Updated: Jul 8
It’s hard to forget the look of a mother who’s just lost her child.
It’s said that the eyes are the window to the soul and when a mother loses her child it’s like watching her soul leave her body entirely. All that seems to be left is an empty shell, confused, broken, bruised as she wonders how she’ll live again, how she’ll smile again, how she’ll breathe again, knowing that she’ll never get to hold her baby again.
That is how I imagine Charmaine Turner, mother to 8 year old Secoriea Turner feels after her daughter was gunned down on the 4th July 2020. It is said that the people that shot at the car that Charmaine and her daughter were in were part of the Black Lives Matter movement who had illegally placed barricades at the parking lot that they were trying to go into.
How is it that the very people that are supposedly supposed to be protecting and empowering the black community as they fight against racial and systemic injustice, are the same people taking the life of an innocent baby who had her entire life ahead of her. An innocent baby who was living her life before it was robbed from her, who had nothing to do with Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter but whose life in that moment didn’t matter at all.
Though seemingly non-related there is a moment in the word that draws very close to this tragic murder.
Genesis 3: 1 - 6 when Eve is met with the serpent and the serpent asks Eve: “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?” And after hearing Eve’s response, he continues: “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
And having heard what the serpent said Eve ate the fruit and I believe we all know what happened after.
In essence, the serpent wasn’t lying. When Eve ate the fruit neither Adam (who was with her) didn’t die, a physical death, and their eyes were indeed opened to see that they were both naked. The greatest way that the enemy traps us is to by taking the truth and lacing it with just enough lies that you still desire the fruit, and yet you don’t realize that it is that very fruit that is killing you. Even if you don’t die immediately.
Could it be that this movement, like the fruit, though not “bad” in it’s own right, has turned into the very thing killing the people for whom it was created to protect? Could it be that the very symbol of liberty and freedom is taking people back to a place of bondage?
These are all questions that we have to ask ourselves as we continue to navigate a world full of the enemies constant manipulation and lies.
And yet the scripture reminds us:
Luke 10:19 - “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
It may not always feel like it but this is the authority we carry with us every single day of our lives. An authority that even in a world full of snakes and scorpions, means that we can overcome and overturn; every bad thing that the enemy had sent our way, for our good.
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