This country is seeking for direction and is willing to hear the louder voice instead of the truth. As we continue to see riots and chaos in our cities we start to think why is this happening? Who is behind the scenes feeding the anger? If you haven’t read “A Nation of Love not Hate,” read it and see why is this nation not capable of love.
If you haven’t seen or heard any civil rights leaders that are using the riots to further their agenda let me introduce you to one of them. His name is Minister Louis Farrakhan or formally known as Louis X. Born in Bronx, NY Louis Farrakhan is a religious figure and a civil rights activist and is part of the Nation of Islam, which is a religious movement that tries to improve spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African-Americans in the United States and all of humanity.
Two days before the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Minister Louis Farrakhan made a speech and you can say that Farrakhan feed anger and hate into a very fragile situation.
The speech is a horrible speech and I want to focus on two quotes by Farrakhan. The first quote: “You may not want to fight, but you better get ready. Teach your baby how to throw the bottle if they can, bite. We’re going to die anyway, let’s die for something.” Here we have a minister speaking to a group of people. Farrakhan instructs them to teach their kids to kill others and since we are going to die why not die for something.
The second quote: “See, now when my Muslim family here, Imams and my Christian family – this book, there is a law for retaliation. The Bible says an eye, a tooth, a life. See now, as long as they kill us, and go to Wendy’s and have a burger and go to sleep, they gonna keep killing us. But when we die and they die, then soon we gonna sit down at a table and talk about – we tired. We want some of this earth. We tear this G****mn country up.”
Christians should stand and correct Farrakhan. Context is important when it comes to the Bible, and if not explained correctly can manipulate people to do bad things. The bible verse that Farrakhan quoted is from Matthew 5:38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’” (NLT) Here’s the context that Farrakhan forgot. Jesus is on the mountain and as the crowds gathered Jesus started to teach about beatitudes and laws.
In Matthew 5:38-42 Jesus is teaching about revenge, but Jesus goes into great details on how we should act towards people who hurt us.
“But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” (Matthew 5:39-42 NLT)
Why didn’t Farrakhan continue to the next verse? That’s simple; Jesus’ teaching didn’t support his agenda. Here we see clearly that Jesus doesn’t want us to rise and destroy; instead He wants us to be humble and love each other. If the New Living Translation is too difficult to understand here’s the message version:
“Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”
Basically, love is the answer not hate or destruction.
Let me introduce you to Minister Jonathan Gentry and to his YouTube video that was uploaded on August of this year. Jonathan is one leader that should be heard more than Farrakhan.
Gentry speaks about responsibility and one of the main quotes I like is as followed:
“I’m going to tell you what you need to hear, opposing to what you want to hear. All we know to do is blame the police and white folks for our actions. That’s all we know how to do, blame white folks. They beating on us. Oh, slavery still exists. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of it.”
People are selectively hearing, and they are only hearing what they want to hear. If people continue to hear only what they want to hear, this country will burn.
Let’s stop and turn to the truth. Let’s support positive leaders like Gentry and stop listening to the negativity that Farrakhan is spreading. For this week’s challenge, let’s look at each other as people and stop the division. Always remember to look up for guidance.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6:27-36 ESV)