In our nation’s history, the rights of black men like George Floyd have been abused too frequently by evil acts of violence. Tens of thousands of Americans rose up recently to let their voices be heard. Protesting perceived injustices and seeking a redress of grievances with the government are God-given Constitutional rights afforded to all Americans. These must be guarded as fervently as the others. That said, rioting and looting must never be accepted as part of legitimate protest. .
A society based on justice and law must operate as “both, and,” not “either, or.” Black men should be able to walk the streets of America both in peace and without fear. Those of any color who seek to kill and rob must both be opposed and held accountable. It must be noted, there is no moral equivalence here. Though looting and rioting are reprehensible and inexcusable, the murder of a human being is the greater evil.
Conservatives must consistently rise to defend the rights of black people or we risk condemning the Constitution we revere. Christians must love and defend our neighbors as ourselves or blaspheme the King who has blessed this land so richly. Christ commands us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. Our Constitution enumerates rights aligned perfectly with this divine decree. When we Christians fail our black brothers and sisters, we fail our King. The Lord of Glory did not give His life on Calvary for this. The Americans that fought at Yorktown, Gettysburg, Iwo Jima, and Kandahar did not give their lives for this either. We must do better.
Bro. Steve M. Kennedy grew up in Georgia and has lived in the Atlanta metro for nearly 20 years. He is a businessman and licensed Baptist minister.