How often in life do you sit and plot how you can get back at someone for something they have done to you? Or maybe, you’re plotting against someone because of something they have done to someone else. I know as a kid, I used to plot on how I could get back at my sisters for something they did to me. Whether it be that they had taken something of mine, or maybe they just had mom change the channel to something they wanted to watch. Whatever the case, I wanted to get revenge.
In comes my mom. My mom is one of the most, if not the most, Godly women I know. So she would remind us what the Bible says to us. (Yes, I realize that not everyone who may read this is a follower of Christ; however, I am… and I know a good majority of people that is reading this is, as well). My mom would always tell us—don’t plot to get revenge, because God is in control and will take care of it.
This verse came back to my mind today as I was watching random Instagram stories. Nathanial Buzolic is one of the famous people I follow—however, I didn’t realize who he was in terms of being an actor when I first started following him, I just knew he was about to take a group to Israel and I wanted to join the journey. He posts more content about God and the Bible than anyone else I follow. Currently, he is going through the book of Romans and one of the verses he highlighted today was Romans 12:19:
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.””
This hit me today. Now follow me for a second before you start judging me.
Everything that is going on in the US right now, all the rioting, burning of building, threats to take things back, etc. Sounds a lot like me as a kid. I wanted to plot to get revenge. Sometimes I acted on the plotting I had done—and then I’d get in trouble—other times I would go and have a conversation with my mom, and then she would take care of things.
You see, we have the most amazing, gracious, and good Father that has ever been, or will ever be. We need to talk to Him, tell Him what is happening, and turn it over to Him. We can’t take things into our own hands if we want to see a real change. Sure, there are things we can do to educate ourselves and to make sure that our black brothers and sisters know that they matter. But it doesn’t have to be out of revenge for what white people are doing to black people.
Now, before you think that I am okay with white people mistreating black people—I am not. Psalm 139:19-22 says:
“Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.”
I hate what is happening to black people. It infuriates me with a righteous anger. It isn’t right for any human to feel less human because of the color of their skin. But hear me out—if I try to repay someone the way they have been treating me, or those around me, is that not making me just as bad as them?
We need to repent for our country. We need to ask God to heal our land. We need to say, “Enough is enough.” And stand in the gap for those that are being oppressed. We need to not only be willing, but we need to have those hard conversations with friends and family who have racist ideas. We need to educate ourselves. We need to let the black community feel our love. But more importantly, we need to let the black community feel God’s love.
If you have made it this far, thank you for reading. Please know that I love each and every one of you, and I’m not just writing words down, but I am educating myself and having those hard conversations. That is why I can challenge you to do the same. Will you join me?