I have been here before. When I was a kid, in the late 1960's I spent my summers with relatives in Niagara Falls, New York. I got to witness some of the events that were unfolding in July of 1967. The race riots as they were known, were bringing changes to a society that held their breath as Detroit was on fire, (or as Gordon Lightfoot put it "Motor city burning,") plus, there were other cities that were being damaged and looted across the US as we have seen recently. I was fourteen years old, so my impressions were based on what I was told by the adults in my life and the controlling media stations at the time. But nonetheless, I have seen this played out before and it feels like déjà vu.
Are we here again because we did not speak up for those who have no voice? Prov. 31:8 Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. The call for equality has been going on from the beginning of time. The human struggle has never stopped and never will until we come into unity with God who created all of us to be fulfilled in Him and then with each other. The desire of God's heart is to have all nations, races, and colour come and worship Him in one accord. Rev.15:4 Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you because your righteous acts have been revealed.
Regardless of who you voted for, we need to pray for our country Canada, the United States, plus the leaders of our nations. There is a civil war going on right now and the first casualty of war is always the truth. We have no choice but to bring our prayers for these deep and complicated grievances being expressed to God because we can easily pray with a personal bias that is slanted rather than pray the will of God. God wants all nations to be part of the kingdom of God and wants us who are in Christ to be the hand extended toward all nations. Psalm 86:9 You created each nation, and they will all bow down to worship and honor you.
We have to realize that the enemy of our soul is the one who has come to rob, kill, and destroy anything that will express the love of God toward each other. Rodney King asked, "Can't we just all get along?" My observation of this question is, "Only if we want to." Again, déjà vu, as we have been here before. Relationship and giving honour to my neighbour is a choice of the heart and will. Holiness and righteousness cannot be legislated by law or decree. It is a choice of the soul after Christ has given us life through His blood. Yes, using our human decency can do a lot to extend grace to anyone we meet. However, it will take the love of God within our soul to truly mean it over the long term.
The call upon all of us who know the Lord is to pray that God's will be done and that we all have the grace to submit to God's plan for all nations to come to God the Father. We are either part of God's solution or we are the problem that continues to bring hostility within the world. The word says that one of the six things the Lord hates is the act of causing division. Prov. 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him. 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. We have been called to be ministers of peace and with God's help, we will do it.
The similarities of the end of the 1960s and today are uncanny. There was a flu pandemic in 1968 and 1969 called the H3N2 strain of the Hong Kong flu that killed about four million people worldwide. Also, in 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight and the first man to walk on the moon were seen from our living rooms around the world. Again, I was in Niagara Falls, New York that July. At this time we happen to be going through a worldwide pandemic and the recent talk about returning to the moon is the goal of space agencies around the world. Déjà vu all over again.
I'm not sure if history repeats itself, but what I do know is that God is in control. We have to walk by faith within the Lord's covenant He has given us so that we can be at peace and walk humbly with our God during these times of chaotic global change. Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Focus on the solution who is Jesus, our Lord. Amen!