Mourn With Those Who Mourn
2016-07-08

"Mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12:15

There are no qualifications of race, status, job, title, political affiliation, country, or nationality in Paul's instruction. Christian, we don't need false dichotomies and proof texts from media outlets, social networks or any other organization. We are just simply told to mourn with those who mourn. You don't need to pick one side and call it an issue.

Over the past few days, several videos were released of black men killed by police officers. Last evening, police officers who were protecting the right of American people to protest were murdered by snipers. These crimes and tragedies are not issues, they are people. We are talking about people made in the image of God.

We can equally mourn both the loss of the powerless and the powerful - one killing does not justify the other, nor do killings justify racism or an abuse of power. Under the Gospel we can declare that black lives matter. Under the Gospel we can declare that cops lives matter. Under the Gospel we can declare both without ignoring the other and you can do so without a political affiliation.

Let your heart break for the families of those police officers in Dallas and the many families who never see their mother or father, son or daughter again as they die due to needles hatred and violence as they serve and protect - often serving and protecting people who would like to see them dead.

Let your heart break for the families of those who are killed because the color of their skin.

Let your heart break for the thousands of deaths a year that are not reported because they do not serve the purposes of anyone in power or positions of influence.

Let your heart break and mourn with those who mourn. Christian we don't need to pick a side to mourn. We simply mourn with those who mourn. We don't follow the example of Job's friends and offer reasons why they suffer. We suffer along with them - often without words.

There is no need for a false dichotomy under the Gospel. Under the Gospel we are free to mourn over all of the brokenness of this world.

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