As if the pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, now we have escalating racial tensions, which have been bubbling under the surface for years, if not decades.
What is the correct response to all of this? The answer is simple but hard to put into practice for most people. The answer is prayer. Things to consider:
- 2 Chronicles 7:14—“If My people, (that’s people who have put ALL of their faith, hope, and trust in God by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior) who are called by My name, will humble themselves (no room for pride here; we’re all sinners and it is only by God’s mercy and grace that we have access to the God of the universe) and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
The reason we have problems of any kind is because we all want our own way, our own ideas of what is just (which usually translates to revenge). We want equality for ourselves (I’m including every race in these statements) but not for others.
Example: Two politicians each want respect, but they don’t behave in a manner toward one another that shows respect. Respect has to be earned; it is not a given. However, the correct response when we are not respected is not to respond with disrespect. Rather, the correct response is humility. We rarely see ourselves as others see us. If police officers want respect, they need to be respectful and respectable, regardless of insults and disrespect they are shown.
I’m not advocating letting people get by with breaking the law. Disrespect is not illegal; it’s just sin.
I was visiting with my granddaughter a couple of weeks ago. She is a stubborn, rebellious teenager. When her rebellion first became obvious to me and I would ask her a question she would treat me as if I was being nosey and trying to get into her business. My job as a grandparent is to help guide her towards the Lord, to steer her in the right direction. Two weeks ago I mentioned to her that her previous treatment hurt my feelings. She said she never treated me that way. She didn’t see it, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. My response was to gently tell her that, yes she did, but I am not upset with her. I love her. I want her to have a good life.
- The Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20 gives us God’s rules for obedience. We all have feelings; life comes with frustrations, hurt, failure and success, and failure again. Life is not fair. We cannot have perfect justice in an imperfect world. There are no perfect people so we hurt each other, have horrible motives; we rail and fight because we are not being treated fairly. We will not have fairness in this world because God is not running it. People think they are, but the truth is Satan is in control and he’s having a blast watching the destruction and hatred, the hurt, fear, panic, and frustration. When we give in to our feelings and lash out in destruction, rioting, and looting we are letting Satan be in control of our actions.
- Violence begets violence. I am thankful for all of those who are engaged in peaceful protest. It is a good example for others who are not behaving peacefully. It is a good example for our children to see that the best way to handle injustice is to let our voices be heard with signs and solidarity in peace, as well as using our congressmen/women, senators, and governors to write new laws that will help bring about change. The reason we have a justice system is to see the flaws and attempt to fix them.
- Every police officer who breaks the law, who has been brought up for discipline should have that as a permanent part of his record. It should not be expunged after two years or more. When an employer disciplines an employee it becomes a part of their permanent record and their duties may be lessened until they can prove themselves trustworthy again. Yet, the discipline remains a part of their work record. A student does not get his previous grades changed when he begins to improve his work. His previous grades remain a part of his/her record. The only way to weed out bad police is to know who they are by their record.
- “Why can’t I get what I deserve?” This is a common question. But what do we think we deserve? The Bible teaches that all we (every human being) deserve is eternity in hell. So anything short of going to hell when we die is God’s mercy. God blesses us because He chooses to, not because we deserve it. If we have food, it’s a blessing. If we are able to work, that’s a blessing. If we have opportunities to help others or encourage others, that’s a blessing from God. God blesses us every day and we use our frustrations to destroy what He has allowed us to have. We take Him for granted and rail at Him over life’s injustices. We cry out to God in times of trouble, expecting Him to fix everything. When He has comforted us and things have somewhat gotten back to normal we shove Him in a corner, and tell God to leave us alone until we need Him again. Our children see this and follow our example. Mark 7:6– He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Well, that’s my rant for today. I hope it helps alleviate some of the tension. The pandemic is enough to deal with for everyone. Let’s encourage others to not give in to destructive tendencies which do not solve anything, but let us rather encourage law abidance, discretion, and redress to our politicians who we have elected to protect our rights and freedoms: everyone’s, not just one segment of society. We are supposed to be united, not divided. The Constitution is supposed to apply to all U.S. citizens, and those who are here working as migrants, and those who are seeking citizenship.