Yes, Jesus Loves Me Even If You Don’t

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak, but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so
Jesus loves me, He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide
He will wash away my sin
Let His little child come in

This song is to be the greatest illustration of the univerality of Jesus Christ to all people. It is the indicator that Christ is available to all who seek him. It is the standard that reminds us that came to save all humanity from the pain, penalty, and damage of sin. This children’s song is to project the utopia that individuals desire to see in this world. What an image. Total acceptance by someone who sees me.

The interesting thought that crosses my mind today is that this hope is painfully nonexistent in the hearts and minds of many individuals who purport following the ideas of Jesus. It appears that in order for your heart and soul to catch on fire from this type of song, you must be willing to sacrifice your reality for the hope beyond this earthly realm. It seems that you must be ready to deny every heinous act perpetrated as just a result of human nature, justified by damaged logic, or dismissed to preserve the sensibilities of the uncomfortable. To quote the football great, Mike Singletary, Can’t do it!

I no longer find it shocking that people are in disbelief when Black people are vilified, killed, scapegoated, and other things. Why do white people suddenly feel this fear when we simply speak clearly about our experience? Why do white people who claim faith in Jesus Christ get silent when I question their sincerity on the subject of human decency? I know exactly why.

Imagine different groups of people reading the same book. This book is to be a key to give individuals guidance on how to live in the world. It grants ways of gaining access and connection to the Creator of Everything. It teach people how to engage people from every corner of the Earth while growing in demonstration of the principles of faith and love. Yet, somehow each group takes the message and attempts to conform it to the strict perspective of their experience.

By doing so, the improper usage of the text becomes a weapon of destruction. At the same time, it becomes magnifying glass of the structures and inequality established to gain levels of supremacy and maintain separation. People begin to seek out ways to break through those inhuman structures to attempt to make them more humane. In the process, people die trying to change the ungodly rather than present before the world the example of who God through Christ really is.

While I recognize that many people are looking for a sweet spot to be comfortable, it is my responsibility to make sure that you feel that heat right up under you to change the approach. My job as a Black man is not to make you feel better by coddling your feelings of discomfort. My job is to speak truth to power. You don’t have to love me. You don’t have to even respect my existence, because I know that many white people don’t care. However, I refuse to have anyone to attempt to feed me or anyone else the false narrative that Christ was about supremacy.

Jesus was about the hurting, maligned, disjointed, disconnected, and rejected. Christ was not an agent of the monarchy. Jesus was a revolutionary who disrupted the colonial mindset of natural and religious governments. His crucifixion was not just a sacrificial act of spiritual fulfillment.

Jesus shook the religious right. When they were disturbed, religious right went to the government to shut down the voice of the people. The government then put the responsibility back into the hands of the people in order to save face. The people voted to free a murderer and keep the Savior in bondage. The government supported the measure. Yet, the death and resurrection of Jesus did not keep the oppressed silent for long.

The very nature of Jesus rising from the indignity of his treatment ushered in a new day of establishing the truth and genuine nature of what God’s kingdom ought to reflect in the Earth. Jesus did not co-op with any establishment to make equity and equality fashionable. Jesus and his followers did not ask for their dignity and self-respect. They created an environment that reflected those principles daily (Read Acts 2 in its entirety).

Whether or not you decide to be converted from implicit bias, deep seeded racism, imperialist tendencies, or any other nationalist view, I am convinced beyond anything that God loves me even if you don’t. I am also convinced that I am no longer waiting on anyone to convert broken places into stable dwellings. Life is not like flipping homes. My life is not cheap. No price can be paid for my silence against the injustices demonstrated daily. No credit can be offered to co-op the struggle that many feel daily.

In order to be more like Christ, my responsibility is to demonstrate in the Earth what it looks like truly serve God. While I know that another song is hopeful:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world
Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus died for all the children
Of the world.
Jesus rose for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus rose for all the children
Of the world

I recognize that reaching that day begins with being resolute and uncompromising about the liberation of people–mind, body, and soul.

Just to be clear, I want the eventual day of equity and equality to be realized. However, this day is the day of salvation. I am not talking about just your soul. This grace that God offers is not cheap. You can no longer circumvent the human experience by saying, Lord, save me for Heaven. You are redeemed not only to make it in the gates, but you are saved to reset your environment before the judgement.

I don’t want your pity when I lament about my racially charged experiences. I don’t want your sorry when I weep for a brother who died. I don’t want your wait and see when my sister is killed before a prison photo. I don’t want to hear about compliance when laws are still unjust. I don’t want to hear they had paperwork, when they didn’t demonstrate discipline. I don’t want to hear about his alleged crime when you want God to show you grace.

The inward change that leads to external action begins like this: Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” (Acts 2:37-40, ESV)

Until then, we have nothing to talk about…..