And she deserved to die?? That’s my response when I see yet another person defending the death of Breonna Taylor. I am so tired of see black lives, specifically the lives of black women, demonized because of their sin. I don’t know all the details surrounding Breonna Taylor’s last moments but here’s what I do know, her life mattered. It doesn’t matter who or what she was involved in. It makes me think of this verse:
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”Isaiah 53:6 NIV
I’m not here to say that we should elevate and justify the wrongs of others but I do agree that wrongs should be viewed as equal. All sin is equal in the eyes of God. The fact of the matter is that if Breonna Taylor was white, it would have been a VERY different result. If she was involved with drug dealing then yes it does have some consequences, but it should NEVER have cost her life. Period. End of story. We all make mistakes because we are human. The only difference between ourselves and Breonna Taylor is that we still have a chance at redemption, we can still get it right. Her time here is done, suddenly over; due to prejudices and injustices that have been ingrained in our society since this nation was built. Her fate should only be determined by our creator, not the principalities in a corrupt system. I am not much different than her, the only two differences I can think of is that I have Christ and that I’m still alive. So, with those two privileges, I will say her name. I, like many other black women, am so tired of the constant disrespect black women have endured for centuries.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Though we are weary in these times, this is when we need to cling to hope the most. Whether you believe it or not, you are a beautiful creation and it doesn’t matter if you accept him or reject him, God loves you. God loved Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade and countless other people who have lost their lives due to police brutality.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18 NIV
I think what helps me is to understand and embrace the sinner that is within me. I have flaws and that’s what makes me human. But Jesus sees my flaws and redeems them, that’s what makes me beautiful. When I see people through that lense, I cannot judge. I am open to embracing the humanity that exists within them and then I can cover them in that same love that Jesus gives to me daily. So each day it’s a journey to have that radical love and radical compassion Jesus showed to every single person He met. But that’s the beautiful part of a life lived in Christ, you have each day to get it right.