WAS IT A HATE CRIME? SPA SHOOTING LEAVES ASIAN AMERICANS OUTRAGED

WAS IT A HATE CRIME? SPA SHOOTING LEAVES ASIAN AMERICANS OUTRAGED

Demonstrators hold signs at a Stop AAPI Hate Rally outside the Georgia Capitol building in Atlanta on Saturday, March 20.
Demonstrators in Atlanta hold up signs at AAPI Hate Rally outside Georgia capitol building Saturday, Mar 20

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WHAT’S GOING ON?

Asian Americans have experienced heightened distress from last week, since eight people were brutally shot and killed in Atlanta area spas, including six women of Asian descent.

A trip to the spa that ended in death. These are some of the victims of the Atlanta-area shootings
Victims of the Atlanta area shooting

Supporters from all over the country rallied this past weekend, demanding that harassment and attacks that have surged from the pandemic must stop now.

Since the pandemic, anti- Asian hate crimes have more than doubled. Yet authorities haven’t said whether the recent shootings in and around Atlanta were hate crimes.

People march during a protest against Asian hate in New York on Sunday, March 21.
Crowd protesting against Asian hate in New York on Sunday, Mar 21

Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, confessed to police that he believed he had a sex addiction and saw the spas as “a temptation… that he wanted to eliminate.”

Many individuals refuse to believe that the attack was driven by the suspect’s sex addiction, claiming that it was clearly a racially motivated crime.

How are the Atlanta spa shootings NOT a hate crime?
Women in protest holding a “Stop Asian Hate” sign

Multiple church congregations in Atlanta held a Korean language service outside the Gold Spa in honor of the victims. Some attendees held signs reading “Stop Asian Hate.”

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom, my brothers and sisters… God bless you. Welcome back to my blog! 💝

As we delve into today’s topic, I must mention that to many of you, this particular news story isn’t very unfamiliar to you at all. It’s incredibly alarming for a crime like this to occur.

Even more so, for those of you that don’t know, Atlanta is where I currently live. I remember when I first heard of what had happened last week… the radio was completely interrupted by the news report. I was thinking to myself that only something serious could disturb the broadcast like that unawares. And it was.

My heart goes out to all who were directly affected by the wickedness that played out. In the book of Matthew, Jesus says during his famous Sermon on the Mount that “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted” (Matt 5:4). It’s equally important to have compassion on those who are facing tribulation, as Apostle Paul writes in the book of Romans for us to “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15 ESV). As the Body of Christ, God calls us to stand and support those who are going through hardships and share their burdens.

Yet in doing so, let’s not be ignorant of the Devil’s devices (2 Cor 2:11). The truth is that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, [and] against the rulers of the darkness of this age…” (Eph 6:12). In this tragic news story, whether the killer’s motive was racially driven or driven by mental disturbance, the truth is that at the end of the day, it was still murder. The mind is a spiritual battlefield, and Jesus must sit on the throne of your soul in order for you not to be influenced by the enemy or the destructive carnality of humanity.

If we do not walk in the Spirit, we walk in the flesh. The Bible says that to be carnally minded is death, yet to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom 8:6). From today, choose to walk in obedience to the will of God, starting with the thoughts that you think inside of you. Be renewed in your thinking in order to be positively transformed, and in all circumstances, let’s continue to uphold our brothers and sisters in the Lord and pray without ceasing! (1 Tess 5:17). God hears, and he will surely answer. Remember that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!” (Jas 5:16)

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