Finding Your Fight at the Moss Side Riots

Many of you will be aware that, in life, things happen that can make you lose your will to fight. Sometimes this can happen to whole communities.

Take Moss Side in the 80s. Let me take you there. Unemployment was high. Housing quality was low. Injustice was the norm and racial equality was nowhere to be seen. However, the will to fight had gone.

Imagine what it was like.

If you’d have been watching the news, you’d have seen it for yourself. ‘Riots in Moss Side, Manchester’. Me and my mates went to show our support and to stand with the community. You should have seen it. Cars were overturned, shops were on fire, a group of rioters were laying siege outside the Police Station. The atmosphere was electric . . . riots! There were people there from all over the place who had come to show their support.

The riot police were lined up along a grass verge with their helmets on, carrying riot shields and sticks and they were tapping their shields to taunt us. They would charge at us and we would charge back at them.

It was clear that finally, after all the oppression, the people of Moss Side had got back their will to fight. They realised that they weren’t on their own and that others were there standing with them.

I’m not condoning rioting, but there is a lesson for us all here. When God is standing with you, you can get back your will to fight.

Has something happened to you in life that has made you lose your will to fight? Do you feel like the odds are stacked against you? What are the things that look like they could bring you down?

Remember God can come alongside you and work with you. He can help you get back your will to fight. You don’t need to be oppressed anymore.

There’s a verse in the Bible that says, ‘For the LORD your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!’

Could you do with getting back your will to fight? Why not allow God to come alongside you and give his support?

The choice is yours.

Barry

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