How should we react to the atrocity of Ahmaud Arbery being gunned down while out for a jog in a neighborhood outside Brunswick Georgia on February 23, 2020? While what we’ve seen and know about Arbery’s death seems to scream racism, what do WE do to bring about change? While the facts we know so far definitely seem to stink of injustice, will posting vitriolic messages on social media really change things? Will we join the media frenzy to divide our country even more?

WHAT we say and do in reaction to this tragedy should be something that makes a difference!

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

If we are interested in following Dr. King’s words, we must learn how to be peacemakers instead of stirring the pot of hate. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬) Jesus died to make peace between God and sinners, and when we bring the message of peace to others, we are peacemakers. Our world is full of broken people, people who are full of rage, prejudice, and hate, and whose actions cause pain. If we are “children of God,” we represent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and bring reconciliation to those who are separated from God. Hate will not bring peace, because a person who is full of hate clearly is devoid of peace.

Peace comes from God, and if we want there to be peace among people of different races and different views, we must bring peace to individuals irrespective of their race or views.

There can be no real peace apart from a relationship with God. (Romans 5:1) Even if complete justice is done for Arbery though our legal system, we must remember, that nothing in this world can give anyone connected to this horrific event—everlasting peace. The lull in the chaos of sin, that is, the small accomplishments of man to right the wrongs—when weighed against the thundering injustice that wreaks havoc on this world—are simply brief respites from the storm residing in every person who does not have a relationship with God. (John 14:27)  God said, “There is no peace for the wicked.” (Isaiah 48:22)

If we want to be peacemakers, we must have a real relationship with God. We can’t share something we don’t possess. When we have a testimony of the peace of being reconciled to Christ, we become ambassadors for peace and our efforts are blessed by God.

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