On Sunday, 7 March, a news item on the BBC website caught my attention. It shared the recent experience of Amanda Gorman, the young American poet who recited her poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. She was walking home on Friday night, 5 March, and a security guard followed her to her home, and demanded to know if she really lived there, for “you look suspicious.” She showed him her keys, buzzed herself into the building, and the guard left without even apologising. She commented “this is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat.”
Amanda also added on her twitter page: “In a sense, he was right. I AM A THREAT: a threat to injustice, to inequality, to ignorance. Anyone who speaks the truth and walks with hope is an obvious and fatal danger to the powers that be.”
This last comment of Amanda made me reflect about our Christian commitment. Because she very profoundly described what a Christian, you and I are supposed to be in this world! The followers of Christ ought to be A THREAT! A threat to injustice, inequality, ignorance, hatred, evil, and sin! We need to speak the truth and walk with hope in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We need more Suspicious Christians in the world, who are a revolutionary threat to the rule of evil, greed, hatred, injustice, poverty, persecution, to the reign of sin in the world. Jesus called us to be heralds of His Kingdom! To bear witness to Him who overthrew the power of evil and sin on the cross! Easter is about His victory! We are called to testify that with Jesus the victory over sin and death is possible! He called us to tell that truth and give hope of liberation, and redemption to all under the suppression of evil.
Are you such a threat? What do you need in your life to be a threat to sin and evil? Put on the armour of God, for our battle is not against flesh or blood, but spiritual forces!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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 the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains.Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.(Ephesians 6:10-20)