A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-5-20
Quandary of Authority
What’s Happening: “The latest incident, that of an NYPD SUV police car ploughing into a crowd of protesters, hasn’t helped the NYPD reputation…or for hundreds of other policing forces across America. Then, as if to add insult to injury, Mayor Bill de Blasio said referring to the incident, ‘I do believe the NYPD acted appropriately.’ Being elected in 2013 largely on his progressive promise to stop the controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy, social media then lit up. The article in The Guardian, yesterday, was not too complimentary and gave a long list of incidents of what author Ed Pilkington termed police brutality. In training, however, the police are taught to defend themselves with ‘helmet and baton’ and ‘do not hesitate to utilize that equipment in securing your personal safety.’ The dilemma for a cop in America is to represent authority and the rule of law…gently. However, as any cop will tell you, it is often not a gentle business (https://news.yahoo.com/york-police-seconds-restore-reputation-090002496.html). Quoting from the article: ‘Wong (attorney for the Cop Accountability Project [CAP] within the Legal Aid Society) believes such endemic deployment of excessive force has spilled over into the NYPD’s handling of the George Floyd protests. She was present at a peaceful protest in Brooklyn that suddenly turned volatile not because of the behavior of protesters, but by a sudden change of tack on the part of the police.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “As long as they don’t put a knee on my neck or employ a choke hold…!”
Biblical Response: “Both George Floyd’s and Eric Garner’s early demise at cop’s hands were truly tragic. And justice will be had…here or there (Heb. 9:27). Still, it doesn’t lessen the authority’s quandary of using enough force to be emphatic and keep folks safe, but not so much as to be abusive (2 Tim, 2:24-25)…all on a salary that some would consider laughable. (It reminds me of my wife’s chosen profession: that of a teacher…little salary, great reward; obviously, she doesn’t do it for the money.)
“Christians? Our calling is equally impossible. We have to represent an Authority that is just…and merciful. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit. He makes the impossible possible. Now there’s a thought. What if we were to make being born again a prerequisite for police applications? Hmmm… Just a thought.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to find that delicate balance that demonstrates the dual nature of Your love; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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