The Baltimore riots and protest that occurred late in April caught much local and international attention. Many of us watched the
trending topics on social media or seen the “breaking headlines” in the news, saw disheartening images of a city in flames. However, before the escalation of the protest reached its peak with building and cars set ablaze, I must admit I was unaware of what was
going on. I couldn’t understand how young people could take joy in destroying their own city. The more I looked into it though,
the more I began to have a new perspective on the entire situation. Maybe there was more to the story than what I originally
thought, maybe there was something to even learn from Baltimore. Many times God uses different things to get our attention and
teach us the truth from the myths and lies we’ve held onto. So here are three myths and lessons I have learned from the “Baltimore
Myth #1: Young people have no place in producing change.
Truth#1: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity”
1 Timothy 4: 12(NKJV).
Being raised by parents who did not grow up in the Western culture always brought about a traditional notion about the place of
a child. In many Eastern cultures, children are to be seen and not heard, they are not to raise questions or concerns, let alone rally
together to bring about any type of change. It’s not only in Eastern cultures, sometimes this viewpoint seeps into our western
society. Young people (myself included) can be slow to believing that they can truly be agents of change. We look at our age; we
look at our current circumstances and have a Jeremiah type of response: “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”(Jer.1: 6,NLT). But
since when did our age become a reason NOT to believe that God can use us? If you actually look at the bible, there are so many
examples where God used young people to do great things. Perhaps Baltimore is a current example to remind us of the power we
young people actually have. I mean, I don’t agree with the violent approach that they used, but the riot was actually started by
young people who came together through social media, and in their unity, boldness and courage, the entire world got their attention. In the words of Marilyn Mosby, the state prosecutor in the trial that sparked everything, “I have heard you... I will seek justice
on your behalf”. It’s a lie for us to think that young people can’t produce change; we have every cause to believe that we can. Not
only do we have the strength of our youth, but we have the strength that comes from Christ.
3MYTHS RATTLED BY THE BALTIMORE RIOT BY: ROSEMON ENNIN