Jeremiah 8:11 They offer superficial treatments for my people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace.
We are living in a time of great conflict. The conflict in Gaza and Israel could erupt into a full blown war at anytime. Young black men are being strangled and shot by the police. Black on black violence …is out of control in Chicago. Ebola is ravaging West Africa and is headed to America. The image and meaning of who Jesus is, is being stripped of its relevance through satire and sarcasm by shows like “Black Jesus” and Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr.
What makes all this even more sad is that our leaders don’t take any of this as serious. We try to cover up the deep wounds of our people by saying, “Peace!” When there is no peace. I spoke out against the premiere of “Black Jesus” airing on adult Swim and somebody tweeted me, “Just Chill LOL”. I replied, “Chill for what?”
This show exemplifies what’s wrong with America while exaggerating the dysfunction of our community. The only representation of Jesus is weed smoking, foul mouthed, carnal Jesus who models the behavior of the people he’s been sent to deliver. I know that art should imitators reality but should the divine imitate depravity?
1. Stop Superficial treatments. As believers we have to take a stand for what is right and stop dressing the wounds of our people with the superficial. We can no longer afford to numb the pain of the masses with empty promises of prosperity from the pulpit. We cannot continue to just laugh at our plight without standing for justice.
2. Stop speaking peace when there is still conflict. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “Injustice anywhere is Injustice everywhere.” As long as there is unrest in Israel there will be unrest in Chicago. As long as their is neglect at the border there will be neglect at the board of education.
3. Start Walking humbly with God, do Justice, and love mercy. We have some serious work to do and it starts with how we walk with Jesus. It starts when we do Justice, that is speaking up for those who have no voice. It starts when we have Mercy for the wounded and bandage their wounds with real medicine not band aids.
Don’t let me gloss over people’s pain. Don’t let me laugh at what should make me cry. Don’t let me ignore what I could help fix. This is serious.
In Jesus Name,