I’ve listened to highly public figures over the past couple of years that have done little to promote peace and unity in America. Instead they have poured out volumes of divisive rhetoric to further their own agendas. From politicians who can’t speak without lying, misleading and covering up their own mistakes, some of which are deliberate, to so-called civil rights leaders who do nothing but take opportunity at every event to spew out more hate and division. Do any of these ‘leaders’ really care for people and for our country? I think not.
The riots across the United States are evidence of this rhetoric. Before even reading the evidence digested by the Ferguson Grand Jury, I heard a Senator condemn their decision. Before even considering what the evidence clearly shows, I heard civil rights leaders cry discrimination against blacks. Nobody I heard even cared what the evidence shows. If it were up to these people, the police officer involved would have been slung up and hung without even a trial. Forget the fact that he was pursuing a crime suspect who slammed his own car door on him and assaulted him in his car. Forget the fact that the suspect refused arrest and fled from the scene. Don’t mention the fact that he came charging head down like a football tackle toward the officer who was instructing him to stand down and get down.
I’m not commending the shooting of the crime suspect, I’m calling into question the speech and conduct of those who try to make that tragic incident out to be a racial issue, who speak without examining all the facts. Does anyone in American leadership believe that a person is innocent before being convicted in a court of law? Yes, the crime suspect was only a suspect, not yet guilty as charged. But the police officer is innocent until proven guilty as well. It was his job to arrest the suspect who refused arrest and had physically attacked him once already and was charging at him to assault him again. Was he within his rights to shoot the suspect? I’ll leave that up to the police and the Grand Jury because they know the rules of engagement much better than I. But to say the system doesn’t work because the officer wasn’t indicted is a fallacy. The Grand Jury did what they were supposed to do and found no evidence of wrong-doing by the police officer.
Because of the statements by ‘leaders’ in our country, this incident got taken completely out of context and has resulted in riots across the United States. This was not a race crime. The suspected criminal should not be exhonerated and made out to be the victim. The police officer should not be vilified and lynched like some would like to do. And the violent protesters — the rioters, not the peaceful protesters — should not use the Grand Jury’s decision to devastate private and public property and loot the local stores. Where is the sense in this?
God is not the author of confusion but of peace.
I Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
Leaders Need to Be Responsible for Their Speech and Actions
The present dialogue coming out of influential people is mostly divisive and only incites hate and division. Have they not understood the oaths which they have taken? Do they not know that dividing our country will only serve to destroy it. Consider our Lord’s words in Matthew 12:25.
Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
Are these ‘leaders’ purposely trying to incite a racial war? Are they actually trying to cause division to further their own agenda? I pray not, but I suspect that might be the case. The ‘shadow government’ may want such a scenario to further their own agenda. I’m just postulating this fact since there is so much build-up and emphasis on racial divide by those in power. Yes, racism is still an issue in the United States, but causing it is the bigger sin. Let me say that again.
Racism is still an issue in the United States but causing it is the bigger sin.
Those in the position to influence others should be using their positions to further peace and heal our nation. They should be instilling confidence in our legal system while working to make it even better. They should be considering the fate of our nation as a whole instead of their own agendas. By all means they need to consider the evidence in a case before blasting out their own opinions, our President included.
God is Peace
Let us who are of faith pray into this situation earnestly. The fabric of our very nation is in turmoil. Let’s pray people calm down and not use situations and events to cause further hate and division. Yes, there are problems. But only the God of peace can help us solve them. Spewing out rhetoric will never do anything but cause negative results.
Philippians 4:6,7 Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
There are very many anxious people in our country today. Lord may they turn to you in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving asking you to heal our nation so that your Word may prevail and continue to be broadcast from here. Lord please heal our nation.