What Can I Do? I Can Love!

Darian Pace, Douglass Moore II, Rosezitta Moore

Darian Pace with his nephew Douglass Moore II and Darian’s sister Rosezitta Moore.

by Darian Pace

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 1 John 4:20 New Living Translation

My heart aches, my soul tormented. There is a sense of helplessness embodied in sorrow and anger. I want to see my Black teenage son make it home alive. I want to see my Nephew whose a Dallas Police Officer make it home alive. There is no division for me, because I love those on both sides of the table.

If we are Christians and truly love God as we claim, how can we be divided on whose lives matter? 1 John 4:20 says that, if we say we love God but hate our brother, then we are a liar. We cannot say we love God, then execute someone because of the color of their skin. We cannot say we love God then ambush police in order to retaliate. A superiority or god complex can lead to senseless murders. The feeling of helplessness and repeated oppression can lead to violent retaliation. Both are fueled by hate, not love. Don’t be misled; hate is such a strong force that it can topple entire empires. That’s what hate can do.

But let me tell you about LOVE…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 8 New International Version

There is heartache and pain on both sides and love is the only thing that will ease that pain. We are able to forgive one another only because God first forgave us. We will need the grace of God to guide us through this season.

I support Black Lives Matter because too many of our young Black men are being carelessly murdered with no recourse. I Back the Blue because our officers risk their lives in order to keep us all safe.

There are a few destructive individuals that are creating problems with both groups. But we can’t label the entire group as bad. The destructive minded individuals need to be weeded out in order for healing to begin. If not, this “war” will divide our nation and allow our true enemy to infiltrate and destroy us all.

Please pray for our Officers and pray for the Black Lives that stand in the balance. May justice be served, and my God’s grace covers us all! What can you do? You Can Love!

 

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Darian Pace studied theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and has served churches in the North Texas Conference near the Dallas area. He has served the past 4 years as the Chaplain at Victim Relief Ministries.

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