Remember the bracelets we all wore that had the acronym “WWJD” reminding us to think “What Would Jesus Do” in every situation. We do not see many of those bracelets anymore. Nor do we see a lot of action that models this way of thinking in the world today.
I actually don’t think that people and their actions are that much different than they were many years ago. However, there is a lot more awareness and light shed on events that happen since we all have cellphones with video cameras, ready to record at the drop of the hat. We take them everywhere and everyone has social media platforms where we can easily press a button and show the world what we are seeing. It makes you think about what did we not see before cellphones. right?
I went back and forth with my husband about how to write this article as it addresses an extremely sensitive subject matter and strong issue that our country is going through. When speaking to my husband about the grievances and sadness going on all around us the Holy Spirit reminded me about a story from the life of Jesus. One I think most of us are familiar with. This very powerful event that happens before the death of Jesus is one that I believe can be related to days we are living in now.
(Luke 22. 48-53) When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53 Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
Simon Peter cut off the officer’s ear because he passionately thought he was defending what was right. He was defending a man who was wrongly accused and later wrongly put to his death. Jesus responds in anger “No More of This!” He did not say “kill them” in defense of what is right! He told him to stop! He did not once even defend himself. This story can speak volumes in our personal lives and the worldly events happening around us.
Jesus who was wrongly accused took the time to heal the officer’s ear that had arrested and wrongly accused him. He was angry but not at his arrest he was angry about the vicious acts and violence being brought about in his name.
A man was innocently killed, and he was not the first or the last. We as a passionate body of believers want justice. We have a voice and we should speak up about it. But in our anger, we represent the one we follow, Jesus. A king whose response to violent retaliation was “No more of this!” Though we are angry we cannot respond with anger or raging using events to justify acting unjustly. Rioting, hurting others, tearing down buildings and looting is not the answer. Speak loud, come against the injustice! This behavior and the actions that have been done are disgusting and completely unacceptable. We should never stand by this and do nothing. We should do everything we can to shine a light on the truth. To represent a savior. Jesus accepts all colors, all background all people as we should.
A wrong action has never and will never produce the right one. I am not telling you how to feel, or even imagining how people feel. These actions are inexcusable and need to stop, and I pray one day they will. I am asking you to stand with me, No more of this, let’s “give the man back his ear”. Only Jesus’s power can change the evil in the world, shining a light of love like no eye has seen, and no ear has heard. Let us be the voice and feet that carry out this love in the crazy world. I am a white woman and I am still learning. listening and humbly just being there for my fellow brothers and sisters who are hurting. who are tired of this misfortune and division. I am angry with them holding hands with them and I am letting my POC know I see you. I am hurting with you and I stand with you about this injustice. But when I stand with you I stand as a daughter of Jesus. A savior of justice. A savior of hope, unity, and love. A savior who said turn the other cheek, and healed the servants ear. A man who died for everyone. Because Love is the answer and love will prevail.