I came across an article titled, “The Time for Thoughts and Prayers is Over” (Robinson, ACLU, 2020), which prompted me to click and read. At first, I was conflicted. My thoughts were, Wait a minute. I am a believer. I use prayer to fight and defend myself against evil. Am I not called to pray at all times? (Eph. 6:18, 1 Thess. 5:17)
As a Christian, I believe prayer is our weapon that goes hand in hand with the sword of the Spirit, the Bible. It is part of the armor that the Apostle speaks about in the sixth chapter of Ephesians, and it is needed for such a time as this. Whether we want to accept this or not, we’re in spiritual warfare. Everything that’s happening right now in our world is spiritual chaos manifesting itself into the earthly realm. Our fight is not against flesh and blood.
My sis, do we know who is the enemy? Could it be that we, believers, have not identified the true enemy? Have we turned our eyes from the only one who is the answer and solution for the pain, anger, and inequality that America is experiencing? If we know who the enemy is, are we neglecting to implement prayer?
Robinson’s (2020) article is compelling and persuasive. Though it motivates the reader to choose to do more. However, will I stop praying? Absolutely not! In addition to praying, I will continue to do what I can and have been called to do: stand on God’s Word, share His Word, encourage others, donate to the cause, share with others about the need, and give resources and information that may support and call out injustice and social issues.
I will never believe that there will come a time in life where “prayer” is not warranted, necessary, or an option. Not as long as I live in a corrupt world that is decaying daily. Prayer is needed! Prayer is necessary! Prayer is effective and it works! Prayer is our God-given right that grants us immediate access to our all-powerful Father. Nothing is too hard, too big or too small for God to handle, not even racism. With His mighty outstretched arms, God can change the heart of the oppressor just as He did Pharaoh (Exodus 12:31) or He can utterly demolish him and the systems he created – just as He did Pharaoh (Exodus 14:23-28).
Please don’t misunderstand me. I know what Robinson (2020) is saying and suggesting. Robinson evokes humanity to respond. To do more than watch. To give more than our thoughts and prayers to the cause of injustice, oppression, and systemic racism. Do more than keep quiet. Don’t stand by and watch Black women, Black men, the Black community, and people of color be treated less than an animal because of the color of their skin. We cannot stand by and do nothing while our brothers and sisters of color are unlawfully murdered. Let us not be passive in this cause, instead speak out, speak up, and speak for the rights of Black and Brown people. And definitely, keep on praying!
“Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.”– Ginetta Sagan
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