It is important to stand up against a hateful act without perpetrating or justifying another hateful act.
Whether justified protestors unjustly support violence against police and the destruction of real people's businesses or using social media as a platform for hate, justifying any injustice is also injust.
This is an important reminder to Christians who truly want to be godly difference makers in an injust world.
Let us speak against injustice without acting unjustly, and oppose hatred without being hatefull, ourselves.
Justifying one's hatred of all cops, or of all protestors... or secretly deriding other Christians who've "gone too far" with this movement or publicly deriding Christians who haven't gone far enough... justifying not listening to the issue or justifying the destruction of businesses owned by real people that serve real communities, is not the way of Jesus.
We rarely think our reaction to the original sinful action of another can ever be wrong, because we compare it to the initial sinful act and the powerful feelings it elicits within us. Yet if not filtered through faith and love, that initial sin and our feelings too often prompt our own sinful reaction.
And it is easy so very human to justify any reaction that we might have. "Well, what they did was far worse than what I did," we say. "Their actions deserve it." "I wouldn't do this if he didn't do that." Or the most mature sounding one, "Well, he started it."
Yet, before our Lord, sin, any and all sin, big and little sins call for actual justice, not another injustice.
The greatest response to injustice is seen in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore Christ died for our sins, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
For the Christian who wants to follow Jesus, the most godly response to injustice is not further injustice, or even calls for justice, but acts of grace.
Not demanding a pound of flesh, not taking another life but laying down one's own life with the greater goal, to bring people to God (1 Pet 3:18), the Source of justice, peace, healing, and love.