What I Read Today;
2 Corinthians 5; Mark 9; Ezekiel 23; Proverbs 13-14; 2 Samuel 23
In the aftermath of what has happened this week I have a few thoughts.
The late, great, Louis B Armstrong, sang the song, “What a Wonderful World.” In the movie “Good Morning Vietnam,” there is a scene where Robin William’s character plays the song as the scenes flip through the chaos and madness of the Vietnam War and the 1960s.
The madness of the time made the song seem so out of place.
I don’t often get involved in social commentary. I prefer to preach the Gospel on this blog and point people towards Jesus. But the events of last weekend have weighed heavy on my heart. I’ve watched comments from social justice warriors denigrating police officers. I’ve witnessed some attempting to excuse what the police officer did in Minneapolis. Peaceful protesters are being drowned out by not so peaceful people. Once again, angry mobs are looting and destroying businesses and neighborhoods.
My father is a retired police officer. So, I grew up in a police family. I can’t see my father doing what the officer did in Minneapolis. I can’t see him allowing one of his officers to treat a suspect that way either. I can understand the anger of those in the African America Community. I can’t understand how looting and burning are going to get you anywhere.
I think we need to call out the one group of people who are the most responsible for this situation. Our political class has failed our nation. Big-City mayors have made a mess of their cities: state legislators and governors have abandoned their people and have been unable to bring rural and urban together. Washington legislators and Presidents of both parties have made promise after promise to end the divisions, only to break those promises, time and again so they can get re-elected.
You get re-elected by pitting us against them. You do that long enough, and you end up with white men carrying AR-15’s outside the capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, and looting in major cities every time something doesn’t go the way a specific group wants it to go.
This is what happens when you pit conservatives vs. liberals, rural America vs. Urban America. White America vs. Black America, Illegal Immigrants vs. Citizens, Police vs. citizens, educated vs. uneducated, red-neck vs. home-boy, and blue-collar vs. white-collar.
America, we are now reaping what our political leaders have sown. Ultimately, it’s our fault. We elect them. We’ve allowed this.
By doing what they have been doing, they have created an environment where we look at one another, not as fellow human beings anymore. No, we view one another as less than human who are contained in the neat little boxes that we’ve built.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21 says this, “16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” NIV
In other words, the Bible says that we are to view one another as dearly loved children of God. We are to see people as Jesus views us. Our value comes from the Savior, who loved us so much that he took on our sin and shame and made a place in heaven for us.
It is time for the church, both liberal and conservative, to stand together and say, ENOUGH!
Those who are engaging in this behavior of division need to go home forever. Yep, I’m calling them out right here and now.
From Donald Trump to Chuck Schumer. From Greg Abbot to Andrew Cuomo. If you are engaging in politics that continue to divide us, you must go! We need to stop supporting people just because we like their particular branch of politics. We can’t go on like this! We need to address the disparities between white and black. We need to figure out our poverty problems in the cities and in rural farm communities. We need to address the inequities of a justice system that allows the person who can hire the best attorney to escape penalties. Most importantly, we need to stop dividing people up into groups so we politicians can get elected and re-elected!
It’s time for the church to stop playing politics and step up to the plate and start holding political leaders of both parties accountable for this behavior.