By Lisa Wilmore
Scripture: Do not repay anyone evil for evil…(Romans 12:17a).
My Christian Friends,
My daughter, Stephanie, came to her father and I a few days ago in tears and with much unease. She read about the incident with a police officer and his mistreatment of a black man who died because of this mistreatment. She explained to us what individuals were saying on social media and she was infuriated but knew that there has to be a way to handle the hurt and pain from a Christian perspective. Of course, my husband and I did our best to console her and let her know that God is in control of everything. We told her to pray and ask God what He wants her to do-if He wants her to do anything. Of course, she took our advice and prayed.
God’s message according to Stephanie Wilmore: “First, let me clarify that I am just a nobody who loves Jesus, but the Lord has given me something during this trying time after I sobbed and cried out to God. Therefore, I would like to share it with you.
Let us, as Christians, remember during this trying time Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” I am just as enraged and heartbroken as others are at the way our brothers and sisters are treated by police officers who are put in place to protect and serve the community. Seemingly, individuals are ready to go to war because no one is hearing our pleas. However, what we are facing is NOT a racial war. It is a spiritual war.
Now, I am not saying to do not continue to stand up for what is right. God is a JUST God. Nevertheless, in the midst of fighting for what is right remember that you are NOT fighting a racist white man or woman, you are fighting an evil spirit of racism. When Jesus died and rose, He gave us the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18)…
The bible teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44)…Yes, there is still work to be done and we cannot do it in the flesh! It is extremely hard, but God is love. Nothing operating outside of love and His word is of Him. The bible says, “Be angry and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:26). We cannot fight this battle through our flesh. We must trust God and pray for our enemies. Pray that the blood of Jesus saves them.”