“All flesh shall perish together and man shall turn again unto dust.” Job 34:15 KJV
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
“Why can’t we all just get along?” These are the immortal words of Rodney King, a victim of society. I label him a victim of society because of the ills to which he had fallen to and due to the ills that almost beat him to death.
Mr. King had become a mirror of the image that reflected to America its pereption of what a Black man is. He was unemployed, uneducated, a criminal, a drug dealer and a user of illegal drugs. But most of all he was a victim of judgment. “JUDGE NOT, that ye be not judged.”
Matthew 7:1 KJV
What ills you might ask, could beat a vicious Black male; violent criminal, drug user to death if his own behaviors haven’t killed him already?
The virus called personal human judgment will kill you faster than any nuclear/chemical warfare known to man with devastation greater than the plague.
The police officers that beat King could be classified as victims also but of a different kind. They were victims because they allowed themselves to be used by other people’s feelings and ideologies. They have been living their entire lives based upon premeditated lies, phobias and a disregard for those who do not look like them.
This distorted illusion of grandeur permeates human existence as though it were more precious than the life sustaining essentials of blood, food, oxygen and water. This human killer is running neck-to-neck with its archenemy and formidable competitor, LOVE.
Why can’t we just love one another?
I am willing to bet you that the 16 police officers charged with murder or manslaughter this year in on-duty shootings – not to include the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray because he died from a spinal cord injury in a police vehicle – wish they had loved those who they killed instead of judging them based upon the lies to which they have lived.
If we were to look at each situation that is causing this world to crumble, we would find that the absence or lack of love was at root cause.
This comedic display of what is supposed to be our political process on display at its best is one that has lost its love appeal.
We need to be able to face the truth and own up to our parts in the perpetual motion of circulating the visceral pollutant of judgment.
Death by judgment is cruel, cold and callous due to the manner that it slices into you, akin to a piece of cold, razor sharp steal; then it eats away at your core like a festering sore.
The cure for this malignant invader is just as disruptive and extremely successful with a much more penetrating and overwhelming outcome.
Love. Its approach is more palatable than honey and endures from everlasting to everlasting.
“Love is patient; Love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over other men’s sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limits to its faith, its hope and its endurance. Love will never come to an end….” ——————————————1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NEB
LORD, THANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO LOVE. WHEN OTHERS SEE ME, MAY I BE AN EXAMPLE OF THAT LOVE. AMEN