Published: Mon May 8, 2023
Recently, a group of Christian Surfers went to a very well known spot, down in Puerto Rico, on a day when it was really doing its thing – it was firing.
While stretching on the beach and talking about the upcoming sesh, a local approached them made some accusations against these visiting surfers and went to blasting them on the socials! It was totally one sided and only stirred up emotions in an already tense situation. What was said on social media, by the local was hurtful, became personal and most of all untrue.
The Christian’s were devastated at the false allegations but instead of reacting in anger and returning fire – they prayed. Praying for Jesus to bring peace and light and love to this hurting community. Hurt people, hurt people.
After seeking the Lord, they decided to put love into action. That afternoon they grabbed trash bags and gloves and went back down to this popular break, to clean up trash and pray. While they were picking up trash, the people lining the beach and hanging in the parking lot began to ask questions. They began expressing gratitude and videoed these surfers and their efforts to clean up the beach. When the Christians Surfers were asked, “Why are you doing this?” Their response was “Love for God, His creation and respect for the locals.”
We read in Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Jesus spoke these words in Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
The result of this action was joy and brought some peace to the tension. There were even those that asked for prayer for themselves, their loved ones and their community.
That one video spewing hate was overcome by several videos showing love! Love won!
As we surf, let’s not forget we rep Jesus in and out of the water. Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Image by Delaney Pardue
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