If you haven’t heard about this Netflix series already, it’s likely that you will. There aren’t any spoilers in this post but if you are familiar with the true account of the central park five then you will understand the context.
Far from being entertainment, this was disturbing viewing for me. It wasn’t that I hadn’t seen things like that before, perhaps it was the fact that it happened to children.
One of the things that came to mind was the very real danger of stereotyping individuals and then subtly pushing our beliefs about ‘people like them’. The injustice we do to others when we choose to think the worst of them is startling.
It also got me thinking as a Christian - What do we do with the following statement from Jesus?
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” John 15:18
For many Christians around the world, this statement is a reality. Many are being persecuted night and day simply for believing in the son of God. We hear so little about this injustice in the media that it can be forgotten that it is a daily reality. Innocent people.
In the case of the central park five, they were innocent. But thank God that when He sees us - He does not pass the verdict that we actually deserve. Even though we have missed the mark with Him, He is still willing us to succeed. He sees us as his child. Thank God for the encouragement of the apostle John:
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” 1 John 3:1-2