Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, 'And what shall we do?' So he said to them, 'Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely...'
The Lord tests the righteous. But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Some of my closest friends and I differ in our opinions on Black Lives Matter. They're concerned with leadership agendas. I'm concerned with unrestrained prejudice.
In her day, my mom was an activist. She hated racial exclusivity. 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)* was 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 commitment to each other...
Annuls their commitment to what is right.
Then a few bad men can spoil a whole force.
Or at least, its public reputation.**
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 strength and gentleness, an unwavering stance for justice-- and the Gospel of peace on your feet.
## Judgment: Questionable Cops (Part 27)
* 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
** This devotion was originally written in 2016... years before the brutal police-gone-wrong tragedies of 2019 and 2020. Oh my... when we will learn?
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.