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Bessemer Baptist Association
Friday, July 03, 2020
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A Word From Dr. Cosper

Changing Injustice in America

This has been a horrendous week for our nation based upon a senseless act by a policeman who is charged with protecting the people of the community.  As Christians we cannot and can never be silent regarding acts of injustice. As I contemplated my response to this matter, I was impacted by the words of retired professional football Coach Tony Dungy. He wrote the following. 

America is in a very sad place today. We have seen a man die senselessly, at the hands of the very people who are supposed to be protecting our citizens. We have seen people protest this death by destroying the property and dreams of people in their own community, the very people they are protesting for. We have many people pointing fingers of blame, painting the opposite side with a broad brush. We have anger and bitterness winning out over logic and reason.  We have distrust and prejudice winning out over love and respect. 

What happened to George Floyd was inexcusable and it should never happen. Justice needs to be served, but in seeking justice we can’t fall into the trap of prejudging every police officer we see. What started out as peaceful protests have devolved into arson and looting and that should never happen, either. Yes, there should be protest. But we do not have license to perform criminal acts because we’re angry. 

Today we are a divided country. We’re divided racially, politically, and socio-economically.  And Satan is laughing at us because that is exactly what he wants. Dysfunction, mistrust, and hatred help his kingdom flourish. 

Well, what is the answer then? I believe it has to start with those of us who claim to be Christians.  We have to come to the forefront and demonstrate the qualities of the One we claim to follow, Jesus Christ.  We can’t be silent. As Dr. King said many years ago, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” But we can’t go forward with judgmental, bitter spirits.  We need to be proactive but do it in the spirit of trying to make things better. And it can’t be just the African American churches. It has to be ALL churches taking a stand and saying, “We are going to be on the forefront of meaningful dialogue and meaningful change.”  We have to be willing to speak the truth in love, but we have to recognize that we are not fighting against other people. We are fighting against Satan and his kingdom of spiritual darkness. 

In conclusion, racism is wrong in any form. May each of us realize that we ALL are created by God. May each of us realize that God has no preferential treatment of any ethnic group. May we come to the knowledge that we realize the intrinsic value of every person is not based upon their color of skin.  

“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 

God loves you and so do I,

Barry F. Cosper, D.Min.