Silence that kills
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor" -
I shared this quote on my social media channels yesterday and it was to express the sadness, outrage, and shock at what had happened to "another one of us" - George Floyd. And as I am referring to him as one of us there are so many layers to this statement. Yes, George Floyd was a man of color, he was an American citizen, a father, a brother, a son but most of all he was a human being - God's creation. We've seen many similar incidents on the news, so many that it almost feels like these occurrences make you numb, make you feel that it is surreal and not really happening. Maybe another product of the so-called fake news? I usually don't do this - speak out publicly to voice my opinion about things happening in the world. I keep quiet, take the pain silently, wonder at the horrific things happening around us and pray. After all, there have been many more George Floyd's before him this year and the years before. But things are different now. How can I take the pain silently and keep quiet when my son will one day face the world as a man of color?
Someone once said: "When you read or hear about things happening somewhere else in the world, it may feel like it doesn't affect you because you're so far away." But is that really so? How can this not affect me, affect us? I do not live in the United States but oppression, hatred, violence, and racism is universal and could happen and sadly does happen all around the world. It's a mindset, a system of evil. Also, shouldn't the advancements in technology remove exactly that? The feeling of "it doesn't concern me" and close the gap of distance and time to bring us closer together as though we were "one"? #BlackLivesMatter and they do - not more than others, not less but equally. And it's sad that humanity needs to be reminded of that constantly. Not because "we" want to be special but because we have to speak out and be heard. The truth is, all lives matter because God created each and every one of us, so it is heartbreaking to see the evil of man manifesting by using excuses to display the worst kind of evil.
Let George Floyd and all the others out in the open or in the shadows be a reminder of the world we live in today and that it takes more to overcome than just living life and waiting for it to end. Indeed we need to speak up because silence will take away your power and we refuse to be powerless! God created this world with His words, so the words we speak will effect the change we want to see. My heart and prayers go out to all who have been impacted by this. Now is not the time to keep silent but to pray up. To declare words of change and to stand strong. "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4 KJV
Be encouraged that there can be a better tomorrow and that evil can and will never prevail if we look unto Him our great comforter.