“When the City is in an Uproar”

May 31, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Acts 19: 23-34 |

Well, last night was the fifth night of unrest, protest, looting, violence by the state as well as by citizens.  Nearly 2000 people have been arrested, curfews in many major cities have been imposed, National Guardsmen and women have been deployed, and it doesn’t seem like there is an end in sight anytime soon because there is a leadership vacuum on so many levels.
In cities such as ATL, Bakersfield, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, DC, Houston, LA, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, and the list goes on and on of the names of cities that are in an uproar because of the outright murder of a black man named George Floyd by a white former police officer on video- and not only has the nation seen this but the entire world has witnessed what we as black men and women experience daily living in these yet to be the United States of America. 
Honestly, riots and protests are not anything new to history nor America! However, when we get a better understanding of them then we can learn how to help prevent them from continuing.
In Acts 19, we see this riot take place in the city of Ephesus, and Paul and his companions are affected by it. But from their experience, we can get an understanding of what fuels an uproar.