Coping with Injustice

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As an African American woman, I remember on multiple occasions when I felt concern for my safety and freedom because of the color of my skin.  Recently, I had that feeling while jogging on a business trip before sunrise with another lady of a different race. Since she jogged faster than I did, she was a long distance ahead of me. As I jogged, I constantly looked around—wondering if anyone came out of their house and saw me would they realize that I was exercising or go get a gun feeling the need to protect their property.  It’s frustrating to even have that thought cross my mind.

I wish the only time I’ve had that feeling was in other communities, but there have been times I have felt this in my own neighborhood (but thankfully not many).  When I experience situations like I just mentioned, I find myself angry and asking questions: Why does the color of my skin, which God designed especially for me, cause so many people to hate me without ever even speaking to me?  Doesn’t God see the injustices which often steal the freedom of innocent African Americans?  If He does, why has it gone on for so long?

The counter cultural ways of God

I have learned over the years to focus on God’s all-seeing power and to know He will hold everyone, including me, accountable for our actions, good and bad.  He says not to repay evil for evil, but do what is right. When facing an unjust situation, I try to do something positive, even something as simple as saying a prayer that the person will see the error of their actions.  I don’t always succeed, especially the first time.  But I know that my positive response will allow someone to see Jesus in me. 

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12: 17-18, 21).

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