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Show empathy for those facing Injustice 6-5-2020
The world seems to be spinning out of control, people are protesting injustice and many of us are wondering what exactly is going on and others are wondering how can I help. One question I often here is, if there is a God and He’s a “good, loving” God, why does he allow injustice and is there anything I do about it?
The question of why does God allow injustice is not a new question, over the years, many people have asked me that same question. Some of those asking are folks looking for a way to justify not believing in God; and some are folks honestly confused.
The best answer I have seen is that when God created humans, he gave us free will, so we can choose to be good or evil. He did not create us to be marionettes where we all dance in concert, as if we are puppets on a string. Therefore, that means there are going to be some folks who are truly evil human beings and who inflict injustice on others. God does not condone injustice, and those who practice it will eventually face judgment for every injustice they commit.
But what about now? What can you and I do about injustice?
We can start by showing people empathy. What is empathy? It’s NOT sympathy, it’s thinking about others, trying to understand things from their point of view, regardless of what’s going on with ourselves; “2 Corinthians 11:25-29 “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern? It’s not always about ourselves, and empathy is not the same as sympathy. Understanding, looking at things from the other person’s point of view, recognizing what’s going on, and then once we know what they are feeling then we can Practice Empathy.
It’s important that we practice empathy, “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26 — People around our nation and the world are suffering and feeling pain, please at least try to understand what they’re going through. Think about this for a second, in 1684 the Isabella, a British slave ship brought the first slaves from Africa to the United States. It took almost 200 years for slavery to finally be abolished in the United States. Even after slavery was abolished, in the South, laws were passed called, black codes that effectively made black Americans second class citizens. It was 100 years later in 1965 that the Federal Government finally passed the civil rights act, promising all Americans equality. Now, imagine for a moment that you’re an African-American and your family history tells of going from slavery, to servitude, to second class citizen status, where you couldn’t live where you wanted, get the job that you wanted, and were often subjected to name calling and other indignities. Don’t you think that you might be frustrated with how you and your family have been treated? Now there are those who will argue with me that things are just ok now and it’s not a problem, and all I have to say, is look around and ask around. Once you do, once you open your eyes, and maybe, just maybe walked a mile in the other person’s shoes, you’ll be able to understand the feelings that the other person has. Once you understand what’s going on, then you can actually practice empathy.