Internal vs. External Riots

What has been is what will be, what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (CJV)

1992 Rodney King Riots
Rodney King Riots~~ LA, 1992
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Ferguson Riots ~~MO, 2014 

I’ve seen this before. In fact, I remember when the verdict came in and the riots spread from Los Angeles all the way to Atlanta, GA .

Back then, I wondered why people were destroying their own communities. I questioned why those who were fueled with such intense anger and sheer rage would steal from their friends, neighbors, and local businesses.

And I find myself wondering the same thing. How does destroying your own community punish those you believe have wronged you?

It’s easy to sit in the comfort of our own homes and ask these questions, isn’t it? But the truth is that we do it also.

No, we may not be breaking windows or stealing flat screen televisions but we do it with our forks and spoons. And, like those who riot, we justify our actions with our words. kfs

It’s easier to feed  anger than to find healing for it. And it’s quickly justified and excused because we’re only hurting ourselves.

May I suggest that instead of sitting in judgment of those who are so angry that they are rioting, that we take the log out of our own eyes, stop hurting ourselves with our forks and spoons, cease the internal rioting, and seek the healing we need.

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye! Matthew 7:4-5

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