Oak Leaf #140


August 4, 2016
 

Christians: The Glue between Black and Blue

by Andy Sanders

 

I am Honoring My Men and Women in Blue

On Sunday, July 3, my family pulled into Lumberton, North Carolina to stop off at a Cracker Barrel for breakfast on our way to a ten-day ministry/fun trip further south. While enjoying the fresh coffee and delicious Old Timer Breakfast®, I looked up and noticed three North Carolina state troopers eating their meals as well. The Lord spoke quickly, “Cover their bill.” Mind you, we had limited cash for the trip, and I hadn’t had the Lord tell me to do something like that in a long time. I warred with it, saying nothing to my family during the entire breakfast. (God’s persistence will always trump our rationale.) The Lord continued to say, “Go pay for their breakfast. Do it now,” off and on throughout the entire meal. Finally, He so grabbed my spirit that I knew I had to act.

I ended my meal, got up, paid for my family’s receipt, and then found the waitress who was serving the officers. When I walked up to her, I said, “Ma’am, can I see the receipts for the officers?” She turned to another waitress and said, “This gentlemen is covering the entire table with all of the officers, can I get that receipt to give to him now please?” Notice my exact words and hers. It wasn’t what I had said. (God loves to use humorous ways to surprise our hesitant steps in life.) I wanted to see the bill first. That’s all! I didn’t want to pay for it, to be honest with you, if it turned out to be too expensive.

Well, to my surprise there weren’t just three officers eating that morning—I wasn’t able to see them all from where I had been sitting; instead it was six hungry North Carolina state troopers eating breakfast, and let me tell you, it wasn’t cheap! I looked up with the receipt in my hand—now twice the amount of what I originally thought the cost for the meals would have been. Now I was holding a receipt for six breakfasts for six officers. And man can they eat!  She looked at me and said, “I know some of them, they come in here regularly.” Then she smiled at me, handed me the receipt, and said, “Thank you for doing such an honorable thing for those officers, it will mean a lot to them.” At that point, I went over to the officers and spoke to them, telling them I was covering their meals. The look on a few of their faces showed that they thought I was crazy for covering all their meals, but I could see in some of their eyes how much it meant to them.

One officer said to me, “Thank you. You know, I have never had anyone buy my meal like this before.” I shared the love of God with them briefly, paid for their ticket, and left. While I was walking out to the car, the Lord said, “I am honoring My men and women in blue. For those who choose to honor and bless the men and women in blue, I will bless them back exponentially.” That was on Sunday, just a few days before the twelve officers were shot and five killed, not including the three in Baton Rouge. Remember, at the time of this “breakfast moment with God,” I had no idea that any of these tragedies would unfold.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV).

Little did I know that this one act of obedience would soon open doors of blessings and upgrades in just about every way throughout our entire ten-day trip. We were blessed so much, from hotel rooms being upgraded at no cost, to cash being handled to us for unknown reasons, all the way to other doors and new relationships bursting wide open! It became so apparent to my whole family that my son stopped me a few days after he heard about the twelve officers who were shot and said to me, “Dad, I really think the main reason that God has blessed us so much on this trip is because you paid for the six officers’ breakfasts.” It was that obvious! I am not advocating using police officers right now to get wealth. This is not what it is about. It is all about honor and how others are treated. (I think of the families left behind who did nothing to deserve this tragedy. Their lives are forever changed because of senseless, cowardly acts of evil like killing good police officers.)

 

Christians Are the Glue between Black and Blue

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1 NIV)

As believers, we must hold our tongues and limit our fingers from saying and typing things online that will only fuel more destruction to our fragile country. From black all the way to white within our land, we must be the peacemakers right now and not hateful fire starters. What you say and do at this moment in time regarding the black men and white and black officers who lost their lives may deeply affect the outcome of this country. As Christians, we are the glue between black and blue. It is the Holy Spirit’s glue that seals this country back together through the love of the Father and not through hatred toward mankind. We must be the thread that sews healing and hope, not revenge and violence. 

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs” (Proverbs 10:12 NIV).

As Christians, we cannot pick sides between black people and those who wear blue; rather, we must love and honor them both. We are the healing hands that will bring this country back together. This is our responsibility as Christians, and if we stand up and work together now it can and will be done. Hate doesn’t have to rule even another day forward. There is power in the name of Jesus, and there’s strength among believers who unite for what is pure. It is God’s loving-kindness and compassion through you that will turn the volume of hatred off within our land. Overpowering hatred with love is always God’s will. The way that the church addresses this matter will be mirrored by the rest of this country.  Christians must rise and stand now! It is Christ’s redemptive work that must shine brighter than ever before through Christians as we embrace our black, brown, red, and white brothers and sisters in the Lord. We must stand united as one for those who have suffered injustice within all arenas of these tragedies. Take a step of faith this week. Find a police officer and bless them with acts of kindness and just watch what the Lord will do in their lives. Most importantly, pray!

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).


 

Andy Sanders
5 Fold Media, LLC

Email: andy@5foldmedia.com
Website: www.5foldmedia.com

Andy Sanders had an encounter with God just before his high school graduation that altered his life forever. He has since devoted his time to preaching the Gospel, writing, and developing authors. He co-authored the Capturing the Supernatural series. Andy has a BA from Central Bible College and carries a masters and doctorate in Christian education from Freedom Seminary, graduating with honors. His family resides in Syracuse, NY.  

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