yet, is it possible that no matter how much funding and education we throw at the issue of racism, we will never succeed unless we address the root of the problem?
We are told in the Bible that God created everyone in His image. Therefore each person, regardless of race, has inherent value. The failure to recognize this, and love others as we should, can be traced back to sin. Sin can be defined as the failure to conform to God and His Word in “…act, attitude, or nature.” In the Old Testament book of Micah, the LORD commands those who follow Him to “…act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” When the LORD demands that we “act justly,” it means we are to behave in a manner that conforms to the standard God Himself has established. We are to be living examples of God’s mercy by defending the powerless, denouncing evil, and declaring the good news of Jesus Christ. The key to experiencing and offering justice and grace to others is having an attitude of humility. This is a recognition of our complete dependence upon God, the Creator of all things, and His Son who is the Savior of the world.
Events like those in Charlottesville remind us we live in an unjust, unkind, and merciless world. But, when Christians live out our faith for others to see, we point the way to a God who is just, kind, and full of mercy and grace! And, He’s exactly what this world needs!