Some would say that it all started with the tragic death of Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016, and escalated into the deaths of police officers in Dallas and subsequently in Baton Rouge. However, the truth is, this all started a long time ago with the first murder where one brother killed another because of a bad heart condition.
What happened on the streets of Baton Rouge and Dallas, what continues to happen daily in America and throughout the world are the results of the same bad heart condition. The prophet Jeremiah said it best in chapter 17, verse 9, "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”, (NAS). The unthinkable acts that are being played out among us everywhere are simply what happens when the hearts of people become so depraved and callous.
Now you may wonder, how then can we fix the problem? The truth is, we can’t! Only God can fix the problem of a bad heart condition. It is obvious we cannot legislate a fix or create laws that will repair our “sick” state. People can’t be forced to have a change of heart by passing equal rights mandates or promoting activities that will bring the masses together. These things and many others have been attempted and have failed miserably. Protesting, picketing not even boycotts will ever produce changed hearts or equality among individuals. They do give us a sense of feeling good until the next crisis.
Real change can never happen until there is a genuine, total regeneration of the heart. Anything short of this is foolishness, a simply waste of time and effort. Romans 10:10 explains “For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God];”, (AMP). It is not until we truly have a heart belief in Christ that we experience change in our behavior, mannerism and in our lives. This is an undeniable fact.
In the wake of the killings over the past few weeks, we have seen countless prayer vigils; community meetings, memorial services and other calls to action. And although these have some merit, I question rather any of these have lead to a change of heart in those who have participated? Sure, we are all nicer to one another and we are talking more to each other, however I believe this will pass in time and we will return to our lives as usual. Negative race relationships, bigotry and general inequalities will soon return, even in the religious community.