A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-25-20
What’s Happening: “The Prosecutor decided not to file charges against Officer Kevin Davis Wednesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Josh Ruffin in Columbia, South Carolina. Ruffin was initially seen in a high-crime area with a bag on his shoulder. Asked to stop for a discussion, Josh ran from Davis who chased him till the teen stopped and pointed a .45 caliber pistol at Davis. What ensued was a tragedy, by anyone’s estimation (https://www.yahoo.com/news/prosecutor-discuss-black-sc-teen-143725151.html). Black Presecutor Byron Gipson said, ‘There is no joy in this room having this conversation.’ All this adds fuel to the flames of the brouhaha over black George Floyd’s kneeling death at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “I’m happy for the Davis family and I weep for the Ruffin family.”
Biblical Response: “Yeah, me too. What a tragedy! Ruffin shouldn’t have been out late, especially in that area. And he should never have pointed a gun at anyone trained to defend himself…let alone a police officer. A failure of fatherhood, no doubt (it’s every father’s responsibility to teach his children respect for authority – Prov. 22:6). This does not lessen the tragedy of racism in our country or the death of Josh or the fact that we should be even having this discussion. All we can be thankful for is that justice prevailed…as much as we may not have liked the outcome, it was just.”
“Christians? We rejoice in the truth (1 Cor. 13:6). Justice is often not pretty…often it is downright ugly…still, we should (and will) rejoice. As I’ve said many times: Justice makes hell necessary; mercy makes heaven possible.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to rejoice at the final triumph of justice…and that the painful death of our Savior was just, because He took on Himself the punishment we deserved: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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