My thoughts this week continue to center on social justice, hope, and healing. This week challenged my faith in so many ways as I watched my state’s COVID-19 numbers climb and saw so many cultural wars erupt over issues, which I feel we should not argue about, such as wearing masks in public. I am from a very conservative area, so publishing information about wearing masks to protect others from contracting the disease has subjected me to abusive comments and ridicule.
On top of that, I feel my stance on loving each other as human beings, no matter our race, has caused people to react toward me negatively. I feel called to write about social justice issues and have done so on several occasions on this blog. I never mean to offend anyone. It is just such a turbulent time, and some feel overwhelmed with all the issues we face.
My message is simple: we should keep our eyes on Christ and try to exemplify His love to all. We are all members of one race: the human race. It is up to each of us to protect one another, pray for one another, and support one another. I support the oppressed because the Bible commands me to do so, and I will never waiver in that call.
So many bloggers in our sphere are writing about these issues today and sharing their love and encouragement. These bloggers include Tara Ulrich at Praying on the Prairie, whose recent posts have poignantly addressed the need for social justice, peace, and love. My friend Anita OJeda’s post How to Handle the Current Controversies Surrounding Racism is a must-read with an action plan and personal story with which I identify. My friend Barbara Harper shared her heart in a recent post on her blog, “Stray Thoughts about Racism.” I found these points especially inspiring in her post:
- We need to ask God to search our hearts and show us whatever is wrong there. We need to confess and repent of our wrong heart attitudes.
- We need to weep with those who weep. (Romans 12:15).
- We need to “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10).
- We need to “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31, NIV).
Finally, I found hope in another post by Ashley Hudson: A Guide to Prayer for A Country in Crisis, The post’s simple call to action will have you on your knees in your prayer closet. The section on “Praying for Justice,” along with authoritative scriptures, brought tears to my eyes.
We can be a voice for change together as Christian women bloggers. The key is not letting our emotions get the better of us. I know this is easier said than done. I have struggled all week with feelings. I am praying that God shows me how to reach out in ways that are effective and loving. Will you pray with me. Thanks so much.
Next, lets review last week’s linkup.
Last Week’s Top Clicked
Her post presented the perfect metaphor of the squirrels in life that we find ourselves wasting time chasing. She includes a list of helpful strategies to help us navigate these difficult times.
My Favorite Post
By Maree Dee
Maree reminds us that our actions during this time must start with God’s direction. How do we receive that direction? Waiting and prayer. She encourages us to follow Him and He will equip us to do His will in these times. Great post! I found so much inspiration.
Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop!