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Protesting and the Bible

Updated on June 8, 2020
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Elisha S Lee is a Licensed Minister, Christian Counselor, and owner of the store Glory to Glory Christian Store.

Stand For Justice

Justice is the more weighty matter and is important to the Kingdom of God

History Matters

I grew up hearing the stories from family members who have been part of the protests and marches during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s

As a Black Woman, Born Again Christian, Minister, and Christian Counselor, I have asked myself how should I be responding to the protests of today? I grew up hearing the stories from family members who have been part of the protests and marches during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s. I recall the look of pride on their faces as they shared their stories and the difference that was made today as a result of them taking a stand.

George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmad Autry were mercilessly killed simply because they were Black. I recall times where my brothers have dealt with police brutality and there was no one to file a complaint to who would report it. The injustices of racism are real even today. It breaks my heart that my little girl fears the police. We have been careful not to speak ill of them around her, but because of the stories she has heard, she is afraid of them. She will not even look an officer in the eye for fear that he or she will hurt her. Racism is real. I have the stories, hurt, and stigmatism to prove it.

Jesus is Our Example

He openly spoke to the wrongs of the day and spoke to others regarding the difference of being Kingdom-Minded versus having a mindset of the world.

Is Protesting Wrong

The word protest brings a different array of emotions. I have witnessed and seen emotions of anger, irritation, annoyance, as well as a message of hope and excitement about what could come and be for the next one. Protesting is an action that encourages others to move forward in participating in creating a change. I also recall times of Jesus protesting as well. Jesus stood up to the leaders and people of power. He openly spoke to the wrongs of the day and spoke to others regarding the difference of being Kingdom-Minded versus having a mindset of the world. He showed empathy for those who were voiceless and alienated. It is safe to say that Jesus was indeed a protester. He was a protester speaking against the wrong social ills of the day and a representative of the Kingdom of God.

Whenever I have these questions, I go to the Word of God for instruction and guidance. Proverbs 31:9 says, “Open your mouth, the judge correctly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Yes, it is okay to peacefully protest. I look at the protest and see the many ways people are protesting. Most are peaceful, some are not.

Let's Study the Word

Peace in the Protest

Elijah protested idolatry and unrighteousness in the land. Jeremiah protested the social sins of the day. Within their protest, there was peace.

Ways to Protest

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” I began to look at Bible figures who protested and took stands. Elijah protested idolatry and unrighteousness in the land. Jeremiah protested the social sins of the day. Within their protest, there was peace. There was no confusion. They spoke to injustice while honoring God. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would not have to destroy it…” Standing in the gap and taking a stand is what prevents destruction from coming to the land. From these passages, peaceful protesting is right in the eyes of the Lord.

Jesus spoke about how we are salt and light to a dying world. To see a difference and see change, we must stand up for what is right and correct. Let us not limit protesting to marching in the street carrying a sign. Protesting can also be in the form of showing awareness to others. Jesus is a Restorer and Healer of the Broken Hearted. Initiating conversations to bring awareness of issues and educates those who may have been misinformed about issues. True healing can come from being aware of others.

© 2020 Elisha Lee

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    • Elisha Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisha Lee 

      13 months ago from Elkridge

      Amen!! Thank you for sharing. Yes, Moses was also a protestor and it was indeed on God's terms.

    • Elisha Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisha Lee 

      13 months ago from Elkridge

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is greatly appreciated. For myself, I have learned to lean into the teachings of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ to gain a better understanding of how to respond to today's challenges, no matter how controversial or unpopular they may be by today's standards

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Peace be with you sister. A good positive note about positive protest. Appropriate civil disobedience and working withing a system are as old or older than we know. I like to think of Moses. He was called by God to protest in God's terms. And it still took the Pharaoh many times to get it.

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      You present your points well. Thank you. I always say that I tend to look at the whole, go for the larger vision. We all need to pray, to do spiritual practices, but from that practice, It is the Absolute who will use some as scavengers, others as Seers, politicians and scientist.

      Again, it is the same Supreme being, that will use some as activist as an when the occasion demands.

      "Whatever happens in Divine Providence, is ultimately for the best, as there is no alternative." - Sri Chinmoy

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