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CLARITY – 6-1-20 Restraint Will Win


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-1-20

Restraint Will Win

What’s Happening: “Another night of violence swept across many of the nation’s major cities last night, though peaceful protests out-numbered looting and fires. In Minneapolis, the site a week ago of the tragic death of black George Floyd, under arrest and handcuffed, there were mostly peaceful protests, though there were significant exceptions. There were over 4,400 arrests nationwide, according to an Associated Press tally, and many cities were under an 8:00pm curfew order. Across the street from the White House a Park Service building appeared to be on fire, but D.C. firemen quickly extinguished the flames. Some governors have called out the National Guard in their states…other governors have threatened that… ( Quoting the NBC News article earlier today: ‘Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Sunday that two police officers had been fired in connection with their involvement in the arrests of college students who were recorded on video being pulled from their car. Three officers were put on desk duty pending an investigation, Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields said at a news conference.  ‘I am genuinely sorry,’ Shields said. ‘This is not what we are about.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “My guess is that the rioters are not social distancing…”

Biblical Response:  “Probably not…and the masks they wear are more to protect identity than thwart infection. It seems that the rioters are more concerned with looting, fires and vandalism than they are real social change or anger over racism by authorities….and the coronavirus takes even lesser concern. The designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization by the President may stymie the financial input of those who want to foment division in the country…but only temporarily.”

“The answer right now may be restraint as ‘a soft answer turns away wrath’ (Prov. 15:1). People are angry at racism and justifiably so. But REAL change will only come as folks are allowed to express themselves PEACEFULLY…the looting, fires and vandalism are only expressions of immaturity…or crude attempts by power brokers at co-opting ‘better angels.’ Authority should not react to anger, but dispassionately enforce against those who have not learned to respect private property or the rule of law.”

“Christians? What a great opportunity to peacefully demonstrate FOR love, peace, love, patience, love, kindness, love, self-control, love, etc. The Floyd family should be showered with comfort. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t seek justice, or that the police in Minneapolis shouldn’t express embarrassment, abject humility, and more rigorous internal enforcement, but patience and restraint should be the order of the day for all.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us seek change…slowly…and permanently…and may the God of peace reign in America once again; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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