Come, Lord Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Two states of emergency have been issued over the course of one week in North Carolina. One pertaining to a shortage of gas, and another pertaining to the death of Mr. Keith Scott. A gas leak in Alabama led to the deficiency of gas in five southeastern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Currently, the EPA is not sure when the leak occurred, but the leak was noticed somewhere between September 9th and 10th. At that point, the pipeline was shut down in order to begin repairs. Governor Pat McCrory declared that North Carolina was in a “state of emergency” by Saturday, September 17th. Since the emergency was declared, many gas stations in the state closed down until the pipeline began to transit gas again. Drivers of gas trucks, as well as jet pilots, were given permission to transport gas without fuel limits and work longer hours in order to deliver gas more efficiently in a time of great deficiency. As drivers heard of the situation, they flocked to gas stations until many were left dry. The crisis did not last long, however, due to the massive amount of people working on the pipeline’s repair. The line was repaired on Tuesday, September 20th by introducing a bypass to the main line, allowing gas to flow again by Wednesday the 21st.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 also marks the death of Keith Scott, whom many come to know now as the focal point of the protests and riots in Charlotte. That Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Scott was killed by members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). These are the facts: he was killed, protests ensued, riots followed, and more lives were lost as a result of said riots. Police on the scene stated that Keith Scott was holding a gun at the time of the fatal shooting, however, Rakeyia Scott, wife of the deceased, stated that he was only holding a book. Mrs. Scott recorded on her cellphone the moments right before and right after Keith’s death. However, the video does not show the moment of the shooting, nor does it reveal that Mr. Scott was holding either a gun or a book. Many Black Lives Matter activists began to protest soon after the event, stating that this is the result of racial violence against people of color, and demanded that the police footage be released. The CMPD initially refused to allow the police footage of Mr. Scott’s death be released to the public, but after the family saw the footage, the police department eventually obliged. The Scott family’s lawyer made a statement that it is, “unclear” if Mr. Scott was, in fact, holding a deadly weapon in his hand. As a result of this incident, lives of protesters, as well as police officers, have been taken. Governor McCrory once again issued a state of emergency, leading to the National Guard to enter Charlotte in order to help manage the condition of the city. Death, violence, looting, and pain crippled the Queen City in the wake of loss.

No matter what side you’re on, the BLM movement or otherwise, the loss of life should never be celebrated. Also, where are the religious leaders of the city of Charlotte in the midst of all this turmoil? Throughout history, Christianity has been at the forefront of social issues (be that good or bad), and we have seen very little of where we stand on these important issues. There has been little comfort, love, or support of either side from churches. This seems strange to me because isn’t the point of the church to seek out and restore the community surrounding her? The privatization of religion has paralyzed the healing effects of the faith. The Gospel must permeate every aspect of our lives, be it political, economic, or social. Come, Lord Jesus, and forgive us of our ignorant and lazy attitude toward the poor, the destitute, and the least of these. May Your light shine through our cracked vessels all the more. It is Love that truly conquers hearts, and hate will never prevail against it.

AMP, New York Times, CNN

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