While #HandsUP has become the rallying cry in many communities allegedly defining today’s military-style police force, it has become much more than a catch phrase. The #HandsUP philosophy is interesting as the raising of the hands is a symbolic gesture. It screams  not just “Surrender” and “Don’t Shoot”, but also “Worship, and Trust”. True surrender is something, that if truly embodied, would make every dark alley, bright.

Listen to what God has to say about #HandsUP. “I want men to offer prayers everywhere. They should raise their hands in prayer after putting aside their anger and any quarrels they have with anyone.” 1 Timothy 2:8 This is not at all what has happened with #HandsUP. Some have allowed this gesture to create fights, debates, friction and hate.  Our hands should be UP after the fighting and in prayer.

Luke 24:50 “When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them”. Here in the New Testament, #HandsUP meant giving a blessing. Psalm 63:4 “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” In the Old Testament, #HandsUp was worship. As time went by, #HandsUP took new meanings. Mary and Joseph had to #HandsUP when told that they would parent the Savior of the world. John the Baptist embodied #HandsUP and went into a desert to preach the gospel and pave the way for the Messiah. 12 disciples showcased #HandsUP as they walked away from their careers to join a movement and a Man that claimed to be the Son of God. The Son of God, Jesus, would also show us, not just #HandsUP, but #HandsOUT, as he symbolized the ultimate surrender, and died on the cross for all of our sins.

#HandsUP should be much more symbolic of a Savior who calls us all to surrender our will to His. To stop going through this life following our own whims and bad ideas. The world watches as we fight, loot, set fires, scream, march, and shake our fists at a God who is completely unarmed. We throw fiery darts at an innocent Savior, mad because we do not like our consequences. We arm ourselves and join a team. As we seemingly advance, we are inundated with tear gas. This is an opportunity to run, surrender, fall back. We use this consequence to empower us with more hate. We then destroy everyone and everything around us. We walk back broken. We have nowhere else to go. We destroyed everything we once loved for a case of justice. Something we will never truly have while on this fallen planet. #HeadsDown, but #HandsUP.

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