In the 1960s, there was a popular song by an artist named Marvin Gaye that hit the radio.
The song says, “Mother, mother there’s too many of you crying.
Brother, brother, brother there are far too many of you dying.
We have got to find a way to bring some love here today. What’s going on?”
I think there are a lot of people who are asking this same question today.
I am aware that Marvin Gaye’s song was written during the time of the Vietnam War, but as we look around at the world today, we see there is a war of another kind going on.
The problem is compounded because the enemy has blinded some and caused them to forget the Apostle Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus.
In Ephesians 6, he wrote “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.”
When we are reminded that the battle is not of flesh and blood, we are left with the same question today that Marvin Gaye had in the ‘60s, “What’s going on, somebody tell me what’s going on?”
The enemy wants us to believe this battle is about white against black, or black against red, or brown against yellow, rich against the poor, or denominations against denominations. But those who serve the Living God know the battle is not against flesh and blood. It is a battle of the darkness of this world, against the One Who is the Light of the world.
The church can no longer hide behind its sanctified ignorance. It can no longer remain passively silent when the cries of humanity are just outside its doors.
During this time of global pandemic, the Church is being asked to make a stand and cry out against injustice everywhere. No matter the race, color or creed, the church is being asked to stand up for the one it has said for years is the only answer, Jesus Our Christ.
You do remember that the Word of God condemns those who know the right thing to do but fail to do it? I am also reminded that, throughout the Bible, Jesus always sided with the underprivileged, the down-trodden and others counted as undesirable.
When going for a morning jog could result in your death because of the color of your skin; or when you could be shot eight times by unannounced law enforcement who mistakenly kicks in your door; or when we hear “I can’t breathe,” it makes us ask: “what is going on?”
How can the Body of Christ remain silent? I dare say our ministries and our churches will never be the same. All of us are forced to minister to everyone no matter the color of their skin. We cannot not pick who hears the Gospel. I believe pastors of all ethnicities are to fulfill the mandate of Matthew 28.
The size of your budget has nothing to do with reaching lost souls for Christ. Churches must use what we have to get the Soul Saving Word of God to a people who had no where else to turn.
So, to answer Brother Marvin’s question, The Gospel of Jesus Christ is what’s really going on.
Even in these unsure times, let the Body of Christ rise and show this world Jesus is still the answer.
Let us turn back hate and bigotry by shining the light of Jesus on it; because when Jesus is lifted, darkness must go.