Thompson Lengels
Monday, June 22, 2020

Race, Riots, and The Christian

If you are living and are attentive to your surrounding, you’ll notice or perhaps feel like, “COVID-19” got a surprise cure—Protests, Riots, and fights of races. Today, as it is, man has geared his attention to another issue. A racial issue. In other outsets, a political issue. A new form of “religion” under the banner of new hashtags. A game of chess. That is, who check-mates who?

It’s an era whereby conspiracy theories will fill our mainstream media for a good long while. If you know the rules of chess, then, you know one team will be, I say, “Checkmate!”

But this writer is not an expert about these things. But I know we can get a sure source of truth about these things; and that, yea, man cannot argue with the truth therewith. This, therefore, is a Christian directory of how we ought to think upon these current events. Suffice to say, this writer does not hold to the injustices that are done to other races or “colour of skin”, and indeed, all humanity. Man in general was created in the Imago Dei, i.e., the Image of God. (See, Gen. 1:26, 27).

We only need to open our mainstream media and the first thing that will strike our eyeballs will be the hate and anger being charged and passed across. What a year! Men are demanding justice for injustices committed—and rightly so! Why are men angry? They believe they deserve justice—from those in high offices. This, too, rightly so.

As men are angry with fellow men who have committed injustice against them, so also, God is angry with the wicked everyday for breaking His rules (laws). “My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:10, 11). And herein is the irony of man. When he is told that God will execute his justice on the wicked one of these days, behold, they say, “God is not fair!” Or as the Pagan would flatter himself, “There is no God.” The latter God calls such, a fool. Alas!

This is our world. This is the consequence of the fall (Gen. 3). This is the beginning of sorrows (Matt. 24). We feel the same indignation of injustice committed, but I say, God feels the GREATER INDIGNATION against the wickedness committed against Him. He is holy. And one day, O man, God will strike with His hand of justice. And that justice will crush the sons of wickedness. But as God will crush with the hand of justice, He will also save some; who, as it were, followed His ways of mercy. And it is they (the children of mercy) which the present writer would call your attention. Note:

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.

And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Rev. 7:9, 17, KJV).

Dear beloved, in heaven there is no race but a people of God. There’s no rioting but a dancing. There’s no looting but praising. There’s no black or white but every people. There’s no differences but all unity. There’s no hate but all charity. There’s no Americans, Africans, Asians, but Heaven-nites. The song that day will be, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

These realities are the inheritance of the children of mercy. And who are these children of mercy, you ask? “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). And what felicity is theirs, you ask? “They are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence” (Rev. 7:15).

Ah, really? Yes, O dear reader. In fact, there, they shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. But those sons of justice will be weeping and gnashing their teeth in the place of the furnace, yea, forever and ever.

What, then, or how should we respond at these issues? Well, for starters, let the Word of the Scriptures master you (Col. 3:16). These are words of God (2 Tim. 3:16). They are trustworthy and true (Rev. 21:5). Let us see the hope which the Gospel of Jesus Christ affords us. Let us mourn and weep in repentance. We are active exegetes and expositors of the mainstream media but not the Word. When our little fingers are itched to type out rage against our neighbours, let us first learn to fold them and thereby pray. Our opinions are welcomed, but God’s opinion weighs above ours (John 8:18).

Yea, indeed, we may be termed many names by the world, but this should not stop us from engaging in a Christ-like manner. This is our failing. We have hymnal mouths but posses atheistical hearts. Let us view the world with a biblical scope and we’ll not be surprised by what is happening. Christ warned us about many things (John 16:33). Those things are happening. Therefore, “think it not strange, Christian, that these things are happening.” (Cf. 1 Peter 4:12, 19).

In the last place, though not the last of all remedies, let us be men of logic. Logic that’s guided with the words of Christ (Psalm 119:105). Slow to speak. Slow to type. Slow to judge. Slow to assume. Slow to condemn. Slow to hate. Let us be ready to listen. Quick and humble to learn.

Remember, then, that this world is all ill-fare but in Christ is all well-fare. Be a Christian! Act like a Christian whence a practical need is needful (James 2:16). Divorce hypocrisy from your little fingers. Let us not commit adultery with our phones in the name of making Christ known to a lost world.

And yes, ALL LIVES MATTER. That is, from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Rev. 7:9).