Many people today are ignorant of what protests is,People believe that protesting is a sign of disrespect for authority, however, we are also to call out and condemn evil and sinful behavior.
Bible make it clear to us that "any person in authority who brutalizes, oppresses, hurts, or abuses another person who is weaker or helpless acts sinfully and criminally and should be arrested".
Many things happen in our society today, such as: injustice, corruption and many bad things.But we are all afraid to speak out to end this things,
Sometimes we don’t know what to do after something like this - what do we say, how do we act, what can we do for justice?
Many questions in our minds when such things are happening around us.
To put and end to this things,we can peacefully protest with others, we can speak out with righteous anger, we can share God’s truth, we can spread love, we can have compassion, we can donate to causes, we can contact our congressmen and women, and we can contact our local, regional, and state police departments. And we can and should also pray through all of these things; through every hard and challenging day and through every promising and hopeful day. Let us not be silent in our communities and let us not be silent in our prayers.
Protesting isn't a bad thing,
Let there be no hate in your heart for your brother; but you may make a protest to your neighbour, so that he may be stopped from doing evil.
“If you want Peace, fight for Justice.” -Pope Paul VIOver the past few weeks, Nigeria has faced a lot of turmoils and troubles. Among many of this, is the issue of the “EndSars Protest.” A protest against police brutality and injustice. A lot of people came out to lend their voices and criticize the silence of the government over such matter. Others also went ahead to Call on religious leaders to speak over the injustice; by doing that, they believe the pressure will be much and call out the government to respond.
One question that came with the protest was “If Christians were allowed to protest or not?” There is no denying the fact that what protest looks like now, might not be liking to what it was when Jesus was alive. However, if there is any ever large written history of protest, we can clearly see that it is all in the Bible. From the story of the harlot about to be stoned and Jesus protesting against that injustice to the story of Esther, Paul and oppression by the Romans and a whole lot of inequality. The has it, that we must love our neighbors as ourselves and stand up for those who are weak among. There is no denying the fact that it is then a license for us to stand out against those things that are not right in our society and we must also give our voice. The “Prayer Walks” we noticed across Nigeria was a massive protest and many might fail to see it as that, but it doesn’t change it.
Christianity has been in the fore front for the fight for injustice and the March to Selma and certain stands by Desmond Tutu can be seen.
Matthew 21:12-17Open menu
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Jesus Cleanses the Temple
12 Then Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written,
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’;
but you are making it a den of robbers.”
14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard[b] the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became angry 16 and said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
‘Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise for yourself’?”
17 He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
Here, we can see Jesus himself standing against what wasn’t right and he fought for it. Along the many lines of the Bible, we can see that Jesus and the many Apostles with him lived a live in protest against anything that was injustice against humanity.
As Christians, we are to stand up and never keep silent. Being silent over injustice, means supporting injustice and God does not agree with that.
We must however be cautious in doing this so that we do not go out of the Will of God. We must protest in calmness, while praying, discipline and respectful.
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