You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14-16 (New Revised Standard Version)
Darkness is falling over America: the darkness of racism. Black bodies are under attack by racist Whites who have been given a green light by a nativist, racist and xenophobic president. White police, called to serve and protect all citizens, have a green light to kill even innocent people. As a Black Man, I am alarmed by this demonic trend.
Demonic? Yes. It’s only the Devil him/herself can generate such evil. The darkness that’s falling over this Nation is against everything Jesus God’s Christ taught. What makes this more demonic is that the people perpetrating this hate crimes profess to be “Christian.” Trust me, these perpetrators are not acting in line with Christ.
With the current violent protests occurring, it’s easy to blame the protesters. However, many are tired of the peaceful protests that garnered no results. And to make things worse, the president tacitly endorses deadly force by law enforcement against these protesters.
Yes, it’s dark in America; and I’m afraid it’s getting darker. However, the words of Jesus ring throughout the noise of hate. Jesus calls us in the Boardinghouse-Hold of Faith to be the light of the world. And as one who celebrates the Wild Divine Creative Erotic, these words challenge me. We’re calling to be the Divine light this Nation (and world) needs right now.
How to be light? Glad you asked! Light dispels darkness and illuminates all it touches. We must dispel the darkness of racism, which is based on fear and lies, with the light of love and truth. We must shine the light on police brutality and “Karens” with the power of social media. We must emulate the Christ by speaking truth to power, even if it may cause us to lose friends. We must comfort those who have been victims of racism through tangible support. We must call the Church out on times where it was silent on racism. We also can use our dollars and voting power to effect change. Most important, we must love be our guide.
Me? I will allow the Wild Divine Creative Erotic to shine through me. I will still live this out despite the darkness as I let my light shine. I will stare down this darkness as light.
Yes, darkness is falling over America. However, we can be the light Christ calls us to be. And believe me, we will turn back the forces of darkness with the power of God’s light.
Be light, my Friends. Peace, Love and Light!
In memory of: Ahmad Arbery, Brionna Taylor, George Floyd and others who lost their lives to racism. May their light shine into eternity.