“Until Christ returns, we will continue to see acts of violence, prejudice, and injustice because we live in a broken and fallen world that is under the evil influence of Satan. The Bible calls Satan ‘the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience’ (Ephesians 2:2, ESV). He wants to steal, kill, and destroy, and all around us we see the horrific results of his activity.
“But there is an answer: the love of God that comes through Jesus Christ. Throughout the ages, Christ’s followers have experienced the wonder of Christian love and fellowship that obliterates hostility, whether it’s between individuals or between races. The Apostle Paul explained it this way: ‘For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. …
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:26, 28).“Our job as followers of Christ is to make our Savior’s Name known. We are to tell a hurting world that Jesus shed His blood and died for our sins. He was despised and rejected by men. He was falsely accused and beaten beyond recognition. The Bible tells us, ‘by His stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV).
He took the punishment for sin that we deserve, and if we will turn away from sin and put our trust in Him, He will forgive us, save us, and fill us with the love that conquers racism and hatred.“In proclaiming the message of reconciliation, we must remember that prayer is our most powerful weapon.
We need to pray for peace, because ‘the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God’ (James 1:20, ESV). Pray also for perspective, because ‘the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere’ (James 3:17). Pray for patience, because of God’s ‘kindness and forbearance and patience’ toward us all (Romans 2:4).“When we pray like this, we’re not just praying for a trouble-free world. We are praying for a world where truth will prevail and many will come to Christ in repentance and faith—a world transformed by the relentless love of the Lord Jesus Christ.”—Franklin Graham
Thank you so much Roy Graham for your Father and your Grandfather, and your invitation to share this with our readers.