Black Lives (still) Matter

Since the murder of #GeorgeFloyd, I have been disorientated. This is not the first time that we have had to watch black men and women killed brutally for just existing. Yet this time, I simply could not do what I usually do. I could not move on, focus on something else. I could not ignore it, repress it, or shake it off. I felt helpless, grounded, depressed, stuck. (I really wish the media would stop sharing these videos of black people being murdered. People are becoming accustomed to it. It is not normal. It is demonic).

I was so confused and had lost my words. I watched with dread as even after this, there were more murders. #BreonnaTaylor, who was killed in her own home. To make things worse, the story of Amy Cooper broke, a white woman who weaponised her whiteness and thank God, this story did not end in the same way so many others ended. It was too much. I am Nigerian. Igbo with a splash of Yoruba. I still am but I never wondered about what colour I was until I moved to the UK and realised I was black. It felt like being black was some kind of offence and my mind cannot – WILL NOT register or accept that lie and so I paused (literally turned everything off for a time) and sought safety/healing/help from the only One with all the answers.

It felt like my mind, heart and head were in a complete mess. It was overwhelming. The questions that have gone unanswered, the ridiculous way the media is even reporting these stories all points to the same thing – racism is so deep within the very fabric of American society, it is impossible to separate the two. America was built on racism. It exists because of racism. It thrives on the continual abuse and exploitation of black people. Yet, wants to continue perpetuating black people as a problem.

Even when they kill black people, it is the fault of the murdered. I cannot imagine what it is like for black people actually living in America – for me, I was stressed to blankness. I had to leave Social Media and retreat. It was all too much. Today, I found my words. After despondence, after grief, after searching for help, for hope. After betrayal. After a lot of anger and frustration, I have found my words.

Black Lives Matter!

Why this even has to be said boggles the mind. Yet, here we are…

Black lives are valuable. Black lives have a purpose. Black lives are precious. Black lives are necessary, wanted, loved, treasured, dear. Black lives are cherished. Black lives have the very breath of God in them. Black lives matter. Our lives, my life matters!

Black Lives Matter!

I take comfort in the fact that injustice breaks the heart of God – He is a God of justice – He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!– Deuteronomy 32:4 (NLT). In as much as some people want to claim that their racism is godly, white and pure, I refuse it. That is a lie. Racism is demonic and akin to a plague infesting the minds of people who are unwilling to repent. There is no racism in Heaven. How do I know? Well…take a look at the verse below…

Black Lives Matter!

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9 (NLT)

Black Lives Matter!

If Jesus was on earth, He would advocate for the rights of the oppressed. He would speak the truth. If Jesus was still walking the earth He would call out the leaders. Call out the media. He would never hide or manipulate the truth. He would tell it as it is! This was wrong. This needs to be corrected. This needs to be stopped. Racism needs to be eradicated!!!

Black Lives Matter!

Some time has passed and a few good things have happened. The law will be changed to ensure that police cannot enter into the wrong house – the banning of no-knock warrants and that is due to Ms Taylor. The police officers involved in Mr Floyd’s death were actually charged! Hopefully, this will teach other officers a lesson or better still, hopefully, hearts will be touched, mended and healed. Eyes will be opened and racist people will see the error of their ways and repent. There have been peaceful protests across the world and people of all races have really united to fight the evil that is racism! In all the good that has happened, I daresay, it is not enough. It does not even come close but it is a start. One in the right direction…

Black Lives Matter!

In all this, I really pray for the whole world. I pray for the hurting and the wounded. I pray for those who are struggling. I pray for those who are angry. I pray for those who have lent us their voice. I pray for racist people, I pray for their deliverance because I know that it is not them for our fight is not with people. It has never been.

Black Lives Matter!

It is with principalities and powers – For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in the heavenly places – Ephesians 6:12 (NLT). I pray for all those who need God’s power, comfort, strength and love in this time. May they get all the help they need in Jesus name, Amen

Black Lives Matter!

I know that the fight for equality and justice is far from over and I really pray that the momentum does not die down until the change that is necessary comes. I also know that this fight has been one which has been fought for a long time – yet – I believe that with God, positive change is possible on this earth. He can bring the change the world needs if people are willing to repent and follow Him because that is what will change everything – EVERYTHING (for good)!

Black Lives Matter!

Until then, may God bless us all and keep us all and cause His face to shine upon us all. May God be kind to us and help us all in this time. May His love abound in every heart and may He help us through this very difficult time, making everything work together for our good, in Jesus name, Amen!

Black Lives (still) Matter!

Love and Blessings,

xOx

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