When Jesus was being crucified, HE was suffering the most horrific, painful death imaginable, and HE looked those responsible right in the eyes and prayed that God would forgive them. This is inconceivable to me and quite unnerving too. Jesus embodied forgiveness and therefore, why forgiveness is so important for us.
Today as we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., we continue to look to him for encouragement and rationality, in a world that seems to have gone completely mad. We can benefit so greatly by adopting and practicing more of what he tried to teach us over 50 years ago. Those messages of love not, hate. Messages of unity, acceptance, full of common sense. Messages very similar to those of Jesus Christ.
I'm truly struggling with the current practice of publicly rejecting, humiliating or even trying to shame people or groups, just because they don't happen to share the same skin color, beliefs. politics or culture. It's high time we cancel the "cancel culture.". This "woke" mentality, that America is made up of "systemic" racism, injustices and prejudices, is just pure craziness.
To become a "Jesus Freak," we must recognize that even though our human nature may sometimes lead us down the path of unforgiveness, bitterness, spitefulness and unkindness, we must always remember that we'll never find Jesus in those places! It's in these times, that we must get on our knees and ask Jesus to forgive us and help us make better decisions.
What would Jesus do if HE were walking through the streets of America today? It's a hard question to ask right now, especially with all our bad behavior going on! Even with all the bad, I don't believe HE'D be pointing HIS finger at us and scolding. I think instead, HE'D be spreading light and a little of HIS Jesus love.