We may think that hearing God’s voice is just hearing it, but to really hear God’s voice, you need to obey. My son may hear me ask him to pick up his Legos, but I only know that he is listening if he gets up and does it. In the same way, I myself am trying to be in tune to God’s voice in my life.
With the racial tensions being so high in our country right now, I aim to be very intentional everywhere I go. I try to be intentional about my demeanor, my facial expressions, and my interactions with others. Because first and foremost, before my culture, I am an ambassador of the Kingdom of God. An ambassador does not go anywhere on his own accord. If I was an ambassador to China, I wouldn’t just do whatever I wanted to in that country, I would do exactly what America told me to do as a representative of this country. But I have an even greater calling than that—a calling to represent Jesus Christ and make disciples for Him.
I want to portray that to everyone that I see, whether that be making a child smile or laugh at a store or helping an older woman with her groceries. In this climate of our culture, it’s extremely important for me to listen intentionally to God’s voice.
My opinions on today’s tensions don’t matter. The King of Kings says that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who persecute us—no matter what race or religion they may be.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good.” —Matthew 5:44-45
Since I am in an interracial marriage, my kids are half-black and half-white. What some say shouldn’t be together has created four incredibly beautiful kids. I am able to tell my children that they have the best of both worlds!
We intentionally instill in our kids that they are in Christ before anything else. They aren’t black, they aren’t white, they are beautiful children of God’s Kingdom.
When everything was going on with the recent shootings, I sat on the couch with my 7-year-old son and watched the news with him. I let him ask questions; I wanted to talk to him about what’s real in this world. As my son asked, “I thought policemen were good people?” I was able to share with him that they are. There will always be good and evil in this world. There are good and evil teachers, good and evil entertainers, good and evil pastors, and good and evil policemen.
One of the hardest questions he asked me that day was, “Why?” Not “Why did this happen?” but “Why did he do that?” As I talked with my son, I wanted him to know the truth of the world in the light of God’s truths. I needed him to know that there is no specific color when it comes to good and evil. But we are to choose Christ.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” —Romans 12:21
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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