Some Mexican’s View on Baltimore

I am not sure if I was profiled when I was younger. Naïveté was always my strong suit. I used to get pulled over by police officers a lot. I assumed it was because of my menacing beard. My wife thinks it is because of the rims on my truck, which she refers to endearingly as “ghetto.”

I can’t begin to understand the complexity of what is going on in Baltimore. So many people with a skin color similar to mine keep posting Internet memes as if they prove and/or help anything.

Facebook is full of friends and acquaintances arguing over the “real cause” of these riots. As if we have any idea. If there is one thing I am sure of, it is deeper than Freddie Gray and getting free Pringles from a burning CVS.

It seems like events like this bring out the worst in people. So many fellow Christians have no problem referring to the protestors as animals (and other names I refuse to repeat).

Humanity’s bright spots have shown as well. There’s the story of the gang members protecting a white reporter. And the citizens that formed a line to protect police officers. And, of course, the viral photo of the young boy giving water bottles to police officers.

As Christians, we have an obligation as the ambassadors of Christ on earth to be a bright spot of humanity, rather than part of the problem. What then should we do?

Pray. The people in Baltimore, including protestors, were uniquely created by God for His glory. God wants nothing more than for them to become His children (if they are not already). For those of us that are Christians, we believe God is mightier than racial tension, and has the power to sway authorities and citizens alike. Pray for peace. Pray that what Satan has meant for evil, God can use for good.

Watch our words. Before we post that Facebook status or tweet behind the comfort of our keyboard, make sure we know the ramifications of it. “I don’t care because I’m right” is hardly an argument for hurting others or weakening our ability to witness.

Show love. On that same note, the question that should be asked is whether or not you show love. 1 Corinthians mentions several things that are less important than love or charity. Paul doesn’t get around to it, but I would guess that superior political ideals and being right are also less important.

This is an unedited, posted at the spur of the moment, “this is what’s on my mind right now” post. It wasn’t meant to offend, but give me the chance to process the thoughts swirling in my mind.

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