Written in the wake of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas Shooting
There are people and purposes we would die to protect –
Moments when hatred and love intersect,
When affection and devotion choose to absorb all the spite,
And be killed by darkness so they can shine forth true light.
But when the ones meant to protect become the ones that are feared,
Sending more and more bodies to the funeral bier,
Then as hatred and love intersect, confusion ensues,
And rage overflows between the black and the blue,
While the haves and have-nots spout myopic worldviews
And everyone is cluelessly clear about what we should do.
Meanwhile, sons and fathers lie cold.
Wives have no husbands with whom to grow old.
Men in a moment seal their own fate
Of a life filled with questions that will never abate.
Society hemorrhages, responding with silence or screams,
As the fabric of a nation comes apart at the seams.
Fear rules the day, and zero trust is our curse,
While vigilante justice only makes matters worse.
And God – he’s been gunned down in the street
By the chaos and questions we lay at his feet.
At the cross, all sin’s hatred and God’s great love intersect,
And his sinless Son, Jesus, becomes the guilty suspect.
Affection and devotion chose to absorb all the spite,
And be killed by the darkness to shine forth true light.
Justice is satisfied by the work Christ has done,
And only the love in his death can make us all one.
Hatred and love intersect in Christ’s pain,
And the blood of his wounds will erase all the stains
Of the blood on our pavement and on all our hands
When this world is transformed into God’s peace-filled land.
As children of this king, let us run towards the hurt,
And stare into its face when our eyes want to avert.
Let us seek out justice and with love bind up wounds,
Hoping the longed for day will come soon
When perfect peace and pure justice finally reign
In the kingdom of the spotless Lamb who was slain
To purchase from every nation his multicultural bride
That his indiscriminate love might be forever glorified.