spiritual gifts in the fight against racism

I don’t even know where to start this because I know I’m so far in over my head. I feel like regardless of how much I say, it could never be enough. Quite frankly, I’ve been speechless. But while I might have a hard time finding the right words, I don’t want to remain voiceless – I can’t remain voiceless.

“But you are to be a king who speaks up on behalf of the disenfranchised and pleads for the legal rights of the defenseless and those who are dying. Be a righteous king, judging on behalf of the poor and interceding for those most in need.” | Proverbs 31:8-9 (TPT)

Everything surrounding George Floyd’s death and the BLM has my head spinning because I’m honestly in such disbelief. The sheer hatred and conflict filling the air right now is just so completely devastating. I feel ridiculous for even having to say that it’s troubling to see people being treated so unfairly and so unjustly because of the color of their skin. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was ever encouraged to dislike someone because of our differences. I grew up learning how to love others and how to treat them with kindness because we are all children of God that we were all made in His image – that we are to love because He first loved us, even when we were still sinners acting out against Him.

I’m upset, but odds are that you’re not going to find me out in the streets protesting – but that doesn’t mean I’m staying silent, either. And before any of y’all get mad at me for not being the protesting type and trying to make me feel like I’m “not doing my part,” let me also clarify I’m also not the missions trip type, either. I struggled with that for the longest time. I thought it made me less of a Christian (or simply, not as good of one) because I didn’t feel that undeniable urge to the mission field – but then I started blogging and God showed me just how important my gifts + talents are and how they can still be used to further His kingdom. With that being said, I feel like someone needed to hear as much as I did – you have spiritual gifts and a specific set of strengths that play a unique role in bringing peace and revival to this trying time.

“God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift of prophecy, you must activate your gift by using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy. If your grace-gift is serving, then thrive in serving others well. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion.” | Romans 12:6-8 (TPT)

God has equipped us all differently. Your gifts + strengths might not draw you to express your frustration and take action in the form of (safe) protests, and that’s okay. But you can and should be using them to act however you feel like the Lord is calling you to, because enough is definitely enough. We cannot keep quiet as our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer under the thumb of oppression when God has appointed us all as equals.

Pray. Intercede. Love your neighbor as yourself. Mourn with those that are mourning. Defend those that are oppressed and stand up for what you know is right. Serve your community how you feel led according to the gift you feel God has equipped you with – I can’t emphasize it enough, there’s a reason He made you with the heart and passions that He did. Don’t let the Enemy convince you that you don’t play an important role in what’s going on right now because it doesn’t look “the same” as what you think everyone else is doing. As long as you have a voice and shine your light the way God is leading you how, that’s what’s important.

I’ll never understand what it feels like to experience racism firsthand, but I will stand up for those that do wherever they feel like they can’t stand up for themselves. We need to refuse to sit idly by and simply hope that the issue is resolved and that peace is restored. There’s strength in numbers and in Christ.

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.” | Isaiah 1:17

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