Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Judgment (Part 27)
Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, 'And what shall we do?'
So he said to them, 'Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.'
Luke 3:14 (NKJV)
The Lord tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Psalm 11:5 (NKJV)
Some of my closest friends and I differ in our opinions on Black Lives Matter. They are concerned this broadening movement may stimulate violent eruptions, and racial divisions will grow deeper. I'm concerned with unrestrained prejudice.
Long ago, my mom was an activist. She wasn't content with the title, WASP.* 50 years later, I'm sadly surprised, because I thought we'd be better by now. The U.S. Justice Department's report on the City of Baltimore's Police (studied at great depth for over a year)** is just one more hardline confirmation:
Black people still face discrimination, and these evil deeds need to be exposed. This exposure is best done peacefully.
All this being said, one clear fact remains: Police are held to a higher standard. If they like to bully, but not to serve, then they've enlisted for the wrong reasons. People who suffer insecurities need deliverance and healing in Christ - before they become questionable cops.
Holding batons, pepper spray, laws and guns requires the noteworthy strength of restraint. But when police like to flaunt their power, when racial prejudice gets in the mix, when fellow cops refuse to report it because their loyalty to each other subdues their loyalty to what is right... then a few bad cops can spoil a whole force. Or, at the least, its public perception.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't get caught in the nets of bias, apathy, ignorance or hatred. The vast majority of police serve selflessly and courageously. They deserve gratitude and respect. Our nation's most sensitive issues require from you a listening ear and the Gospel of peace on your feet.
To Be Continued...
* WASP is short for white, Anglo-Saxon protestant.
** Findings of Police Bias in Baltimore Validate What Many Have Long Felt: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/11/us/baltimore-police-bias-report.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.